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How to Book a Hotel in Tawau, Malaysia

Tawau, situated on the island of Borneo, is the third largest town is the state of Sabah, Malaysia. Known for its burgeoning eco-tourism industry, this little known treasure is home to the 27,000 acre Tawau park. The park creates is a habitat for a plethora of natural beauty from pygmy elephants and probiscis monkeys to macaques, forest tortoise and waterfalls. Visitors come from all world the world to hike, swim and bird watch in this jungle paradise.



Budget Hotels

Tawau has a large selection of budget hotels available. The Soon Yee is a favorite with backpackers since being "discovered" by Lonely Planet guides. Situated directly across from the Parkwell Supermarket, the hotel offers rooms with either private or shared baths. Private rooms are air conditioned; shared bath rooms have fan ventilation. The Soon Yee is within walking distance of several open air food stands and night markets. The hotel doesn't take online reservations; it is highly recommended to call or write in advance of your stay.

Soon Yee Hotel
1362 Stephen Tan Street
P.O.Box No: 326,
91007 Tawau, Sabah.
Tel: 089-772447


Midrange Rooms
Most of the hotels in Tawau fall into the midrange price category. The properties usually have food available on the premises and are closer to many of the shopping and sightseeing districts.. The Grace Inn is a good example of a midrange Tawau hotel. With picturesque flower boxes fronting the bright, pepto-pink building, the Grace is a charming and welcoming site. There is a restaurant on the premesis that hosts the weekly meeting of the area Toastmasters, and food booths within walking distance. Like the budget hotels, few of the mid-range hotels have online booking available. It is wise to call or mail ahead of your arrival to insure they will have a room waiting for you.

Grace Inn
TB.533,Bandaran Baru
P.O Box 60077
Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 6 089 764477


High End Rooms
Hotels in the higher price range tend to be geared to business and luxury travelers. Included in this group are apartment accommodations as well. Several of these properties are new, or newly renovated, including the King Lee Hotel, the Promenade Hotel, and the De Choice Hotel. All have food available on the premises and offer business services for their guests.

The Promenade Hotel is Tawau's only four star property. The rooms are spacious (compared to the budget and midrange hotels) and have in room television and room service available. The facility includes a business center, an on site gym and laundry services. The Promenade has a 24 hour restaurant and buffet on the 7th floor that serves a variety of international cuisine. The Lobby Lounge serves light snacks and specialty beverages. The basement level Zsa Zsa Zsu nightclub has live music and cocktails Monday through Saturday with a daily happy hour from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m..

Promenade Hotel Tawau
Eastern Plaza, Jalan Kuhara,
Mile 1, 91000
Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 60 89 982888

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