Zaharah Hotel Apartments, Kota Kinabalu

zaharah RM 75

Zaharah Hotel Apartment is a new Muslim Chinese operated hotel/serviced apartments in Api-Api Center
in Kota Kinabalu. It’s located at the same block and area as Paramount
Service Hotel and Apartments – it seems that the management has rented
out some units to be rebranded as Zaharah Hotel Apartment. Paramount
Service Hotel and Apartments (RM 68++) is all out of their lower end
rooms, leaving only the RM 238++ 3-bedroom apartment suites, so we
decided to look for alternative accommodations and chanced across this
Zaharah Hotel Apartments advertisement for RM 75 nett.

zaharah room

We had just gotten back from Mt. Kinabalu, and being extremally
exhausted, we just took the room and booked it for two nights (RM 150
nett). It’s a very nice deal, considering the excellent service and the
comfortable beds (with clean towels and a new bar of soap on each bed).

zaharah toilet

The toilets are relatively clean and come with an embedded heated
water shower unit. It looks rather like Paramount Hotel and Service
Apartments except that Zaharah Hotel Apartments has…

zaharah mystery room

…a mysterious room which serves no practical or imaginable purpose.

zaharah vanity

Zaharah Hotel Apartments is also equipped with a TV and a vanity
mirror. There is also air conditioning and blinds that leads out…

zaharah balcony

…to a balcony. Nice!

zaharah kitchen

There is also a full fledged kitchen with a fridge, oven/stove top combo and a dish washing area.

zaharah pot

There were also new cooking utensils like pots and so forth and
being so tired, we just cooked dinner in the hotel apartment facilities
and hit the sack.

P/S – I’ve conquered Mt. Kinabalu – it was
torturous and I hurt all over, but it was worth the pain and altitude
sickness. I was the only one in our group to reach the summit and it
was punishing to push myself to the limits, but it was amazing! I will
write about it when I get back – I will have much more resources then.

Promenade Hotel Apartments at Api-Api Center, KK

kk airport seas

The flight from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu took about an hour and
half. Kota Kinabalu International Airport is breathtaking when the
plane starts its landing sequence – it goes over the magnificent
islands and austere seas and it almost seems like the plane is going to
land into the sea…

kk airport landing

…but it touched down perfectly on the runaway built right beside the open seas. It certainly is a novel experience…

kk promenade check in

We took a taxi into KK and after walking around a bit, decided to check into Promenade Hotel Apartments at Api Api Center. Api-Api is the word the locals call Kota Kinabalu…interesting snippet here.

kk promenade nook

Promenade Hotel Apartments is located in a nook of Api-Api Center
right in the middle of Kota Kinabalu – it’s all to easy to miss the
place if not for the plethora of signs advertising the low rates of RM
68++ per night.

kk hotel room

Our hotel room is situated a little down from the actual reception
block. This modular hotel apartment design is unique – we had to walk
one block down and take a separate escalator up to the second floor.
The room looks a little dodgy at first sight…

kk hotel corridor

…especially when the corridor seems to be a mix of hotel apartments and business establishments and residential units.

kk hotel interior

The room itself was alright though. There are two beds and a sofa
for the three of us and the room comes equipped with a TV, a fridge and
air conditioning. It also has a kitchen in addition to the bathroom and
toilet unit.

kk hotel view

I can’t say much about the view…

kk hotel ironing carpets

…and it looks like some drug crazed tenant has previously taken a hot iron to the carpets…

…but we’ll only be staying the night.

The journey to conquer Mt. Kinabalu starts at 0700 hours tomorrow. πŸ™‚

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