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Laban Rata

Lot G15, Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Makati, Philippines
20 reviews 20 reviews
20 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did our climb last March 15, 2014 and it was raining all throughout the day so imagine our relief upon finally reaching Laban Rata. The lodging offers simple dormitory beds and warm buffet-style meals at 11,000 feet. Once you think about the logistics of pulling this off, and actually witness porters carrying food supplies and cooking gas tanks on... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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105 reviews 105 reviews
40 hotel reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After the frustration felt by all about having to shell out such a fee for simple lodgings to achieve the climb it is a RELIEF that the accommodation and food is pretty decent. There is plenty of food, more than enough, and all very fresh and cooked on site. Huge vats of local coffee are popular with everyone. The view... More

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Hong Kong, China
15 reviews 15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I climbed up Mt. Kinabalu and reached Low's peak with 4 friends in early March 2014. During our climbing trip, we stayed at Gunting Lagadan, the side building of Laban Rata. As the only hotel operator in the mountain, Laban Rata and the few buildings enjoy monopoly. We all went to the G/F of Laban Rata for food. I stayed... More

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This lodge is operated by the same people who run the 5 star Sutera Harbour hotel. I stayed in 8 bed (4 bunk) dorm and was very satisfied. The dorm had its own bathroom with a private toilet and shower. Towels, soap, shampoo, toothbrush and other toiletries were provided. We arrived at the lodge right before dinner time and the... More

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Bath, England, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We booked our Kinabalu trek well in advance and direct through Sutera office in KK (I highly recommend doing this if you don't want to get ripped off by agents such as Amazing Borneo!) When we arrived at Laban Rata we were told we had our own room (yesss!) which we were not expecting. The room was clean, spacious and... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

It's ok because you're only there one night and it's really you're only option while climbing Mt Kinabalu. You appreciate it because you'll be wet and cold and relieved when you arrive but really it's pretty average accommodation. The food is good and there's a lot of it, good variety and unlimited tea and coffee! The rooms are average squeeky... More

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
30 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

After a tiring hike (at least for me) we was hoping for a hot shower and a fulfilling dinner. Am not asking for more, just hoping that perhaps the restaurant could extend the dinner time to maybe 8pm or put some food in the fridge for those who couldn't make it before 730pm (SINCE WE"VE PAID FOR IT?) and where... More

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Semenyih, Malaysia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

Like the others we had to stay at Laban rata which was one of the only lodging places provided by them. Luckily we only had to stay for half a night because we had to start hiking by 2.30am. The beds are rickety and squeaky. I couldn't sleep much because I had to consciously watch how I turn in my... More

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Grand Rapids, MI
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79 reviews 79 reviews
60 hotel reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

If you're staying at Laban Rata, you're not staying there because you're excited about the lodging -- you're staying there because it's the only option and it's at the top of Mt. Kinabalu. We actually got put up at Gunting Lagadan Hut, one of the outbuildings next to Laban Rata. The place was, quite honestly, a pit. My wife and... More

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Gold Coast, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013 via mobile

The views from the summit are incredible, but the dorm room accommodation is terrible an absolute deal breaker. The tiny dorm rooms contain two rickety bunk beds and nothing else. If you stay in a dorm you will not get any sleep (& then you'll be doing an 11km hike already tired) your bed will be shaking and you will... More

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Also Known As:
Laban Rata Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Laban Rata Hotel
Laban Rata Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Address: Lot G15, Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
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Ranked #30 of 90 hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Laban Rata is the accommodation near the peak of Mt. Kinabalu where you'll stay when climbing Mt Kinabalu. Laban Rata Rest House is the main facility, featuring heated accommodation and the only restaurant. The compound also consists of several smaller accommodation units available, most with cooking facilities. Apart from Laban Rata Rest House, the only other heated unit is Gunting Lagadan Hut. ... more   less 
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