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Harbourside Backpackers

Lot 43, 1st Floor, Block HS-4 | Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Air-conditioned and clean rooms. Comfy beds, clean toilets and shower with hot water. Water dispenser with both hot and cold drinking water in the kitchen. Common room with two computers, couch and a TV with dvd player. Location is very good. Staff is helpful with booking trips to wherever you want to go. Walking distance to mini bus station where... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Pro: Great and super comfortable mattress and pillow, clean, non-slip bathroom/shower, centrally located to mall, restaurant, waterfront and central market. Con: wifi in communal living room area, sometimes no sitting space in sofas. You must climb a flight of stairs to reach the front desk (no elevators). Tips: Book tours with the agency next door called Hotspot. Eating seafood at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Only one block from the waterfront on a pedestrian mall it is well located. The staff were very helpful with travel tips and organised our Kinabatangang trip for us. The room was very comfortable , we had a double with ensuite. Basic breakfast is included. We were able to leave our bags at the backpackers while we did a side... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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8 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Originally i was affraid of a backpackers hotel in Sandakan, but it was a nice surprise for me. We found a clean, friedly, intimate hotel in the centre, with a good price. Everything are very close to the hotel, the stuff helpful. I can suggest it to everyone.

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Although I agree with previous reviews that the pillows in this hostel are less than luxurious, everything else about this place easily makes up for it. We stayed for three nights in a mixed dorm, which was spacious and comfortable. The whole place is spotless, with a good shower, computer access and wifi, a comfortable communal area and even tea... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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23 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The hostel itself and staff are lovely. clean rooms, toilet and showers, which is a luxury in this part of the world but beds arent great. The bed itself is ok for me, as like a hard bed, and its pretty solid, but pillows are pretty awful. Location is great and good info for local tours and attractions. Laundry 12MR... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Stayed for a few nights here in a double room. If it wasn't for the shared bathroom it would have felt more like a hotel. Cleanliness is excellent - everything is spotless. The staff are helpful and friendly. They sell beer from the fridge! Would definitely recommend.

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Perth, Australia
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11 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I stayed in a six bed dorm here for a week. The hostel is located in a predestination mall in the centre of the city close to all the local attractions. Breakfast is simply just toast and coffee or tea. You are able to book tours direct with the hostel which is convenient. I have one suggestion could the hostel... More 

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United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I spent 4 nights here recently, and loved it. It is so far the best hostel I've stay in, during my trip around South East Asia. It is conveniently located near the waterfront, and easy to explore local sites on foot. The hostel is super clean, you get given a towel (which is great when you've been carrying around a... More 

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We stayed here twice during our Borneo trip and this is one of the best backpackers spot we stayed in southeast Asia. Location is great, right in the center of harbor front with unlimited food and shop choices. The rooms (we stayed in private room with bathroom) very clean with white linens. The owner is a nice Chinese lady who... More 

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Address: Lot 43, 1st Floor, Block HS-4 | Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
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