A fairly old building houses this Hyatt Regency chain. Centrally located in downtown Kota Kinabalu, with only a few minutes walk to the city's attraction such as the Tamu Market, fish market, shopping malls and various eating joints.
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu is located some 20 minutes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) which is served by a few airlines such as Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia, and Royal Brunei. Australian Airlines (AO) used to serve the airport until recently.
There are 288 rooms of Superior and Deluxe type, each equipped with air-conditioner, attached bath, TV, minibar, safety deposit box, IDD phone, coffee maker, etc. Apart from these regular rooms, there are also Junior Suites (2 units), Executive Suites (11 units), Presidential Suite (1 unit) as well as the Regency Club rooms (60 units).
There is a swimming outside the main lobby, albeit a small one facing the beautiful ocean and the many islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The fitness centre includes a gym, steam and sauna rooms, as well as jacuzzi.
As for F&B outlets, you can find Tanjung Ria Café serving à la carte menu of regular local and western delicacies. This restaurant is also the outlet for your daily morning buffet breakfast. Fabulous dim sum can be enjoyed at The Chinese Restaurant (its name does imply lack of creativity though). For those fancying Japanese food, you can try out Nagisa Restaurant which has a decent sea view while offering selective portions of sushi, teppanyaki and tempura (you can opt for the private tatami room as well).
Lastly, just at the basement of the hotel is the popular Shenanigan's Fun Pub which takes on a traditional Irish bar (that means a lot of drinking, especially during weekend nights).
The hotel interior has been extensively refurbished. The result is a modern and chic hotel with panoramic views of the ocean and amazing sunsets. I really loved the room during my 3-week stay here. The lobby is also architecturally wonderful.
The hotel is centrally located at the heart of downtown Kota Kinabalu, hence eating out and shopping should not be a problem. For a change, you can also make a trip to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park for nice beaches and excellent marine life.
Corporate rate is about RM180 - RM250. Walk-in should be more expensive, especially during the peak travel season in April-July (the "drier" season for climbing Mt Kinabalu and scuba diving). The hotel is usually overbooked by Malaysia Airlines staff as well as other multinational companies.