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2.5 of 5 Hostel   |   1st floor, No 106 / 108 | Jalan Gaya,, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia   |  
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Location is great with good services”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2011

this small hotel is not suitable for old people cause you need to climb steep staircases everywhere.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bristol
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2011

We stumbled here by chance an I'm glad we did! Extremely clean! Lovely room with large double bed, very comfy! Aircon and fan! Clean toilets and showers! Coffee availae all day. Lively communal area with tv and small library! Fast wifi and most of all genuinely nice and helpful staff! Was in a great location to explore kk, will definately stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore
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28 hotel reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2010

The response by the hostel is very prompt. Information needed for my climb to Mount Kinabalu was provided quickly. I really appreciated that.

Upon arrival, Alban (the person in charge) came and fetched us as arranged.

The stay was good, the room for 3 is kinda unique as there's an attic where there are two more mattress. The only downside is after the climb, we do have a bit of problem of climbing up and that's what Alban has pre-empt us. But overall its good.

The room cleaniless was alright as we can see that the cleaner will clean it everyday (the common area)

Overall its a good stay.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2009

All the staff are helpful on whatever you ask them, be it directions for good food around the hostel or reliable dried seafood shop. They will try their best to help you and give you a very homely feeling. It just makes me feel like returning to Sabah again and without any hesistation, i will stay at X-plorer again.

  • Liked — Hospitality
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2009

For the money, this was a good place to stay. We had a private room with own bathroom - and the whole thing was TINY! Apart from that, no complaints. Our A/C and hot water worked and that's all we wanted, in addition to a bed to sleep in. The hostel is in a good location with helpful staff.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Tiny room
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2008

X-plorer hostel is in a central location just off the main street in Kota Kinabalu. The rooms are basic with aircon and fan, have comfortable beds. The shared bathrooms were clean, communal area had a small tv and dvd player but no internet.

The hostel serves basic breakfast of toast with tea and coffee. Staff are helpful and will locate trips information and have a small collection of books to borrow.

  • Liked — location and cleanliness
  • Disliked — no internet but there is an internet cafe opposite
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 1st floor, No 106 / 108 | Jalan Gaya,, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — X-Plorer Backpackers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our warm and friendly home-stay. “A HOME AWAY FROM HOME”. We are ideally in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (popularly known as Borneo). Fifteen minutes ride from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Come and experience with us, our very own comfortable and clean environmental lodging house complete with a living room, five common toilets cum hot/cold water shower rooms, a unique mini garden and a balcony area made cozy for your leisure that you well deserved. ... more   less 
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