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North Borneo Cabin
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   1st and 2nd Floor, No.74, Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia   |  
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“Basic, clean and convenient”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

Very good hostel. Conveniebtly located in the heart if Sabah within waking distance of the local bus terminal and ferry port.

Stayed in the 12 bed dorm though there were only 3 of us staying there. Air con worked well. Breakfast consist of usual tea and coffee and toast. Lockers in reception. Showers clean and worked well.

Would stay again.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

We didn't stay in a dorm but booked a double room with fan only as we don't like the air con. The room was clean, big with a huge window to gaya street. It was the biggest window we've got in 6 month travelling around Asia :) The bathroom is shared, 2 toilets and good shower with hot water on each floor.
We payed 50RM for the room and there was a simple breakfast included -toast, butter, jam, tea or coffee and help yourself. There is a great eurobakery on the same street, just few steps away, if you want something fancier :-)
Staff is just great and very helpful. Even if you don't book anything with them, share your plans as you can get some discounts. We got 10RM discount voucher per person for a boat to mamutik and other close islands (normal price is 23 per person plus 7 jetty fee plus 10 island entry).

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed here a couple of nights either side of a Kinabalu climb. Nothing special as far as backpackers go, but very cheap and a nice hot shower! Staff were really lovely and helpful. Great location, walking distance to waterfront, shops and bus stop. Most tour companies seem to know it so organising a pick up for Mt Kinabalu was no problem. Air conditioning is freezing if you get it in your room, so try to nab the remote to change it when you can!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

The location is very good. The best you can find in Kota Kinabalu. Restaurants, supermarkets, the Filipino Market and even the ferry terminal are nearby. Slept in here for two nights and had my own room. It was clean, but very basic. Anyway that's what i expected for that low price. The staff was very very friendly and helpful.
There were people from all over the world in this place, so I had a great time talking, drinking and watching TV.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

The location is good. There are lots of nice restaurant nearby, such as the bak kut teh restaurant "佑记肉骨茶" which is only downstair, "富源" which is located opposite to it, Little Ittaly with nice pizza and spaghetti which just a few step away from it. The tourist infomation centre is also very nearby to it. A shopping mall - Suria sabah mall is also very close to there, there are great seaview at the 3rd floor food court. It is also not far to the Jesselton Point where you can go snorkelling and take ferry to labuan.

The room is very basic and clean, the first night we live at there, there are 6 bunk beds in the room, but second day only 5 because of most people have left. There are only one plug in the dorm room, but there are more downstair at the common area. There are TV at the common area, a computer and they provide simple breakfast.

Overall is very good place to stay with if you just want a basic place to sleep.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

The rooms are overcrowded with bunk beds. The air con room has a window which opens to the smoking area. So the air con rooms smells of cigarette smoke. Only one plug point in the room with 14 beds !!! The breakfast is ok. Its a very very basic hostel. They dont even give you proper blankets (just a small sarong like cloth). Its 4 floors up.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

it was awesome!.my holiday was very great here...the staff was very helpfull,
always there 4 you..and they was very friendly..
i spend 1 week here and i didn't have any idea 4 what to do,
then the staff suggest me to do some trip....i've been to mari-mari cultural village, the proboscis monkey and kinabalu park also padas rafting.
it was really2 cool and awesome........
this is the great place to spend your holiday in borneo..

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1st and 2nd Floor, No.74, Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
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Ranked #7 of 72 Specialty lodging in Kota Kinabalu
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Hotel Class:2 star — North Borneo Cabin 2*
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