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- Reviews: 329
Stay-In Lodge: Backpackers' Haven
My friend and I had trouble finding this place! The signboard of this hostel is not that big to be noticed but we managed to find it somehow after getting lost for 2 hours (which is fun!). I've searched for this place through internet, didn't expect the way it was featured online and when we finally arrived at the doorstep, it seems that my instinct was right but it's okay; I booked in a budget hostel anyway.
The hostel seems like an old apartment, beside a bakery (as far as I can remember). There's a very steep staircase that will lead you to the "reception" which looked like a shabby computer shop. However, even the receiving area for the guests is not that presentable, the guy who welcomed us is very friendly and easy to communicate with. I booked 2 basic double bed private for my friend and I which only cost around 10USD each (definitely cheap!). The basic double bed can actually accommodate 6 pax since there are 3 big beds (2 pax each bed). There's an AC and a fan, whichever you prefer to use. There are 4 floors, each floor has 6 rooms and shared bathroom - separate shower and toilet.
This place is not that sophisticated but if you're just backpacking, this is the best hostel that can offer you a cheap rate. This hostel is also near to Signal Hill Observatory, gives a nice view of the Atkinson Clock Tower, 5 mins walk to the Beach Street and lots of restaurants are nearby.
If you love getting lost, take this as a challenge:P
- Reviews: 3
Tune: kota kinnabalu promo deal from RM 0.01 per night
Tune hotels owned by Air Asia is doing a promo from only RM 0.01 per night.
Extras like Air con etc bring the cost up a bit , but the hotel is brand new, compact and clean. I will be staying there 3rd July 09. Ill report more after that.
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- Reviews: 10414
GRAND MARGHERITA (FORMERLY HOLIDAY INN): BEST HOTEL IN KUCHING SARAWAK
We had a very enjoyable stay here. When we stayed it was called the Holiday Inn, renovations were being carried out, and now it is called the "Grand Margherita."
The ONLY HOTEL ON THE RIVERFRONT so........
when you are booking, make sure that you........
Request a room with a river view,
I did, and that is what they gave us.
There is lots happening on the river, so its quite interesting to sit by the window and watch the goings on of the River traffic! Every evening, dragon boat crews were practising for an upcoming festival.
Our room was large and nice. All rooms feature double or king size beds, controlled air conditioning, private bathrooms, hairdryer, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, in-room data port, IDD telephone with voice message system and TV with satellite news and entertainment channels.
Rooms for non smokers and the disabled are also available, so remember to ask when you book!
Breakfast was a buffet, very busy, hard to get a table sometimes. A big choice of food, and very nice. Service here was good.
There is a travel agency in the Hotel which was cheap and very good. Of the 3 tours we booked with them, twice, we were the only people, and once, we only had one other couple with us, so it was like our own private tour.
Located across the road from the Hotel is the main shopping centre, and along the riverfront is a lovely walk.
This Hotel is in an excellent position, the staff were lovely, the food good, (we had meals here as well) and it was close to everything.
Great views of the river
- Reviews: 10414
Miri Marriot hotel & Spa: BEST HOTEL IN MIRI
This is a 5* Hotel and it lived up to its rating!
Set in a tranquil garden setting overlooking the ocean or the garden, we loved sitting on the Balcony enjoying the view. What a nice spot to enjoy a caffiene break!
Our room was large, with a large king size bed, luxurious fluffy pillows, cotton sheets and soft comforters.
An in-room safe, free coffee/tea making and complimentary water was included.
Breakfast was a buffet with an incredible choice of food. We had dinner here as well, both were excellent.
The service here was excellent in every possible way. Definitely recommend this 5* Hotel.
Fantastic pool, fantastic choices of food.
- Reviews: 10414
SUKAU LODGE: JUNGLE ACCOMMODATION NEAR SANDAKAN
Sukau Lodge accommodation was included in our tour of the Kinabatangan River.
The accommodation here was basic, this was to be expected, as you are situated in the Jungle a long way from anything.
From what I understand, the only way to reach here was by boat.
Our room was clean, which is the most important thing for us. The people in the room above made a lot of noise which you could easily hear as the walls were very thin. We were unlucky there, as the people in the room next to us were very quiet, and we didn't hear boo out of them!
Included in our tour was Breakfast and Dinner.
Breakfast was basic, but o.k. Our meal at night left me with little to eat. as the asian food was all very hot and spicy. They did not have one dish that wasn't, which I thought they should have, as a lot of people can't eat the other!
I didn't have anything else with me to eat, so perhaps a tip, take something to nibble on.
Be aware if you are booking acc. in this area, there are other Lodges with similar names, they may be better than this one.
- Reviews: 10414
SEPILOK NATURE RESORT: Next to the Orangutan's
We usually have one accommodation splurge on holidays, and this was it.
