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Fat Rhino Hotel

"Firstly, wifi is really good on the reception floor."

Cagatay - September 12, 2018
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Fat Rhino Hotel

Lot 120, First Floor, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000 - See map
Newly renovated
Free Wi-Fi
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Popular landmarks
Gaya Street Sunday Market
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque 290 m
Signal Hill Observatory Platform 420 m
Night Market 590 m
Mamutik Island 890 m
Sabah State Museum 2.5 km
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park 8.0 km
Sapi Island 8.1 km
Manukan Island 8.4 km
Poring Hot Springs 14.2 km
Nearby landmarks
Gaya Street Sunday Market
Net Access 80 m
Atkinson Clock Tower 90 m
Sunday market 100 m
Dataran Desoka 110 m
Teksi Car Park 110 m
Milimewa Superstore 120 m
Milimewa 120 m
City Park 160 m
Big Banyan Tree 190 m

8.4

Excellent

Location rating score

Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Breakfast [free]

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Bar

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Value for money7.8
Distance to city center0KM
Location rating8.4
Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
Distance to airport7.2 km

Rooms available at Fat Rhino Hotel

Queen Bed Fan
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed
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Queen Bed Air Conditioning
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed
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Family 4 Pax
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  • Room size: 38 m²/409 ft²
  • City view
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Family 3 Pax
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  • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 single bed and 1 queen be...
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Private Single Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 single bed
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En Suite Double
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  • Room size: 17 m²/183 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed
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Private Room Fan
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 single bed
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Mixed Dormitory Fan
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Male Air Conditioning Dormitory
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Female Air Conditioning Dormitory
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  • Room size: 38 m²/409 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Fat Rhino Hotel?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

How do I get to Fat Rhino Hotel?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Fat Rhino Hotel has a car park available for guests. Parking is available for an additional charge. Self-parking is conveniently available at the hotel. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Kota Kinabalu with private transportation, the hotel can arrange taxi service.

What is the smoking policy at Fat Rhino Hotel?

Fat Rhino Hotel does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

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What people love about Fat Rhino Hotel

  • 8.0

    Very good

    "Solo travelers will surely enjoy the place."

    Daisy

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    November 19, 2018

  • 10.0

    Exceptional

    "Cool view from the roof."

    David

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    July 24, 2018

  • 8.0

    Very good
    Staff 

    "Friendly receptionist."

    jessica

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    March 17, 2019

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Room size
18 sqm.
Location score
8.4/10
Value for money score
7.8/10
Service score
7.3/10
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Better than
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Overall rating:

7.2

Very good
387 reviews
Cleanliness
6.3
Facilities
6.3
Location
8.4
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What travelers say they love:
Decently clean and very nice and helpful staff.
Esther from Malaysia
Solo traveler
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More about Fat Rhino Hotel

Ideal for fun and relaxation, Fat Rhino Hostel is located in the Central Business District area of Kota Kinabalu. Only 0KM from the city center, the hotel's strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

At Fat Rhino Hostel , every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, Wi-Fi in public areas, tours, bar.

Guests can choose from 23 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Whatever your purpose of visit, Fat Rhino Hostel is an excellent choice for your stay in Kota Kinabalu.

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Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping

17 mentions

Internet

7 mentions

Breakfast

6 mentions

Car Park

1 mention

What they offer

10.0

Exceptional
Staff 

"Nice & good staff serves us during breakfast."

HASNIDAH

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August 25, 2019

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Reviews of Fat Rhino Hotel from real guests

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Cleanliness6.3
Facilities6.3
Location8.4
Service7.3
Value for money7.8
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9.6
Exceptional
wong from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Stayed 7 nights in March 2017

Better than i expected, It would be best if come with access card ”

Overall it beyond my expectation with the amount money i pay per night (rm23 a night). Thing that surprised me: 1) It come with a big locker, it can fit my 2 backpack without problem. Key is given, dun need to bring Padlock Thing that wish Fat Rhino to have 1) Access card- The key need to share among four roommate, need to have mutual agreement that the last people that leave the room to keep the key at receptionist. It is kind of annoying to keep checking key at receptionist. P/S: The hotel is beside a pub (close at 12am), I am fine with it as i sleep late, those sleep earlier may need ear plug

