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Sandakan Backpackers

Sandakan Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Best hotel in Sandakan and on my Top 3 in whole South East Asia, really helpful staff, lovely rooftop in front of the sea and a great place to meet people but really quite at night! Perfect combination! Also pretty decent wifi! (We could even watch a movie, no buffering!)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Rooms and facility's are very simple but that's what we wanted as the price was super cheap. The showers in our double room didn't have hot water but if you use the shower off the hallway they have hot water. Juwan on the counter was amazing at his job, he went out of his was to help us and make... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A good basic hostel with a really nice roof terrace. The rooms are basic but clean, ours was a double with air con and a private shower. Expect cold showers, but that's pretty normal based on our experience in Borneo. Good for the price.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is an excellent hostel to chill out. My friend and me came here after a busy time and spend the entire afternoon on the couches watching movies (hangover and romantic comedies for example) and enjoying the good wifi. We stayed here because we wanted to visit sepilok orangoutang centre.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Very helpful staff, really cheap, good location, clean bathrooms, spacious AC dorms, a rooftop balcony with sea view, good breakfast & a chilled out lobby with a free to use computer and big flat screen with satellite television

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Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We had two nights here enroute to Sukau. The staff were friendly and helpful, they weren't trying to get us onto their tours and were full of information about local transport and how to get to places in the surrounding areas. The communal area is nice, with tv and comfy seats. The rooms were spacious and airy with great waterfront... More 

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

We stayed here for two nights as a base for visiting Sepilok. The hostel was easy to find, just a street or so away from the harbour. The staff we dealt with were very young but friendly and effecient. We were shown to our double room, which we were pleased find had aircon. The room was very basic but clean... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Nice hostel, the stairs can be a nightmare if your traveling with a heavy backpack. Our room was ok, had a weird smell and the mattresses were pretty thin, not very informative staff, they forgot to mention the shower on our floor has no hot water, you share the hostel with the family, there's something like 6 children!! Breakfast is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Very nice hostel right by the harbour, some rooms even have water view. Rooftop area with a small pool table and dart. The reception has a tv with some dvd's if you need a break. Staff is very friendly. Only minus is that the laundry service was quite expensive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Generally this hostel have a very strategic location. Market, shop, bus station, restaurant just nearby. The staff also was very helful. This hostel also recommend tour with a cheap price. Besides that, they also provide kitchen for us to cook, NICE ROOF TOP, free Wi-Fi and also prepared a simple breakfast. Overall, this hostel is awesome! we have a good... More 

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