Located next door to the Orangutan Rehabilitation centre, it is a series of chalets dotted around the tropical gardens and lakeside. The Orangutan's can actually come into the area if they so wish!
The big lodge, this is where reception is and the dining area, is lakeside, a very tranquil and romantic setting.
On arrival, you are given a seat and a nice cold refreshing juice, before being taken to your chalet.
The chalets are lovely, ours was in a secluded spot.
The meals were not outstanding. Breakfast, not much choice.
Accommodation was good.
Check in time: 14:00 Check out time: 12:00
I organized a package deal, told them what I wanted to see and they came up with a good deal. Saved a lot of hassles on my part. The tours they arranged were very good, nice informative guides, no complaints.
Everything ran smoothly.
It was a very enjoyable stay here, and I would return again.
Lovely tropical jungle setting
- Reviews: 10414
BEVERLY HOTEL: Excellent Hotel
Nothing was too much trouble for this hotel.
I booked over the internet.
Arrival and booking in all went well. We caught the lift to our floor, a high one as requested, an added bonus was that we were given one that had a balcony!
The views were good and so was the room.
We were too hot with just the doona and too cold without, so asked for a sheet or thin blanket, not a problem, soon there was a knock on the door with the request being filled.
We left our luggage with them while we flew to Sandakan for a few days, this was quite alright and there was no charge.
Breakfast was a buffet, with plenty of choice.
The morning we arranged for a taxi early to the airport, they left us two packed breakfasts to take with us. They were huge, and very nice, too big for us to eat everything, which was a shame.
A car rental office is in the hotel office, which we used to book our rental car, it was handy and there were no complaints. We hired a great little car!
There is also a free shuttle to and from the city centre, will drop you off in different locations.
Staff were nice, and helpful.
We had an enjoyable stay here, and would stay here again quite happily!
Left Luggage Facilities, Free Valet Service, Currency Exchange, Baby Sitting, Credit Card Facilities, Car Rental & Tour Services, Laundry Services, swimming pool, gym (workout attire provided) Sauna, 24-Hour Reception, Telephone and Message Service, Daily Housekeeping with Turn Down Service, Limousine Service,
In-Room Safe Deposit Box, Complimentary Newspaper, Complimentary Welcome Drink,
Hair Dryer, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Ceiling Fan,
Mini Bar with Free Coffee and Tea Making Facilities 24-Hours Room Service
and probably some more!
I gave this Hotel 5*
- Reviews: 34
Ras a ria Shangri-la Hotel: A bit of luxury
This hotel is a very good hotel and we have stayed there 3 times. The staff are really careing and go out there way to make your visit a memorable one
All facilities are superb and the free use of water sport equipment was a real bonus but the main reason for choosing the resort is that it has its own orangu tan sanctury thay you can visit. There are also jungle walks both day and night . A truely wonderful hotel
- Reviews: 119
Where to stay if you are going to Sipidan
If you are a diver you can stay on Mabul in some very basic accommodation - afterall you're here for the diving not a luxury experience, right? If you are a rich diver or thought you would splash out on accommodation on Mabul or Kapalai be warned that both places are over-priced - you are basically being fleeced for your hard-earned Ringgits because of the proximity to Sipidan not because you are staying at a 5 star luxury resort. We couldn't find any mid-range accommodation so the only other option for us was to stay on the mainland at Semporna and do daily boat trips out to Mabul, Sipidan or Kapalai. We stayed at the Dragon Inn in Semporna in a huge hut which was good value for money (called VIP hut). The disadvantage of this option is that you have to spend more time each day getting out to the reef but you also save a lot of money compared to the expensive places. Diver's accommodation on Mabul was a bit too basic for us (and we only snorkel not dive). Semporna has a bit of a strange atmosphere though, it might be a bit threatening for women on their own at night. On reflection I don't think there is an ideal place to stay (maybe it was Sipidan itself before they closed the accommodation in order to protect the reef) but don't let that stop you; wherever you decide to stay it will all be worth it when you see the reef!
- Reviews: 119
Dragon Inn, Semporna: Water village at a bargain price
We stayed in an VIP hut and the standard of accomodation was good. The hut was massive! We had always wanted to stay in a water village but the prices in places like the Maldives had put us off. It was nice to stay in a hut on stilts. However, Semporna is not a beautiful paradise it is a bit of a dirty old town! Interesting market -lots of great, cheap fruit. Bit of an strange edgy atmosphere in this place though. Handy and cheap place to stay if you are going to Sipidan.
Stay in a hut on stilts!
- Reviews: 119
Sepilok Nature Resort: Sepilok Nature Resort
We stayed at the other place (Sepilok Jungle Resort) and had lunch here at the Sepilok Nature Resort (we also had a look round the place). The accomodation at the Nature Resort is of a higher standard that at the Jungle Resort, nice looking huts, but it sseemed to lack any character. It is a lttle soulless by comparison and seems to cater for large tours groups. we had the buffet lunch (this seemed to be the only thing on the menu) and it was ok but nothing special. Nice gardens though, but again seemed to have stolen all their ideas from the Jungle Resort.
