Review of Mountain Resthouse outside Mt. Kinabalu Park


Where We Slept is our hotel roundup from our time on the road. We hope it helps budget travelers see how far their dollar can go--even though sometimes, it's not far enough!

Before and after trekking Mt. Kinabalu, we hunkered down at Mountain Resthouse (70MYR for a triple) which is run by one of the sweetest families I've ever encountered and is only 200m from the park entrance.

Even though the kids did make a bit of a racket, the grandmother of the family did her best to make us comfortable, which including letting us in at 3am when we told her we were coming at 6am; making us breakfast at odd hours of the morning; bringing us extra blankets; and not charging us for the night we arrived.

Lina in a greater meditative resting state… flat child's pose?

The rooms aren't special, but they're clean, there's hot water (with okay pressure), and the WiFi works. Why you'd stay anywhere else is beyond me.

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Interested in seeing the summit of Mt. Kinabalu without paying for a plane ticket? Check out our Mount Kinabalu photo tour.

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