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Fat Rhino Hotel
Fat Rhino Hotel
Fat Rhino Hotel
Fat Rhino Hotel
Fat Rhino Hotel
Fat Rhino Hotel
Fat Rhino Hotel

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7.2

Very good

387 reviews

387 reviews

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8.4

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Parking
FREE
Walkable places
Gaya Street Sunday Market

Atkinson Clock Tower

90 m

Sunday market

100 m

Dataran Desoka

110 m

Milimewa Superstore

120 m

Popular landmarks
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

Closest landmarks
Net Access

80 m

Teksi Car Park

110 m

Gaya Shop Lot

230 m

Never Close Super Mart

240 m

Main Post Office

240 m

Fat Rhino Hotel

Lot 120, First Floor, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Strategically situated in Central Business District, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Sapi Island. Massage and restaurant are among the special facilities that will enhance your stay with on-site convenience.

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Highlights

Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

Inside city center

50 meters to Gaya Street Sunday Market

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Breakfast [free]

Facilities

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

BBQ facilities

Luggage storage

Cash withdrawal

Breakfast [free]

Game room

Shops

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Kota Kinabalu every 2 minutes on Agoda.com
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 are my dining options at Fat Rhino Hotel?

Fat Rhino Hotel features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience. To meet any special dietary requirements, halal diet is prepared with the utmost care and attention.

What is the smoking policy at Fat Rhino Hotel?

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

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Fat Rhino Hotel?

The closest train, metro, or bus station is South Bus Terminal, 1.4 km away from Fat Rhino Hotel.

What restaurants are nearby Fat Rhino Hotel?

Fat Rhino Hotel’s neighborhood is Central Business District which includes popular restaurants such as Mad Ben Cafe, VEDABLU and Grabbing Hands KK.

What popular shopping places are close to Fat Rhino Hotel?

Located in the Central Business District area, Fat Rhino Hotel is close to great shopping choices like Gaya Street Sunday Market, Night Market and Suria Sabah Shopping Mall.

What are popular attractions near Fat Rhino Hotel?

Fat Rhino Hotel’s location in the Central Business District neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Poring Hot Springs, Kota Kinabalu City Mosque and Sabah State Museum.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Fat Rhino Hotel?

Fat Rhino Hotel is located within Central Business District, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden and Kokol Hill.

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What people love about Fat Rhino Hotel

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Nice & good staff serves us during breakfast."

    HASNIDAH

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    August 25, 2019

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Breakfast

    "Very nice cafe & breakfast provided was delicious."

    HASNIDAH

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    August 25, 2019

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "Overall satisfied & will be back to this hostel again next time."

    HASNIDAH

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    August 25, 2019

Property ranking|Compared to 1,520 Kota Kinabalu properties
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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
Bigger than
87
%
of Kota Kinabalu properties
Better than
83
%
of Kota Kinabalu properties
Better than
80
%
of Kota Kinabalu properties
Better than
75
%
of Kota Kinabalu properties
Overall rating:

7.2

Very good
387 reviews
Cleanliness
6.3
Facilities
6.3
Location
8.4
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More about Fat Rhino Hotel

More about Fat Rhino Hotel

Fat Rhino Hotel

For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Kota Kinabalu, Fat Rhino Hotel is the perfect choice. Its convenient location right in the city center allows you more time to see all that Kota Kinabalu has to offer.
Fat Rhino Hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest. Keep up with all your communications easily with the hotel's free Wi-Fi. Taxi services provided by Fat Rhino Hotel makes it easy to plan your day trips, sightseeing, and more around Kota Kinabalu. Guests can enjoy free parking right at the hotel.
Front desk service is provided at the hotel including luggage storage. Getting tickets for the city's best entertainment is easy through the hotel's tours. Packing light is possible at Fat Rhino Hotel thanks to the hotel's laundry service keeping your clothes clean. Feeling lazy? In-room conveniences like daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your room time.
Forgot to pack something? All your last-minute needs can be fulfilled by the convenience stores, saving you time and hassle. Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking areas provided by hotel.
Enjoy the services offered at Fat Rhino Hotel from the convenience of your guestroom. For your comfort, some rooms at the hotel are equipped with air conditioning. Fat Rhino Hotel also provides towels in some of its bathrooms for your convenience.


