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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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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good location, helpful staff, clean rooms. As with most Malaysian accommodation, there is no hot water or elevators and the rooms are small - but if you have been around Malaysia by now this comes as no surprise.

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've stayed in two ensuite rooms for two nights. The property was spotlessly clean, the beds comfortable and the staff very nice and helpful. The double and the single rooms had the same size, but the single room was cheaper - that's very good for a single traveler!

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26 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I don't usually stay in hostels but as this one had en suite rooms and nowhere else in Sandakan grabbed me I thought I would give it a try. It is spotlessly clean and run by a very friendly knowledgeable team. They answered all my emails promptly during the booking process and arranged the river tour for a very good... More 

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Kota Kinabalu District, Malaysia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

We had a great stay here in a double ensuite room with a window. The hostel is very clean with a comfortable lounge room. The staff are lovely and the location great. The computers in the lounge area work well and we used them to sort out our pics and sd cards. I would stay again.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Very nice backpackers, good service at the reception, clean except the fact that they have bedbugs. I signaled it at the reception and they told me they were cleaning an other room because of this problem. It's a good sign, they are actually trying to get rid of these bedbugs. Hopefully they will succeed!

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is a great hostel to stay at. Located centrally in the heart of town near restaurants and the wharf. Really clean hostel with a great kitchen. Chill out lounge room. Free WiFi. Really friendly staff who know everything about Borneo and will help you book anything - taxis, buses and tours. Stay here if you go to Sandakan!

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Den Haag
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Clean place, helpfull staff. They arrange everything for you. And they will help you with everything. Located in old town center, easy to get around on your own. Breakfast is simple but good. Toast, coffee and jam. And: showers with warm water!

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Stayed here again for 2 nights in early February. It's still clean and nice. Eleen will answer your emails and help you in dealing with everything on your arrival including tours, transport and advice. It seemed that there was only one double/triple ensuite room which we have stayed for both of the occasions. The only downside is the door of... More 

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Penang, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Clean,modern and great location Most importantly is that the service very warm You will not find you're at a normal hotel, the service is too good! They have a living room gather withs your family or friends, they even had two dekstop for search beautiful scenery in Sabah, besides, still have forty something inch tv with almost all astro channel... More 

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