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“It's like your back at home!” 4 of 5 stars
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Lot No.25, Lorong Dewan, Australia Place, Kota Kinabalu 88000 , Malaysia   |  
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“It's like your back at home!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

Small really cosy and brilliantly decorated place with 3 cats you feel like your at home but the only negative would be that the staff were not very friendly and were always asking people to be quiet. If you want a quiet hostel this is perfect.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Honestly, Lucy Homestay is really a nice cosy home and Lucy really takes care of the place by keeping it clean and neat. But why I will not go back again? Here are some of the reasons :

1. No aircon. Seriously I am not a person who must have aircon but the 2 ceiling fans in the dorm room with 6 beds is not going to be enough! ( I also do not have air con at home ). Room 2 that we stayed in was hot and every night all the six of us had a hard time sleeping. For RM$2 more, we could have stayed at an air con place.

2. Silence. Yes, most of the time we were there, we had to be silent or had to whisper. I know that Lucy is trying let the place be quiet for others but surely no one is asleep at 8-9pm?

3. Lucy. Nothing personal but she is probably like an aunt that is fussy and treats only certain people nicely. Seems like everyone finds her helpful but in my opinion, she helps but grouchily...

4. Many rules. As mentioned by other reviewers, there are many rules as well as restrictions.

I would not recommend for a big group of friends travelling. But if you are travelling in 1 or 2 in a group then maybe this will be good.

Note: People who are cat-phobia, stay away - there are cute friendly cats in the house!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

The place is quite small but very decent. unfortunately you don't have bathroom inside but in the city, if you search budget hotel, it will be really hard for you to get one unless you pay a lot. as i said the room are quite small and old, we wanted to spend 5 nights here but at the end we changed hotel the following day. good choice if u wanna spend one night

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Basic small clean rooms. Nice place to meet other travelers and exchange stories.

Best thing about the guesthouse is Lucy. She is so friendly and helpfull, just unbelievable! She is the local tourist information for Sabah in person. You can ask her anything you need to know for your trip in Sabah.

Lucy should get the award for woman of the year, but since thats not going to happen we gave her a plant from the sundaymarket instead.

Thanks Lucy

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Rule #1 - Entrance Door will be locked at midnight, although there is not much night life in the city.
Rule #2 - Balcony/ bathroom will also be locked at midnight and no bathing after that!!

Fun #1 - The 3 PR cats are lovely and like to play with you.
Fun #2 - Lucy's atitude is indeed a typical Chinese one, in which if you would like to experience this, you should come and talk with her. She is a nice woman inside.
Fun #3 - the 'home' is really a local home. No kidding.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

I had heard that this was the best place to stay in KK and that the vibe was fun and welcoming. When i arrived, I really found the opposite to be true--Lucy was rude and clearly favored certain guests, the crefew was a complete pain and made exploring the city at night a challenge and the rooms were nothing special. I decided to leave after one night and can't honestly reccomend it to other travellers.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

I've read other reviews that were negative, but they cited things which make me like this place.


Yes, you can't stay up all night partying loudly and stumbling around.

Yes, Lucy is like a mum. That's nice sometimes after bouncing from hostel to hostel filled with disrespectful, dirty rastas.

Some other things I like: Clean rooms, quiet location near to town, good breakfast, good people. It is quite friendly here, providing you are.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Lucy Homestay

Address: Lot No.25, Lorong Dewan, Australia Place, Kota Kinabalu 88000 , Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Lucy Homestay Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Lucy Homestay Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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