The Jesselton Hotel

The Jesselton Hotel

69 Gaya Street, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000
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    8.3
    Excellent
    /10
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    8.4
    Excellent

    "Great location and friendly staff"

    Kwan S.

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    January 14, 2019

    8.4
    Excellent room comfort and quality
    Recommended by 92% of guests

    Property highlights

    • Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

    • Daily housekeeping

    This property is in high demand!Booked 12 times since yesterday
    Exceptional
    Location
    9.2
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    Exceptional location - Inside city center
    Popular neighborhood
    Nearby
    Popular
  • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque20 m
  • Gaya Shop Lot50 m
  • Wisma Sabah200 m
  • Suria Sabah220 m
  • Wisma Sabah & Gaya Centre230 m
  • Gaya Street Sunday Market250 m
  • Wisma Merdeka270 m
  • The Borneo Shop270 m
  • Atkinson Clock Tower290 m
  • Suria Sabah Shopping Mall300 m
  • Value for money8.2
    Distance to city center1 km
    Location rating9.2
    Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
    Distance to airport5.5 km
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    8.4
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    Deluxe Double
    Deluxe Double
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 king bed
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    Superior
    Superior
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    • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 queen bed
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    Suite
    Suite
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    • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 king bed
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    Deluxe Twin
    Deluxe Twin
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • City view
    • 2 single beds
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    Deluxe Triple
    Deluxe Triple
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    • Room size: 30.56 m²/329 ft²
    • City view
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    Junior Suite - Flash Deal
    Junior Suite - Flash Deal
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    Junior Suite
    Junior Suite
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    Double Occupancy Room
    Double Occupancy Room
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    Junior Suite Room
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        What people love about the property

        • 10.0
          Exceptional

          "Will stay at this hotel again."

          SU F.

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          December 24, 2018

        • 9.6
          Exceptional

          "Nice environment, friendly staff, good location."

          Wu

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          July 1, 2018

        • 9.2
          Exceptional

          "This is one of the oldest buildings in KK and the first ever hotel."

          Bethan

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          April 13, 2018

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        9.6
        Exceptional

        "This is a very nice hotel in the middle of KK surrounded by..."

        Terry

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        December 21, 2018

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        What they offer

        8.8
        Excellent

        "Friendly staffs."

        Nicholas

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        October 4, 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 (1776)Booking.com Reviews (492)
        8.3
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        Cleanliness8.2
        Facilities7.2
        Location9.2
        Room comfort and quality8.4
        Service8.4
        Value for money8.2
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        6.8
        Good
        Lei from China
        Family with young children
        Deluxe Twin
        Stayed 3 nights in February 2019
        Great location, good price ”
        Sunday market & night market (on Fridays & Saturdays nights) in front of the hotel but not too close to disturb your sleep. The room is bit too old and a little window. The room has some smell from the old furnitures. Hot water needs to wait for a really long time. But if you are only staying for the night and the location, this is a great place to be.
        Reviewed February 09, 2019
        9.2
        Exceptional
        Ruth from Philippines
        Couple
        Deluxe Twin
        Stayed 4 nights in January 2019
        Value for money, centrally located hotel”
        The hotel exceeded our expectations. It is reasonably priced, centrally located with some of the most courteous and helpful staff. The room we stayed in was large and had the usual large hotel amenities and the wifi connectivity was very good! Definitely recommend staying here when visiting KK.
        Reviewed January 26, 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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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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