For Kota Kinabalu, this is as central as it gets – opposite the city’s central waterfront market where souvenir-hunting tourists mingle with local fruit and fish traders. Jesselton Point jetty, the main hop-off point to and from nearby Gaya Island, is a 10-minute taxi ride away and costs a fixed rate of MYR 15 (£3). The city’s main nightlife spots are a five-minute walk and the Centre Point shopping mall is just around the corner. The airport is a 20-minute taxi ride and costs roughly MYR 25 (£4).
Address: Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu, 88000, Malaysia.
Style & character
The hotel’s design is a marriage of local Bornean fabrics and styles with the clean and fresh feel of a modern European property. The open plan lobby, for example, was inspired by the communal spaces of local houses – with large imitation bamboo splints serving as the centerpiece behind the concierge. Elsewhere there are modern chairs, angular modern chandeliers and marble floors. The granite walls found throughout the hotel were inspired by nearby Mount Kinabalu – Malaysia’s tallest mountain.
Service & facilities
There’s a good-sized pool with plenty of room for sunbathing, a modern business centre with communal computers, and a club lounge for Starwood Preferred Guests. A third party runs the spa, but hotel guests can freely access its services. The fitness centre is modern and well equipped, with plenty of cardio and weights machines. Service is exceptional throughout – especially the concierge, who can assist with car hire and onward travel.
Modern and clean throughout, the bedrooms are of a high international standard. The sea view rooms are particularly sought after, with views reaching out towards the nearby tropical Gaya Island. There’s plenty of room, with built-in wardrobes and decent desks aimed at international business travellers. The bathrooms aren’t flashy, but practical, with walk-in showers and large marble sink areas.
Food & drink
Favola, the hotel’s Italian eatery, is exceptional, serving pizzas that would do Italy proud. There’s also a very good selection of imported wines. There are gluten free and vegetarian options throughout, and the lobby restaurant, Latest Recipe, serves a good selection of local foods such as bambangan chicken, cooked with wild mangoes and fresh spices. There’s a happy hour in the Latitude Bar in the lobby between 5pm and 8pm, with promotions on beers and cocktails.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There are several rooms that have been modified, with handrails, flat surfaces and ramps.
There’s no age limit on children and cots can be borrowed at no extra cost. There’s a good children’s menu of sandwiches and pastas.
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