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All About Seaview in Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel

Barely more than 3 years, Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel is the latest addition of 5-star luxury hotel at Sabah's state capital of Kota Kinabalu. Sits on the bustling waterfront which is famed for dining and entertainment options, this hotel consists of more than 300 guest rooms and suites, four dining outlets including a picturesque rooftop bar, a grand ballroom, meeting venues, a spa, gym and an outdoor infinity pool overlooking of South China Sea. 

#1: Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel, the latest addition of 5-star luxury hotel in the city

Last year, my husband and I take turns to treat each other for a short but cozy retreat since we unable to go and travel abroad. My husband happened to stumble upon promo offered by this hotel, and so he decided to book for 2D1N staycation during the Merdaka Day's holiday.

Date Stayed: 31 August - 1 September 2020 (1 Night)
Type of Room: Executive Premier Corner Room with Balcony and Ocean View 
Room Rate: RM370 per night (Booked via Agoda)
Breakfast: Included

If you are driving a car during your stay, you can park on the 6th floor of Oceanus Mall or a public space which both of them located just side by side to the hotel. At that time during our stay, it's free but not sure with now. 

#2: Grand and dramatic looking lobby area

During our check-in process, we didn't have to wait any longer to reach our time as most of the front desks were readily to be served by the friendly staff. The check-in process was pretty fast and smooth and the next thing we know is time to get ready to check out the awesome room assigned to us.


To my surprise, my husband booked the executive premier corner room with balcony that offer gorgeous seaview instead when initially I thought he just booked a deluxe seaview without a balcony. I was indeed impressed and fascinated with the view looking out from the room. Room wise, I felt it's relatively compact space with a king bed sized, a medium size couch, tea and coffee making facilities with mini fridge and a small round shape desk.  

#4: Executive Premier Corner Room with Balcony and Ocean View 

#5: A happy wife, a happy life

#6: Coffee and tea making facilities 

Apart from the balcony, my favourite area would be the bathroom. Not just that it has bathtub but the way that both shower area and bathtub are being placed which again, facing the seaview. But of course, you need to press a button to let the curtain down before showering, or else you will be doing a free show. 

#6: Bathtub and shower area placed towards the seaview 

#7: Fancy this kind of bathroom 

#8: How I wish I could wake up to this gorgeous panoramic view every morning? 

One of the main highlights of Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel would be the outdoor infinity pool. Not just that it offers idyllic view of South China Sea, one can even enjoy the breathtaking golden sunset view from here. By the way, do you know that Kota Kinabalu is listed as one of the Top 10 Cities for Best Sunset View?  
#9: Outdoor infinity pool overlooking the gorgeous South China Sea and breathtaking sunset

#10: Gymnasium. It used to open 24 hours but due to government restrictions, I think it only opens for certain hour.  

As my husband booked the room rate which included along with the breakfast, I have been anticipating for it since the day we checked in. Immediately on the next morning, we woke up early to fill up our empty tummy. The breakfast was served at Kitchen@8 which located on the 8th floor. While some other hotels chosen to serve breakfast in ala carte, luckily this hotel continues to serve their breakfast in buffet style as usual. As that's mean wide selection of food to choose from and their breakfast ain't disappointed at all cause the breakfast spread is significantly extensive. Aside from the typical breakfast such as nasi lemak, roti canai, American breakfast, they even served chicken rice. 

#11: Again, breakfast with a view. 

#12: Wide selection of buffet spread to choose from  

Among all the 5-star international hotel chains I have stayed in Kota Kinabalu city, I can conclude that this is the best one and my most favourite to stay with, particularly for its unrivalled view of South China Sea. Right from the moment we check-in into the room, our eyes were non-stop feasting with this gorgeous view not just from the room, but from the bathroom to swimming pool and even during the breakfast time. Therefore, if you are looking for a hotel in Kota Kinabalu with a stunning sea and sunset view, I would highly recommend this. And if you are planning to stay in this hotel, please go and book the one with a seaview and you will never regret for doing so. The only thing I noticed about this hotel is that it might not suitable for the business traveller as it doesn't have proper working place. Other than that, I can say it's worth every penny you pay for. 

#13: Looking for a hotel with Instagrammable spot? Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel is the one

Distance From Hilton Kota Kinabalu: 
  • Oceanus Waterfront Mall - Just besides the hotel but this mall is pretty empty with almost 90% of them closed. 
  • Centre Point Shopping Mall / KFC / Pizza Hut - 6 minutes of walking
  • Filipino Market - 8 minutes of walking
  • Imago Shopping Mall - 3 minutes of drive / 9 minutes of walking
  • Gaya Street - 4 minutes of drive / 15 minutes of walking
  • Suria Sabah Shopping Mall - 4-5 minutes of drive
  • Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal - 5 minutes of drive
  • Tanjung Aru Beach - 10 minutes of drive
  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport - 12 minutes of drive


  1. Beautiful view. Nice hotel. Will consider this hotel when visit KK.

  2. What a fabulous hotel with luxury rooms and panoramic seaview. It's like heavens.


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