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Thaxted, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Room was clean, we were in a dorm for 4, very little sleep as other people in building quite noisy and right next to bathroom. Food good and there was plenty of it. Really need to sort showers, no hot water at all. All in all, does the job.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Does the job! No other options but gives you what you need - food and a place to lay your head for a few hours! There is a shop that sells chocolate, crisps, bottled water, biscuits and other snacks. They also sell nice home made cup cakes! Dinner is served from 16.30 pm and is a buffet. Food plentiful but... More 

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

After a hard days climbing, and with another days worth to come, Laban Rata Lodge is exactly what you need. A bed, a buffet and a shop. The views are incredible, and it's perfectly placed between the day climb and the path to the summit. Because of what it is it has the tendency to get quite crowded and quite... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

Your choices are pretty limited in terms of where you're staying on the mountain, but this is a damn good choice. Food isn't exactly going to be michellin starred but it was bloody good given the fact everything has to be carted up the mountain by hand. Dorm rooms are comfy and beds are a decent size, staff were also... More 

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Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

This is a really good place, taking in concider they have to walk all the stuff up. I did Some more hiking, and for this alltitude they provide a really good service. The food is good. And enough choice. They can upgrade the restrooms and the table and seats. But yeh, what i got to say About that. This is... More 

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Reviewed 9 April 2016

The accommodation and meals in Laban Rata are not cheap due to monopoly of SSL (Sutera Sanctuary Lodges). This is not 4*hotel but a hut so everything is basic! During my climb I stayed in 4 bed dorm room Surprisingly not only the accommodation but also the meals were good. The bed very comfortable for the rest before the final... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Just came back yesterday. Contrary to some of the feedback from fellow reviewers, I was really surprised by how clean and organised Laban Rata now is. There has currently been a dry spell of 100 days resulting in low water pressure and supply which means scarce water for showering but nobody seemed to complain and everyone who wanted a wash... More 

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Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

I've done Mt Kinabalu 2 times and absolutely loved it. The place is great for a break. The food is good, the bunk bed is decent, and it's pretty warm in the hut. I have to agree that they could have done better but comparing to other accommodation on mountains, I think it's excellent. You don't even get to shower... More 

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Penang, Malaysia
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Reviewed 27 February 2016

It is the only place to stay at Mt Kinabalu. Whether you like it or not, you got no better choice at there, lol~ Overall, it is still nice place to stay after 6km tiring climbing from foothills to here. It is just a rest house, hence I did not expect much from it. The dorm room is for 6... More 

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Valenzuela, Philippines
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Reviewed 25 January 2016

After a tiring hike, Sutera provided hot shower and a fulfilling dinner. Very comfortable warm beds. It's expensive but, after spending a night to recharge for the next day's summiting, I could not ask for more. Some of my friends just had with the hot shower problems and with the food not filled right away at the buffet table.

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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 

Additional Information about Laban Rata

Address: Mt Kinabalu Mountain Trail, Kundasang, Ranau 88000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Ranau > Kundasang
Price Range: ₹ 20,865 - ₹ 40,775 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Laban Rata 2*
Number of rooms: 33
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“Rooms on the 2nd floor are quieter.”
 of 5 bubbles MicheleMorada, 24 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Go for private rooms”
 of 5 bubbles DGE2014, 6 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Advanced booking required, at least 3 months before your hiking.”
 of 5 bubbles constance_yikying, 30 Apr 2015 | Read review
“None. There was no good room I was aware of. Although Lagadan Hut did offer a good sunset view.”
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