8.0

Excellent
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Housekeeping32
Breakfast6
Shops2
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8.6

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Mamutik Island 340 m
Night Market 420 m
Gaya Street Sunday Market 570 m
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque 860 m
Signal Hill Observatory Platform 970 m
Sabah State Museum 2.0 km
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park 8.0 km
Sapi Island 8.0 km
Manukan Island 8.1 km
Poring Hot Springs 14.6 km
Nearby landmarks
Cathay Ciniplex 110 m
Golden Screen Cinemas 170 m
Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation 210 m
Asia City Complex 230 m
Klinik Lau & Choong 230 m
Centre Point Sabah 240 m
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu dan Anak Pekan 240 m
Taman Ilham 240 m
Sabah Court House 250 m
DBKK Parking 260 m
Lavender Lodge

"Suitable for backpackers.the staff is very friendly"

Juliana - November 6, 2019
Dormitory -- Female Only Lavender Lodge
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Lavender Lodge

No.6, Jalan Laiman Diki, Kampung Air, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 10373 - See map
Property highlights
Hygiene Plus
This property has self-selected and self-certified the hygiene measures
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Close to Mamutik Island
Within 340 m of property
Hygiene Plus
This property has self-selected and self-certified the following hygiene measures.Learn more
Safety Features
Temperature check for guests and staff
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Sterilizing equipment
Health and Medical
First aid kit
  • 240 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Daily housekeeping

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Value for money8.3
Distance to city center0.1 km
Location rating8.6

Rooms available at Lavender Lodge

Very good
Room comfort & quality
7.9
Male Dormitory
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  • Room size: 100 m²/1076 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Dormitory -- Female Only
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  • Room size: 100 m²/1076 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Family with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed and 1 queen bed
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Double Deluxe
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed
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Standard Triple (1 Double Bed And 1 Single Bed)
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  • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 single bed and 1 queen be...
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Twin Sharing
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 single beds
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Standard Double Room
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed
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Standard Double - Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed
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Triple Family Room
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  • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
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  • 1 double bed and 1 single b...
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Superior Triple Room
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  • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Lavender Lodge?

Check-in is from 01:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Lavender Lodge?

Lavender Lodge is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Lavender Lodge has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. Parking is free for guests. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Kota Kinabalu with private transportation, the hotel can arrange both taxis or car rental.

What is the smoking policy at Lavender Lodge?

Lavender Lodge does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Lavender Lodge?

Terminal Kereta Sewa , Bandaran is the closest train, metro, or bus station, about 230 m away from Lavender Lodge.

What restaurants are nearby Lavender Lodge?

Lavender Lodge is located in Central Business District, famous for good restaurants such as Restoran Sli Melaka, Kungfu Ramen and Old Village Seafood Restaurant.

What popular shopping places are close to Lavender Lodge?

Lavender Lodge is located in Central Business District area which features shopping places such as Gaya Street Sunday Market, Night Market and Suria Sabah Shopping Mall.

What are popular attractions near Lavender Lodge?

Guests at Lavender Lodge can easily visit Poring Hot Springs, Kota Kinabalu City Mosque and Sabah State Museum located in the Central Business District area.

What popular beaches are close to Lavender Lodge?

Guests at Lavender Lodge can easily visit In The Sea, Beach street and Siring Laut in the Central Business District area.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Lavender Lodge?

Lavender Lodge is located in the Central Business District area, which is famous for natural sightseeing destinations such as Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden and Kokol Hill.

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What people love about Lavender Lodge

  • 9.2

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Cleanliness and friendly staff"

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    December 14, 2019

  • 10.0

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "The facilities is very clean."

    Juliana

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    November 6, 2019

  • 10.0

    Exceptional
    Location

    "Fairly near to the city."

    Muhammad

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    June 14, 2019

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Overall rating:

8.0

Excellent
762 reviews
Cleanliness
8.2
Facilities
7.3
Location
8.6
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What travelers say they love:
overall, it was affordable and excellent service.
Nurul from Malaysia
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More about Lavender Lodge

More about Lavender Lodge

Enjoy your stay at Lavender Lodge, offering the cozy atmosphere of the lodge and immaculately clean and comfortable accommodation at affordable prices. Conveniently located within the main banking and business district of the city, the property features different categories of rooms and suites which are comfortable and tastefully decorated. The friendly staff here is always ready to guide you with travel advice and booking tours to make your trip a memorable one. The superior and friendly services here have made Lavender Lodge an ideal choice among international travelers.