Dining and things to do

Every morning you can wake up to a delicious free breakfast at Fat Rhino Hotel. Enjoy the morning bliss with a sip of good coffee at the cafe located in the hotel. A variety of convenient and tasty dining options are waiting for you at the hotel, for whenever you get hungry. Fat Rhino Hotel is ready to serve your most specific needs. A selection of food types including halal options is available for guests with dietary restrictions.
A memorable night with your travel companions can be had without going far, at the hotel's bar and nightclub. Do you prefer to cook your own meals? Then you'll love the in-house BBQ facilities.
Fill your days with the array of activities and facilities offered at Fat Rhino Hotel. End your days in total relaxation with a visit to the massage and salon. Cool off on hot days by joining water-world activities like diving. Engage in some easy evening fun with other guests with the hotel's dart board and ping-pong table.
Get social at the hotel's games room and shared lounge and TV area, where you can meet other guests. Grab some last-minute needs or local souvenirs for yourself or those back home without having to go anywhere at the shops and souvenir shops available right at on-site.


Reasons to stay here

Find some excellent dining options here, where past guests have rated onsite or nearby dining better than 88% of the city's other accommodations.
Ranking higher than 83% of the city's accommodations options, this is a great choice for location.
Guests who stayed here really appreciated the room comfort, scoring it higher than 88% of accommodations in the city.

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Amenities and facilities
Good
Facilities

6.3

Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping

17 mentions

Internet

7 mentions

Breakfast

6 mentions

Car Park

1 mention

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Chinese [Mandarin]
  • Malay

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Dart board
  • Diving
  • Game room
  • Massage
  • Nightclub
  • Table tennis
  • Tours

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • BBQ facilities
  • Breakfast [free]
  • Coffee shop
  • Restaurant [halal]
  • Restaurants

Services and conveniences

  • Cash withdrawal
  • Convenience store
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Elevator
  • Gift/souvenir shop
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Postal service
  • Salon
  • Shops
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room

Access

  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]

Getting around

  • Car park [charges apply]
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Taxi service

Available in all rooms

  • Free bottled water
  • Internet access – wireless
  • Non-smoking
  • Shared bathroom
  • Towels
Location
Lot 120, First Floor, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000
Excellent
Location

8.4

Airports

  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
    7.2 km
  • Labuan Airport (LBU)
    119.4 km

Public transportation

  • South Bus Terminal
    1.5 km
  • North Borneo Railway
    4.5 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Klinik Kesihatan Ibu dan Anak Pekan
    340 m

Shopping

  • Gaya Street Sunday Market

Convenience store

  • On-site

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM on-site
What's nearby

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
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Children 0-12 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 13 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • Guests under 12 years old can only be accommodated in private rooms, not dormitory rooms.
  • Baby cot is not available at the property.
  • Extra bed is not available at this property.
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-out until12:00

Getting around

  • Distance from city center0KM
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)17

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYES
  • Number of bars/lounges1
  • Number of floors4
  • Number of restaurants1
  • Number of rooms 20
  • Year property opened2015
  • Most recent renovation2019

Reviews of Fat Rhino Hotel from real guests

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7.2
/
10
Cleanliness6.3
Facilities6.3
Location8.4
Service7.3
Value for money7.8
High score for Kota Kinabalu
Rating
9+ Exceptional (40)
8-9 Excellent (17)
7-8 Very Good (37)
6-7 Good (21)
<6 Below Expectation (76)
Time of the year
Mar - May (48)
Jun - Aug (47)
Sep - Nov (52)
Dec - Feb (44)
All guests (387)
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10.0
Exceptional
HASNIDAH from Malaysia
Family with young children
Family 4 Pax
Stayed 1 night in August 2019

Very nice & convenient strategic locations. Staff very helpful & nice. Stairs the only issue for us”

Very nice cafe & breakfast provided was delicious. Nice & good staff serves us during breakfast. Overall satisfied & will be back to this hostel again next time.

