Thursday, May 8, 2014

Weekend Staycation in Grandis Hotels & Resorts, Kota Kinabalu

UPDATED: Soft Opening Room Promotion from as low as RM238 nett which the price inclusive of breakfast for 2 and government tax. This promo rate only applicable to Sabah and Sarawak residents only. Other terms and conditions apply. 

Lately, I noticed there are numbers of new hotels are springing up like mushroom after rain in Kota Kinabalu city in order to meet the demand of increasing tourists. And among all of them, one eventually caught my attention, Grandis Hotels and Resorts and I personally thought this is the hidden gem one that I would highly recommend to those who plan their trip to Kota Kinabalu soon.

Located right in the heart of bustling and colourful city centre of Kota Kinabalu, Grandis Hotels & Resorts is the latest well-designed and luxurious hotel adjacent to Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, the award-wining premier leisure mall. Named after Ascidieria Grandis (Eria Grandis), an endemic orchid found on Mount Kinabalu, this hotel is perfectly sits in the shopping, business and entertainment area. And recently I was sponsored for a two days and one night stay inclusive of breakfast for 2 persons.

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#1: Grandis Hotels & Resorts located right at the corner of Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, just besides Starbucks Coffee


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#2: Classic and graceful looking lobby area

Once I stepped into the hotel, I was greeted with a big and sweet smile by all the friendly and attentive staffs; whether from the front desk, customer service and even the hotel concierge. Not just that, throughout my stay there, all the hotel staffs never failed to smile and greet me as well as the rest of the hotel guests. What an incredible and warm hospitality!  

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#3: I was given a night stay in their Superior Bay View

Consists of 188 rooms, each and every room are thoughtfully designed to offer comfortable atmosphere and cozy ambiance and it perfectly suits for any kind of travellers; whether for leisure or business purposes. All the modern and elegant rooms are well-equipped and furnished with the up-to-date facilities for entertainment and connectivity which include flat screen LED TV, minibar fridge, complimentary drinking waters, in room locker, iron and ironing board, emergency torchlight, hairdryer. The best part, free WiFi connection is provided inside the room.

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#4: Not just the room is so spacious, even the bathroom is also so large in terms of size.

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#5: Daily bathroom amenities, hand towers and bath towels are provided for all the valuable guests.

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#6: Coffee and tea making facilities. They even help to promote Sabah local product - Sabah Tea.

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#7: Ironing board, emergency torchlight, iron and in-room locker. Oh wait! Sarong is provided so that the foreign guests can enjoy the beauty of our Malaysia product. 

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#8: Deluxe Sea View - I was given an opportunity to view the other type of plush room as well.

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#9: Bath tub - just when you need it to soak the tired legs after spending whole day outside

There are slightly differences between the superior room and deluxe room which beside in terms of the size of the room, a bath tub is available in the latter one. And perhaps, if case you want make this stay another remarkable and unforgettable one, opt for Deluxe Sea View for a splendid view of the blue sea, breathtaking sunsets and the picturesque Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands.

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#10: A stunning view that everyone wish for whenever they woke up from the bed

Done with the rooms viewing, now let us move to the restaurant and lounge instead. Shall we? Both restaurant and lounge located on the first floor, along with the business centre, two functions rooms and one boardroom. 

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#11: Business Centre for the business travellers to catch up their work even on the go.

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#12: Piano Lounge

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#13: Electronic piano to entertain the guests

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#14: Grab a drink or a plate of sweetylicious cake while enjoying the music.
From 7pm - 9pm, all the cakes are selling at 50% - what a great deal!

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#15: Rosea Cafe - Chic and colourful restaurant that serve á la carte menus or specially prepared buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as Hi - tea buffets over weekends and public holidays.

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#17: Always my favourite corner - delectable bakery (breads, cakes, muffins, danish, croissant)

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#18: As for their breakfast buffet spread, although it features both western and local delights but the choices were pretty limited somewhere.

#19: But then this is the main highlight - enjoying breakfast with this kind of stunning view. Don't you wish for this every single day?

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#20: Jesselton Point and Gaya Street Weekend Market

Talking about places of interests nearby the hotel, it's just 2-3 minutes walk to Jesselton Point (getaway to Tunku Abdul Rahman islands), Gaya Street Weekend Market, Atkinson Clock Tower, Sabah Tourism Board Building and also surrounding by countless of restaurants and cafes. What else can you ask for more?

As for room rate wise, it depends on the occupancy rate at the time of booking.

NOTE: Currently, the hotel is still under construction, hence only three rooms are available for booking at this moment - Superior Bay View, Deluxe City View and Deluxe Sea View. As for the swimming pool and gymnasium, it is not available yet and the whole hotel is expecting to fully complete somewhere around July.

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#21: Thanks to Grandis Hotels and Resorts for generously hosted and sponsored for my first ever weekend staycation. It was indeed such a pleasant and wonderful stay!

How To Get To Grandis Hotels & Resorts From Airport
The best way to reach the hotel directly from airport is by taking taxi which charge at the standard rate of RM35 per cab (fit up to 4 people). The other option is by taking airport bus which costs RM5 per person and it will stop in front of Padang Merdeka (Merdeka Field) and from there, walk to Suria Sabah Shopping Mall. However, the latter option is only available from 7:30am until 7:00 pm only.

This post is sponsored by Grandis Hotels and Resorts.

17 comments:

  1. The location of this hotel is very strategic that in town. The view in hotel also nice.

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  2. Oh wow! Looks good!!!

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  3. First sponsored staycation? Congrats, sweetie! The hotel looks not too bad especially with the nice view. Who did you stay with?? Hahaha!

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  4. I love staycation! The sea view is breathtaking~

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  5. Nice hotel. Too bad I didn't know about it. If not, I'll definitely stay there for the night after my hiking. I was in need of a soothing bath.

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    1. Not just you, Jeff! Even many KKians also didn't know about this hotel, including my parents and my bf. They just opened to public end of March lately.

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  6. Awesome ambiance and environment. That sarong just blew me off.

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  7. Nice hotel. I love that sea view.

    been to KK twice, the last time in 2007 I think. Must go back and climb Mount KK one day. :)

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  8. #19 - restaurant with stunning water view. Very nice :)
    Btw - thought you might not have seen the message I left you.
    You can get me at midnite.com@gmail.com

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  9. what a lovely view. Walking distance from Gaya Street too. I love walking around Gaya street

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  10. Love their concept and idea of keeping Sabah and Malaysia authenticity by offering Sabah Tea and sarong on the wardrobe. Never came across this! What an amazing idea.

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  12. Great spot for a hotel, in the middle ba kan hehe.

    Congrats, sponsored stay ka :)

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  13. i always like to stay premium hotels just that don't have that much money..hahaha..hoping for a free one nia~~

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  14. Hi Diana! I just came accross your blog! I booked for the Grandis for the weekend 26-28 of Sep to celebrate my bf's bday (we're flying from Hong Kong). I was wondering what the breakfast buffet looks like - is there anything salty? (we don't eat sugar or grain...!). Thanks in advance! and congrats on the blog ;)

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