Beaches of South East Asia: Introduction
Beaches of South East Asia: KLM World Business Class SIN to DPS
Beaches of South East Asia: Grand Hyatt Bali
Beaches of South East Asia: The Laguna Bali
Beaches of South East Asia: Malaysia Airlines Economy Class DPS to BKI
Beaches of South East Asia: Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu
Beaches of South East Asia: Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort Kota Kinabalu
Beaches of South East Asia: Malaysia Airlines Economy Class BKI to DPS
For the first night at Kota Kinabalu, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu since this hotel was located in the city centre. From the nice airport, it was a short taxi ride away that took about 20 minutes since traffic was light. The hotel is located along the waterfront and a few blocks down from the Le Meridien. Arriving late at night did not post much problem since there was still some eateries like a 24-hour KFC opposite the hotel. Some of the seafood places along the waterfront was also open. The bell boy assisted us with luggage once we reached but since we just had roll aboard, we brought the luggage up ourselves after checking in.
Since there was no one in the queue, we were attended to immediately and the agent assigned us rooms on the club floor, informing us of the Hyatt Diamond privileges, the operating hours of the club lounge as well as asking if we would like late check-out. Because it was already past 11pm, we headed straight to the room. We had 2 rooms with one facing the harbour and another facing the city. Naturally the harbour ocean view is prized in this hotel though guests can also indulge in this view from the club lounge.
Both rooms have similar open concept with the bathroom vanity counter opening out onto the bedroom. Guests need to slide the panels on both sides to really have a private shower. The room was newly renovated and features a separate toilet stall while the enclosed shower room has a nice bathtub for a soak. For solo travellers and single occupancy, the bedroom was very nice! However families would find this room very inconvenient. Another issue I had was the lack of a soap dish on the vanity counter and thus I just had to place the soap on the countertop which means it is prone to sliding to the floor.
Otherwise the bathroom is very nice since the shower room features a rainshower as well as the traditional shower faucet. It was also spacious and I had a nice bath that night before going to sleep!
The bedroom is as comfortable a space as the bathroom and there was lots of floor area to place luggage with the flatscreen TV being hung from the wall. In fact it felt quite empty since there was not much furniture in the room. There was a day-bed by the window and a work desk and chair by the corner. Beside the work desk is a small bar cabinet where glasses were placed at.
In the morning, we had breakfast at the club lounge which is located one floor above our room. There was not much crowd that day and we had no problem getting a table by the window. The decor of the lounge is similar to that of the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin in Hong Kong, and the spread is also more or less the same. In addition to some a-la-carte choices, guests also could order the usual eggs from the server. On the buffet counter was assorted pastries, salad and fruits. There was also a selection of juices and an espresso machine in the lounge.
Rates in the hotel vary between RM400-600 (~US$130-190) per night and I thought it was quite good value for the money since it has a very good location in the city centre and guests can easily access the offshore islands by catching a ferry on the opposite pier. There are also several malls and places to dine around the hotel making it convenient to do some shopping and to enjoy the seafood in the city.