The Jesselton Hotel
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The Jesselton Hotel

69 Gaya Street, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000
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    The Jesselton Hotel Reviews

    8.3
    Excellent
    /10
    (1867 reviews)See what guests said
    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

    Things you’ll love about The Jesselton Hotel

    Things you'll love

    • Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

    • Daily housekeeping

    Exceptional
    Location
    9.2
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    Exceptional location - Inside city center
    Popular neighborhood
    Popular
    Nearby
  • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque20 m
  • Gaya Street Sunday Market250 m
  • Atkinson Clock Tower290 m
  • Night Market830 m
  • Sabah State Museum2.78 km
  • Jesselton Point5.33 km
  • Tanjung Aru Beach5.43 km
  • Manukan Island8.02 km
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park8.78 km
  • Mari Mari Cultural Village13.87 km
  • This property is in high demand!

    Last booked 5 hours ago

    Value for money8.2
    Distance to city center1 km
    Location rating9.2
    Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
    Distance to airport5.5 km

    Rooms available at The Jesselton Hotel

    8.4
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    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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    Boutique Queen Room
    Boutique Queen Room
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    • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 queen bed
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    Deluxe Double
    Deluxe Double
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 king bed
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    Boutique King
    Boutique King
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    • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 king bed
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    Boutique Extra Room with 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Bed
    Boutique Extra Room with 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Bed
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    • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 single bed and 1 queen b...
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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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    Boutique Triple
    Boutique Triple
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    • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 single bed and 1 queen b...
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    Deluxe Triple
    Deluxe Triple
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    • Room size: 31 m²/334 ft²
    • City view
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    Junior Suite
    Junior Suite
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    • Non-smoking
    • Shower and bathtub
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    What people love about The Jesselton Hotel

    • 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.

    Reviews of The Jesselton Hotel from real guests

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    Agoda Reviews (1867)Booking.com Reviews (489)
    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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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Hanna from Malaysia
    Couple
    Superior
    Stayed 1 night in April 2019

    Strategic location!”

    Located in the Gaya street, it was very convenient for us to go to the Sunday market and savoured on the popular eateries here! the room is very comfy and the staff did a great job preparing the honeymoon suite. Thank you too for the upgraded room!

    Reviewed May 02, 2019

    Dear Hanna, I am grateful for your time taken to share your excellent review. We are excited to learn that you enjoyed your stay due to the location and are thrilled to read your praises about the customer services you received from all of our staff who made your honeymoon trip memorable. We look forward welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, May

    Responded May 23, 2019
    The Jesselton Hotel
    5.6
    Nicholas from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Superior
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

    There are better options”

    Hotel wasnt particularly cheap by Malaysian standards and even my deluxe room I was upgraded too was a bit grubby. I had to ask for more toilet oaper and a half empty toiletry was left behind from the previod occupant and was neither removed nor replaced over my two days. The room is dark and poorly lit but was at least quiet. It wasn't terrible but i would not return nor recommend.

    Reviewed May 20, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Roy from Malaysia
    Couple
    Superior
    Stayed 1 night in May 2019

    May Trip”

    Suggest to stay over the weekend since it's very close to the Gaya Street Market

    Reviewed May 06, 2019

    Dear Roy, Many thanks for your recommendations. We are excited to learn that you enjoyed your stay due to the location. We look forward welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, May

    Responded May 14, 2019
    The Jesselton Hotel
    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
    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
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Laurel from Australia
    Couple
    Deluxe Double
    Stayed 1 night in May 2019

    Lovely older style accommodation. Excellent staff. Great service. Lovely cafe for breakfast.”

    Staff and their excellent service.

    Reviewed May 13, 2019

    Dear Laurel, Thank you for letting us know that you had an awesome stay! That is encouraging to hear for all of us at Jesselton Hotel. We look forward welcoming you back when you travel to Malaysia in the future. Warm regards, May

    Responded May 14, 2019
    The Jesselton Hotel
    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
    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
    8.0
    Excellent
    Tania from Malaysia
    Couple
    Superior
    Stayed 1 night in April 2019

    Requires an upgrade”

    The room looks and feels really old. Perhaps renovation in the bathroom or an upgrade of a rain shower and blackout curtain can help those who wants to sleep in and chill indoors from the torrid heat.

    Reviewed April 23, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    Liong from Malaysia
    Business traveler
    Superior
    Stayed 1 night in April 2019

    Must try their restaurant ”

    Hotel design from last Millenium but doesn’t mean their facilities are old. I believe few amenities were reduced for Agoda customers.

    Reviewed April 13, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Mobin from Malaysia
    Business traveler
    Superior
    Stayed 1 night in February 2019

    Strategic location”

    Room was huge and comfortable, strategic location at the centre of city. Just a stone away from Suria Sabah and right at the Gaya Street night market.

    Reviewed March 11, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Kwong from Singapore
    Group
    Superior
    Stayed 3 nights in March 2019

    Exceptional”

    Boutique & historical hotel with good location for food and shopping

    Reviewed March 07, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    Nicholas from Malaysia
    Business traveler
    Superior
    Stayed 4 nights in February 2019

    Vintage hotel”

    Good location, hotel bit old but prospered maintained.

    Reviewed March 02, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    LIAW from Malaysia
    Business traveler
    Superior
    Stayed 1 night in February 2019

    Good location”

    friendly staff, clean and very good location with lots of restaurant around and easy to shopping mall.

    Reviewed February 26, 2019
    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
    10.0
    Exceptional
    IKMAL from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Superior
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2016

    Close to Gaya Sunday Market”

    You imagine at the early morning, when you wake up you find out that Sunday Market is on your hotel doorstep. What a heaven!! The Sunday market sell everything from food, souvenir, fruits, apparel and many more. Just pick one of them and bring back as memory.

    Reviewed July 18, 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
    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
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