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“Comfortable place to stay near Kinabalu National Park.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kinabalu Pine Resort

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Kinabalu Pine Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kundasang
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Comfortable place to stay near Kinabalu National Park.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2012

All in all, quite adequate and comfortable.

Pros:
Staff very friendly and helpful.
Good bathrooms with adequate water heaters (wall switch).
Rooms kept clean.
Bedding decent and clean, mattresses a bit hard but tolerable. Cot mattresses pretty hard.
Nice big porches.
Wifi in the rooms (but low bandwidth).
Fan in the room (AC not needed, cool at night there).
Laundry service very good with one day turnaround.

Cons:
VERY noisy near the reception and restaurant, do not stay in the blocks in that area. Many flies attracted by the smells make it impossible to enjoy the porch- again, stay up the hill away from the restaurant. The poor office staff have to deal with flies all day long.

The restaurant is mediocre but adequate. Plain, unexciting food- I did not look forward to meals but they did the job.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2012

close to Kinabalu park, located by the side of main road, easy to be found. Cozy environment and basic facility.
Good hot pot offered by the restaurant, a good choice in cool weather in the mountain.
Too close to the main road and cannot skip the noise.
Our family stay in deluxe room and its space is ok for additional two beds. I like the balcony and sitting there to enjoy the quiet of morning.

Room Tip: take a deluxe for family (over 3 persons)
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2012

We were quite disappointed with the services that Pines has offered. The resort is considered remote from various attraction points. However they only provide chartered services that bring you to the places. When we asked for normal Taxi services and a map for attraction points, it took them some time to pass the info to us. The receptionists are not that helpful and informative. In general the resort is over rated. I Would not recommend this resort to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank CeciliaRobail
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2012 via mobile

Clean and tidy room, nice mountain view at block P1 & P2. Paradise in Mt Kinabalu.

Some hiccup during check-in, couldnt get the rooms we want but receptionist was able to make some adjustment, so, at least didn't spoilt my holiday mood.

Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2012

I stayed here for three nights and booked a deluxe room for two adults, two children and paid for a babycot.
Reconfirmed and everything was fine. When we arrived the room had a queen bed, no cot and no beds for the kids. They brought up the cot but said they'll put some mattresses on the floor for the kids. The mattress was so thin it was a ridiculous. I explained the problem and they moved us to a twin room. However the twin room is not two doubles like other hotels but two single beds in an even smaller room.
I would have just booked two rooms but the children are 2, 4 and 6 and there are no connecting rooms so the children would have had a separate entrance.
I had clearly stated a number of times who the people were for the room but no one had any clue how we would fit in, and looked at me blankly when I asked where the kids would sleep.
In the end we squashed in and the kids lay on the thin mattresses on the floor.
I think the problem was that I had western ideas of everyone having their own bed whereas as we were the only westerners around and I witnessed hordes of people coming out of neighbouring rooms so maybe the accepted practise is to all pile in and share. In any case it was a long three days.
Food was bearable and the views are incredible.Hotel suits couples or families with older children.

Room Tip: Don't stay if you have young children
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Kinabalu Pine Resort

Property: Kinabalu Pine Resort
Address: Kampung Kundasang (along Kundasang Ranau Highway, Kundasang, Ranau 89308, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Ranau > Kundasang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kundasang
Price range (per night): RM196 - RM258
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kinabalu Pine Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kinabalu Pine Resort is a multi-award winning & privately run accommodation that caters to budget-conscious travellers.All of our cabins have wide open porches facing Mount Kinabalu. Unlike our competitors, all of Kinabalu Pine Resort's wooden cabins are fully built using the exclusive Selangan Batu hardwood. There are Standard or Deluxe cabins, with blocks S & N at the resort's crest. All rooms come with WiFi internet access, satellite television channels, intercom facility, en-suite bathroom, hair dryer and coffee & tea making facilities.Dining & entertainment'The Pines' caters local, Chinese & Western cuisine. On cool windy nights, try ordering Steamboat (Chinese hot pot). Our karaoke lounge & bar opens nightly from 9.00pm to 11.30pm. A Conference hall to conduct your meetings and seminars surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful landscaping. Our facilites can cater up to 150 delegates in theatre setting, or up to 60 in classroom setting.Other facilitiesIncludes an on-site children's playground, outdoor barbecue pits and public telephones. ... more   less 
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