Sunday, October 1, 2017

First time to Kota Kinabalu

A couple of months back, we went to KK to attend a friend's wedding.

We stayed at Magellan Sutera Harbour during the first few and last few days of our trip.
We opted to stay at this hotel as we wanted to stay at a "beach resort" near the city.

For the price that we paid, I expected better.

The rooms were so, so old and cleanliness is questionable as Olivia picked up a chicken bone from the carpet. YUCK.

The bathroom is so dated as well.
The rooms are in dire need of refurbishment.

We stayed at the garden view room and sea view room.

We paid a higher premium for the "sea view" but what good is a good view when the room condition was worse than the garden view room.

The air conditioning was not working properly. 
The bathtub faucet was leaking.
And the one of the lifts was not functioning - we had a wait AGES to get to our room because there'd always be a queue.

It was a disappointing stay.

However, I do have to give the hotel credit for their swimming pool facility.

The pool is huge!
They have kids life vests available to be used.
Plus, they have an air pump to inflate your floats.

We brought Olivia's floats along but Mike said that her floats looked too boring and got her this car float from a shop in the hotel.

She absolutely loved it!

They even have a bouncy slide!

This is how the room looks like.

The room smells too. It has a damp smell lingering around.

I believe that the cause of the mould in the air is because of the bad bathroom design as the water from the bathtub, if sprayed at the wrong direction can seep through the window and wet the room carpet. Talking from experience. LOL.

The view from our sea view room.

And oh, the beach is a total let down.

The beach is limited to this very, very small area and if you noticed the red flag in the picture, it means that it is not advisable to wade in the sea because it's jellyfish season.

We paid so much for the hotel for nothing, except for the location and pool.

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