During my recent trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, I stayed at the Le Meridien, a five-star hotel facing the waterfront along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, it is within walking distance to many tourist attractions, such as the Filipino Market, the Handicraft Market, Oceanus Mall and seafood markets.
The room was spacious but it wasn’t particularly outstanding – a little dated in design. There was a couch with some magazines such as Time on the coffee table, a double bed, TV with a good selection of channels and a work table.
Was informed by staff that there’d be ongoing construction works during the day, and to expect some noise. It was really loud though! Good thing I wasn’t in for most of the afternoon. Also, the plugs at the table weren’t working so I had to unplug one of the bedside lamps in order to charge my phone.
Full length mirror on the side, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, hair dryer in the drawer, closet with a foldable ironing board.
Bathroom was very spacious, with a shower and a bathtub (love bathtubs!). The tub looked a little old though, with stains at the bottom ._. the plug wasn’t working well either so water kept trickling down the drain slowly and I had to keep refilling the tub. I did like that they provided a cushy bathrobe though.
View from hotel window.
The next morning, I headed down to their breakfast buffet…which redeemed the meh experience I was having so far quite substantially. :D There was a good selection of local and Western favourites. Of course, I couldn’t miss the customary – hash browns, baked beans, sausages, ham and bacon beef slices.
Cosy, elegant-looking dining space at the coffee house on the ground floor.
Cereal and drinks station with options of fresh/low-fat milk, and juices.
The local station, where they served up curries, roti jala, roti canai and the like.
Freshly fried eggs and omelette station. Told the guy ‘telur mata kerbau’. He nodded. When I came back, he gave me a regular omelette. .__.” I was too lazy to ask him to make another one so I just took it.
Noodle station where guests can customize their dish to order by adding different condiments.
Bread, buns, biscuits, croissants,muffins, cakes. Had the croissant; it was crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
Salad corner with cold meats and greens.
Porridge counter. Surprised to find that they had century egg! :)
My breakfast platter, washed down with a glass of cold millk.
Overall, the stay at Le Meridien was pleasant, although I was quite disappointed with some of the room facilities despite it being a five-star hotel. Also it’s not nice to be paying so much but having to listen to loud construction noises throughout the day.
LE MERIDIEN KOTA KINABALU