Best value flashpacker on Gaya Street
Right in the heart of Gaya Street, KK Suites Hotel is an excellent flashpacker choice.
Of the budget hotels in KK, this is definitely our first choice simply for its great location and comfortable airy rooms. Other rooms may offer better facilities, but this has all you need (unless you need a minbar and swimming pool) and the price is very good value — plus even better deals can be found online.
The foyer at KK Suites Hotel isn’t much to speak of. At the time of our visit in March 2016, it housed an abandoned snack bar, however friendly staff mentioned they are planning on opening a souvenir shop in its place. A variety of rooms types are on offer, including single rooms, which are superb value for solo travellers. Not all rooms have windows, but tariffs are the same regardless -- windowless ones are too claustrophobic for our taste so go for one with.
Simple, tiled, air-con rooms are clean, but a tad bland. Minimally decorated, all feature images of Borneo’s bird life — some more colourful than others. A couple of small built-in benches are useful as a bedside table, and a storage area and desk. Flatscreen TV has minimal channels, and the reception isn’t too good — but who’s here to watch TV? Tea-making facilities, a small safe, and a hairdryer (hidden in the drawer beside the bed) are the other trappings. The beds are super comfortable and crisp white sheets are clean. There are no bedside lamps, but an over-bed light has a switch within reach. This wasn’t working when we stayed, and although we mentioned it to staff, they were unable to fix it. Open hanging space and coat-hangers provide a place to hang the business suit or bikini.
Although windows open onto Gaya Street, it’s quiet and you have an excellent birds-eye view of the Gaya Street market if you happen to be staying on a Sunday. The ensuite bathroom is smallish, but adequate, with a strong hot-water shower behind a separate glassed panel. Plenty of hooks and towel racks make up for the lack of space for toiletries. Little packets of shower gel and shampoo are provided, but no hand soap. Towels are somewhat thin, but do the trick.
Free good WiFi is provided, and some booking sites offer an included breakfast, which is served in the cafe next door. Great local choices are all along Gaya Street anyway. KK Suites Hotel is a non-smoking establishment. Similar style budget offerings are available about town, but this is the best value in the middle of ‘food street’. Recommended.
Address: 98 Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu
T: (088) 233 750; (016) 7188 728 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º4'37.18" E, 5º59'1.13" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||100 ringgit||100 ringgit|
|Standard double room||120 ringgit||120 ringgit|
|Family room||150 ringgit||150 ringgit|
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