October 19, 2019

Hilton Kota Kinabalu

Hilton Kota Kinabalu

Hilton Kota Kinabalu is a five-star hotel located in the downtown area of Sabah's capital city of Kota Kinabalu. The property opened in March 2017 and is currently one of the newest hotels in Sabah and in the whole of Malaysia. Hilton Kota Kinabalu caters to the growing number of business and leisure travelers who are in search of high-end accommodation in the city.

Hilton Kota Kinabalu

Hilton is a premium hotel brand and is the flagship brand of the Hilton Worldwide group. Hilton Kota Kinabalu is the fourth Hilton property to open in Malaysia, with the other three properties located in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, and Petaling Jaya.

Hilton Kota Kinabalu

Guests arriving at the hotel will be welcomed by the mesmerizing glitter of the lobby's glass chandelier. The shimmer of the brass panels and the warm lights provide contrast to the soothing blue shade of the interior. Check-in process was very efficient. Guests can comfortably wait at the lobby's seating area while the front office processes your check-in.

Hilton Kota Kinabalu

Hilton Kota Kinabalu has a total of 305 guestrooms and suites, each offering spacious accommodation, state-of-the-art tech and entertainment amenities. Rooms are divided into eight categories.

Room Category Room Size
Executive Lounge Access
Deluxe Room 32 King or Twin none
Guest Room 32 King or Twin
Premium Room 43 King Bed none
Executive Room ► 32 King or Twin yes
Executive Premium Room 42 King or Twin yes
Executive Suite 105 King Bed yes
One-Bedroom Suite 82 King Bed yes
Presidential Suite 244 King Bed

Hilton Honors Elite Status Benefit: Space-Available Upgrade

One of the highlights of being a loyal Hilton Honors Elite Member is the benefit of having a complimentary room upgrade every time you stay in a Hilton Hotels & Resorts property. This benefit is subject to room availability upon check-in.

Elite Status Space-Available Upgrade Benefit
Gold Elite Upgrade to the next higher room category - Gold Elite members are upgraded to the next available higher room category. The Executive Room category is the highest upgrade provided to Gold Elite members. In case the hotel is running on full occupancy and a room upgrade is not possible, Gold Elite members are provided with complimentary Executive Lounge access.
Diamond Elite Upgrade to a One-Bedroom Suite - Diamond Elite members are automatically upgraded to a One-Bedroom Suite category. The higher suite categories such as specialty suites and presidential suites are not included in this upgrade benefit.

Gold Elite and Diamond Elite members who have booked a suite are no longer upgraded to a higher suite category.


The Executive Room is one of the two highest guestroom categories of Hilton Kota Kinabalu. Guests staying in an Executive Room enjoy complimentary access to the hotel's Executive Lounge. Measuring 32 square meters, the Executive Room is available in king or twin bed configuration. It features a spacious bedroom and a marble bathroom.

The key features of the Executive Room include:

  • Hilton Serenity Bed
  • 47-inch full HD television with satellite channels
  • coffee and tea making facility
  • iron and ironing board
  • walk-in shower with rainfall showerhead
  • access to the Executive Lounge
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Guests staying in any of the Executive Rooms or Suites of Hilton Kota Kinabalu enjoy complimentary access to the Executive Lounge. Lounge guests are accorded with a host of exclusive benefits and personalized service during their stay, including:
  • personalized check-in and check-out
  • choice of semi-buffet breakfast at the Executive Lounge
  • or the breakfast buffet at Urban Kitchen
  • refreshments throughout the day
  • evening cocktails and canapes
  • business center services
  • complimentary use of the meeting room

Hilton Honors Elite Status Benefit: Complimentary Executive Lounge Access

Another perk of being a loyal Hilton Honors Elite Member is receiving complimentary access to the Executive Lounge. This is regardless of the room category you booked. At present, only Diamond Elite members are guaranteed with this benefit.

Elite Status Complimentary Executive Lounge Access
Gold Elite Not applicable to Gold Elite members - However, Gold Elite members who were upgraded to an Executive Room will also enjoy complimentary access to the Executive Lounge
Diamond Elite Guaranteed for Diamond Elite members - This is regardless of the room category book. This access comes with all the benefits available at the Executive Lounge.  

The Complimentary Executive Lounge Access benefit also extends to one (1) additional registered guest in the same room as the elite member.


