The Jesselton Hotel
The Jesselton Hotel
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7.2
Very good

"Cheap, clean and convenient."

Eve

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April 18, 2018

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What guests are saying:
Good
HUI from Australia
Couple
Nice environment, friendly staff, good location. Maybe because of worldcup, very very noisy at night. Didn't sleep well.
Wu from Singapore
Group
Love this hotel, atmosphere so special. staff amazing.
Ernest from Brunei Darussalam
Couple
Best for food, walkabout, logistics to anywhere, hotel will old charm and character of colonial past.
chee from Malaysia
Solo traveler
great location and good value
Ida from United Kingdom
Family with teens
Close to Jesselton jetty which is great if you want to travel to the islands by ferry. Close shopping centres, filipiono market, Sunday street market, Observation Hill and many restaurants. Room was lovely, clean and spacious.
Susanne from Australia
Solo traveler
We were upgraded to the suite by the reception desk. The furnishings were beautiful and the overall hotel ambience is delightful.
Gerard from Singapore
Couple
Beautiful vintage room and great location 😊 our stay was almost a 10/10 with great customer service unfortunately a renovation was being done in the main lobby and our bath tub was not working. Nevertheless still a great stay.
John from Philippines
Couple

The Jesselton Hotel

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8.3
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Excellent room comfort and quality
8.4
Recommended by 92% of guests
Value for money8.2
Distance to city center1 km
Location rating9.2
Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
Distance to airport5.4 km
  • Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

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8.4
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
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  • 1 king bed
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
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  • 1 queen bed
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
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  • 1 king bed
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
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  • 2 single beds
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  • Room size: 30.56 m²/329 ft²
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      What people love about the property

      • 9.6
        Exceptional

        "Great location and good value"

        Ida

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        January 31, 2018

      • 9.2
        Exceptional

        "Staff are very friendly and welcoming."

        Bethan

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        April 13, 2018

      • 8.4
        Excellent

        "Convenient location, lots of restaurants nearby."

        ee L.

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        August 5, 2017

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      9.6
      Exceptional

      "Lovely staff, and a great location close to everything."

      alan

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      April 21, 2017

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      7.2
      Very good

      "The hotels are clean and unique"

      Clarice

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      January 15, 2018

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      From September 1st, 2017, as per Government of Malaysia requirements, hotel guests who are not Malaysian citizens or long-term/permanent residents of Malaysia will be levied a tourism tax of RM 10.00 per room per night stay. Please note these changes in tax structure will result in revised taxes being charged and will be payable additionally during check out.

