For those traveling through Kota Kinabalu (KK), or looking for a base as they enter and exit the city at will, make Lavender Lodge your accommodation of choice. You won’t regret it. A 50-bed 4-storey establishment, Lavender Lodge is affordable for those on a budget and also caters to those looking to splurge with their en-suite deluxe rooms.
Its location on the main street of KK, Jalan Laiman Diki, offers one the convenience of having all amenities, restaurants and transport within a few minutes’ walk from it. One can also book other hostels in KK or other cities in Sabah through the welcoming, accommodating staff - they take your reviews very seriously!
Get to know the staff, especially if you plan on coming back during your time in KK, as they’ll make every effort to remember your breakfast orders, your names and stories, which usually leads to a discounted rate on your stay. And don’t be surprised if they randomly upgrade your room after you’ve come back for a third time!
Impeccable location at the heart of amenities
Besides being located across good seafood restaurants and markets in the city and on the main street of KK, it’s also a few minutes’ walk from the only bus station and a twenty-minute drive to the airport.
Lavender Lodge is a five-minute walk to the sea front where markets and stalls selling goods from dried octopus to backpack tags reside. Branches of many major banks are within a five-minute walk, with one just across the lodge! To get to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, which consists of five different islands, one must take a boat from the main jetty terminal, which is just a fifteen-minute walk from the hostel. The walk is also dotted with several shopping malls along the way.
If you want to check out the night markets - open every night - they’re only a few minutes’ walk away, on the other side of the fresh seafood market opposite the lodge - you can’t miss it!
Accommodation for different budgets and needs
With 50 beds and three floors of rooms, Lavender Lodge caters to everyone’s needs. If you’re after a dorm, they provide one at 12 USD per bed, a price you’d be hard-pressed to beat in KK.
Families have the option of having either a quad or triple room at 35 USD for each option. The triple room features a queen and single bed. A standard double room with its own desk is 26 USD and the deluxe double room is merely four dollars more at 30 USD and features an en-suite bathroom.
Each room is air-conditioned, which is great anytime of the year. Towels and slippers are provided for each bed and guest, ensuring that you have one fewer thing to worry about during your stay here. A breakfast is also included for each night of your stay with unlimited coffee, tea and toast - and a side of watermelon to start your morning never hurts!
Staff provide exceptional service and recommendations
As mentioned before, the staff at Lavender Lodge are exceptional, going above and beyond their means to ensure your stay is not just pleasant, but that your stay in Sabah is smooth. If you need a taxi, they can call one to the hotel at a discounted rate, along with jetty rides to the islands - just ask the staff for the coupons to the islands!
Recommendations and reservations for anything from massages to bars to restaurants can be made through them with their exceptional network of contacts ensuring you get the best out of your stay in Kota Kinabalu. If one needs to book any activity in KK, from a mountain climb to a simple trip to a wildlife park, the staff can do it themselves and if they can’t, they’ll put you in contact with tour companies.
An ideal base for your city adventure
If you need a base in Kota Kinabalu, Lavender Lodge might just be the place for you. A friendly, welcoming environment greets you and with all these amenities right around the corner from the establishment, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better hostel. The rooms are spacious and clean with fans and lights that work. Fully functional air conditioners, clean showers and toilets are also a plus, especially with the humidity outside.