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The Jesselton Hotel

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Superior Room, 1 Queen Bed | Minibar, in-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board
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Superior Room, 1 Queen Bed | Minibar, in-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board
Deluxe Twin Room, 2 Single Beds | Minibar, in-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board

Overview of The Jesselton Hotel

The Jesselton Hotel

3.5 star property
City centre Kota Kinabalu hotel with restaurant

8.2/10 Very good

424 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • Restaurant
  • 24/7 front desk
69 Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88000

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In Downtown Kota Kinabalu
  • Imago Shopping Mall - 8 min drive
  • 1Borneo Hypermall - 15 min drive

Getting around

  • Kota Kinabalu (BKI-Kota Kinabalu Intl.) - 15 min drive
  • Tanjung Aru Station - 5 min drive


  • October coffee house - 2 min walk
  • Fatty kee - 2 min walk
  • Sin Kee Bah Kut Teh - 2 min walk
  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - 2 min walk
  • Pasta Pasta - 2 min walk

About this property

The Jesselton Hotel

Enjoy your visit to Kota Kinabalu with a stay at The Jesselton Hotel. The helpful staff and location get good marks from fellow travellers.


English, Malay

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 42 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until 6:30 AM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:30 AM–10:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Room service (limited hours)

Working away

  • Meeting room


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk


  • Lift


  • English
  • Malay

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Dressing gowns
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Freshen up

  • Partially open bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hairdryer

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Fridge


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax of MYR 10.00 per accommodation, per night is imposed by the country of Malaysia and collected at the property from 1 January 2023. Permanent residents and Malaysian nationals are exempt from the tax. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Optional extras

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast is offered for an extra charge of MYR 25 per person (approximately)

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Jesselton Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Jesselton Hotel
Jesselton Kota Kinabalu
The Jesselton Hotel Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The Jesselton Hotel Hotel
The Jesselton Hotel Kota Kinabalu
The Jesselton Hotel Hotel Kota Kinabalu

Frequently asked questions

Does The Jesselton Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Jesselton Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Jesselton Hotel?
As of 5 December 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Jesselton Hotel on 11 December 2022 start from €47, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Jesselton Hotel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Jesselton Hotel?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Jesselton Hotel?
You can check in from 2 PM - 6:30 AM. Check-out time is noon.
Are there restaurants at or near The Jesselton Hotel?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Party Play Lifestyle Cafe (3-min walk), Chilli Vanilla (3-min walk) and Kedai Kopi Yee Fung (4-min walk).
What's the area around The Jesselton Hotel like?
The Jesselton Hotel is in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, a short 2-minute walk from Gaya Street Sunday Market and 2 minutes' walk from Wisma Merdeka. Travellers recommend the hotel for its walkable location.

Overall score and ratings


Very good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



8/10 Very good

This is a nice, small, old style hotel in a good location. Plenty of eating choices nearby with a Japanese restaurant downstairs. The room was comfortable once I figured out how to work the A/C and lights. When I had questions they were quick to take care of whatever I needed. Recommended at a reasonable price.
Dennis, 2-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Aun Num, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Soufiane, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Very comfortable room. Staff pleasant and helpful. Pity that hotel renovations were proceeding making it somewhat noisy during the day.
2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Comfortable stay.
The Jesselton Hotel is right in middle of town and there are many eating places nearby. It is one of the few English built buildings left standing. It has been modernized to make it a comfortable Hotel. The Restaurant was closed for r enervation while I was there. Over all I had no complaints about this Hotel. had four nights there.
Dudleigh George, 4-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Staff provided great customer service with a smile .
2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great location downtown. Very safe. Great shopping of any sort. All types of foods, all within short walking distances
5-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Our perfect stopover each and every time!
It has been our third return stay at the Jesselton and the newly renovated rooms wing although lost some of the colonial charm comparing to the original furnishing are smartly appointed with all the creature comforts at hand. As expexted from a boutique hotel the staff welcomes you with a big smile each time you enter the building and Front Desk team acknowledges returning Guests. Perfect location on the corner of Gaya Street with Sunday flea market with local finds and curiosities, plus easy access to the lush jungle hill behind makes it a perfect stopover for any longer stay in Sabah!
1-night trip
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6/10 Good

It was not mentioned at Expedia or by the hotel that the inhouse eatery (breakfast area) is under renovation. The bar area was also closed so we can't sit to relax anywhere at the lobby area while waiting for your pick up and etc. The lobby has only 4 seats which are always occupied by check in or check out guests.
4-night romance trip
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