Not so basic
We think Basic Hotel have sold themselves short with their name.
Yes, it is basic, but thought and effort has definitely been spent to make this hotel warm and welcoming. Opened in February 2016, it was brand new when we visited a few weeks later.
Spread over three floors without a lift, the small air-con rooms are smart and clean. Cheaper rooms have no window, and it’s worth paying five ringgit more for one. Rooms are painted in warm dark tones of moss and olive greens which really lifts them up a level from other basic offerings. Simple and modern light wood-finish furnishings and tiled floors add to the smart look. Small abstract artwork dress up the walls. Some rooms have tiny wooden doors up near the ceiling — we are convinced they are fairy doors, but are assured they are for cables. Comfortable beds sport crisp white linen. Bedside tables and handy switches, power sockets and wall lamps are all within easy reach. A tiny flatscreen TV with cable channels and a small desk and chair complete the offering. Tiled hot-water bathrooms are spotless and soap and shampoo dispensers are provided. In some rooms the sinks are outside the bathroom. Family rooms are much larger than the double or twin rooms with room for an extra bed if needed. Bottled drinking water is supplied daily, and a hot water dispenser is provided in the hallway. A hair dryer, iron and ironing board are available on request and there are luggage storage facilities. Airport transfers are available. Free WiFi is beamed throughout and Basic Hotel is a non-smoking hotel.
Breakfast is not included, but the wonderful Sri Latha Curry House is just around the corner and does great roti canai. Staff are very friendly and enthusiastic.
Basic Hotel is an excellent flashpacker option, and much better value than a private room at many of the hostels. If they are full, or only have windowless rooms available, Green Apple Boutique Hotel is another good value budget hotel nearby.
On the corner of Jalan Berjaya 2 and Lorong Berjaya 2 in Bandaran Berjaya, Basic Hotel is close to the the bus station and share taxi point, and only a 10-minute walk to Gaya Street.
Address: Lot 66, Bandaran Berjaya, Kota Kinabalu
T: (088) 216 400;
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º4'35.84" E, 5º58'39.35" N
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Room rates: 60 to 120 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Deluxe double room|
No window. Window: 85 ringgit. Twin: 110 ringgit.
|80 ringgit||80 ringgit|
|Family room||120 ringgit||120 ringgit|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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