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2D1N Staycation in Hilton Kota Kinabalu

Last year, my husband and I did few staycations in the city center of Kota Kinabalu when the number of cases were relatively low. You know after stuck at home for an extended of long period, we need a short escape but with little sprinkle of sweet getaway. In addition, there were quite number of local hotels are doing promotions, particularly the international hotel chains which immediately caught our attention. 

As for this post, I will share about our staycation at Hilton Kota Kinabalu.    

Date Stayed: 12 August - 13 August 2020 (1 Night)
Type of Room: King Accessible Room
Room Rate: RM186.73 per night (Booked via Agoda)
Breakfast: Included

Tucked right in the heart of the city center, Hilton Kota Kinabalu is the one and only property of Hilton situated in Sabah. This 5-star luxury hotel consists of 305 different rooms and suites, 4 dining options, functional event ballrooms and also an outdoor pool to cater both of the leisure and business travellers. 


Rest assured when staying with any Hilton's properties during this period cause they will disinfect and sanitize all the rooms and suites before allowing any of their guest to do the check-in. You can spot the blue sticker stick outside the door with the word "Clean Stay".


Our room was located on the 11th floor, which is the same floor as the outdoor swimming pool as well as the rooftop poolside bar and grill. Decorated in natural tone colour, the room is appointed with a wall-mounted TV, a mini fridge with tea and coffee making facilities, a long working table and stylish couch. As for the size of the room, it's not that spacious but it's sufficient enough for us to place our luggage at one spot and easily for us to move around. And look, they even folded a lovely couple of towel swam on the bed for our anniversary celebration. That so sweet! 




Bathroom wise, this room features a see through window from the bathroom but fret not, cause there's a curtain which you can pull down so that you won't feel shy when taking your bath. I don't know about you but I'm still feeling shy eventhough we're officially married now. There's no bathtub provided for this type of room, but I enjoyed the powerful rain shower on the top. 


#8: Toiletries from Crabtree & Evelyn 


Since the outdoor pool is located at the same floor as our room, my husband and I casually went to have a look, though we ain't planning to go for a swim. The pool might not seems large and long, but there are plenty of chairs and sun loungers for the in-house guests to relax or even sunbathing. 

#9: Turquoise colour umbrellas and sun loungers


#11: You can even get awesome view overlooking Kota Kinabalu city from the top floor

Before the pandemic time, the breakfast was initially served in Urban Kitchen which was located on the ground floor but then, they moved to the Rooftop Poolside Bar & Grill. And because of that, the breakfast is no longer served in buffet spread and they shifted to ala carte option instead.  

#12: Rooftop Poolside Bar & Grill - This is where they served breakfast, lunch and even dinner during the pandemic time.

#13: Complimentary breakfast served in ala carte during this pandemic crisis

Apart from the breakfast, we even had our dinner there in order to celebrate our anniversary. They do serve lunch too, and from their menu, majority are Western cuisines such as burgers, pastas and pizzas. My husband and I decided to order a bowl of soup and two main dishes. 

#14: Pan Fried Salmon with Soba Noodle - This is dish is just so-so for us 

#15: Chicken Tikka Masala - Not on their menu but turned out to be this is our favourite and we finished everything. 

#16: Always adhere to SOP by wearing the mask all the time, especially when in public area

Overall, my husband and I were indeed enjoyed our staycation eventhough there are few facilities and dining options were closed due to the restriction imposed by the government. We enjoyed sleeping on the comfy bed, the remarkbly clean room and attentive services by the hotel staff. 

However, the one and only downside of this hotel is the view, where all the guests will getting the same city view due the location of the hotel is built exactly in the middle of business district area. If you are someone who is looking for a room with spectacular seaview, then this hotel might not suit your requirement.

[Photo credit to Agoda]

Distance From Hilton Kota Kinabalu: 
  • Welcome Seafood Restaurant (one of the best local seafood in town) - Just behind the hotel
  • Borenos Fried Chicken (our local love this more than KFC) - Also just behind the hotel
  • Centre Point Shopping Mall - 10 minutes of walking
  • Gaya Street - 4 minutes of drive / 13 minutes of walking
  • Imago Shopping Mall - 5 minutes of drive
  • Suria Sabah Shopping Mall - 7 minutes of drive
  • Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal - 8 minutes of drive
  • Tanjung Aru Beach - 11 minutes of drive
  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport - 12 minutes of drive


  1. looks posh! i like their interior, modern and vibrant!

  2. I love the Hilton brand after staying in their hotels at Oxford and Edinburgh. The rooms have similar designs and layout like yours. I love their buffet breakfast.

    You got a very good promotion price. Lucky girl.


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