Extra Photo Gallery: Superior Room | Indoor Garden
The hotel is located on the 7th floor of Warisan Square on Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, right smack in downtown Kota Kinabalu within the up and coming precinct of KK Waterfront which promises a host of fancy ocean-fronting restaurants, bars and shopping outlets. In general, Warisan Square is located some 15 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) and taxi fare will cost about RM20 for the one way journey. Upon arrival at Warisan Square, look out for the elevator access to the hotel lobby which is placed on the rear portion which is opposite Centre Point shopping mall.
Managed by the Radiance Hospitality Group, Radius International Waterfront Hotel is one of the latest hospitality establishments in Kota Kinabalu. Rated as a 3-star outlet, it presents a very unique concept of boutech hotel which signifies some elements of boutique establishment intertwined by high-tech features. The hotel consists of 96 rooms and suites which are interestingly spread within the 7th floor of the building. The placement of the hotel on a higher floor of the shopping mall does make a good business sense as typical retail outlets may not be able to survive due to the lack of access and visibility.
Upon stepping in at the main lobby, one cannot help but be amazed by the relatively compact and minimalist design of the reception area. Two reception desks are neatly placed to face the elevator entrance where the patrons can head straight for room check-in. The interior design of the main lobby is very chic and fashionable with clever usage of wood boards, wall plasters, potted grass and even LCD TV. The reception area extends to a section where small meeting rooms are placed for business-related functions, apart from a well-equipped business centre featuring the latest desktop PCs and other paraphernalia.
As for the room categories, the hotel offers 55 units of Courtroom, 25 units of Superior City View, 16 units of Deluxe Sea View and 2 units of Premier Suite. Choices of twin and queen bedding configurations are available in most of the lower room categories, with some of the higher ones featuring king-size beds as well. Encapsulating the boutech concept, each room or suite features state-of-the-art items such as Samsung LCD TV with selected local and satellite channels, IDD telephone, writing desk, dressing mirror, complimentary internet broadband access from the wall socket, clothing wardrobe, electronic safe box, and jacuzzi shower. This review shall cater mostly on the Superior City View room, although there should not be much to differentiate between the room categories in terms of the features, except for the built-up sizes.
The Superior City View room is actually pretty small in built-up size, but one should be impressed with the ingenious interior arrangement that managed to fit in almost everything in such a confined space. The room opens into the bathroom area which takes about a quarter of the space. A queen-size bed is neatly tucked at a section of the bedding zone and it faces the Samsung LCD TV which hangs from a wood board panel. Perhaps the use of an LCD TV has somehow minimised the need for space should the hotel decides to opt for a regular TV set. The queen-size bed is acceptably plush and comfortable, with the wall paneling of dark red and black successfully creates a fashionable backdrop for the bedding zone. A large glass window on one side opens out to the partial view of the South China Sea as well as the ever-growing skyline of downtown Kota Kinabalu. The writing desk next to the LCD TV is rather small for a full working space but patrons who own a laptop computer can easily connect to the internet from the broadband plug-in socket. As the room does not provide a broadband cable, you will need to request for one at the reception counter. The bathroom takes on a see-through concept with a glass window panel faces directly to the bedding area. The vanity area is very impressive with the usage of modern-style wash basin and water tap, as well as sheet metal blind to further accentuate the chic image. In the middle of the bathroom lies a water closet and a towel rack. If you have never experienced or even heard of a jacuzzi shower before, here is the chance to give it a go. It is actually a fully featured electronic shower that jets out bath water in a number of different positions relative to human's body sections such as the head, shoulder, waist and knee. The idea is to give a total jacuzzi experience which is unique regardless of what people think of the eccentric setup. Overall, the room arrangement is chic and impressive, and it should really appeal to the young generation who seeks affordable accommodation with some frills thrown in here and there. I have some issue on the relatively poor finishing on tiling and wall plastering, although one will not probably notice such small shortcomings.
As the hotel takes on a whole floor space, there is definitely a concern on room placements that do not directly face the outside window. For that, the hotel introduces the Courtroom category which is placed right in the middle of the floor section. As patrons may fret on having a window-less room, these Courtroom units feature an indoor window which opens out to an indoor garden feature. Since the Courtroom units are the lowest room category available in the hotel, one should not complain much on the lack of outside city or ocean views. The whole setup of the indoor garden is very stylish with placements of Zen-like pebbles, water fountains and adequate green shrubs. It goes to show that the hotel, acknowledging the spatial limitation, has created alternative garden features in place of a full blown tropical landscaping.
In term of other facilities, one should not expect much for a 3-star hotel located on one of the floors of a shopping mall. There are certainly no swimming pool, gym, spa outlet and the likes, although there is a small café in the middle of the floor that sells light snacks such as cakes and pastries. There is also a vending machine for beverages in the main lobby, although in all honesty, one should head straight down to Warisan Square on the ground floor for any gastronomic needs.
Very basic yet fashionable. Impressive room setup with modern features such as LCD TV, free internet access and jacuzzi shower. Some traces of poor workmanship in the overall finishing although they are not immediately noticeable. Affordable room rates in a very strategic location.