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Amenities and facilities
Very good
Facilities

7.3

Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping

48 mentions

Breakfast

35 mentions

Internet

16 mentions

Food & Dining

3 mentions

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Chinese [Mandarin]
  • Filipino
  • Malay

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Ticket services
  • Tours

Cleanliness and safety

  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Sterilizing equipment
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Coffee shop
  • Restaurants
  • Room service [24-hour]

Services and conveniences

  • Convenience store
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Elevator
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Wheelchair accessible

For the kids

  • Family room

Access

  • Check-in [24-hour]
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Rental car
  • Taxi service

Available in all rooms

  • Air conditioning
  • Free bottled water
  • Ironing facilities
  • Wi-Fi [free]
Location
No.6, Jalan Laiman Diki, Kampung Air, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 10373
Excellent
Location

8.6

Hospital or clinic

  • Klinik Lau & Choong
    230 m

Shopping

  • Gaya Street Sunday Market
    570 m

Convenience store

  • On-site

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    240 m
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Mamutik Island
    340 m
  • Night Market
    420 m
  • Gaya Street Sunday Market
    570 m
  • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
    860 m
  • Signal Hill Observatory Platform
    970 m
  • Sabah State Museum
    2.0 km
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
    8.0 km
  • Sapi Island
    8.0 km
  • Manukan Island
    8.1 km
  • Poring Hot Springs
    14.6 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Cathay Ciniplex
    110 m
  • Golden Screen Cinemas
    170 m
  • Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation
    210 m
  • Asia City Complex
    230 m
  • Klinik Lau & Choong
    230 m
  • Centre Point Sabah
    240 m
  • Klinik Kesihatan Ibu dan Anak Pekan
    240 m
  • Taman Ilham
    240 m
  • Sabah Court House
    250 m
  • DBKK Parking
    260 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 2-4 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 5 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from13:00
  • Check-out until12:00
  • Reception open until00:00

Getting around

  • Distance from city center0.1 km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)15

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
  • Number of floors4
  • Number of rooms 20
  • Room voltage240
  • Year property opened2008
Property announcements

From September 1st, 2017, as per Government of Malaysia requirements, hotel guests who are not Malaysian citizens or long-term/permanent residents of Malaysia will be levied a tourism tax of RM 10.00 per room per night stay. Please note these changes in tax structure will result in revised taxes being charged and will be payable additionally during check out.

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Cleanliness8.2
Facilities7.3
Location8.6
Room comfort and quality7.9
Service8.2
Value for money8.3
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8.7
Excellent
Jacqui from Philippines
Group
Double Deluxe
Stayed 2 nights in August 2013

Budget hotel done right”

great value for money, friendly and helpful staff, central location

I would recommend Lavender Lodge as jump off point for a trip in Sabah. It is about 15-20 minute walk from the port where you can go to other islands. We even took to ferry to Labuan en route to Brunei and it was very convenient. It is also accessible to the main area, Gaya Street. There's a convenience store nearby and a lot of dining options. The staff are friendly and very helpful and the hotel is always clean. Only area for improvement is the scarcity of electric sockets. Seriously, in this day and age 1 electric outlet in a room for 2 is simply not enough. Even the common area only had 1 or 2 sockets for the use of guests. Will definitely stay here again should I go back to Kota Kinabalu.

Reviewed September 02, 2013

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9.7
Exceptional
HUI from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Male Dormitory
Stayed 2 nights in July 2013

Awsome”

The staff, location and comfortable bed.

My first experience with Lavender Lodge was great as the staff are helpful and friendly. The location is very strategic for me to access to the public transport station , food and tourist attraction area such as Sunday morning Gaya Street market and public transport( bus or taxi) to Kinabalu park- Kundasang- Ranau. Definitely is my choice of backpackers hotel. Recommended for solo traveler who doesn't mind sharing bed with strangers in dorm consist of 6 bed with an affortable price

Reviewed July 24, 2013

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9.2
Exceptional
Irene from Malaysia
Group
Family with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in June 2016

Friendly owner and staff”

A group of 6 of us book separately to stay in Lavender Lodge, and the owner is very attentive and assign two rooms right next to each other for us so that we could stay together. *Thumbs up!* We were allowed to keep our extra luggage with them so, that we don’t need to carry it with us when we went for Mt Kinabalu hike. :)

Reviewed June 24, 2016

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9.3
Exceptional
Pamela from Philippines
Group
Family with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 3 nights in May 2014

Love Lavender Lodge!”

Very attentive and helpful staff and owner, centrally located where most sights are just within walking distance, and cleanliness

Checking-in at 3AM was a breeze! Do note however that we booked the night previous to ensure early arrival. Their staff are to be commended for being attentive and very helpful especially with tour assistance plus all the little details. Kudos to the owner as well! She even gave us a free drop off at the airport on her way home. Very gracious of them for all their superb assistance! We were surprised how pleasant and clean the room we were assigned to. We unfortunately had it on the 4th level and the daily hike was a pain. No matter, we were impressed with the Family Room, especially the cleanliness. The shared bathroom and hot showers were also well maintained. All in all an impressive value for money. Thank you Lavender Lodge for making our stay in KK a memorable one. Kudos and more power!

