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    Nearest transport:
  • South Bus Terminal (1.8 Km / 22 min walk)
    Area recommended for:
  • sightseeing
  • restaurants
  • beaches
    Distance to airport:
  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport (5.5 Km)
    Customer comments:
  • "Helpful staff", "Large rooms", "Value for money"
    Top nearby attractions:
  • Signal Hill Observatory (0.1 Km / 2 min walk)
  • Gaya Shop Lot (0.1 Km / 2 min walk)
  • Little Italy (0.1 Km / 2 min walk)
  • Sabah Tourism Board (0.1 Km / 2 min walk)

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The Jesselton Hotel

69 Gaya Street, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia 88000 (Show on map)

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"Room, wake up call timely, technicians well..."

Kon, Malaysia November 18, 2015

Features of The Jesselton Hotel

Hotel Facilities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • airport transfer
  • bar
  • coffee shop
  • convenience store
  • daily housekeeping
  • dry cleaning
  • elevator
  • express check-in/check-out
  • laundry service
  • luggage storage
  • meeting facilities
  • newspapers
  • photocopying
  • postal service
  • restaurant
  • room service
  • safety deposit boxes
  • shops
  • smoking area
  • taxi service
  • tours


  • free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Languages Spoken

  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • Malay

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Hotel Description
This renowned boutique hotel, situated in the prime location of Kota Kinabalu, is a pleasant hotel...see more This renowned boutique hotel, situated in the prime location of Kota Kinabalu, is a pleasant hotel offering exquisite personalized service. A history of more than 50 years assures guests that this hotel is experienced with handling all their needs in a professional and prudent fashion. Inside The Jesselton Hotel, expect nothing less than the timeless beauty of colonial architecture, right to its lift services and the rooms. Each room is furnished with matching colonial-styled furniture and a host of modern amenities like broadband Internet services, a flat screen television with international channels, a mini fridge, hair dryer, en-suite bathrooms, and plush bathrobes and sarong for that Asian touch. If you wish to ride the London cab from the hotel to the airport rather than using the limousine, you are welcomed too! The Jesselton Hotel is the perfect venue for travelers who want an elegant colonial-styled accommodation and refined service.
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Kon L. Couples
Malaysia, November 19, 2015
Atmosphere good. Bell boy not

Room, wake up call timely, technicians well mannered.
Gaurang S. Groups
India, November 18, 2015
The perfect place to stay at Kota Kinabalu

Staff is very polite n helpful, Room are very clean, Quick Service
Its was nice experience to stay at Jesselton. U would find the Sunday market outside the Hotel, Money exchange is near to it and also the Ferry terminal for Sapi and Manukan island. Staff as i sd earlier very much helpful, also can arrange the place to visit through Borneo travel. Overall a excellent experience to stay at this hotel
Ivy L. Business travelers
Malaysia, November 17, 2015
A Bit of the Old Town

Bed & Pillows, Size of room, Location
The Jesselton Hotel is conveniently located on Gaya Strret, right smack in Kota Kinabalu Town. There is ample of food around, at all hours of the day. You can basically walk around the town as everything is nearby. This is the place to stay if you want to check out the Sunday morning market.
Arun A. Couples
Bangladesh, November 16, 2015
Nice boutique hotel

Architecture, location and comfort
Nice hotel for travelers
Christopher J. Families with young children
United Kingdom, November 14, 2015
Great place for a short stay

Location, Staff & Character
We had a very nice short break. The Hotel is in a good location, giving the ability to walk to the majority to most places. The staff were friendly & very helpful. We will be staying there again.
SHIEH C. Business travelers
Malaysia, November 07, 2015
Good Location

Near Shopping centre, surrounding by bank, near foods center.
Good location as near to my business meeting places and surrounding by bank
hie T. Couples
Singapore, November 08, 2015
The Jesselton

location, staff, cleanliness
Overall: satisfactory. Location is good. Room is a bit squeezy, though. And the lift is small & old.
daniel J. Couples
United Kingdom, November 17, 2015
great hotel with great staff

location, room, price
Great hotel within walking distance to everywhere. Clean, massive room with helpful staff
Michelle Y. Business travelers
Malaysia, November 03, 2015
My stay at Jesselton Hotel

Strategic location for local food, washroom is clean.
Syn H. Couples
Australia, November 04, 2015

Location.Quality of room. Excellent staff.
We wanted to finally visit the Sunday Gaya Market, and chose this iconic hotel. We were pleasantly surprised by the newly refurbished room, which boasted new floor carpet and new functional bathroom. (Although I very much prefer a shower cubicle other than the seemingly obligatory bath tub which I feel is a colonial hangover - and the shower attempt in it is awkward as well as causing the inevitable water flow out onto the floor due to a faulty design). We were given a room on the 2nd floor which was on the inside of the building. That was a plus as away from the noise. There was an excellent lift. The bed was great and air conditioning unit adequate. The location was excellent, within walking distance (even in the oppressive heat)to eating places and shops. Tourists should change their money at Wisma Merdeka Shopping Mall. Thank you to the terrific friendly staff who ensured us a most secure and pleasant stay.

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