You have to view things in context. Perhaps our room would not have been worth RM 84 if it was located on the backstreet of some mid-sized Malaysian city. But right there in front of our balcony was as fine a view of Mount Kinabalu as you likely to see anywhere. On the first morning there were no clouds and you could see the jagged stone peaks right against the sky. Even when it got cloudy and misty later on, the sight of the mist blowing across the mountain forest was also worth the price of admission.
The other thing to mention is how horribly over-priced so many tourist-oriented things are in Sabah. The state has some of the most expensive tours in all South-East Asia and with churlish inhospitality it charges foreigners five times local entrance fees. In this context, the Rose Cabin also looks like decent value. Go into the park (which is where Lonely Planet recommends you stay) and you can pay RM 100 for a dorm bed! And the cafes in there- just two kilometres away- were charging RM 25 for fried rice- four times the asking price at Rose Cabins. If you can bring yourself to walk a couple of kilometres to the park entrance, this makes a decent base, with extraordinary views, affordable food and rooms with all the basic amenities. The staff were also very friendly and helpful.More
- Free Wifi
- Breakfast included