There are a number of accommodaiton options located at Kinabalu Park Headquarters ranging from dormatory style rooms to premier luxury lodges. The rates are not cheap but staying in the Unesco World Heritage National Park offers guests tranquility, stunning scenery, a variety of walking trails and clean air. Its also very easy to get around within the park. Accommodation, restaurants, the visitor centre and main reception are all within walking distance of each other and dot a one way road that circles the park HQ.
There are also shuttle buses available for those that would rather not walk or in times of downpours !
The Rock Hostel offers dormitory accommodation for budget travellers , featuring a common lounge with a fireplace for cold nights. Communal bathrooms have hot water and a pantry area provides space in which to make something to eat or fix a coffee and tea.
The Rock Hostel features basic, clean bunk beds and rooms with either 4, 6 or 8 beds.
A few rooms inside the Rock Hostel are twin share configurations, still with shared bathrooms. Guests of these rooms also have access to the common lounge, fireplace and pantry area. The rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable.
Grace Hostel is the other dormitory in Kinabalu Park that caters to budget travelers and groups. The rooms feature dormitory bunk beds in configurations of 4 or 6 beds each, and shares a common bathroom. There is also a common lounge with a central fireplace.
A pantry area provides basic cooking facilities and tea & coffee making facilities.
The Hill Lodge accommodation is a cluster of twin bedded bungalow type rooms neatly arranged on the side of a hill with views of Mt Kinabalu. They offer a single bedroom with 2 single beds and an en-suite bathroom with hot water showers.
The Hill Lodge is a short walk from the Liwagu and Balsam Cafes.
Located with the complex of the Liwagu restaurant and the visitor centre. The Liwagu Suites are elegant, romantic suites of split level accommodation and views of the jungle and river. The ground floor features a guest toilet, pantry and living room area with a TV with satellite channels. Upstairs you will find the open plan bedroom with a queen-sized bed and an attached bathroom.
The Liwagu Suites are ideal for romantic getaways.
The Peak Lodge(s) are a 2 room chalet with 2 single beds in one room and 1 bunk bed in another room. Central to the chalet is a spacious dining / living room area and a fireplace in front of which to enjoy cold mountain nights.
The shared bathroom has a heated shower. The Peak lodges enjoy stunning views of Mt Kinabalu.
The Nepenthes Lodge is a 2 bedroomed lodge equipped with a queen bed and two single beds respectively. A large dining/living area occupies the lower floor with a fireplace.
A shared bathroom is equipped with a heated shower. The rooms do not have much of a view, they look upon the jungle.
The Garden Lodge is one of our favourites. Boasting picturesque views of the Mount Kinabalu and a private garden to compliment the surroundings.
Highlights of the lodge include the fireplace to get cosy on a cold Gurung Kinabalu night, the master bed room which is located on the upper level and spans the entire length of the lodge. The second bedroom is a twin room, so the Garden Lodge is capable of comfortably accommodating 4 people. Both rooms have their own en-suite bathrooms with heated water. The Garden Lodge additionally feature spacious living and dining areas, a kitchen and extra communal bathroom, also with heated water.
The Summit Lodge is another premier chalet within Kinabalu Park and has 2 bedrooms, ideal for families or friend groups. One queen bed en-suite room and one bedroom with 2 single beds also en-suite. Both bathrooms are equipped with heated showers.
The Summit Lodge also features a kitchen, as well as a spacious living area with a fire place and stunning views of Mt Kinabalu. A true mountain lodge and another one of our favourites!
The Kinabalu Lodge is a premier chalet with 3 bedrooms, ideal for large families and friend groups within to have a very special Kinabalu Park vacation. We have many wedding groups stay in this lodge as part of their location wedding celebration.
One stunning king room with en-suite bahtroom in the main room, whilst other two rooms have 2 single beds each en-suite. This lodge comfortably accommodated 6 people and extra beds can be added. The bathrooms have hot water.
The Kinabalu Lodge has a a kitchen, and large living room area, with a fireplace as the centre piece. Plus a TV lounge.