Reviewed May 22, 2014

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10.0
Exceptional
Claire from China
Group
Family with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in August 2015

A comfortable and valuable lodge”

Clean, Comfortable, Location

The lodge is very clean and comfortable, the price is reasonable, and the location is very near to the Gaya Street, also opposite to the seafood restaurant, is convenient to us. And the staff help us call the taxi at midnight, maybe this is one of the best lodge in Kota Kinabalu.

Reviewed September 04, 2015

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9.3
Exceptional
Dyanne from United States
Solo traveler
Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 2 nights in September 2013

May well be the BEST hostel I've ever stayed at!”

Helpful staff, super clean, great location

Seriously, Lavender hits ALL the things you want in a good hostel: great location, a short walk from the waterfront; quiet; comfy beds in super clean rooms; plenty of spic 'n span showers; super friendly helpful staff (that often turned on the a/c in our dorm room 2 hours early - yay!), nice breakfast room; and the price excellent! Truly high value. I stayed 6 nts. total at Lavender (left baggage whilst I headed to Labuan Island/Brunei for 2 interim nights), and would definitely choose Lavender whenever I'm in KK.

Reviewed October 02, 2013

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8.7
Excellent
Jacqui from Philippines
Group
Double Deluxe
Stayed 1 night in August 2013

Good hotel to serve as base for exploring Kota”

great value for money, friendly and helpful staff, central location

Will definitely come back here again. The staff are very courteous and friendly. The breakfast is just toast and coffee/tea, but for the price, I'm not expecting much. The location is very central, though Kota Kinabalu is just a very small place. Good base to explore nearby islands and some beach activities. I just hope there's a better wifi connection and more electric outlets.

Reviewed September 02, 2013

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10.0
Exceptional
Lourdes from United States
Couple
Double Deluxe
Stayed 3 nights in December 2012

Great location and very clean hotel”

Cleanliness, friendly management and staff and perfect location

We love it here, we came back and stay for another day. The owner and the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable if you ask questions regarding the beautiful spots and sceneries to visit. The staff always smiling and constantly tidying and cleaning up the bathrooms and stairs. I'll recommend lavender Lodge to all my friends and families from the Philippines and abroad.

Reviewed December 26, 2012

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8.3
Excellent
Kin from Singapore
Solo traveler
Male Dormitory
Stayed 4 nights in January 2013

Simple rooms in a great location”

Clean, friendly service

Lavender Lodge is a good no-frills choice for travelers on a budget. The dorm beds seemed to be on the top floor, so I had to climb 4 floors every time. The rooms were very basic but they had a TV lounge on the 2nd floor where I caught my Premier League games. The staff were quite helpful and the boss even let me use his club membership to get a cheaper golf game at his country club! It's located in a very central location, with lots of food options nearby. Really value for money for the dorms.

Reviewed March 05, 2013

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8.3
Excellent
Kevin from United States
Solo traveler
Double Deluxe
Stayed 3 nights in October 2013

Nice budget spot in downtown KK”

Location, friendly staff, clean rooms.

Lavender Lodge is located in downtown Kota Kinabula, about a 10 minute drive from the airport - it is very easy to find. The WiFi is fine, the rooms are basic (however, only 1 power plug in the whole room was a bit annoying) but pretty big, and the breakfast is fine (bread and bananas). Nice reception that will help you with any questions you might have.

Reviewed November 08, 2013

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9.3
Exceptional
Gennieve from Philippines
Solo traveler
Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 1 night in November 2012

The best and the friendliest staff ever!!”

Good wifi connection, nice beds and roooms, hot shower is perfect, hospitable hotel staff, near to the night market, malls, restaurants and other shopping places. Close by to jessleton port do it's easy and convenient to just hop in the ferries and boats for my intro island cruises. Also near the bus station thus I was able to see and visit Brunei (although I also took a ferry and a speedboat for my Brunei Darussalam trip. I had a fun and great experience at the lavender lodge.ü

My stay at this tiny cute hotel was wonderful. Im so thankful for the kind hotel personnel. Thanks also to agoda for hooking me up with them. The free breakfast of unlimitted toasts, bananas, and coffee was just perfect. Two thumbs up to lavender lodge

Reviewed November 19, 2012

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9.2
Exceptional
James from United Kingdom
Couple
Double Deluxe
Stayed 1 night in November 2017

Best value choice in KK”

Having stayed at some other local guesthouses previously, we chose lavender based on the other positive reviews - we weren't disappointed! A warm welcome from the staff, a clean and spacious bedroom, a warm shower and a quiet night's sleep. Breakfast was basic but similar to other offerings locally. Overall we were very pleased, and would stay here again over the other guesthouses at the same price point in the area.

