I have to agreed with reviews/comments made from metastasi, CarleeBrisbane and losrobos.
Laban Rat (LR) is a pitstop rest for travellers& guide after a hard day hike. ( It is NOT a hotel) To expect this hut to give you five star services is preposterous. So just think of it as a hostel on top of a mountain. My wife and I stayed overnight at LR after the Kinabalu hike. Observations and comments for benefit of future travellers are as below
1) On clear skies and good weather condition, the view of the summit, LR waterfall and to the bottom of the summit was magnificent. We were lucky we got the chance to see those in the evening and early morning before the change of weather.
2) Because I sign up the package thru the Kinabalu Park Lodges (2 months in advance), the arrangement include accommodation and meals at LR – meals covered are Dinner upon arrival to LR, supper at LR before the climb and breakfast at LR after you climb.
3) Rental of sleeping bag, head lights and wind breaker were available at LR. (supliies may be limited)
4) We arrived late at Laban Rata (730pm). Thank to some co-ordination, I am pleased that the staff at LR managed to pack dinner for us (rice with boiled egg ,vege and curry) as the restaurant closes at 7pm.
5) Rooms are based on hostel arrangement with at least 2 or more bunk beds in a room. Space is a bit tight. No cupboards. So you have to be mindful of your belongings.
6) Lights out at 830pm onwards with a reminder to visitor to keep it quiet at 9pm onwards
7) Shower and Toilets well maintained. There are issues with local works minister on the electricity supply thus it is unable to supply adequate power for hot water.
8) Food variety is limited but edible and scrumptious to me esp. after a hard day climb.
9) Still able to received telephone reception while in LR
10) Found a Staff which was particularly attentive. During the mass climb at early dawn, there were some climbers who left their bedroom doors open which was somewhat CARELESS. To prevent unwanted incident, the staff who did his rounds just closed the door and locked it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conquering Mount Kinabalu is every climbing enthusiast desire. The two day journey displays the incredible mountain backdrop of gully, cliff, plateau, gorge, peak, projectile and points! Located at 3,272 metres above sea level, Laban Rata offers lodgings and hot meals to climbers to recharge after the climb from the starting point and before the ultimate climb to the majestic peak of Mount Kinabalu. CLIMATE Sabah has a tropical climate and the average daily temperature is 32ºC. Relative humidity is between 85 and 95 percent. At Park Headquarters, it can be warm during the day but nights tend to be cool at between 11º and 15ºC. The north east monsoon brings rain to Sabah between November and January. May to July sees rain from south west monsoon, mornings however are usually fine. The months between February to April are comparatively dry on Mount Kinabalu, although seasonal variations do occur, Sabah is outside the typhoon belt but tail end effects sometimes brings heavy rain. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Laban Rata Hotel Kota Kinabalu
- Laban Rata Kota Kinabalu, Sabah