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J Residence

Modern mountain chalets

350m west of Kinabalu Park, Kundasang T: (012) 869 6969

J Residence

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A hop, skip and a jump—and a very steep driveway—from Kinabalu Park entrance, J Residence offers a handful of comfortable chalets clinging to the forested sloping mountainside.

The modern wood and metal-framed, glass-fronted chalets come in duplex or family-style, with wide furnished balconies, some with swinging rattan pod-chairs to enjoy the mountain and valley vistas. Spacious and bright rooms provided comfortable twin or queen plus a single bed with thick and cosy covers to keep out the mountain chills. A three-twin-bedroom villa is also available.

Excellent rooms at J Residence.

Excellent rooms at J Residence. Photo: Sally Arnold

Dark wooden floors, bright painted feature walls and modern artwork contribute to the smart and clean ambience. Rooms are not heated, but sufficiently warm if you pull the curtains on the view during the night. Facilities include a small flatscreen TV and DVD player (with two action movies or a Bollywood spectacular to choses from on our visit), and there’s free WiFi. Tea and instant coffee makings are offered in the room, but you’ll have to use the small outdoor kitchen, shared between two rooms, to brew up hot water. Otherwise minimally furnished, and notably lacking bedside tables and reading lamps, there’s plenty of floorspace for your bags.

Clean tiled and polished cement ensuite bathrooms are semi-open, which is downright chilly on a cold mountain morning, but the showers are warm. Hooks and racks for towels are abundant, but several bathrooms offer no flat surfaces for your bits and bobs.

Bright and airy.

Bright and airy. Photo: Sally Arnold

J Residence don’t have an on-sight restaurant, and breakfast isn’t included, however two restaurants are nearby, and if you pack a few snags, a spacious covered barbecue area is available. For travellers on a self-drive trip, car spaces are offered next to the chalets.

On weekdays this is an excellent flashpacker deal, but note on weekends (that is Saturday and Sunday nights, but not Friday) and public holidays the price ups about 60 per cent, and Ayana Holiday Resort up the road becomes the better deal, however even with the weekend surcharge, it’s still better value than a dorm inside the park. It would be wise to book ahead at these times. Staff were a little grumpy when we visited, but an inhalation of the fresh mountain air, and such minor complaints are forgotten. Rooms away from the road are very quiet, but if you plan to stay after a mountain climb you may appreciate room one, where you don’t have so far to walk.

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Walk-in rates at J Residence

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl air-con private bathroom
88 ringgit
88 ringgit
138 ringgit on weekends
Triple air-con private bathroom
99 ringgit
99 ringgit
Queen + single, weekdays. Weekends: 159 ringgit.
Family room
480 ringgit
480 ringgit
Villa with 3 twin rooms. Weekends: 580 ringgit.
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 88 ringgit, high season 88 ringgit. Notes: 138 ringgit on weekends
Room: Triple air-con private bathroom, low season: 99 ringgit, high season 99 ringgit. Notes: Queen + single, weekdays. Weekends: 159 ringgit.
Room: Family room, low season: 480 ringgit, high season 480 ringgit. Notes: Villa with 3 twin rooms. Weekends: 580 ringgit.

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Where is J Residence

J Residence
350m west of Kinabalu Park, Kundasang
T: (012) 869 6969
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º32'21.02" E, 6º0'17.1" N
Room rates: 60 to 120 ringgit

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