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1km Before Kinabalu Park From KK, Kundasang, Ranau 88670 Malaysia
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#3 of 42 Speciality lodging in Kundasang
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English, Chinese, Malay
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inkkie7 . wrote a review Dec 2019
70 contributions34 helpful votes
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I booked 2 rooms based on positive reviews however my experience begs to differ. firstly the ensuite room with bathroom. Con:There was hair on a pillow and it smelled of hair oil so I suspected they didn’t changed the bedlinen And i had to tip them rm10 and ask them to change everything. A poster on the door wrote that toilet paper should not be thrown in the toilet bowl, and only when i ask them where to throw then they provided a dirty rubbish bin. Also Only upon request did they provide toilet paper and towels. The shelf, toilet bowl, headboard, mirror, basin and a solitary plastic chair were so filthy (see photos) they obviously had not cleaned the room at all. There was rubbish left by previous occupant. Fungus was growing freely on the ornaments and walls. (See photo) Pro: water- heater and pressure is good. I am ok with no- frills hotels but i do have certain expectations of cleanliness Family room no 5 is located in the main building and looks better with its wooden floor and walls but when it rained, there was a leak in the ceiling the whole night . View was good but i did not enjoy my stay at all. Will not go back unless they improve on hygiene standard.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Craigsling wrote a review Sep 2019
Auckland, New Zealand24 contributions3 helpful votes
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Firstly, this place isn't a luxury resort, and niether does it try to be. The rooms are very spacious and comfortable with their own balcony overlooking the forest covered valley, where you can watch/photograph a good variety of birds right from your room. There is no air con (just a fan), which is fine given the altitude means it gets quite cool (chilly even) during the night. Sleep listening to the sounds of the jungle, and wake to birdsong. The location attracts an incredible variety of interesting moths, which all come to the lights and windows during the night. As a nature lover I found this very fascinating! The driveway is 'interesting' and our little car only got up the last part after a second attempt and proper run up. This added to the sense of adventure! A short drive along the road to the entrance of Mount Kinabalu Park, and not much further to the markets and restaurants of Kundasang. The shared shower area was a little dissapointing as the water was only just off cold, which was a struggle given the cool evenings and mornings (the times you usually want to take a shower). Apart from that I loved it and will happily go back! Very good value for money. The bird photos shown here were taken from our room, the moths all at the lodge, the forest photo from the room and final photo is of the driveway.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nomads_dk wrote a review Aug 2019
Berlin23 contributions41 helpful votes
This hotel has an amazing view but unfortunately it’s the only positive thing about this place. First of all it felt like a ghost hotel. We were the only guest at this big place but we quickly learned why people would not like to stay here. Then it felt like the place was managed by teenagers and we have never experienced this bad service before. All the employees, who were quite young, were watching televison af lot. The first day the restaurant was dark and closed 40 min. too early and we could here the emplyees watching You-tube videoes in a room next door. We then asked for cup noddles and the employee gave us cofee bags. We then had to go point out the noodles. The evening after the employees were watching a movie in the restaurant and didn’t ask us if we needed anything. Note, there is far to the nearest restaurant. We then asked an employee and got cup noodles. Shortly after we asked for cold water, since the water dispenser only had hot water. She was listening to music and did’n even bother to take out her earplugs. She rolled her eyes at us for interupting her... doing absolutely nothing? Instead of giving us cold water she gave us a warm coke. In general they were not friendy and did not make us feel welcome, did not even say goodmorning. What was even worse was the cleaning. We have traveled the world and has lived at many basic place and this was the most filthy places we have been. Seems like the toilets haven’t been cleaned this the Middle Age and there were at least 1 million dead and living insects and dust all over, also in our room. There were orange spots and black hair on the sheets, dead plants on the balcony and an ashtray full of ciagrettes. The second day of our stay we came back from a walk at 3 pm. and they haven’t cleaned the room even though we asked them to (in the morning), since our room was dirty and costed 40$ without having private toilet. Then we asked once more and we waited on the balcony while the employee cleaned the room. Literally 4 minutes after she came out and said ‘it’s done’. She haven’t even changed the bed linen, not even made the bed and of course the room was still dirty. Then we asked her to please clean the room, and she says: aah you want a clean room? Ooh Yes we responded. 8 minutes after she left - the room was still not really clean. We laughed hard about this entire situation and stay because it was so absurd but we can’t recommend it to anybody.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mike wrote a review Jul 2019