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      Agoda Reviews (1758)Booking.com Reviews (507)
      8.3
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      10
      Cleanliness8.2
      Facilities7.2
      Location9.2
      Room comfort and quality8.4
      Service8.4
      Value for money8.2
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      8.0
      Excellent
      David from Singapore
      Business traveler
      Superior
      Stayed 3 nights in January 2019
      Good location ”
      A bit old fashioned but good location and pleasant staff. Rooms are fine for short stays as amenities are a bit lacking. Having said that I will use the place again.
      Reviewed January 16, 2019
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Terry from Malaysia
      Business traveler
      Superior
      Stayed 1 night in January 2019
      i highly recommend this hotel ”
      this is the perfect hotel to stay in KK. trust me.
      Reviewed January 18, 2019
      6.4
      Good
      Aghnan from Indonesia
      Solo traveler
      Superior
      Stayed 1 night in December 2018
      Good”
      This hotel lives up to my expectation as an old heritage hotel. It's in the middle of the busier part of town and location is on point. Unfortunately it doesn't have its own parking lot and if you're driving your own vehicle better to stay at other place.
      Reviewed January 02, 2019
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Jakub from Poland
      Couple
      Deluxe Double
      Stayed 1 night in September 2018
      Charming colonial hotel without pretence in an authentic neighborhood”
      We stayed for one night only on our first ever trip to Sabah and we found this colonial hotel fabulously located, exceedingly charming, tastefully appointed, and their Front Desk Team highly supportive. We just booked a one-night stay to wrap our next visit to KK in December. Make sure you pick the 2nd floor with the room facing Gaia Street treetops, and be amazed by all the authentic neighborhood action below. The Sunday market is definitely an extra perk, right at your footsteps. Look for endemic fruit sellers (and growers), hunt for curiosities, snap away. Right downstairs is a lively corner bar, a swanky wine shop, and across the road a 24/7 mini mart as well as a highly popular local eatery. A GEM IN KOTA KINABALU.
      Reviewed September 29, 2018
      8.8
      Excellent
      Ernest from Brunei Darussalam
      Couple
      Deluxe Double
      Stayed 5 nights in September 2018
      Great Hotel ”
      We love this hotel, it is so nicely situated, easy to walk around town. Staff are fantastic and rooms are nice and big. Huge bath/shower and big bathroom. Been back many times. Sadly the beds are very hard, and you will be uncomfortable if you don't like a hard bed. For this reason only, we wont return, sadly. Because its a great hotel with good facilities and lovely staff. Such a special atmosphere, beautiful old hotel !
      Reviewed September 13, 2018
      8.4
      Excellent
      Steven from Thailand
      Couple
      Deluxe Double
      Stayed 2 nights in May 2018
      Perfect location for a jesselton stay”
      Rooms are old and outdated but the staff is real friendly, helpful and able to book tours for us. Food is everywhere. It was undergoing renovations so there was a bit of noise and didn't look nice in the lobby but it was definitely enjoyable to stay here.
      Reviewed September 04, 2018
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Neil from United Kingdom
      Family with young children
      Suite
      Stayed 3 nights in July 2018
      Exceptional”
      Had a great time here even though it was for 3 days. We stayed in the family suite which was very spacious, bathroom facilities were excellent with bath and separate shower unit. No problem with traffic either and large shopping mall only 10 minutes walk away. If you fancy trying Durian the night market is a short walk but Best Buy and sit there or get ripped off. Have fun and explore.
      Reviewed August 03, 2018
      8.4
      Excellent
      Kwan from Singapore
      Business traveler
      Superior
      Stayed 2 nights in January 2019
      Excellent”
      Great location and friendly staff
      Reviewed January 14, 2019
      5.6
      Wei from Malaysia
      Business traveler
      Superior
      Stayed 2 nights in November 2018
      Improvement to bring back the glory days”
      Toilet needs repairing especially the bath tub. Taps needs to be serviced to ensure water wastage can be reduced as a cost saving and green initiatives. Great breakfast concept to reduce food wastage however usage of microwave should be clearly noted so that customers are aware how their food are being prepared or heated. Actual example as I brought a vegan bread to be toasted with specific instruction to be put into an oven yet it was being microwaved. Amazing orange tiles just need some modern technology added to ensure electricity usage can be further managed in an effective manner.
      Reviewed November 14, 2018
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Ainah from Malaysia
      Solo traveler
      Superior
      Stayed 2 nights in June 2018
      Great Stay in a Heritage Hotel in Kota Kinabalu”
