During our last trip to KK in November 2013, we booked a room at Celyn Resort's Kinabalu Wing for 2 nights at RM200 a night. We had rented a car from KK City solely for the purpose of going up to Kundasang / Ranau area.
Being first-timers here, we were quite clueless as to where things are in Kundasang / Ranau. We were worried that we will have trouble finding the hotel but thankfully, internet data signal was strong in this part of Sabah so Google Maps worked like a charm.
The hotel is located right on top of a mountain. It is about about 15 minutes drive or so from Pekan Kundasang (in fact it is right smack in the middle between Pekan Kundasang and Ranau town). To get there, you will have to turn into a small uphill lane which started out as a tarred road for a while. Then, it was gravel and packed earth all the way up. While driving, if you were to look upwards towards the mountain for a bit, you should be able to see Celyn sitting almost precariously at the top.
The room was very cozy and very clean and has all the usual amenities a normal hotel offers. Our verandah has one small table and 2 chairs. It overlooks Mount Kinabalu so you should be able to see it rise up majestically into the sky on a clear morning when the clouds are still down in the valley. As the day progresses, the clouds will rise up and they will cover the mountain in fog so thick you will not be able to see it at all. Best time to catch the view is 7am when the morning sun rays hit the face of the mountain making it look almost like one of the scenes in Lord of the Rings.
Did I mention we had 2 chairs and a table in our verandah? We had one of the most relaxing tea there - enjoying the nice cool weather with a warm cup in hand and a good book in the other. Awesome times.
Here are a couple of additional tips when staying over in the area:-
1. There are practically nothing to do when the sun sets. So we basically just sleep the night away. But if you like, do pack some DVDs or smth to pass time at night. There is a working TV and DVD player in our room.
2. Food can be quite expensive at the hotel. I suggest that you pack food from one of the pekans (like fresh fruits) or from Ranau town itself. We did just this on our 2nd night there. We ate our dinner in our room while watching some silly Japanese drama (Cromartie High School, if you need to know). One family staying in the same hotel as us went the extra mile by bringing cooking pots, fresh vegs and whatever nots and had steaming hotpot for dinner at the common area. We jellied....
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