Singapore83 contributions25 helpful votes
Hotel: Kinabalu Mountain Lodge Dorm C (for 6 pax) Date: Chk/in- 23/06/2019 Chk/Out- 24/06/2019 Lodgings: The environment was very good. Cooling and quiet. Great for a group of hikers for a night. We were there to acclimitize ourselves for a night to condition our bodies before travelling to the Kinabalu Park nearby for Mount Kinabalu hike. However, the roads leading to the lodge were very narrow until the travel agent did not want to fetch us due to the slippery slopes. The caretaker guy was kind to drive us all the way to the Park entrance. Mary Jane was very friendly and helpful too. Room: The mattresses and dorm room was good. It's like a capsule and were divided in a way we were not disturbed by our neighbours'snores. You will need to walk a bit to answer nature's call though. Lots of insects around toilet, shower etc but it did not bother us. Food: Affordable food can be prepared in the lodge. No need to worry having nothing to eat. Location: Nearby the Kinabalu Park but still need some transport to reach.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Ariel T wrote a review Jun 2019
Singapore, Singapore50 contributions10 helpful votes
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I realized the reviews are old and incomplete. And with the new management, there are many updates I want to share. The lodge was renovated and fixed up in March 2019. This is a nature lodge, and it is a no-frills establishment. The accommodations are clean, but please understand that there are signs of age and are not stain-free. There is no air conditioning (as with most lodging in the area), and it can get cold depending on the weather. Temperature varies from 10C (night) to 20C (day) depending on the time of the year and weather. Extra blankets are available upon request. Expect company of many insects and birds, and a resident shy doggie. I recommend bringing a pair of indoor slippers as the floors can get quite chilly. Staff are extremely helpful and will be around till 10.30pm daily. Road: Most part of road (potholes etc.) are repaired. We rented a sedan (proton persona) which climbed to the lodge with no problems, even in the rain. But another family with the same model couldn’t climb the last bit, which was awfully steep. We assumed it could be due to the tire threading or the wet weather. Mobile Reception: not stable and almost non-existent. On ‘E’ most of the time, occasional low 3G/4G signals. We do our surfing either along the main road or at Kinabalu park HQ. Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available at regular hours of the day at stipulated times. Note that the serving sizes for noodles and rice can by shared by 2 people. Photos of menu attached. We loved the chicken wings btw. Hot bathing water: Hot water is now available 24hrs a day (a huge improvement from previous management). Rooms as per Agoda labels (their main booking platform) Double en-suite (semi-detached; away from main building-White interior): I couldn’t find good photos when I booked this room. It is away from the main building (food and reception) but there are umbrellas for you to borrow when required. It is a cozy room but there is a shortage of cupboard/ shelving space, although there are a couple small drawers. Having the toilet en-suite is a big plus when going to the toilet at night (chilly). The toilet is simple and basic. Water pressure is strong!there is only 2 sockets in the room near the bed, so bring a multiplug if you need more outlets. It’s pretty good, definitely easy for luggages. Quiet and away from the main communal areas. (photos) Double (main building, half floor up and adjacent to communal dining area - photo): These may get a bit noisy if there are a lot of guests around Family (main building, top floor): comes with balcony and view. Be prepared to carry luggage up a flight of stairs (photo). Japanese (main building, top floor): facing the forest and back of the property. Lower ceiling. Be prepared to carry luggage up a flight of stairs. Dormitory (main building, one floor below reception area) Communal toilets: bath cubicles sorted by rooms, so no hogging during heavy traffic (photos) We enjoyed our stay, and would like to share our experience so everyone who read this can come prepared and not surprised. It is definitely a place for nature lovers, as it shares the one of the ridge as Kinabalu park HQ and not overly commercialized. We found a trilobite in the back forest and a big millipede! We will definitely come back to stay again if we were to visit the area.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PRICE RANGE
US$22 - US$28 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
kinabalu mountain hotel kota kinabalu
LOCATION
MalaysiaSabahRanauKundasang
NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kinabalu Mountain Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Kinabalu Mountain Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Mount Kinabalu (7.4 km), Kinabalu Park (1.1 km), and Kundasang War Memorial (5.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kinabalu Mountain Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, baggage storage, and barbeque facilities.
What food & drink options are available at Kinabalu Mountain Lodge?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Kinabalu Mountain Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kinabalu Mountain Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include 89 Station Restaurant, Nabalu Kundasang, and SS Chinese Restaurant.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kinabalu Mountain Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, and Malay.
Does Kinabalu Mountain Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.