We stayed here for two nights in April 2014 in a double ensuite room. The room was ok but probably could do with a refurb because it was quite dated. We woke up in the middle of the night to the aircon dripping on our faces we informed the staff and they sent someone to have a look at it and offered for us to change rooms etc Breakfast is really tasty and you can buy more pancakes at a minimum cost if you are still hungry (which we did)
The pumpkin curry with lemongrass infusion is very tasty and we enjoyed sitting in the restaurant playing some of the free board games and drinking the iced lemongrass tea.
We booked the firefly trip with Nabistul and saw probiscus monkeys, fireflies and the ocean was glowing with bioluminescent phytoplankton. Only downside of this tour is that no information is provided about the bugs/animals. It's not really a tour, in a sense you are just getting a lift with the hostel owner and seeing things. That being said you are seeing amazing things!
I would agree with other reviewers in saying Nabistul can be a little pushy with tours etc.. However she is very helpful and a friendly personable woman.
I would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old world charm and views of Sulu Sea can be enjoyed at Sea View Sandakan Budget and Backpackers Hotel. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with traditional banana fritters and a drink. Perfectly located in the heart of Sandakan Town, Sea View is on the waterfront opposite the Central Market and within walking distance of banks, ATMs, currency exchange booths, tourist attractions, convenience stores, malls and local transportation. The second largest city in Sabah, Sandakan is known as a seafood haven and a gateway to many tourist attractions. Tour packages to Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Stilt House Water Village, Selingan Turtle Island Park, Kinabatangan River Cruise and Goamantong Cave can be organised through our onsite tour operator. We can also provide advice on local attractions. We have FREE WiFi, FREE traditional pancake breakfast, FREE welcome drink with traditional banana fritters, FREE towels, FREE travel and tour information, FREE lockers, book exchange, showers and a common room. Guest Facilities: For a small charge we can provide Malaysian cooking lessons using traditional family recipes (subject to chef’s availability), laundry service, foot & arm reflexology, tea & coffee making, kitchen use, printing/scanning, luggage storage and we also have a motorcycle. We can provide room service on request from our onsite restaurant which specialises in traditional family pancakes but also serves local cuisine, fresh seafood dishes and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals are available. Late breakfast is available and the kitchen can provide packed lunches upon request. ... more less
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- Sea View Sandakan Budget & Backpackers Hotel Sabah, Malaysia