Sabah's capital was originally founded as Jesselton, and this hotel—established in 1954—proudly celebrates the city's past with colonial details throughout. All 32 guestrooms were refurbished in 2008, providing modern touches but upholding the classical appeal. Just off the lobby, the Mountbatten Lounge celebrates the British tradition by serving afternoon tea and evening cocktails, with a pianist playing discreetly in the background. The Bella Italia Restaurant's menu combines classic Italian and Mediterranean dishes with traditional Hainan chicken rice and laksa noodles for those seeking some local flavor. The central location is this old-timer's best asset.