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Gateway to Borneo: Hilton Hotels & Resorts Arrives in Kota Kinabalu

March 23, 2017 Hotel Openings No Comments Email Email

Hilton today announced the grand launching of Hilton Kota Kinabalu, a 305-room hotel located in the center of Sabah’s capital city. An urban melting pot of Southeast Asian culture, Kota Kinabalu has emerged as a growing resort destination for local and international travelers alike due to its unparalleled access to Borneo’s pristine beaches, rugged mountain ranges and incredible biodiversity.

“Borneo has long attracted visitors seeking a vacation out of the ordinary,” said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “At Hilton, we are always looking to be in the destinations that matter most to our guests, and with the opening of Hilton Kota Kinabalu, we are well positioned to deliver our award-winning hospitality from the gateway to this beautiful island.”

Hilton Kota Kinabalu is only 300 meters from Kota Kinabalu’s newest landmark – Plaza Shell, Sabah’s first fully green building. The hotel is also near the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Islands, Kota Kinabalu Observatory Tower, and several restaurants and shops at the city’s Waterfront complex. Hilton Kota Kinabalu is approximately nine kilometers from Kota Kinabalu International Airport and 90 kilometers from the Kinabalu National Park – home to Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and the tallest mountain in the country.

Inspired by Borneo’s unique biodiversity, Hilton Kota Kinabalu’s design features an intriguing fusion of nature and art, resulting in an authentic, minimalist decor that creates a calm and 2 reflective contemporary guest experience. All 305 guest rooms and suites are equipped with motion sensing technology that controls lighting and air conditioning, modern furnishings and ergonomically-designed workspaces while featuring picturesque views of either the mountainside or vibrant city and sea.

“The opening of Hilton Kota Kinabalu underscores our commitment to growing our presence across Malaysia, situated in destinations where our guests and travelers want to visit,” said William Costley, vice president, operations, South East Asia & India, Hilton. “As tourism in Borneo continues to rise, attracting visitors with its natural beauty and rich culture, I am confident that Hilton Kota Kinabalu is poised to exceed the expectations of our guests by providing exceptional hospitality that is synonymous to Hilton.”

In addition to the hotel’s bar, Club Bar, that is expected to open in third quarter of this year, guests at Hilton Kota Kinabalu can enjoy three exciting dining concepts:

 Urban Kitchen is the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant that offers a globally-inspired selection of cuisine including local specialties prepared in an open kitchen with live cooking stations.

 Rooftop Poolside Bar & Grill provides diners with an unobstructed view of the city skyline. The restaurant serves imported grilled meats and an array of fresh seafood with a diverse selection of international wines is available to satisfy the most discerning connoisseurs.

 Zest Cafe offers an abundant selection of local and international favorites, including sandwiches, salads, take-away cakes and pastries, as well as a selection of hot and cold beverages.

Hilton Kota Kinabalu boasts the largest outdoor rooftop pool area in the Malaysian state of Sabah with a deck area of 842 square meters, a 25-meter long swimming pool and a separate children’s pool which also presents itself as a fantastic outdoor events space. Following a relaxing day at the pool, guests can re-energize with a workout in the 24-hour fitness center. The hotel also offers 15 versatile spaces, perfect for hosting a variety of events – from corporate conferences to wedding receptions. All meeting rooms enjoy abundant natural daylight and are fully equipped with advanced multimedia capabilities. The pillar-less 1,065- square-meter grand ballroom can accommodate more than 900 guests and is furnished with cutting-edge audiovisual facilities.

Hilton Kota Kinabalu participates in Hilton Honors®, the only hotel loyalty program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® on the same stay, with No Blackout Dates on reward stays. To celebrate the hotel’s opening, Hilton Honors members can earn 1,000 Bonus Points per night on the best available rate through stays completed between January 31, 2017 and July 31, 2017, along with along with instant benefits, including an exclusive member discount that cannot be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital check-in when they book directly through preferred Hilton channels.

Hilton Kota Kinabalu is located at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Asia City, Malaysia. For more information or to make a reservation, please call at +60 88 356 000 or visit

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