We arranged an airport pick-up beforehand so we just had to look out for our names flashing on the arrival area. We were welcomed by Dino who, apparently, is a Filipino that was born and raised in Kota Kinabalu. His parents migrated in the city but you could feel his excitement upon learning that we were Filipinos as well. The 15-minute drive to our hotel was smooth and we were immediately assisted by the staff on our reservations.
The lush lobby welcomed the group and then went on with the check-in process. It was flawless and we were ushered to our rooms in no time.
Horizon Hotel features 180 rooms with either a city view or a sea view. We were assigned at two connecting Deluxe Rooms with sea view (check room types and rates), one room had huge double bed while the other had twin beds. The connecting rooms were such an ease especially when we needed to plan on something or for those beer nights.
|My huge bed|
|Connecting rooms = endless boozing up sessions|
We dozed off easily and woke up the next day with the stunning view of the South China Sea from our windows. We immediately went to Deco Cafe & Grill located at the ground floor where the complimentary buffet breakfast was served. The spread was a fusion of Malay and International breakfast fares. I feasted on sausages and pancakes.
|My happy breakfast plate|
|The pool with nice view of the city|
|Malaysia Monument and the city's mascot- the Great Egret|
We gobbled on some Steamed Beef Ball (RM 8 | US$ 2.21), Steamed Lion Head with Sweet & Sour Sauce (RM 8 | US$ 2.21), Steamed Lamb Shoulder (RM 7 | US$ 1.94), Steamed Ox Tripe with Black Bean Sauce (RM 8 | US$ 2.21), Deep-fried Salad Prawn (RM 7 | US$ 1.94), Deep-fried Wantan (RM 7.50 | US$ 2.07), Siew Pak Choi (Steamed Chinese Cabbage) and Steamed Bean Curd Rolls with Oyster Sauce, my favorite (RM 7.50 | US$ 2.07).
|Steamed Beef Ball|
|Steamed Lamb Shoulder|
|Steamed Lion Head with Sweet & Sour Sauce|
|Steamed Ox Tripe with Black Bean Sauce|
|Siew Pak Choi (Steamed Chinese Cabbage)|
|Steamed Bean Curd Rolls with Oyster Sauce|
Our one-day layover at Kota Kinabalu was great. The perfect choice of our hotel was the key factor. Horizon Hotel was perfectly located at the center of the city and we just needed to work out our leg muscles, the perfect way for the second day of our summer adventure.
Horizon Hotel (book online)
Jalan Pantai, Locked Bag 2084,
88999 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malysia
Contact Number: (+60) 88.518.000
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