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The Jesselton Hotel, Kota Kinabalu

3.5-star3.5 stars
69 Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88000, Malaysia

3.5-star hotel with restaurant, near Gaya Street Sunday Market
  • Free WiFi
  • Collect nightsYou can collect® Rewards nights here
Bar is awesome
Great location
Delicious food
Decent vibe

The Jesselton Hotel, Kota Kinabalu

from $51
  • Superior Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Deluxe Twin Room, 2 Twin Beds
  • Deluxe Double Room
  • Junior Suite Room
  • Boutique Queen
  • Boutique King
  • Boutique Extra

What’s around The Jesselton Hotel, Kota Kinabalu


  • In Downtown Kota Kinabalu
  • Imago Shopping Mall - 30 min walk
  • Likas Stadium - 37 min walk
  • Sabah State Mosque - 42 min walk
  • Gaya Street Sunday Market - 2 min walk
  • Suria Sabah Shopping Mall - 4 min walk
  • Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal - 8 min walk
  • Kota Kinabalu Central Market - 11 min walk

Getting around

  • Kota Kinabalu (BKI-Kota Kinabalu Intl.) - 16 min drive
  • Tanjung Aru Station - 9 min drive

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 32 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-6:30 AM
  • Check-out time is noon

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service (during limited hours)
Working away
  • One meeting room
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Elevator
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Malay

In the room

Home comforts
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Freshen up
  • Partially open bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free newspaper
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • In-room safe

The Jesselton Hotel, Kota Kinabalu’s small print

Also known as

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


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges 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. 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)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

Most helpful reviewsReviews are sorted based on what customers found most helpful and our recommendations

Very Good 8.4 From 199 reviews

Very Good 8.0
A pleasant, nicely located hotel.
I stayed at the Jesselton for 2 weeks. I thought that the price was reasonable. The staff were courteous and helpful at all times. The room itself was well maintained and they offered a laundry sevice that didn't break the bank too much. Having a restaurant attached to the hotel was handy, especially when the weather wasn't so favourable. On the Sunday there was a market right outside the front door that offered all sorts of local trinkets and food, and even fish in bags. It was nicely situated near some good cafes and restaurants and the local taxi and Uber prices were next to nothing so it made getting around Kota Kinabalu very easy indeed. It was good that they allowed, and even arranged, take away to be delivered to your room as some places would frown upon this. All in all, a pleasant stay and just right for my needs. The only issues I had were that the wifi kept cutting out and the plug didn't quite fit in the bath, but I get showers anyway so this didn't really affect me.
Skye, gbOther trip
Good 6.0
Nice location hotel
Stayed here for 2 nights, had a quick check-in, i did requested for a non-smoking room....but soon as I open the door....phew....what a smell ! I was disappointed, but can't be bother to make a complain after a long day. Took a shower, found out the hair dryer could only switched on for 5 seconds ! I finally call the front desk and complain these 2 issues. Fairly quickly a house keeper came into my room with a can of air freshner did a few spray. He also showed me there is another hair dryer at the drawer. Thumb up for this. I stayed on the 2nd floor, i still hear quite a bit of traffic, but is ok for me. 2nd day, I was expecting my bed sheet and towels get changed by house keeper, but nothing has changed! It was a bit late, so i can't be bother again. Overall, i will not come back again.
j, hkOther trip
Very Good 8.0
Central hotel with character
We loved our stay at the Jessleton - the staff were super helpful and friendly. On the last day there was some maintenance work to be done on the hot water system and by way of compensation for our inconvenience we were given a free breakfast which was excellent. Staff also gave us towels to use on our beach trip to Manukan island which we really appreciated. The hotel has a lovely ambiance, our deluxe room on the top floor was spacious and very comfortable- highly recommended.
Sara, gbOther trip
Very Good 8.0
Historic hotel in the heart of Kota Kinabalu
Love this hotel but feel it’s losing some of its ambience. Some Public hallway seating areas now blocked off & lobby felt crowded & not as stylish as it used to be. Nevertheless I had a fairly comfortable night & was well looked after by the staff in the check in/out & the restaurant where I ate at night. Location excellent but difficult to access by car on Sundays when the Gaya Street morning market is in full swing.
Ruth, auOther trip
Exceptional 10.0
Best location in town with colonial charm
As a historic boutique hotel, the Jesselton managed to age well even when I am assigned to the older quarter. The room is spacious and clean, with an energetic attendant readily providing me with amenities such as slippers and tea bags that room service may have missed initially. The location is simply unbeatable as you are in the middle of Gaya street with all kinds of restaurants and cafes, and surprisingly the walls and windows are thick enough that you won't hear much noise at night. Just be ready to bring toothbrushes and you will definitely enjoy the stay.
Siu Tsun, hk1 night romance trip

The Jesselton Hotel, Kota Kinabalu

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