Outward Vacay: KK Times Square Hotel

During a 5 days ‘vacation’ (well, it’s mainly for work but still…) to my favourite city in Sabah recently, me and my partner decided to stay at this hotel since I have been eyeing them for awhile now. And because we’d flown there this time around, we decided that it’s best for us to stay near a mall since we were immobile most of the time (thank God for Uber/Grab of course). Location wise, this hotel is the only hotel visible from the side entrance of Imago Shopping Mall, making our lives even more convenient and easier.

Among the positive things that I’d discovered while staying at the hotel was its spacious room. The décor might be a bit dated but (thankfully) the room works well despite numerous complaints that I’ve previously read from a couple of travel sites. A first timer’s luck perhaps? We’d checked in late but the front desk works smoothly even though they might be lacking in terms of smiles and warmth. And we’d also noticed that the hotel seems to be very popular with Bruneian tourists (hence you’ll see quite a number of Bruneian plate numbers within the proximity).  

With the good come the not so good things I reckon right? Their lift is not attached to the main lobby (yup, it is on the outside and in a very public area, just like another hotel located right at their backside called Manja Hotel). But I still feel somewhat safe since it was pretty well-lit within said area. Another thing that seems to be an ongoing problem with the hotel was their parking (or the lack of them). There are only 4 designated parking available (on a ‘first come first serve’ basis) and you do need to pay quite a hefty sum for other parking within the immediate area. You can also try parking within the Imago mall itself (because they only cost RM3 per entry) but the golden rule of ‘park at your own risk’ applies there so err… fingers crossed?

Next we have…

Type – Deluxe King Room
Room – 4/5 (I’m satisfied even though they gave me a room with the backside view)
Price – 4/5 (I would say that they’re still mid-range, considering the place)
Service – 3/5 (the day shift people were a lot nicer than the night ones)
Décor – 3/5 (it would be even better if they refurbish their dated looking rooms)
Facilities – 3/5 (your basic 2 (or was it 3?) stars accommodation I guess)
Location – 5/5 (couldn’t get any better than being steps away from one of the most popular malls in KK right)

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