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Harbourside Backpackers

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Lot 43, 1st Floor, Block HS-4 | Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was impressed with Harbourside backpackers. Nice hostel, helpful staff. Rooms were great for the price. Clean, Good AC. Easy enough to get to sepilok, sunbear sanctuary and the rainforest discovery centre. Just walk to the minibus area. 6rm one way/45 mins.

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Kirchberg, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very friendly staff, they will help you with everything and are just lovely people. the place is perfectly clean and on a good spot. if you come to sandakan, stay here! the internet works all the time in the common room. breakfast is simple, toast, butter and jam but is enough. the rooms are fine, enough space and you get... More 

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Alice springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice, clean accommodation at Harbourside. Really great location and they'll help you book tours, buses etc. TV room is great to chill out in and meet whatever people you can there (Wasn't so busy when I was there)

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Madrid, Spain
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfectly located. Clean. The owner is so so nice, he will help you with everything. Wifi in the lobby and in the rooms. Big living room with TV, Books and thousands of DVDs to see. Breakfast simple but nice, my best coffee in Malaysia so far! Nice!

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Layer de la Haye, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed in room 4 (with private bath). Turns out it also has a private animal running around in the ceiling space, which at 3am was interesting, as it seemed to get louder and heavier as the night progressed. It didn't come through the ceiling though, so all was well. Room is comfortable, (one double bed, one single), good space,... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We were taken here by a cab driver who misheard "backpacker area" with "Backpacker Hotel" and we were lucky. Clean quiet and nice commun areas. Coffee in the morning with toasts, extremely helpful staff as the owner spent an hour helping us make all our hotel and dive booking for Sipadan. I would return here anytime on my way to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Stayed here 3 nights, it was a nice, clean facility with decent amenities. Only thing to be improved upon is the wifi is incredibly slow and the pillows are basically rocks. Air con can be used all day, and the TV room/common area was a nice place to meet people. Otherwise no complaints.

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I stayed here in March with a friend and it was in a great location and was clean. There was a good communal area with a TV and lots of films for if the weather isn't great. It's a small town so it's close to everything, but takes about an hour to travel out to Sepilok where the orangutans are.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Stayed here for two days, left for a river cruise, then came back for another night. The hostel is quite clean and welcoming, and all of the facilities work. They have lockers as well, but only on the first floor (unless I somehow missed the ones on the second?), and there aren't enough lockers for all of the guests. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Although it is quite cheap and James was helpful the other staff were quite confused and non responsive both times we checked in and we also got downgraded as they booked up the rooms despite booking over 2 weeks in advance. We stayed in a double room which was a bit jail cell like although it was clean. The lounge... More 

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