I'm doing a tour of Sabah which starts off in Kota Kinabalu staying in a hotel called Hotel Asia City. I've got a few days in Kota Kinabalu before the tour starts though and am trying to decide whether to stay at Hotel Asia City for the few days to myself or whether to stay somewhere else.
I can't find much information on the internet though, so if anyone can give me any advice on Hotel Asia City (or recommend any other hostels/cheap hotels in Kota Kinabalu) then it would be greatly apprecaited.
My first night in KK I had booked into the Hyatt, and to a degree I regretted it, not because the hotel was bad (quite the opposite!) but because I had met a whole load of nice travellers on the plane who hadn't planned accommodation and all ended up in the same hostel. So by me booking in advance, I didn't get to have as much of a laugh with them as I'd have liked.
So personally if I went there again I'd just wing it and see what the other people you meet are thinking of doing - you won't be alone, and you'll have a real laugh!
I'm about to do a tour of Sabah starting at Hotel Asia city as well. What was the verdict? What is the hotel like?
No idea about Asia hotel; as far as I know there are loads of hotel in KK which is quite cheap RM to £!!!! Just happen saw in the web there's a hostel called The beach lodge, no idea they got air-con or not but is really cheap RM18 pppn@ £2.80!!!
Have fun, there are few island in KK, the beach is absolutely beautiful, the water is crystal clear you can go diving there. the island is about 30 minute away by speed boat, they used to be get on at the bay behind Hyatt hotel, just ask around. Make sure you pay only single trip and they pick you up later.
ok brilliant thanks. I think i'm just going to book an extra night at this hotel asia, get a good night's sleep with no hassles. The tour starts the next day. Then when the tour finishes I might see about getting that boat and perhaps go horse riding one day before going off to Penang.
Hotel Asia City was really good (but I'm used to staying in rock bottom places so it depends what you're used to). If I remember correctly it had aircon and TV and a decent shower.
I think I found it a little bit tricky to find though. I was staying more towards the centre of town and walked back towards the airport for about 1km and then past a cinema and then I think it was just across the road at the end of a load of shops. But if you're going straight from the airport then obviously it'll be easy to find cos the taxi-driver will just take you straight there!
I think your plan is probably a good one. If you had a couple of extra spare days I would say it's best to stay at a hostel and meet other people, but for one night you might as well just stay at the same Hotel to save the hassle of changing about.
Also, the airport didn't have any cash machines when I was there (not sure if that's still the case) so it's probably best to change some ringgit before you get to Kota Kinabalu. If you don't though it's not that much of a hassle cos the taxi driver happily took us to a cash machine first before the hostel.
if you are arriving in the morning, and there is no Muslim holliday on, you should be right to just rock up. We recently travelled in Sabah (see my blog), rocked up to the main strip and walked door to door finding something we liked. Its so easy to get around if you go with the bus vans. If there is a Muslim public holliday on you will be competing with thelocals.
thank you - thats all really useful. I'll check about the muslim holidays.