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Lavender Lodge Kota Kinabalu Reviews

no.6 Jalan Laiman Diki, Kg. Air, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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489 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 75%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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A very decent little hostel in KK. Clean and comfortable and the staff were very friendly. Good value for money.


Great location, rooms very small. Staff friendly but not overly helpful, the owners are not on site all the time are fantastic wealth of knowledge and happy to give advice. Breakfast is…. Melon and toast & jam, a little boring after a few days. Good places to eat nearby.


Easily one of the best hostels we've ever stayed at - in Malaysia and our travels. The staff were extremely friendly, remembering our faces and preferences for breakfast as we were staying multiple nights. They allowed us to cancel our bookings on a whim when our plans changed. We made it our base in Sabah bc the staff were so helpful, we couldn't think to stay anywhere else. They even let us keep our bags there for free when we went away to Mt. Kinabalu!!


My first time staying at lavender lodge. Staff did not give details on breakfast at all. Ended up I never bother to ask much either... The next day, I had my breakfast outside...

  • 28th Nov 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Singapore
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Thank you for your support and choosing our lodge during your visit to sabah. we are sorry the staff did not inform you of the breakfast arrangement during your stay. As this is a hostel world.com booking, it should be very clearly stated to you in the website that breakfast is included in the room rate and also we have notice in the reception area about our breakfast time.


During our holiday trip to Sabah we stayed in Lavender Lodge twice. We couldn't make a better choice! Second time was like coming back home. The hostel nicely situated close to night market, big mall. Janny and Dan who run this place are great people very friendly and helpful. They did everything and more supporting with good advices and helping to resolve some logistical issues. The place is clean and great value for money. Any time back in KK that would be my place!

  • 2nd Nov 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Poland
  • Mixed Group, 41+
  • (1 review)


Excellent stay, very nice room (equal to hotel standards) with a window, clean bathroom, best shower we ever had in Borneo and good breakfast. Pleasant stay and we would definitely recommend lavender lodge to others staying in KK


Nice hostel (I stayed in a private room). Nice staff, and thanks for letting us use the lockers after check-out and giving us advice on buses. Not much of a backpacker atmosphere though as there is no common area except the kitchen.


They include watermelon with the toast for breakfast which was a nice touch. Lady during the day at reception is super friendly and helpful. Booked a good white water rafting tour through them. The only common area is the space to eat breakfast. No lockers in the rooms. Quiet hostel that isn't about meeting people which I prefer. Overall, great hostel.


It needs to create a common area, but everything else is very good. Super clean!


There was absolutely nothing to complain about. We felt like home. The best thing was, that the stuff really cares about you and helps you as possible. Me and my girlfriend have to thank the hostel team so much for helping us while we had big issues because of my health and being so patient and friendly. That was more than anyone can expect! We will recommend you everywhere possible and we really enjoyed our stay at your lovely place. Thank you very, very much! Best wishes Lea & Jonas

  • 17th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Decently clean and friendly staff. Nothing to write home about, but good place to rest between trips.

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