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“Meet my expectation.” 4 of 5 stars
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Along Kundasang Road | 300 meters from Mount Kinabalu Park, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia   |  
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“Meet my expectation.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

I came with my family and all of us are satisfied with the room and service. Affordable room rate and recommended to stay here. The down side is just the entrance, very slope road. Would come back again to stay here.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

J Residence is a quiet resort situated in front of Kinabalu National Park, making it so convenient for visitors to explore the world heritage site and take a leisure stroll down the hill back to the resort. The room is clean and comfortable with serene environment. BBQ facility is properly set up upon request with additional charges.
Highly recommended if you are looking for comfortable stay with reasonable price.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangi, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Been to many resorts there in Kundasang, and J.R is one of the best and value for money. Looking forward to come again and already recommend it to my friends and family. Good services even from the booking process, however they forgot to give towels in one of the rooms we stayed, so had to call Joshua. The view is really aesthetic and very calming. The noise policy is a plus if you come to relax. The rooms deco are nice. Basically everything was brilliant. Btw, don't use lowered vehicles to go there.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

(3A and 3B)
Stay from 19th to 21th Nov 2012.
Nice and beautiful cold natural accommodation at J Residence.
Very near Mt Kinabalu.
Rooms are service ,clean everyday.
Service are good.
If help needed, Joshua will help. Very nice person.
Rates are reasonable too.
Highly recommended.
Keep it up Joshua!!!
(Review By Andy Tan)

Room Tip: 1st- Rooms 3A/B best, high level. 2nd- Rooms 5A/B, ground level, Good.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Nice accommodation for a family stay, 2 rooms sharing a terrace furnished with a dining table n a hammock. All rooms faced a valley n are surrounded by trees. At night, sure sounded like we were in a middle of a jungle! Downsides are no cafe at the hotel (cafe is avail outside, 5-10mins walk), my room's toilet won't flush n water pressure was very low.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Convenient location next to the national park entrance gives this place an additional star. The rooms are large and clean, though the walls are extremely thin, so if you're stuck sharing with a family with young kids, you will be waking up every time they do. The kitchen facility is just a teapot on an outdoor stove. The indoor/outdoor bathrooms are sufficient. The beds are comfortable enough for a couple days. Both restaurants near the hotel are pretty terrible - you have to have a car to get decent food on the road to Ranau. It's certainly a great value place, but don't expect any frills.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

This charming little resort just meters from the Kinabalu Park entrance offers good value if you're looking for a family or couples getaway in this part of the Crocker Range.

We stayed in unit 3A with our friends next door in an identical unit, 3B. The design was modern contemporary, and the two units shared a basic open kitchenette with kettle, single-burner stove and sink, two tables and a few chairs. Our unit complex also has a little brick barbecue pit, and for RM 30, we got plastic plates and steel cutlery, thongs, a cutting board, fire starters and a bag of charcoal. Additional charcoal was RM10 per bag, so if you plan to be barbecuing for a while, best to bring your own. We had a great time cooking outside, though the lighting was a bit too dim and a massive cicada harassed our western friends.

Our rooms had sliding floor-to-ceiling glass windows that doubles as an entrance, looking out over the forest valley. The solid timber floors were a nice touch and didn't seem to be too noisy. We liked the fluffy comforters, but the bed was so-so, and the pillows were flat. There was little in the way of entertainment, a tiny LCD tv, a DVD player, along with a few dated titles, and no Astro. The ensuite bathroom was spartan but clean, and had an "open" design, so keep the bathroom door closed if you don't want the bugs to get in. A major issue for me was the shower system. This being Kundasang, temperatures drop to the mid tens at night, which makes showering a daunting prospect. Our unit had a tiny shower heater, it just wasn't up to the task, and the experience was frightful. Another gripe was the toilet seat that just wouldn't stay up, which was a rather inconvenient design flaw.

The resort is down the hill on the right side of the road if you're coming from KK City, so forget about glorious views of Mt. Kinabalu from your room. Being so close to the road means we could constantly hear traffic, though we didn't find it too distracting, perhaps because of the tree-lined buffer zone. Walking around the complex in the morning, I saw the semblance of a top notch resort: organized but unobtrusive staff, free wifi, good layout, easy access and excellent setting. J, the owner/manager was very thorough and clear with our reservation, following up our phone booking with a detailed SMS for confirmation. A few minor issues could hopefully be worked out over time: tile the bathroom walls, fix the toilet seat, install better lighting, maybe a phone line to reception or at least display their number in the guest rooms. And perhaps, in time, put in a competent hot shower system. I hope it's not too much to ask, and I don't mind paying a little more for that. Throw in a simple, hot breakfast and you'll see us here every month.

The next morning, we were greeted by a giant tarantula in the kitchen sink. This, ladies and gentlemen, is Borneo!

Room Tip: 3A & 3B has a BBQ pit. 5A & 5B has the best view.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Along Kundasang Road | 300 meters from Mount Kinabalu Park, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 74 Specialty Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 300 metres away from the entrance of Kinabalu Park Headquarters, J Residence is the nearest lodge outside Mount Kinabalu National Park, and with rooms price three times lower than those chalets and lodges inside Kinabalu Park. J Residence was built in the year 2010 and our lodge are partially hidden by trees and plants from the main road. Our lodge overlook the Bundu Tuhan dwelling & farming community while the back is decorated with rows of tall matured pine trees. Temperature here ranges from 19°C to 17°C at night. Truly a great place to seek refuge from the hot equatorial climate of the other major cities of Sabah. ... more   less 
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J Residence Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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