Hotel Review: Le Meridien, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
Hotel Review: Le Meridien, Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu (KK) is the capital of the state of Sabah, North West Borneo. We wanted to have a couple of nights here before travelling up the coast to the Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort and the tip of Borneo in Kudat. We booked into Le Meridien, Kota Kinabalu a centrally located hotel situated by the river.
Hotel Location: Le Meridien, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu
The location was amazing – it was central KK and situated just across the road from the night market which was on our must-do list for our short time in the city. It took us about half an hour in an airport taxi which cost us 25RM.
Room: We stayed in a Vista Sea View room which had a super-king sized bed with loads of room for a fold up bed for Romilly. The views of the sea with the fishing boats and night market immediately in front were gorgeous. The bathroom was sizeable and well stocked with beautifully smelling shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. Annoyingly, the shower door didn’t shut properly which meant that the shower mat became saturated.
Service: Staff members were very friendly and particularly engaging with the kids – all of them spoke directly to Romilly and Jasper – which I really like to see. There were quite a few other families staying so they are accustomed to children. At several points Romilly and Jasper were playing in the lobby – probably a bit too loudly – but staff were smiling and laughing – thankfully! I found the tour information really helpful and as a result of their advice, we (privately) arranged a trip to the Upside Down House and the Mari Mari Cultural Village.
Food: The buffet breakfast was included in our room rate and was everything you could expect from a five star buffet breakfast. I particularly liked the mango and chilli shots to wake me up in the morning. They had soya milk readily available although couldn’t rustle up a soya latte as I know it, sadly. Instead I received a black coffee with soya milk added on top.
Facilities: The hotel has four restaurant and bars in total although I can only comment on Latest Recipe, the lobby area restaurant where we had breakfast. There is a spa and wellness centre, an outdoor pool (my husband enjoyed an evening swim there with good tunes and nice lighting). There is a fitness centre which I used a couple of times and while it served my requirements insofar as I needed to do a bit of marathon training in the luxury of an air conditioned gym, I was disappointed to see older model Life Fitness equipment and several machines out of service – some labeled, some not. There were no mats available to do any floor work and no obvious person to ask for help either. This wasn’t what I expected from a five star chain.
Mummy on the Run Recommendation Rating: 7/10. A family-friendly hotel with friendly staff but I expected more from the fitness centre which was below par.