Tawau’s old Dame
Classic and classy older style Marco Polo Hotel is the grand old dame of Tawau’s hotels.
It was good enough for Swedish royals on a state visit in 1996 and it’s possibly still basking a little on that claim—her glory years have passed, but rooms are well maintained and feel plush and comfortable.
Spacious carpeted rooms are well appointed with solid but slightly dated furnishings. TVs are old box-style. Light-and-sound-blocking folding louvred wooden shutters replace heavy drapes, and sheers give privacy. Air-con, minibar and free Wifi are your nod to mod-cons. Bathrooms are clean and most are decked out with tubs. Juliette balconies offer city views but are too small for furniture. A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate and Marco Polo Hotel serve a good value buffet lunch open to all, which is a good option if you’re craving salads and veggies. Staff are warm and helpful too. Although it may be a little old-fashioned, Marco Polo Hotel still has charm, and is not bad value. For classic styling on a tighter budget, head to MB Hotel or Heritage Hotel.
Address: Jalan Clinic, Tawau
T: (089) 777 988; F: (089) 763 739
Coordinates (for GPS): 117º53'9.53" E, 4º14'47.34" N
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Room rates: 120 to 250 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Twin: 195 ringgit.
|175 ringgit||175 ringgit|
|Deluxe double room|
Twin: 215 ringgit.
|195 ringgit||195 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.