Reviewed August 25, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
azmiyana
Couple
Queen Bed Fan
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

GOOD PLACE FOR A SHORT STAY”

Toilet so clean.. room very tidy.. nearby to todak waterfront and other facilities

Reviewed January 17, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
sufferi from Malaysia
Group
Stayed 1 night in December 2018

strategic place”

in middle of town but there no parking facilities.

Reviewed April 11, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Muhamad from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in February 2019

Comfortable”

Just nice 👍

Reviewed February 18, 2019

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8.0
Excellent
Nur from Malaysia
Solo traveler
En Suite Double
Stayed 4 nights in December 2018

Good for backpackers.”

Was staying at a double room with private bathroom. With less than RM40/night, I really couldn't be complaining much and I think it is indeed value for money. Just expect very basic stuff + noises coming from the bar below but hey, perhaps it's just a call to go down and party :D

Reviewed August 30, 2019

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8.8
Excellent
MOHD from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

Excellent”

Value for money.

Reviewed May 30, 2019

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8.0
Excellent
jessica from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in November 2018

Value for money”

Friendly receptionist.. Value for money

Reviewed March 17, 2019

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7.6
Very good
Vanessa from Philippines
Couple
Queen Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 5 nights in June 2018

So far it's good. ”

Convenient for backpackers and on the go travelers.

Reviewed June 16, 2019

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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
7.2
Very good
Haspanisah from Malaysia
Family with teens
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Good”

More blanket

Reviewed January 21, 2019

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6.0
Glen from Philippines
Solo traveler
Queen Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

LOUD”

Music from across the street sounded as though it were right in my room.

Reviewed January 26, 2019

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5.2
tong from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Cleanliness of Toilet”

Last trip I stay there already complaint to the counter and this trip I go there again still same issue. How can you expect the travelers to stay at such environment?

Reviewed January 14, 2019

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4.8
OH from Malaysia
Family with young children
En Suite Double
Stayed 4 nights in November 2018

dissapointed”

This is a hostel that I fell worst because the toilet suck and dirty, water can drain down and air cond not good. So noisy cannot sleep and no chair and desk. Facility bad no hanger, no towel and brush toothpaste provide. not recommend for stay.

Reviewed January 20, 2019

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4.4
Izat from Malaysia
Group
Stayed 1 night in February 2019

Poor facilities”

The dorm is hot and no water during my stay. During night there is no water and the staff didnt inform us about it. Only at morning i can use the washroom and the shower didnt functioning. Please improve ur service.

Reviewed February 04, 2019

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4.0
Diane from Malaysia
Couple
En Suite Double
Stayed 2 nights in January 2019

Dirty”

I don't usually do review on hotel rooms. Im not really a fussy person. But this, I just have to. I had to buy a wet tissue to wipe up the room floor cos its dusty. I wont complain about the facilities for the price. But hygiene is bad. The corridor floor was wet during my 3days stay, they didnt have the urge to mop it. I missed my 6am flight because the receptionist wasnt there for me to check out early morning. They have good working hot showers, but the water is leaking all the way to the bedroom floor. To sum up, price is cheap, but they are dirty.

Reviewed January 10, 2019

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3.6
MOHAMAD from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Worst stay ever ”

1)Toilet dirty and no water 2) Mattress and pillow smells bad 3) Cant Connect wifi inside the room 4) The staff not friendly and not helpful

Reviewed February 03, 2019

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3.6
Tyrone from Australia
Solo traveler
Queen Bed Fan
Stayed 1 night in March 2019

Acceptable”

Possibly the s#*test hostel I've stayed at.

Reviewed March 03, 2019

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2.0
Lucie
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU LATE ARRIVAL- NO ONE WAS THERE. It was disappointing to look for another place”

The hostel confirmed me a reservation where I wrote I will be arriving at 1.30 am. After arriving no one was in the hostel so I had to look for another place to stay in the middle of night and don’t even refund me a money despite I ask for it.

Reviewed January 01, 2019

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2.0
Marc from France
Solo traveler
Queen Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Very bad. To avoid”

Dirty. No shower. No bahroom. Noisy (karaoké nearby). Intere not working. I escaped after the first night.

Reviewed January 07, 2019

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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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