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Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This lodge has road access which Abai does not so we found that the standard of food was better. Rooms were very similar. Bedrooms and bathrooms were basic but perfectly adequate. If you are looking for luxury you are in the wrong kind of place! However like the other lodge we had great service. I did find however that the... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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37 hotel reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in several lodges from Sandakan and all along this river. We also stayed in a "posh" lodge in Danum valley (visited by Wills and Kate!) but this one was our favourite! It is very simple. Don't expect luxury or any fancy trimmings, but it feels right! Staff are genuinely friendly and not just "putting on a show". The... More

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24 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent one night at Kinabatangan River Lodge before moving downriver to Abai. The rooms were average to poor. No porterage, warm beer (the norm in most of Borneo). The bathroom was so small we wondered if you could actually stand at the sink, but it was possible by bending your knees around the toilet. The location was fine, right... More

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Canberra, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed two nights on a river trip. The lodge is well maintained, clean and pleasant. We enjoyed our stop here. Unfortunately once you do your boat trips on the river there isn't a great deal to do here. Though lovely places are set up to sit, rest and look at the river with a drink etc. But nowhere to go... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We stayed here after staying at the Abai Jungle Lodge. Both are well worth a stay with great guides, boat trips, plenty of wildlife and helpful friendly staff. The rooms were basic but clean with plenty of hot water. Buffet food was good. The only disappointing aspect was there was nowhere to walk on your own. Abai has boarded walk... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My friends and I spent one night in the lodge. The staff shown great level of hospitality which make our stay comfortable in the riverside jungle. Upon arrival we met the supervisor Sabran and our guide, Abbas who just finished with his afternoon trip. They were both great staff and let me tell you why. Upon arrival we were so... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Arrived with SI tours of course, on the boat ride in we saw tons of wildlife including proboscis monkeys and lucky us, five elephants. Accommodation is basic but fine, but the best thing of course is the evening boat trip, more proboscis, monkeys, kingfisher, darters, snake, owl, storm stork, etc. incredible spotting and info by our guide Abbas.

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Jersey, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We stayed here for one night during our tour of Borneo in May 2014. It was really fun! The boat wildlife viewing is excellent. We saw loads of proboscis monkeys, and many other types of monkeys. The food was ok, but not excellent. Drinks were reasonable. Staff were great fun. WOrth staying here for one night during your trip.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We had two nights at the Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge as part of a wildlife watching package organised by its owners, S.I. Tours. The hospitality here is amazing, and although the accommodation is simple, it's clean as a whistle and provides all the necessaries - comfy beds, pedestal loos, showers with warm water, fans and plentiful food cooked with love. Its... More

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Kingussie, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

After two nights in Abai we headed here and were not disappointed. Food was lovely, sarongs were an added treat and quite liberating (so my husband says!) Not sure what happened to the review person below, but the restaurant is open on three sides and you can't fail to see the river and the food was delicious, both dinner and... More

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Address: Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Kinabatangan District
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Kinabatangan Riverside Hotel Sabah
Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Kinabatangan District, Sabah, Malaysia

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