Guests staying or visiting Hilton Kota Kinabalu will never run out of dining options. The hotel has a total of four dining outlets offering a wide selection of local and international cuisines in various dining settings:

Restaurant Dining Experience
Urban Kitchen the all-day dining restaurant of the hotel serving local and international cuisines, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Zest Cafe serves pastries and light snacks, as well as coffee, tea, and juices
Club Bar serves cocktails and tapas, with live music entertainment
Rooftop Poolside Bar & Grill located on the highest floor of the hotel, it is the perfect venue for sundowners and evening cocktails


Urban Kitchen is the all-day dining restaurant of Hilton Kota Kinabalu offering international and regional Malaysian cuisine. The restaurant serves a la carte and buffet dining and welcomes both checked-in and walk-in guests. I was able to sample their dinner buffet during my stay and I was quite impressed with the selection.


Waking up in the morning for breakfast will definitely be one thing that will keep you excited during your stay at Hilton Kota Kinabalu. With four choices of breakfast venues, guests can have a unique breakfast experience on each day of their stay at the hotel

  • Breakfast Buffet at Urban Kitchen - guests who book a bed & breakfast room package can enjoy a wide selection of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Western dishes for breakfast at Urban Kitchen. Not to be missed are the Nasi Lemak Station and the Dim Sum Station. Available from 6:30am to 10:30am, Monday to Friday, and until 11:00am on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
  • Continental Breakfast at the Executive Lounge - guests staying in an Executive Room or a Suite are welcome to enjoy the semi-buffet breakfast at the exclusive Executive Lounge. Choices include continental and Asian dishes plus egg dishes and other breakfast items from the breakfast a la carte menu. Executive Room or Suite guests can also enjoy the buffet breakfast at Urban Kitchen

  • Grab-and-Go Breakfast from Zest Cafe - guests catching an early morning meeting or a tour to the nearby islands can opt for a grab and go breakfast from Zest Cafe. Choices include a variety of pastries, viennoiseries, and sandwiches which can be paired with espresso-based beverages, tea or fruit juices
  • In-room Dining - guests who wish to dine at the comfort and privacy of their room can order breakfast from the in-room dining menu, choices include Continental, American and Asian breakfast items

Hilton Honors Elite Member Benefit: Complimentary Breakfast

This is perhaps the most essential benefit of a Hilton Honors Elite member:

Elite Status Complimentary Breakfast
Gold Elite Daily Breakfast Buffet at the Restaurant - Gold Elite members are guaranteed to receive complimentary breakfast buffet at Urban Kitchen. Gold Elite members who were upgraded to the Executive Room can also enjoy the continental breakfast served at the  Executive Lounge.
Diamond Elite Daily Breakfast in the Restaurant & Executive Lounge - As part of their guaranteed complimentary Executive Lounge Access benefit, Diamond Elite members can enjoy both the breakfast buffet at Urban Kitchen and the continental breakfast at the Executive Lounge.  

The Complimentary Breakfast benefit also extends to one (1) additional registered guest in the same room as the elite member.


Hilton Kota Kinabalu

Staying in shape while on a holiday or a business trip is made possible by the in-house fitness center. Let the hotel's state-of-the-art workout machines and equipment help you burn those extra calories or keep up with your fitness routine. Business travelers who are trying to get rid of jet lag may also opt to work out in the evening.

swimming pool at Hilton Kota Kinabalu

Located on the rooftop is the hotel's open-air swimming pool. This is the perfect place to escape the tropical heat in Sabah by enjoying the cooling breeze while sipping on a drink from the poolside bar. Single and couple's sun loungers are available to guests. This is also the best place to watch the sunset.


Hilton Kota Kinabalu is strategically located in the downtown area of the city, near some of the city's shopping and dining destinations. Hilton Kota Kinabalu is located some 8 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu International Aiport. The hotel is accessible via Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman or Jalan Tun Razak, two of the main roads of the downtown area.

  • International Flights - several airlines serve daily flights to Kota Kinabalu coming from key cities around Asia including Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo. Guests from other regions may book connecting flights to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok or Hong Kong
  • Domestic Flights - guests visiting other cities in Malaysia can easily include Kota Kinabalu in their itinerary since both Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia offer direct flights to Kota Kinabalu from other cities in Malaysia including Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Johor Bahru, Penang and Langkawi
  • Airport Transfer - the fastest and most convenient way to get to the hotel from the airport is to book the hotel limousine service (MYR 160.00 per way). Alternatively, guests can also use the GrabCar ride-hailing application to book a ride to the hotel from the airport (MYR 11.00-15.00 per way).
  • Getting Around - taxis are available everywhere in Kota Kinabalu but I personally recommend the GrabCar ride-hailing app to book your rides within the city. GrabCar rides are very affordable and reliable. For a more comfortable ride, I recommend that you select the GrabCar 6-seater service. Fare is between MYR 15.00 to 25.00 for trips within the city.

Hilton Kota Kinabalu
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Asia City, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Contact: +60 88-356 000
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