Reviewed March 30, 2017

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9.6
Exceptional
Jian from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in May 2017

Exceptional”

I think this is the third time I stay at fat rhino hostel. Well, I found that the toilets in male dorms are lack of maintenance. Fungus surrounding the sink and toilet bowl. Otherwise, everything is perfect

Reviewed July 27, 2017

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6.8
Good
Sandro from Switzerland
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in August 2017

Good”

a place to stay for 1 or 2 nights and not more with basic not to clean facilities, special the toilets. Even when i was staying longer cause i was waiting for a friend which was doing Mt. Kinabalu and have prebooked most of my stay based on the reviews i wouldn't recommend this place Reception is unorganized and don't know which beds are taken and which not. Took 3 tries to get a free bed with a prebooked arrangement (even had to send them my confirmation by email again, which was my first time in 2years travelling). First room the given bed was taken. Went back and was given the empty one in the same room. When i went back to reception for a question they asked to move again because the new given bed was already reserved for somebody else. The next room didn't had a free bed and was without A/C. At the end i got this bed for 1 night and was able to change the next day. The preused dirty sheets were just put back nice to the bed and not changed. Hope that this doens't happen everytime First day friendlyness and help 0, from the next day it was ok WiFi was like gambeling in all areas The location is great to see the sights. restaurants, waterfront and shops are walking distance. Information about the noise level was given and known by me before i booked and wasn't as bad as i was expecting

Reviewed October 24, 2017

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8.8
Excellent
Jesalyn
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in October 2018

Staff attentive But some facilities old and need replacement”

Staffs are very accomodating and they are helpful. the lobby is clean. the noise downstairs is nice and would not affect the female room. but the shower dont have hot. the faucet is broken pls replace a new one. Also i suggest to make some instructions when guests check in regarding the hotel toiletries and its coffee or anything which is free. because i stay for 3nights without knowing that there's a free coffee and bread in the morning. but overall satisfied guest here

Reviewed October 10, 2018

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4.4
Norbert from Germany
Couple
En Suite Double
Stayed 7 nights in February 2016

No Furniture, Poor WIFI ”

Location, as written, in the city center. Cool wall painting, nice lobby, clean room but:. There was only 1 bed in the room, no chair, no table, no any other furniture. We asked the staff for get a chair, but we didn't got, with the explanation, they just started new opening an that they have no other furniture. Old an very smelly building, not build ( as written) in 2015, maybe partly renovated/ painted in 2015. We arrived at Fat Rhino in the late evening, staff told us, that the live music band ( located in front of the fat rhino) is playing until 1 to 2 in the morning. On the internet platform, there's nothing written about live music every night. And when the live music ends, music on the box goes further until 3-4 a.m. If you like loud music near your room, then this place would be the right for you. Wifi was only available in the lobby!!! We booked 1week in advance, but after the first night we checked out. Maybe in one year, when everything is well groomed and in order, that would be a good hostel. Actually poor value for your money

Reviewed February 21, 2016

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8.8
Excellent
Helbert from Philippines
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in April 2017

Place is easy to find and very near some of tourist spots in KK”

Place is near some of the tourist spot in KK like Signal Hil Observatory, Merlin Statue and I heart KK sign, Filipino Market, City Park, Central Mall and Sunday Market. Although the live band can be heard inside the hostle making the guests hard to fall asleep. But overall, it was nice and comfortable staying in this hostel.

Reviewed April 16, 2017

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7.2
Very good
Petr from Czech Republic
Family with young children
Family 3 Pax
Stayed 1 night in June 2019

Awesome location, nasty entrance hall, noisy environment”

It's located directly in the city center of Kota Kinabalu, next to Sunday market. Quite noisy, missing AC, shared bathrooms, really nasty entrance hall.

