Secluded in a quiet location on a side road off the main highway about two kilometres from Kinabalu Park entrance, Nikgold Garden surveys the surrounding countryside and offers comfortable rooms in large double-storey dark wooden structures.
The east-facing rooms don’t directly view the mountain, nevertheless the outlook is still excellent, and if you’re up early enough, you’ll catch a great sunrise. Rooms are spacious and high ceilings and glass sliding doors to outside balconies add to the sense of space in the airy rooms. Dark wooden furniture matches the polished wooden floors and crisp white linen matches the walls. The only anomaly is a couple of coloured cheap plastic-moulded chairs. We doubt you’ll be needing the ceiling fan in theses cooler climes, but will probably welcome a warm cuppa form the supplied jug. The simple tiled hot-water ensuite is clean and a shower curtain will stop the bathroom from flooding. Balconies are fitted with built-in wooden benches, a first-rate position for a quiet mountain read, but we’d be grabbing a couple of pillows off the bed.
As well as regular twin and double rooms, Nikgold Garden accommodate family suites and bungalows with two and three bedrooms and lounge facilities. WiFi is free, but a bit iffy in some rooms. Breakfast is not included, and it’s a bit of a walk to the nearest restaurant, but the friendly owner said he’d be willing to drop guests around the local area. There’s also the option for a steamboat or barbecue if you bring your own food, as equipment is provided. Although popular with local families, particularly on weekends, karaoke and sound systems are banned, so it’ll still be relatively quiet.
We love the sense of serenity Nikgold Garden provides; it’s far enough from the road and other hotels to feel off the beaten path, but close enough for a (longish) walk to Kinabalu Park. For equally good views Ceaser’s Place is nearby close to the junction on the main road.
Address: 1.4 km east of Kinabalu Park, turn at signposted road
T: (0888) 88 112; (0198) 426 228; (0178) 299 778;
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º33'10.29" E, 5º59'56.67" N
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Room rates: 60 to 120 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room|
Superior twin/deluxe queen. Mon-Thurs. Fri-Sun and peak: 128 ringgit.
|98 ringgit||98 ringgit|
|Deluxe double room|
Deluxe king. Mon-Thurs. Fri-Sun and peak 150 ringgit.
|108 ringgit||108 ringgit|
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