J Residence, the nearest accommodation to Kinabalu Park apart from those inside, is literally a hidden gem.
If it wasn’t for the big J on the signboard next to the road, you would never know it was there.
A steep driveway, in a gap between the trees, leads you over the side of the road down to a level area where J Residence’s accommodation units are nestled in the hillside. It overlooks the rolling hills of the Bundu Tuhan farming community in the valley below.
Apart from J Residence being just 300m from the Kinabalu Park entrance, and therefore an attractive, affordable alternative to the rather pricey accommodation of the park, J Residence has its own appeal.
The breathtaking view from a lush, tranquil setting, combined with the cold weather that’s often experienced here on the slopes of Mt. Kinabalu, make J Residence a soothing escape from the heat and city-noise of Kota Kinabalu and the surrounding flat lands.
J Residence is rather exclusive, with only 10 basic, but comfortable and well-appointed rooms on the property.
Each room features a LCD TV with a DVD player and hot showers in unique bathrooms. Some of the bathrooms face a steep hill, and the top edge of the wall is open and partly covered with glass, allowing in a fresh blast of cold mountain air.
Dotted along the clusters of accommodation there are common areas for get-togethers, as well as facilities for BBQs, including sinks for basic food preparation.
J Residence otherwise doesn’t provide any meal services or food, but there are 2 restaurants nearby that are within walking distance.
Literally just before the Kinabalu Park entrance as you’re driving from Kota Kinabalu, J Residence is about a 2 hour drive from Kota Kinabalu and less than 30 minutes from Kundasang Town. The Receiption Desk is open from 8am – 9pm daily and the accommodations are bookable throughout the year.
Whether you are planning to climb Mt. Kinabalu or explore Kinabalu Park, or whether you would just like some cool, quiet time away during your stay in Sabah, you will likely find joy at J Residence.