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Masada Backpacker
1st Floor, Lot 9, Jalan Masjid | Mosque Valley, Kota Kinabalu 88800, Malaysia   |  
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Helsinki, Finland
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“Great stay!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Stayed 10 nights here between 25.5-6.2013!!

Awesome place. Very clean, nice staff, good location and the all day breakfast rocks! Also have free of charge luggage room.

I stayed on 3 different hostels in KK and liked Masada most! Just make sure that you book all the nights you want to stay beforehand or at least let them know how long are you going to stay. Hostel is fully booked very often, so you might not be able to extend your stay in short notice. They also have separate dorms for men and females and sometimes have to change the rooms due booking situation, so be prepared to switch your bed every now and then.

Still definitely one of the best hostels I have been!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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new york city
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in a female dorm for 5 nights and loved it!! The location is within walking distance to the pier, shopping malls, central market and night market. Free soap/shampoo in the shower, and free tea, coffee, crackers, toast and bananas all day!! There is a staff 24 hrs and they are all friendly and helpful. It's a hostel so the turnover is frequent but I met a lot of people to share meals with :) Good Internet connection (in the rooms!), free movies and decent tourist info available in the main room.
I have nothing bad to say about this place. Would totally recommend!

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Comox, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Masada GH is well located for walking. We were happy we could reserve a three-bed room. The ALL DAY breakfast is a huge benefit with toast, bananas, fresh brewed coffee & filtered water provided. It can get crowded when everyone is trying to eat or hang out /watch TV at the same time. The baggage storeroom door is open and it doesn't always feel like your baggage is secure when you leave to hike the mountain. But nothing bad happened. Nice to have both a front and back entrance. Overall good value.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I stayed here for 8 nights in the dorm, and left my luggage in the storage room for 5 nights. It was well priced (a little cheaper than most other hostels), efficiently run (they never lost track of payments, bed was made everyday and a fresh towel everyday), flexible (I didn't have to give too much warning if I wanted to stay on), friendly (the staff are gold), homely (a big loungeroom playing Nat Geo 24hrs), free wifi, unlimited toast/coffee/milo/water, cheap beer, safe and secure (someone has to buzz you in and my luggage was safe for 5 days without me). Just all round comfort - do yourself a favour and stay here. Cheap eats close by and Centrepoint Plaza just up the road. Taxi and buses to Mt Kinabalu 100m away.

Room Tip: Dorms have small lockers and have 6 beds in each. Male and females separate.
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Uppsala, Sweden
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192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

I can't fault this hostel. Friendly staff, free wifi, good air con, close proximity to city. The price is very competitive, and with cable TV and free tea/coffee and toast each morning, it's everything you need and nothing you don't.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

A very good hostel. I used the dorms and private room here. The place is spotlessly clean with very friendly, helpful staff (24hrs a day). Free wifi is provided. There are 3 toilets and 5 showers so never really needed to wait.

The location is about 5 mins walk from the centre point mall, sea front bars and 10 mins from Jesselton jetty.

The beds were comfortable, noise was minimal with quiet times enforced after 10pm and luggage storage was available even if you checked out for a few days on a tour. The rooms were air conditioned.

Overall, excellent and i'd highly recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Taichung, Taiwan
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

every thing is clean, house keeping everyday, even change the bed sheet every two day. any way, so good=)))

the shower room is great too, the water is hot enough and strong, provides shampoo and body wash.

breakfast is so awesome, the toast is yuming, with special sauce. the most important is that you can eat them all the time!! no matter night or days!!!




  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Masada Backpacker

Address: 1st Floor, Lot 9, Jalan Masjid | Mosque Valley, Kota Kinabalu 88800, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
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