      If you want to experience staying in a hotel with the feel during the British colony era, then Jesselton Hotel is the place for you. It is a small and cosy hotel and surprisingly, extremely clean with wonderful friendly staff. It is conveniently located in the middle of the city with many F & B outlets, convenience stores, banks and malls nearby. Plus point if you stay on Sunday is to get to visit the Gaya Street Sunday market along the whole street in front of the hotel. The down side will be parking space as it is really tough to a spot if you are driving or renting a car especially during working hours. Overall highly recommended to all!
      Reviewed June 21, 2018
      10.0
      Exceptional
      GEKLAN from Malaysia
      Couple
      Superior
      Stayed 1 night in March 2018
      Honest and helpful hotel staff.”
      The hotel staffs are so helpful and honest that they return my uncle's bag untouched after a day at hotel "lost & found" room. My uncle's bag was left at the hotel lobby sofa, totally forgotten until the hotel staff call him. Thank you very much and this hotel is highly recommended.
      Reviewed May 20, 2018
      8.4
      Excellent
      NOR from Malaysia
      Couple
      Superior
      Stayed 1 night in October 2018
      Value for money”
      The location hotel is very strategic and the shops eg: night market, filipino market and other shops are just nearby and walking distance. The room is very nice. We have stayed there for one night. We have requested the honeymoon deco at our room and suprisingly it’s free. Overall the hotel is value for money.
      Reviewed October 21, 2018
      8.0
      Excellent
      Sharon from Singapore
      Couple
      Deluxe Double
      Stayed 2 nights in December 2018
      Super Location ”
      Location is good as there are many restaurants nearby. there are also 2 shopping malls within walking distance. Sunday market along Gaya Street is worth checking out..
      Reviewed December 11, 2018
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Butt from Malaysia
      Couple
      Superior
      Stayed 1 night in December 2017
      Dr.”
      Very nice boutique hotel.It has history,located in the centre of town near to shopping complex and has eating places alround.The price is very reasonable and the ambience gives it a colonial feel.I certainly would recommend this hotel.
      Reviewed December 14, 2017
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Shana from United States
      Solo traveler
      Superior
      Stayed 6 nights in August 2016
      Great location”
      This really cool historic hotel is right in the heart of town, its the first hotel in Kota Kinabalu and Mohamed Ali stayed here years ago. Its really charming and the place to stay on the weekend as the Sunday Market is literally right outside the front door. There is a great little supermarket walking distance from the hotel and a nearby mall too. The hotel uses British style plugs (as does the entire country) so make sure you have a converter- the nearby 7-11 does not. Otherwise, great hotel, I'd definitely stay here again
      Reviewed July 14, 2017
      8.0
      Excellent
      Mohammed from Singapore
      Couple
      Superior
      Stayed 3 nights in October 2016
      Ok Location but great hotel”
      Location of hotel is pretty ok however at night its hard to locate any food shops nearby. Nevertheless everything is within less than 1km away. You can walk to jesselton point to catch a ferry to Gaya islands etc. Also impressed with how clean and well maintained room is. Lastly was very happy with the friendly staff.
      Reviewed May 01, 2017
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Kim from Australia
      Couple
      Deluxe Double
      Stayed 2 nights in April 2016
      Great Location, great price”
      We booked 2 double room for 2 couples travelling together. My sister in-law and her husband was upgraded to the presidential suite with a bathroom big enough to play hide and seek in. Our room across the hall in level 3 is very roomy. Great location, very central. If you are after a great wine, there is a Cellar store at the end of Gaya St, on the left of the hotel. Across the road to the Cellar store is a stairway that will lead you to the highest outlook of KK, if you brave enough to walk through a shanty village.
      Reviewed April 18, 2016
      8.8
      Excellent
      Kyungju from South Korea
      Solo traveler
      Superior
      Stayed 1 night in April 2016
      Best location and helpful staff”
      It's located in Gaya street, it's just in front of old town coffee, and yu kee bah kut teh, rooms are old but well maintained and price is reasonable, if I visit kota Kinabalu again, I will definitely stay again.
      Reviewed April 11, 2016
      8.8
      Excellent
      Peter from Denmark
      Business traveler
      Superior
      Stayed 1 night in March 2016
      Great hotel in the very center of KK”
      Great and old style hotel located in the very center of Kota Kinabalu. Loads of street food restaurants and higher end restaurants in the area. Within walking distrance from the water front and big shopping malls.
      Reviewed March 06, 2016
      8.4
      Excellent
      Slawomir from Poland
      Business traveler
      Superior
      Stayed 1 night in February 2016
      The Jesselton Hotel”
      Very nice hotel, clean inside and not too big. Well maintained, located in the downtown. Staff polite and helpful. Internet working well, bed clean and comfy, bathroom also clean. Will stay again at the next opportunity.
      Reviewed March 02, 2016
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