Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia
Sutera Lodges Mount Kinabalu Reviews
Accomodation on Mount Kinabalu Mar 02, 2012
You stay here because you have no choice. It's really that simple, and I'm afraid they know that.
Accomodation in Mount Kinabalu national park is mindblowingly expensive - shared rooms can come in at more than a private hotel room would in Europe, let alone locally. The electricity isn't reliable (although you do have to make allowances at Laban Rata hut, the hut you stay at half way up the mountain), showers are shared and so are most of the rooms, and heating is a very expensive optional extra. You also have to remind the staff to give you towels. Service is sporadic, although friendly, and the nicest thing I can say is that breakfast is extremely welcome, albeit half cold. I don't know how much of this is due to the altitude and how much is just bad.
The business model is very much about restricting numbers on the mountain, which as this is a precious and delicate ecosystem, I respect. But when they are charging about £100 for an indifferent private room with a shared bathroom, you kind of want nicer towels, and maybe not a ten minute walk to a mostly cold breakfast, even at the base of the mountain. It really did show as a lot of the accomodation is half empty.
prebooking was so complicated we ended up using a tour agency and even then we didn't get what we thought we had paid for.
As Mount Kinabalu is so big, they recommend you stay the night before at base and then one night at Laban Rata. the stay at Laban Rata is unavoidable, but if you can aclaimatise to the altitude somewhere else the night before you should try. Definitely don't spend longer than you have to in the park.
Part of the My Honeymoon - Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia travel blog
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