- Reviews: 119
Sepilok Jungle Resort: The original and best
We had a very nice stay at the Sepilok Jungle Resort. The Resort is next door to the Sepilok Organutan sanctury. You just walk a couple of minutes up the road and you reach the reserve. We stayed in an executive room which had a nice balcony that overlooks their beautiful jungle garden. They have a cafe (breakfast is included) and you can go for walks around the grounds. Favourite dish from the cafe was a green vegetable called 'jungle fern' something you ceratinly can't get in England!
The resort now has some competition from a new resort which has opened up on the opposite side of the road. We went there for lunch one day to check it out. The accomodation is newer and better but it somehow lacks the character and appeal of the Sepilok Jungle Resort. Maybe all the tours groups they cater for there didn't help!
Have a resident academic who has been studying the orangutan for years. Where else can you get your questions answered by one of the world's leading authories on the subject!
- Reviews: 170
Rasa Ria Shangri La Hotel: Paradise in KK
This is a superb 5 star hotel on the beach about 40 mins drive outside KK. All rooms have a sea facing view though it you're on the lower floors you have to peer through the palm trees to see it. The rooms are comfortable and look to have been recently decorated. They have a good size bathrom and all the usual accessories such as tea / coffee making, iron, safe etc that you would expect form a 5* hotel. The staff are very friendly and there is a tradition that when you first arrive you are greeted by the sound of a gong and traditional music.
The hotel has 3 excellent restaurants and of these the Coast tends to be the most popular and needs to be booked. The Coast is also a modern bar and the decor carrier a nautical theme with large optic fibre lights in the shape of jelly fish. There was good jazz / blues duo there when I visited. The Inidan restaurant is superb and the only complaint I would have is the genorosity of the portions !
The pool are is excellent and though there were plenty of sunbeds I believe at other times of the year this is not the case (ref Trip Advisor reviews). The sunsets were spectacular and were accompanied by a torch lighting ceremony at the pool side. As the sun set a drum was sounded to the final rays and the evening torches were lit.
Overall this is an excellent hotel and I would recommend it highly.
Fantastic restaurants - great facilities ie pool, gym, golf, spa etc.
1. There is a small nature reserve attached to the hotel and there are some excellent guided walks through the forest. However the biggest treat was seeing the organutans. These roam free in the reserve but the younger ones return to feeding stations once or twice a day. This is the first part of their rehabilitation back into the wild.
2. There is a tour operator in the hotel and they offer trips around Borneo at good value prices - definitely cheaper than if we booked from Ireland before travelling. The hotel had fantastic spa treatments which are a probably about half the price you pay for them in Ireland.
3. Helicpoter ride. For €30 you can take a helicopter ride which lasts about 10mins over the hotel and the area. This was great Gun n Roses Sweet Child of Mine blasting through the headsets and an Aussie pilot who seemed to enjoy acrobatics.
4. The beach is excellent and is a great place for water sports enthusiasts. The part immediately in front of the hotel is private but becomes public a few at the edge of the hotel perimeter. Unlike other places we have stayed there was not big division between the private an dpublic areas and it was perfectly safe to walk along etc. There was no people selling you stuff or hassling you. We were walking on the beach one day and were approached by a group of local people who we thought were going to try and flog us something or other. Instead they were just curious. We were the source of some amusement to the group and it wasn't until a small boy came up to us and pointed to his palm that we realised that our good Irish tans ( ie lack of any tan !) was the source of the hilarity. The Irish and possibly the Scots are probably the only races that could produce such a reaction. I wouldn't mind but we had been in Malaysia for nearly a week at that stage and thought the tan was coming along nicely !
5. The sunsets and the drum beating as the final rays disappear
- Reviews: 275
Bevlery Hotel Kota Kinabalu
We stayed at the Beverly Hotel in Kota Kinabalu. It was excellent the, staff were really patient with us even when we had lots of requests and issues. It was a quick trip by taxi into town and was in walking distance from shopping centres. We had a room with 3 people and it cost around $40 AUS a night. I would much rahter stay close to town surrounded by "real people" than in a resort surrounded by other tourists
Great veiw over the canals, where you could see the local fishing and the kids playing in the dirt. You can see Mt Kinabalu from the end of the corridor. There is also a fantastic sunset.
- Reviews: 3
Sabandar Bay Resort: friendly and cheap
i've just stayed 2 wekks in this hotel and i was sad to leave. its so cheap, everyone wasso friendly, the food was good espiecially the grilled sandwich's at the sand bar!!! only con is that its not near anything but they have a daily shuttle bus to take you to KK or wherever you ant to go, plus you can book so many trips from the hotel that are not really expensive.
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