Reviewed December 02, 2017

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9.3
Exceptional
Dyanne from United States
Solo traveler
Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 2 nights in September 2013

The Perfect Hostel!”

Helpful staff, super clean, great location

After these first 2 (most comfortable and pleasant) nts. at Lavender, I booked a 3rd night on my own. Then w/ the owners help (she gave me the phone number of a great home-stay on Labuan Island that made a quick dash into Brunei by ferry, very affordable) After that, I booked another 3 nts. at Lavender. Needless to say - at little more than $10/nt. for a dorm bed - Lavender is excellent value in budget accommodations. Indeed, it is one of the nicest, cleanest, most friendly and well-organized hostels I've ever stayed. The only negative I could find might be the lack of an elevator as those 6 floors of steps were a bit much.

Reviewed October 02, 2013

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8.7
Excellent
Chris from Hong Kong SAR, China
Couple
Double Deluxe
Stayed 1 night in September 2015

Value for money”

Location, staff, value for money

Although it is not in the centre of the old town, the seafood market which is located opposite to the hotel is one of the best in South East Asia. This gives an opportunities to you to have a late night supper even though your flight landed very late in Kota Kinabalu. Staff are very helpful too.

Reviewed September 29, 2015

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7.7
Very good
Nadza from Malaysia
Family with young children
Male Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in February 2013

Small backpacker hotel suitable for brief stays”

Located smack within the tourist area

We stayed here upon our return to Kota Kinabalu after a 2D/1N climbing trip to Mount Kinabalu. This small 4-storey hotel is basic and utilitarian. Quite importantly, everything works, the light works, the aircond works, the water heater works and the free internet works. We paid for dormitory accommodation (6 to a room) with en-suite bathroom. This is really very low price. So we didn't expect much, and what we expected, we got in perfect working order.

Reviewed February 14, 2013

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8.7
Excellent
CRISTINA from Philippines
Family with teens
Family with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 3 nights in April 2014

Very satisfactory”

Friendly owners and staff, Fresh sheets daily, Accessibility to shops

Except for the absence of an elevator, our stay at the Lavender Lodge was worth the value of our money. The friendly owners and staff made our travel plans easier.

Reviewed May 02, 2014

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8.3
Excellent
Jeff from China
Couple
Double Deluxe
Stayed 6 nights in December 2012

Great location but small rooms”

Strategic location in KK, easy access to transportation, helpful staff

Overall we were satisfied for the stay in Lavender. It was a bit expensive to take a taxi from KK International Airport to the city center, which cost at 36 RM - a fixed price. The staff received us was friendly. The hotel is owned by a Chinese couple and managed by themselves and several Malay ladies. So, English and Chinese are both OK there. They also offer advance booking for most of famous tour packages - diving, Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Klias Wetland Cruise etc. However, the wifi is pretty slow there, although there is one public desktop in the reception hall.

Reviewed January 08, 2013

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8.7
Excellent
alexey from Russia
Family with young children
Double Deluxe
Stayed 1 night in January 2013

Clean hotel with good location”

location

It was last minute decision to come over to this hotel but it turned out to be a nice option. As always we had an agoda deal on this hotel, but the normal prices in the hotel were not different too much. we stayed in room with a private shower and a window face the backyard. The rooms are small but clean with two power outlets and an aircon. Nothing special, simple hotel room. We had breakfast included but since we were leaving before 7 am, the front desk manager packed our breakfast to go. Very nice of her!

Reviewed January 31, 2013

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8.3
Excellent
Siew from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 1 night in November 2012

Great location and sincere service”

Wireless connection is very fast, nice service

arrived around 5pm to check in for 1 night stay in the hotel. the staff would give you a towel which has to be return later after you check out. i booked a dormitory bed in the 6-bed female dorm. the room looks nice and warm, with fan & aircon, 2 sockets, but it is on the 4th floor. be prepared to climb the stairs for a few times a day. it should be nothing for those going to climb mt. kinabalu though(smile). toilets are clean and there is a container of shampoo gel available in the bathroom. breakfast is served at the ground floor from 7-10am. there are free bananas and local fruits like rambutan and buah terap available (what happens to me) although i think the availability of local fruits depend on the seasons. there are seafood restaurants opposite and some local cafe beside the hotel. the food in local cafe might not be the best but still okay. there are shopping malls like centre point, warisan square nearby. wawasan terminal (bus terminal) is just around 15 minutes walking distance away. the time should be shorter for some as i walk pretty slow.

Reviewed November 15, 2012

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9.0
Exceptional
Marie from Czech Republic
Solo traveler
Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 1 night in November 2014

In te center, good value for money”

Clean, very good location, value for money

Very good place for backpackers with nice clean rooms. I am coming there everytime I am in Kota Kinabalu.

Reviewed November 19, 2014

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