The Jessleton, Kota Kinabalu

Experiential | Very Good | Excellent | Magnificent | Out of this world



  • Great central location
  • Beautiful colonial styling

The Jesselton Hotel is considered a stalwart on the Kota Kinabalu hotel scene. Its striking colonial architecture houses just 32 guestrooms but its central location and notable history has helped it remain ever-popular with visitors to KK. As you step into the marble-clad lobby, you’re transported to a bygone era enveloped in The Jesselton’s classic colonial furnishings and design.

The rooms are comfortable and equipped with amenities like air conditioning, Wi-Fi, bathrobes and tea and coffee making facilities. The décor isn’t particularly flashy or modern, but you’ll find your guestroom welcoming nevertheless. The Jessleton’s location on Gaya Street is a prime spot in KK, especially if you’re here on a Sunday when the famous Sunday Market is right on the doorstep.

There’s so much to do in KK that you probably won’t notice the absence of a pool, gym or spa at The Jesselton. The hotel’s restaurant, Bayu, serves up delicious local cuisine and continues the hotel’s distinctive colonial design features. There’s also a bar and café for quick morning snacks and coffee or something a little stronger come evening.


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