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Unic Hotel

It really is unique

Block A, Lot 15 & 16, Warisan Square, Kota Kinabalu T: (088) 484 778 (088) 4485 195 F: (088) 485 196

Unic Hotel

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Unic Hotel certainly nailed it with their name (you know, except for the spelling). Rooms are unusual to say the least and they are all different. The entrance to this midrange hotel offers a little taste of what’s to come, with contemporary furniture and lighting and a round rainbow rug. It’s a little glam, a little space age, perhaps with a touch of Austin Powers.

Enter the lift and red and gold baroque-style carpet is offset by geometric etched panelled walls — but wait till you get to the hallways! Welcome to the my-little-pony rainbow fantasy. Rainbow-striped carpet stretches the length of each hallway, and walls are painted sky blue on some floors and sky grey on others, all with a dappled cloud paint effect. Strips of blue neon illuminate your way. All that’s missing is the glitter.

Hold on for the ride!

Hold on for the ride! Photo: Sally Arnold

Fortunately the rooms are a little calmer. A little. Air-con rooms come in a number of configurations from standard double to grand deluxe. The standard rooms are spacious, and they get larger and larger up the categories, until they are vast.

All rooms have windows, but none with views to speak of — some look directly into the shopping mall. Rooms are bright and light-filled. Facilities include flatscreen satellite TV, safe, minibar, hair dryer, tea-making facilities and free WiFi. Selected floors are non-smoking, and some rooms interconnect. Most rooms feature wall-sized photographs of images from around Sabah. Giant sea turtle on the ceiling? Yep. Larger than life-size orangutang? Yep. Swinging rope bridge? Yep, got that too. Floor coverings are predominantly white, others feature wood laminates. Furnishings are mirror-clad, adding a touch of glam. Some rooms have painted feature walls in distressed dark neutral colours. Others have ceilings with moulded wave shapes and concealed neon lighting. Beds and linens are soft and comfy.

Each room is… unique.

Each room is… unique. Photo: Sally Arnold

The larger rooms provide sofas or other furnishings, and one style of room comes with a Jacuzzi. Ensuite hot-water bathrooms are all unique too and feature a lot of glowing things — the taps glow, the mirrors glow, even some switches glow. Stainless steel basins feature in some, others are square ceramic. Showers are contained behind different coloured glass screens, and only the Jacuzzi room comes with a tub (which isn’t in the bathroom). Everything is clean and shiny.

Unic is in a handy part of town, opposite the waterfront area and close to central markets. Breakfast isn’t included, but there are plenty of options nearby. We think the rooms at Unic Hotel are rather fun, and they’re good value for the size. Family rooms are great, and kids will love the features.

It’s not all fun — you can work, too.

It’s not all fun — you can work, too. Photo: Sally Arnold

If this contemporary styled offering doesn’t suite your sensibilities, there are several other more conservative midrange options in town. Dreamtel also has a modern style, but is much more staid.

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Walk-in rates at Unic Hotel

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
158 ringgit
218 ringgit
Superior double room
178 ringgit
238 ringgit
Deluxe double room
198 ringgit
258 ringgit
Family room
248 ringgit
308 ringgit
Room: Standard double room, low season: 158 ringgit, high season 218 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 178 ringgit, high season 238 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 198 ringgit, high season 258 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 248 ringgit, high season 308 ringgit. Notes:

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Where is Unic Hotel

Unic Hotel
Block A, Lot 15 & 16, Warisan Square, Kota Kinabalu
T: (088) 484 778 (088) 4485 195 F: (088) 485 196
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º4'15" E, 5º58'41.49" N
Room rates: 120 to 250 ringgit

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