On the edges of Kota Kinabalu lies the largest hypermall in all of Malaysian Borneo known as 1Borneo built for those who just simply must get some retail therapy in during their Borneo trek.
Attached to this complex are two hotels, one of which is the very modern and very new Grand Borneo Hotel. Recently switching into private ownership from Accor and dropping the Mercure branding, the hotel is still finding its feet in the Kota Kinabalu hospitality industry.
Not quite a city hotel, yet definitely not a resort, this four star property while lovely is decidedly difficult to pin down into a category.
Recently staying at the property, I tried out the lead-in standard room, and at 22 square metres is fine for a short stay, but for those staying longer an upgrade would be recommended as the room does feel quite small with the inclusion of a King-sized bed.
Business travellers will be happy to find the desk is complimented by desk-height international adapter ports for ease of use- no scrounging under the table to find an outlet then discovering you need to call guest services for an adapter. Also the free internet is a nice touch, but travellers will have to bring their own ethernet cables.
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