Reviewed July 10, 2019

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Hello Petr Thank you for your review of the Fat Rhino. The Sunday market is right on our doorstep, so early on Sunday morning there will be some disturbances around the Gaya Street area. For the particular room that you booked it was a fan room with shared bathroom so there is no air conditioning unit or bathroom inside the room. We have other family rooms with air conditioned and private bathrooms in our premises so you could have modified your booking. Thank you for choosing the Fat Rhino for your stay in Kota Kinabalu.

Responded August 01, 2019
Fat Rhino Hotel
9.2
Exceptional
SUKYEONG from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Queen Bed Fan
Stayed 6 nights in January 2018

good staffs good location”

The hostel is on the gaya st. Famous restaurants, atms, pharmacies, and souvenir shops r near herr. Sunday market is held right next to this hostel. Staffs r kind and facilities r okay compared to the price. But toilets r little bit hard to use because they always got wet and it is little bit noisy because of the bar right next to the hostel. However, overall, it is fine.

Reviewed January 23, 2018

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8.0
Excellent
Cagatay from Turkey
Solo traveler
Stayed 6 nights in September 2018

Good pit stop for long term travellers!”

Stayed there for 2 weeks. Firstly, wifi is really good on the reception floor. Don’t try to get connection in your room! It’s slower. Just relax on the sofa and help yourself with free coffee or tea. Some toilets’ walls look dirty it’s actually because of humidity but might be fixed easily, but rooms are clean and pretty wide. Close to the heart of the city and price is better comparing with other hostels. For vacationers, it might be slightly uncomfortable but Definitely good for long term travelers who look for a break for a while

Reviewed September 12, 2018

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7.6
Very good
Sam from United Kingdom
Couple
En Suite Double
Stayed 3 nights in April 2018

Nice and cheap”

We stayed in a double room for around a week, the bathroom is ok although the toilet does not always flush properly, the bed is fine and its a nice size room, the wifi works in the room most of the time and there are a couple of sockets although not next to the bed, there is a pretty cool bare directly under the hkstel and they have live music every night, we like this but if you do nt like it noisy on a night this place is not for you. We left kk for a few nights and cae bacm and the hostel was happy for us to leave our bags here for a few days. The bar at the hostel has never been open during our stay and its not the most lively/social place. We were happy with our stay and purely for comfort price and location we would definately stay again. (For nice western style breakfast try the nook and woo just 5 minutes walk) also the chilli me place across the road is very nice and very friendly.

Reviewed May 09, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional
Siti from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in May 2017

The Best In Backpackers Hostel Category in Kota Kinabalu”

Worth the price to compare with others backpackers hostel..It's just a bit noisy 8pm - 12am because there is a live performance nearby..But one thing that you don't have to worry, there's enough socket power for each of you on each bed..Two each..

Reviewed May 22, 2017

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8.0
Excellent
khairul from Malaysia
Solo traveler
En Suite Double
Stayed 3 nights in February 2018

Value for money”

Overall it was good. I booked through agoda for their en suite room for a really cheap price. The location is very strategic and local bar just downstairs. The free music from the bar can be heard from my room which sometimes really nice but also noisy when i wanted to sleep a bit early. The toilet sometimes dont have water so make sure u do everything u want while it has.

Reviewed February 08, 2018

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7.2
Very good
gerardo from Philippines
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in January 2018

Affordable”

Pros: affordable- gives the largest discout/price off, good area along shops, restaurants, a few steps going to the bay, can easily hale a cab, free coffee anytime, with free noodles in the morning clean rooms & very courteous staffs. Cons: wifi from room and other floors are not working. It only works in the reception area. It has a restaurand bara infront that starts playing loud music from 3pm to about mid on weekdays (just imagine on weekends). Common wash areas and showers are not often being cleaned. There was even a water interuption when i was in the toilet (always be ready to bring tissue and wipes with you). Overall, if your an a tight budget and wont mind the cons, this is good for a 1-2night of your stay.

