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Jesselton Hotel

Colonial charmer with a fab restaurant

Photo of Jesselton Hotel, 69 Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu. , Kota Kinabalu

What we say: 4 stars

This 32-room hotel in the centre of Gaya Street is the oldest hotel in Kota Kinabalu, built in 1954 during the British colonial era, and is one of the city's best midrange options. The rooms were fully renovated in 2008 but have kept their old-world charm with solid wood furniture, marble bathrooms and paintings that your grandmother would approve of. Deluxe rooms are significantly larger than superiors and worth the extra 20 ringgit. All the in-room amenities are there including TV, mini-fridge, coffee/tea-maker and complimentary internet access. The gracious staff will make you feel like a governor and the in-house Bella Italia restaurant serves the best pizza and pasta in KK. Jesselton is rightfully popular and bookings are a must – check for online discounts. Quoted rates exclude 10% service charge and 6% taxes.

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Contact details:

69 Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu.  T: (88) 223 333 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Double 180 ringgit 180 ringgit
Superior - Double 200 ringgit 200 ringgit
Deluxe- Double 405 ringgit 405 ringgit

Added to Travelfish on: 26th February, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 26th February, 2013

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Tanya Procyshyn is a Singapore-based freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea. She blogs at
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