Seafest Hotel Semporna


Seafest Hotel is the largest and most modern hotel in Semporna, Sabah. It bills itself as the first business class hotel in Semporna.

There are two Seafest Hotel, the first was established many years ago and is like many of the motels you find in rural Sabah. The second is a modern, 3 star hotel with a beautiful sea view.

To get there, all you have to do is to mention their name to your driver. It is well-known hotel and something of a landmark in Semporna.

The Hotel
Seafest hotel has 140 rooms, suites and one Executive floor. It has all the amenities you expect to find in a modern 3 star hotel. The front desk is friendly and checking in is handle efficiently. Payment is made upon check-in. This hotel uses key cards, so you don’t have to deposit your room key whenever you go leave the hotel. Once check-in is done, make your way to one of the four elevators that will take you to your floor.

Seafest Hotel, Semporna

Seafest Hotel, Semporna

The Hotel Rooms
Our room was 320, located at the behind the first block of the hotel. Opening the window gave us a view of the back end of the first wing. It makes no difference to me, but it would have been nice if we could get a view of the sea.

Seafest room

Our room in Seafest Hotel, Semporna

The hotel room is simply furnished, has a television and tea/coffee making corner, a writing desk and a coffee table with two chairs. The rooms are quite spacious and are carpeted. The only thing is I always have the impression that the rooms feel somewhat incomplete. Perhaps it is a little too spacious, and I really cannot tell you what it is about the room design. But something feels lacking.

The bathroom in Seafest Hotel, Semporna

The bathroom in Seafest Hotel, Semporna

There is a little toiletry set in the bathroom, with bars of soap and a small bottle of shampoo. There isn’t any bathtub, just a shower head. The shower area is a not adequately lit but the water pressure is strong. While none really wants to use bar soap, the shampoo was surprising good. Many shampoos found in hotels and even resorts tend to dry out the hair. This one suits me fine. Two bath towels are also supplied, and these were clean and in good condition.

Later that night, I switched on my laptop and managed to get access to their wifi. They do not provide wifi service, but they do have a business center so I am guessing that the wifi access was from the business center. The signal was strong enough for me to update one of my client’s website, so that was helpful.



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The Lepa Cafe
We had our dinner outside the hotel at Mabul Cafe, so we gave the Lepa Cafe a skip. Normal room rates include breakfast, but they do allow you to take deduct the breakfast for a lower room rate. On my previous visit, we did have breakfast there. Breakfast is buffet style with Western and local selections, and the food was fine. The Lepa Cafe opens from 7.00am to 11.00pm.

Lepa Cafe in Seafest Hotel, Semporna

Lepa Cafe in Seafest Hotel, Semporna

The Cafe is on the Lobby floor, serving Malay, Chinese and Western cuisine, weekday buffet breakfast, and a la crate menu. Buffet Breakfast: 7.00am to 10.00am, RM 15 adult, RM10 child (6-12 yrs old). Room service is served from Lepa Cafe, available from 7am to 10pm.

The Igal lounge
The Igal lounge is just in front of the reception, but I have never seen any one having a drink here. They open from 4.00pm to 12.00 midnight. Still, I have tried it on one of my previous visits. The last time they served Tiger beer, and the price is what you would expect from a hotel. No cheap beer here. There wasn’t any live music, so after a quiet drink we headed back to our rooms.

The Anjung Lepa
This is an open air area that serves traditional Malay food and charcoal grilled seafood. It opens daily from 4.00pm to 12.00 midnight. On most days it is quiet out here, most guests would be out in town and have their dinner in the Lepa Cafe.

Seafest Hotel Guest Services

  • Airline Information, Airport Transfer, taxi service
  • Banquet facilities
  • Business Centre
  • Baby Cot, Electrical Adaptors available on loan from housekeeping, hair-dryer, iron and iron board, sewing kits, stationery
  • Check-Out time at 12.00 noon, Check-In at 2.00pm
  • Personal cheques are not accepted, only credit cards – Amex, Mastercard, Visa
  • On call Doctor, emergency – contact hotel operator
  • Extra bed upon request – rented.
  • Laundry service – collect before 10am, return by 10pm same day
  • No pets allowed
  • Safe deposit boxes
  • Wake up call

Seafest Hotel

  • Seafest Hotel was awarded the Sabah Tourism Awards 2003 as the Winner of Excellence in Hotel Services in the 3 Star category.
  • Malaysia Tourism Awards 2004 as the Winner of Excellence in Hotel Services in the 3 Star category.
  • Sabah Tourism Awards 2005 as the Winner of Excellence in Hotel Services in the 3 Star category



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