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Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Just came back yesterday. Contrary to some of the feedback from fellow reviewers, I was really surprised by how clean and organised Laban Rata now is. There has currently been a dry spell of 100 days resulting in low water pressure and supply which means scarce water for showering but nobody seemed to complain and everyone who wanted a wash...

1Thank salamisister
Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

I've done Mt Kinabalu 2 times and absolutely loved it. The place is great for a break. The food is good, the bunk bed is decent, and it's pretty warm in the hut. I have to agree that they could have done better but comparing to other accommodation on mountains, I think it's excellent. You don't even get to shower...

2Thank Dwayne C
Penang, Malaysia
Reviewed 27 February 2016

It is the only place to stay at Mt Kinabalu. Whether you like it or not, you got no better choice at there, lol~ Overall, it is still nice place to stay after 6km tiring climbing from foothills to here. It is just a rest house, hence I did not expect much from it. The dorm room is for 6...

Thank JSTan1234
Valenzuela, Philippines
Reviewed 25 January 2016

After a tiring hike, Sutera provided hot shower and a fulfilling dinner. Very comfortable warm beds. It's expensive but, after spending a night to recharge for the next day's summiting, I could not ask for more. Some of my friends just had with the hot shower problems and with the food not filled right away at the buffet table.

Thank MicheleMorada
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

We stayed here one night in order to complete our two day climb up Mt Kinabalu. While it is a rest house and you shouldn't expect luxury it could have been better. There was no hot water for showers and the communal bathroom was filthy with hair everywhere. Also the food was pretty poor. In saying that I would do...

Thank Carly R
Brighton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 January 2016

The facilities here are so much better than I expected. The little tuck shop is rather expensive but so welcome after the climb, and it has chocolate!!! Beds are comfy and the dinner was warm and hearty. Shame I didn't get to enjoy it as much as I should of thanks to crippling altitude sickness from an hour after we...

Thank FrancesYoda
Munich, Germany
Reviewed 6 January 2016

Just one warning in order to ensure that you get my rating right: Laban Rata is not a hotel but a mountain hut located on an elevation of 3,272 m above sea level on Mt. Kinabalu. You need to stay here if you want like to climb Mt. Kinabalu which is after the horrible earthquake of June 6, 2015 only...

3Thank DGE2014
Reviewed 4 December 2015 via mobile

Nice and cozy place. Great food and super nice beds. Sadly the accommodation isn't heated. Lovely view from the balcony. Great staff. Sadly the accommodation doesn't offer treated water so you will either need to bring up you own water or buy bottle water for 14 MYR per 1.5 liter.

Thank Niklas E
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 6 August 2015 via mobile

2 not-working (no water) men and 2 ladies toilets for 200 people (that's the number of tourists Laban Rata accommodates every night)- I think that explains it all. Forget about the shower. Food is below average. Rooms veeeery unclean. I understand that it is difficult to maintain high standard in this conditions where anything is carried on porters' back but...

Thank Joanna_jonas
Reviewed 12 July 2015

Good place to have some rest and well deserved food. Although they mentioned that we had to book far in advance, we were lucky that we had a room with just the two of us. The mountain itself is beautiful, but challenging. Especially the last part at night, it's cold & wet. The way down went much better. It was...

1Thank Ellen V

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Conquering Mount Kinabalu is every climbing enthusiast desire. The two day journey displays the incredible mountain backdrop of gully, cliff, plateau, gorge, peak, projectile and points! Located at 3,272 metres above sea level, Laban Rata offers lodgings and hot meals to climbers to recharge after the climb from the starting point and before the ultimate climb to the majestic peak of Mount Kinabalu. CLIMATE Sabah has a tropical climate and the average daily temperature is 32ºC. Relative humidity is between 85 and 95 percent. At Park Headquarters, it can be warm during the day but nights tend to be cool at between 11º and 15ºC. The north east monsoon brings rain to Sabah between November and January. May to July sees rain from south west monsoon, mornings however are usually fine. The months between February to April are comparatively dry on Mount Kinabalu, although seasonal variations do occur, Sabah is outside the typhoon belt but tail end effects sometimes brings heavy rain. ... more   less 

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Address: Mt Kinabalu Mountain Trail, Kundasang, Ranau 88000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Ranau > Kundasang
Price Range: RM1,377 - RM1,421 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Laban Rata 2*
Number of rooms: 33
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Laban Rata Hotel Kota Kinabalu
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“Try and get one of the private buttercup rooms, there are 3 i believe”
MrHoeson, 8 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Rooms on the 2nd floor are quieter.”
MicheleMorada, 24 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Go for private rooms”
DGE2014, 6 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Advanced booking required, at least 3 months before your hiking.”
constance_yikying, 30 Apr 2015 | Read review
“None. There was no good room I was aware of. Although Lagadan Hut did offer a good sunset view.”
2q2bstr8, 29 Apr 2015 | Read review
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