All the essentials
It’s hard to miss Lodge 88 with its snappy bright orange facade; in fact it’s hard to miss both of them, as there’s both Lodge 88 I and Lodge 88 II.
The colourful promise of the exterior, however, doesn’t extend inside and what’s on offer are rather austere no-frills rooms with just the essentials and not a hint of colour.
It’s no frills, but neat and clean. Comfortable beds sporting fresh white linen, along with air-con, attached hot-water bathrooms and a small flatscreen TVs are all standard, so it’s not too primitive either. Both hotels follow a similar layout with rooms opening to a hallway that continues to either end of the building. They are almost indistinguishable, but the rooms in Lodge 88 II are more spacious and slightly more expensive and some of the smaller rooms in Lodge 88 I are of the jump-into-bed-from-the door-with-nowhere-to-put-your-bag variety. Not all rooms provide windows, but those that do are bright and sunny, those without are less expensive. We were offered a windowless room that had a window; staff explained that because the window was small, it was considered windowless (it wasn’t that small). Perhaps ask to see a few rooms.
Free WiFi is available throughout, and although breakfast isn’t included a variety of packaged snacks are on sale and a hot and cold water dispenser sits in the hallway. Staff are friendly, but occasionally disappear and leave a phone number at the desk. Lodge 88 is a solid budget choice if you’d like more than a dorm and don’t wish to pay any extra for non-essentials. Both Lodge 88 I and Lodge 88 II are on Jalan Persiaaran, Lodge 88 I on the corner of Jalan Kibarambang and Lodge 88 II half a block away. You can’t miss them, the orange screams. Alternatively, Ranau City Inn offers larger and more colourful (but mostly windowless) rooms nearby.
Address: Jalan Persiaran, Ranau
T: (0168) 280 830; (0168) 282 324;
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º39'48.07" E, 5º57'9.11" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl air-con private bathroom|
Up to 68 ringgit.
|48 ringgit||48 ringgit|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
Double. Up to 88. Twin: 78 or 88 ringgit.
|58 ringgit||58 ringgit|
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