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Jesselton Hotel

Jesselton Hotel

Jesselton Hotel

                                                                         Jesselton Hotel

Welcome to Jesselton Hotel Sabah ! In the bustling heart of the city, discover the perfect balance of convenience and serenity of the bygone days.

The Jesselton Hotel is a timeless piece of colonial beauty, with passenger lift services to its well-appointed guestrooms, each with free in room wireless broadband internet services, and modern en-suite bathrooms.

The hotel is well located at 69 Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu’s most famous tourist destination and also the heart of the city’s banking financial and business high street. The old Jesselton Post Office which has now been converted into the main office of Sabah Tourism Corporation (STC) is just a few minutes walk away from the hotel. The hotel is also a mere 20-minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA).

Our elegantly designed hotel provides exquisite personalized service, in the style of a colonial house with a cozy lounge, a fine restaurant serving international and Asian cuisine, a collection of 32 rooms fitted out with international standards furniture and fittings, and an authentic London cab which offers an unrivalled degree of spacious comfort – in hopes of extending a genuine welcome to all our guests


The History

The Jesselton Hotel is Kota Kinabalu’s city’s first post WWII modern hotel built at 69 Bond Street (now Gaya Street) and its present owners JWPK Holdings Sdn Bhd has maintained the premises up with the best in contemporary hotel services through periodic building upgrades renovations and interior makeovers. Before WWII, the name Jesselton Hotel referred to the town’s quaint timber and tin roofed Government Rest House, located on a bluff behind the city’s present Kota Kinabalu Police Station.

With the total devastation of Jesselton town at the end of WWII, Sir Herbert Ralph Hone, the Colonial Governor of Jesselton who was instrumental in the rebuilding of Jesselton, encouraged a consortium of Chinese Hong Kong businessmen to invest and build Jesselton town’s first modern post-war hotel which was completed in 1954 on what was then Jesselton town’s 69 Bond Street. The consortium owners engaged architects, contractors, builders and craftsmen from Hong Kong to construct one of the city’s first modern concrete building which was finished in Hong Kong 1940’s style architecture. In 1971, the hotel property and business was sold to a consortium of wealthy timber tycoons from Sandakan lead by the timber tycoon Datuk Khoo Siak Chew and the new owners contracted the operations management of Jesselton Hotel to Datuk Wong Tze Fatt, who is well known as an entrepreneur and founder of S.E. Asia’s Gardenia Bread Brand.

In 1978, Datuk Wong Tze Fatt bought out the hotel property and business and in 1989 engaged WAY Chartered Architects to undertake a total renovation of Jesselton Hotel to create its present iconic colonial façade, added a passenger services lift and an additional floor of guestrooms and fitted out the hotel with contemporary interiors and modern building services.

The present Jesselton Hotel iconic brand image was therefore created by Datuk Wong Tze Fatt who as an entrepreneur fulfilled a childhood dream to own a fine hotel. With the help of his opening manager Mr George Lemonwatt a British expatriate working at the time for the Swire Group in Hong Kong, Datuk Wong Tze Fatt personally inculcated to its hotel staff, the inn-keeping and hospitality traditions of days gone by. The hotel’s personal attention given to its guests is recognized by her signature welcome to visitors by the doorman attired in a colonial uniform complete with a tropical cork sun hat and her London Taxi for transporting her guests.

Many famous world luminaries have visited The Jesselton Hotel including the British aristocrat Lady Edwina Mountbatten during her reception that was held by the 20th Governor Turnbull; and boxer Mohammad Ali in which he fought Joe Bugner in Kuala Lumpur on the 30th June 1975 and won on unanimous decision and came through Jesselton on the way to Manila.



The Jesselton Hotel boasts 32 guestrooms in which are completely refurbished in 2008. All rooms are furnished with classical furniture and furnishings.

Superior Single/Double Room

  • Room Size: 23 sq.m
  • Queen-sized bed
  • Connecting-room is available
  • Maximum of 2 adults and 1 child is allowed

Deluxe Single/Double Room

  • Room Size: 30 sq.m
  • King or Queen-sized bed
  • Maximum of 2 adults and 2 children is allowed

Deluxe Twin Room

  • Room Size: 30 sq.m
  • Twin bed
  • Maximum of 2 adults and 2 children is allowed


  • Room Size: 40 sq.m
  • King-sized bed
  • Maximum of 2 adults and 2 children is allowed

Room Features

  1. Satellite / cable television.
  2. Air-conditioning with independent control.
  3. Complimentary broadband Internet Access.
  4. International direct dial telephone with bathroom extension.
  5. Bedside controls for lighting.
  6. En suite marble bathroom with full amenities (make-up mirrors, hairdryers, toiletries, plush towels).
  7. Plush bathrobes and sarongs.
  8. In-room safe.
  9. Coffee and tea making facilities.
  10. Mini-bar.
  11. Complimentary Newspaper.
  12. Comfortable and well-lit siting area.
  13. In-room iron and ironing boards upon request.


Facilities & Services

Turnbull Room

Named after Sir Roland Turnbull, the last British Governor of North Borneo(now Sabah), the Turnbull Room provides the perfect environment for both formal and informal function such as board meetings, business talk, intimate cocktail functions and elegant, themed dinners.

Capacity Chart

Arrangement     No. of Person

Theatre              25

Boardroom         18

U-shape               15

Classroom           18


Hotel Services

  • Room service
  • Daily evening turndown service
  • Laundry service
  • Baby cots


Lounge & Restaurant

The Mountbatten lounge

There is nowhere better for afternoon tea or an intimate drink than the Mountbatten Lounge, located just off the lobby.

Bella Italia Restaurant

Bella Italia Restaurant is the perfect setting for business lunches, social gatherings or a romantic rendezvous with that special someone. With Maurizio Intrigalia and Leonel Valdequez as the resident chefs for Bella Italia Restaurant, bring you the best in Italian, Latin and Mediterranean cuisines, as well as local and regional specialties such as Hainan Chicken Rice and Laksa Noodles, all of which you should not miss while visiting Sabah, “The Land Below The Wind”.


Hotline Number : 6013 8586018
E-Mail              : info@borneofullforce.com