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“Smells terrible!!!!” 1 of 5 stars
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Rainforest Lodge
2.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Lot 48 Ground Floor & 1st Floor | Jalan Pantai, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia   |  
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2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Smells terrible!!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012 via mobile

The place itself looks ok but when we walked towards the rooms the whole bloody place smells of garbage because there's an open dumpster in the stairwell!! When we told the staff they said "oh the smell will be there a little longer only". Had to go sleep smelling garbage and wake up with it too. It's disgusting and unhygienic.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, China
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85 reviews 85 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

Rainforest lodge is the worst place I have stayed in a long time. The staff are apathetic, the rooms are small, the bathrooms were terrible (the drains were clogged, there was poo on the wall, the toilets didn't flush and the showers didn't work.) There was music until 12am - terrible, karaoke like music. Just terrible. Just don't stay.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Turku, Finland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

We were quite happy to stay here. We booked one + one night, to get the second night -50%. (In the middle we stayed in the jungle for a few days). Service was good, atmosphere was good, rooms were clean and nice. Although: be sure to ask for a quiet room! The first night we had a very noisy room (I guess it was nr 1 or 2) which was very nice and had a big balcony BUT it was just above a pub which had karaoke or some live band playing until 1 or 2 am. Next time we arrived we made sure to have another room from the street side. Suitable for couples and adults, not for children because of the loud pub downstairs. Although Borneo style: this was a good hotel!

Room Tip: As explained before: make SURE it is a quiet room. They said room nr 1 was quiet but it definitely w...
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

We stayed here for one night. We took one look at our 'windowless' room and decided to switch to a room with a window. The windowless rooms smelt like disinfectant and very sterile. The only redeeming feature of the other room was that it had a window and a small balcony. The location is good but then KK is a small place and you can easily find better hotels than this. The bar downstairs (Beach Cafe) was good to relax at but the karaoke was dubious depending on the performers. If you want an early night then this isnt the place as the music went on til after 11:15pm. Our room which faced the bar, had 'windows' that left a little gap open which meant you could hear all the noise overnight. The room was also unclean, we had bed bugs! The TV didnt work (well, there was plug located on the ceiling where it could be turned on, but we didnt have a ladder handy). The floors were dirty and we counted at least 9 spiders in the room and in the shower. The stairwell to exit the rooms was also gungy. Definitely not recommended.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011 via mobile

in a double private room which is fine. checked in this afternoon. Music outside stopped about 11pm, was down there and the atmosphere was good. major downside so far is the bed bug which greeted us on out arrival back 2night. might move 2moro as a result

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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KL
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

-Blood on towel
-No sleep what so ever - 24/7 noise.
-Bed bugs
-Dirty bathroom
-Paper thin walls

-I have seen so many hotels over the past year, this is by far the worst. Just horrid.

- good point, trannies are round the corner if ya wanna get some smak. True.

Summery of rainforest lodge
Save your $10 a night and buy a packet of cigarettes and sleep on the beach, it's better for your health.

Room Tip: Tip for good room....um go to Eden hotel, good place wayyy better.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

This is 2 star lodge (claimed by their receptionist) with 3 cafes nearby which is SugarBun Cafe, Rainforest Cafe and BB Cafe. It's located in the heart of city centre so not a good options if you tend to have a cozy and quiet place.

The family room is not clean and the toilet is dirty.The toilet door is spoil too. We complaint about it and there is some improvements from them. Besides, we need to always go to receptionist area to ask for toilet papers (It is ridiculous). The TV can be watched on first day of stay only. It is near a dining bar so it is quite noisy at night. We couldn't sleep at all at night so it is not a good choice for family trip. But it depends on visitors if you like to have some music during nightime then it's your choice.

However, there is a balcony for the room. So you can have leisure time at there. The room rates is affordable as there is promotion during our stay. It's 50% off for 2nd day stay. The breakfast is poor but you can't complain as it's just a budget lodge. It is near taxi station and bus terminals. There is one supermarket just opposite of the lodge.

Overall, I don't recommend it to visitors who want to have a leisure and relax trip.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lot 48 Ground Floor & 1st Floor | Jalan Pantai, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #54 of 74 Specialty Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Rainforest Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 52
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