Reviewed February 03, 2018

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9.2
Exceptional
Adam from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in May 2017

Exceptional”

Solid place, good location, big lounge with an awesome party room including ping pong. AC room was really large, so if you were far from the AC unit it was a little hotter than I would have liked. Bathrooms weren't the cleanest, but not horrible. Still great value for the money.

Reviewed June 01, 2017

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10.0
Exceptional
David from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 5 nights in July 2018

Inexpensive place near a lot of shops and the harbor”

The AC was cold, hot showers, a real mattress, no top sheet though (just a towel), free noodles and tea/coffee for breakfast. Cool view from the roof. Deposit is required for the key. Pigeons outside the window are noisy in the morning. It seems like I always get the room with the snorers : (

Reviewed July 24, 2018

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6.4
Good
Katherine from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in September 2017

Good”

I stayed here for one night and i was glad i only booked one. when i checked in they put me in a room with all dirty beds (fair enough i was early so maybe just say its not ready yet?) so i went ot tell them and was moved to another 8bed room with only one clean bed but only one other person in the room. And the other beds weren't cleaned before i checked out the next day. It was a fan dorm so it was quite hot which would have been fine but it had a strong smell of sweat. The common area was really nice, air con, nice sofas but at night the music from downstairs is quite loud which is fine because i was expecting it from reading other reviews but the staff behind reception were trying to drown it out with their own music, including singing so i was sitting in the middle with two different songs competitng. Very annoying. And the staff are very flirtatious with each other so you just hear the odd squeal/moan/giggle from behind reception all day.

Reviewed October 07, 2017

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Dear Katherine, Thank you for your comments. I apologize for the problems that you encountered during your last stay. This is not the type of review that we like to see, and I assure you that I will be looking into each point that you have made. If it is convenient, I would like to discuss your experience further, so that I might learn more about how to improve our property and service for you and our other guests. Please feel free to call me at the office number below. Thank you for staying with us, and we look forward to another chance to serve you. Best Regards, George MD Hostel Manager +60138703855

Responded October 18, 2017
Fat Rhino Hotel
6.0
Georgia from United Kingdom
Couple
Queen Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 2 nights in May 2018

good location and cheap but would not stay again”

The staff were nice, location good and price good (£9 per night) but we did not enjoy our stay. We were on the 4th floor so could not use wi-fi. The bathrooms on our floor were not cleaned properly over the 2 nights we were there. Two of the toilets didn't flush on 2 different occasions. Not enough space in the bathrooms to put your things down. Our room was bright green (not a big deal but its just an awful colour to have to look at and wake up to) Music from the street played until 12.30am and was just so loud. Staff were nice, room was cheap, there's a couple of dart boards. Room had air con.

Reviewed May 21, 2018

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8.0
Excellent
Campbell from New Zealand
Solo traveler
Queen Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 6 nights in September 2016

Suitable for young traveler”

Hostel has good location, close to local and western restuarants, walking distance to the shopping malls and the water front . close to markets . there is a pub very close to hostel that has a live band till 11pm most nights, it is very noisy so avoid this place if you want to go to bed early or take ear plugs. the rooms are clean and beds comfortable, bathrooms are clean and modern. basic breakfast provided , fridge with drinks available for sale in lobby and reception is 24 hour which is a bonus. staff speak good english and are helpful with booking tours or any questions you may have. security to hostel is good , roughly 15 - 20 minutes from airport depending on traffic

Reviewed October 05, 2016

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10.0
Exceptional
MOHD from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in January 2018

Exceptional”

nice location, great price, but a bit noisy at night from nearby bar.

Reviewed January 25, 2018

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6.8
Good
Jan from Canada
Couple
Queen Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 3 nights in April 2018

Good for a Few Days, No More!”

The bed was comfortable. The location is central. But there is a nightclub next door that plays loud (but good) music into the wee hours of the morning. We could not sleep. WiDi was excellent. Also, my girlfriend complained that the restroom was dirty. The hostel has no charm, but it is entirely functional. In other words, it does all the basics, but it is not a place that will attract you to come back.

Reviewed April 15, 2018

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