Hotel Review: Le Meridien, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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.

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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.

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Full length mirror on the side, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, hair dryer in the drawer, closet with a foldable ironing board.

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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.

20161208_171301-tile Surprised that they didn’t provide toothbrush and toothpaste… although they did have shower caps and basic toiletries.

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View from hotel window.

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The next morning, I headed down to their breakfast buffet…which redeemed the meh experience I was having so far quite substantially. 😀 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.

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Cosy, elegant-looking dining space at the coffee house on the ground floor.

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Cereal and drinks station with options of fresh/low-fat milk, and juices.

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The local station, where they served up curries, roti jala, roti canai and the like.

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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.

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Noodle station where guests can customize their dish to order by adding different condiments.

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Bread, buns, biscuits, croissants,muffins, cakes. Had the croissant; it was crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

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Salad corner with cold meats and greens.

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Porridge counter. Surprised to find that they had century egg! 🙂

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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

Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

PIDM & Lat AdCampaign Collaboration

For many Malaysians, Datuk Lat needs no introduction. A national icon, many of us remember growing up with his multicultural cast of comic characters, each very relatable to daily Malaysian life. After going into semi-retirement, Lat is back with Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM), helping them to translate difficult financial concepts into something that is easy to understand in their latest ad campaign.

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The reason why they’re having this campaign is so that more Malaysians will know about their existence and what they do.PIDM is a gov agency started in 2005 which offers protection for your insurance and bank savings in the event of a member institution failure. This means that if your bank goes bankrupt, you are automatically protected by PIDM up until RM250,000 and up to Rm500k for any insurance companies. You don’t even have to sign up for it – membership is automatic once you open an account at any of their member institutions. 🙂

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The unveiling was held at Le Meridien Hotel in KL. They have a nice resto on the 8th floor, with an outdoor bar and kitchen next to a pool + a glass-wall dining area.

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The food was pretty amazing. Grilled chicken and sweet veggies fresh off the stove, juicy shrimp, mashed potatoes drizzled in a brown sauce, fried noodles and lamb (not shown in pic).

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What’s a meal without ice-cream? I had chocolate and green tea flavoured ice cream with chocolate sauce, sugar sprinkles and chocolate chips. Talk about a sugar rush. 🙂