We stayed here for two nights as part of Thomas Cook Tour's Venture into Borneo Holiday and after if we'd known what this place was like I'd have booked with a different company and avoided it completely.
I must first say that the wildlife viewing on the river from the lodge and the Gomantong Caves were amazing, the guide from the lodge was brilliant too. Saw many different kinds of birds and monkeys and had some amazing fun ( even during a torrential downpour in an open top boat, it is the rainforest after all ).
But the lodge itself let the entire experience down. It was grubby, dark ( not even enough light in the rooms to have a read before bedtime ) and downright just DIRTY ! There is no air-conditioning here but that can be forgiven. Having said that the ceiling fan provided no relief what-so-ever which made the heat unbearable and sleep impossible.
The bedding was filthy and torn and one of the pillows smelled so bad that I took the pillowcase of to look and found it was full of black mould ( picture attached ). If there was any way of getting to another hotel I would have left and paid whatever it cost to do so. I would have even prefered to have slept on the coach that in one of the rooms. When we asked for the bedding to be changed the attitude of the staff was dreadful and was the only time we saw any surliness at all whilst on Borneo.
The food here was appalling with very little choice and the mainstay for breakfast, lunch and dinner being chips !
It's such a pity that the whole Kinabatangan River experience was let down by this lodge.
- Also Known As:
- Kinabatangan Riverside Hotel Sabah
- Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge Kinabatangan District, Sabah, Malaysia