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“Ok for couple of days stay”
Review of Slagon Homestay

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Slagon Homestay
Ranked #14 of 34 Ranau B&B and Inns
Reviewed 21 June 2016

First of all, you need to understand the location of the property - it is farther away from the Ranau town center and not properly located on either google or on other maps. Actual location is 5.927038,116.676186 - put it on google maps and save the location to be able to navigate there.

Due to the location and the region itself, it is highly recommended to have your own means of transportation - either private or rental car, otherwise getting in/out the property would be a complicated matter because there are no taxis/cars available nearby.

Also due to the location, your dining options are limited what the property owners will cook for you. Please note, while the neither breakfast nor dinner is not included in the stay, it is relatively cheap (dinner for two was RM24) and was tasty. Just do not expect western type dinner/breakfast.

As for the property - owners are welcoming, hospitable and try to accommodate you. Rooms are quite basic, don't expect anything else except aircon, bed, chair and couple of towels. Bathrooms are not the cleanest, but I've stayed in dirtier places.

One thing which I think worth to mention is insects - I know that it is tropics, and there they are around. However I was not pleased to see 5cm long cockroach couple feets away from my bed. Killing it was not a trivial matter either - had to hit with a slipper at least three times until it stopped running.

The reality is that this property is probably the best overall within 20km radius - don't expect anything fancy in the region.

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  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2016

We were so delighted with this lovely homestay! We stayed for a week while visiting with our daughter who is spending a year teaching English at a school in Ranau. She was concerned that we would have trouble finding a place to stay as Ranau is not a big tourist stop, but we found Slagon online and it was perfect! The grounds are lovely with a stream running under the large deck, a turtle pond, a fish pond, and many beautiful flowering plants and fruit trees. There is even a pony in the pasture. The rooms are basic but with a comfortable bed, hot water, and an air conditioner, we were all set. There is coffee, tea, and filtered drinking water, and you can request breakfast for an extra charge, which we did, and they even served us American style toast and eggs! There is free Wifi. The owners are delightful and the staff are all very pleasant. The owners speak excellent English (college in the US) and are glad to be helpful. The rest of the staff speak limited English but were still able to understand when we locked ourselves out of our room one day and needed help.
A few stray points - this place would be hard to find the first time after dark as its set back out of town. There are bugs and such outside (hey its the tropics) and roosters crowing to start your day so best be an early riser. If you require 5 star amenities this isn't the place, but then, if you require 5 star amenities you probably wouldn't be staying in Ranau. We loved our stay here and enjoyed the fact that Ranau is not a typical tourist stop. A lovely week in a lovely place and you can't beat the price!

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

At first glance, Slagon homestay look just like any typical house around the area in Ranau town. Staff are friendly and helpful. Love the small pond at the back of the homestay. Its good for family or any backpackers who want to stay near Ranau.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

Nice people, quiet and beautiful garden, Pound, the oustide area is a bridge over the river, very decent room and price.
Highly recommended.

The exact location is not the one given by trip advisor right now.
Better ask and follow the signs .

Stayed: March 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 July 2015

This looks like it could be good: there's a pretty garden and eating area. But the rooms were tiny and really grotty, and the staff never spoke or smiled. The bed was horrible: stained and too short, and the bathroom was disgusting. We went to the hot springs partly so that we didn't have to go in the filthy shower at the hotel. The owner was pleasant but we saw her for 30 seconds on arrival and departure. There's nothing to drink except water, black tea or instant coffee. The food was quite nice and they had a laundry service, hence 2 stars not 1, but we didn't sleep a wink at this place and would never return.

Room Tip: Wifi was free but only in the common area, not in the room.
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  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

First of all, totally not affected by recent quakes. With that set aside and cleared, this place is the perfect hideout from your normal bustle of the city. Rooms might not be top notch, food might not be Michelin grade but its the imperfections that crafted its perfection.

Overall, you will feel at home, but in a village. Hiding from your boss? Perfect, because its not easy to find this place and you can put aside all your gadgets and go exploring the nearby estate which is also part of the homestay and go see ponies graze the fields or finding fruits that are in season.

Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 June 2015 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights. After reading good reviews we were excited. The staff however were not great. They seemed not to understand English very well and were not very friendly. When asking where our room was they just pointed and said the over there. No information given. We met the owners later that night and they we very lovely and welcoming. The other staff however need some encouragement. Also there was a large group of guests with many children who ran around wildly for many hours. This was fine with me but other guests were less than impressed.

The rooms are basic but need a deep clean. Ours was full of spider webs and water leak stains. The places needs a good clean and fresh lick of paint. The shower also needs a good scrub - lots of mildew in between the tiles.

We had a car so we found the place quite easily, there were many signs at all the turns. Ranau it's self is a bit of a one horse town. Not much to see it do. A KFC and a few local restaurants. We used this as a base to visit the mountain, hot springs and the POW camps.

Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: Kampung Silou, Ranau 89308, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Ranau
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Ranked #14 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Ranau
Price Range: $16 - $31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Slagon Homestay 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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