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Winho Lodge
Lot 8 & 9, Block 19, 1st & 2nd Floor | Jalan Dua, Sandakan 90702, Malaysia   |  
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“Good stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012 via mobile

For what you pay it is great value for money! You get everything you need such as your own bathroom and ac and tv, the staff were more than helpful. You can get to sepilok orang-utans and the proboscis monkey sanctuary no problem. DO NOT go through travel agents it's so much cheaper to do it your self and also sooo easy!

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

The rooms are basic and dated, but very clean and with air conditioning. The walls are pretty thin though! Toast, tea and coffee are included in the price and there's unlimited free filtered water. We enjoyed our stay here - the owners were lovely and very helpful and we felt safe!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

My partner and I stayed here for 1 night during a 4 month round the world trip and are confident travellers. For RM55 (£11 at the time) we had a double room with a private bathroom here in November 2010. The room was very basic and painted a dark colour but it was very clean and all we needed for one night.

The room had a large comfy double bed, TV and air con. The hostel offers free breakfast (toast and tea) and free internet use.

It is in a central location in Sandakan around the shops and close to a KFC! There is a restaurant opposite called Hawaii which was very tasty :-)

You must visit the Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary if you come here!! We took a bus here for £1.60 each. The sanctuary itself was lovely, very lush and green and very peaceful. It cost £14 for 2 of us to enter and you have to pay a little extra to take your camera in, which is a must! Lots of monkeys here, be careful as some are aggressive and we were lucky enough to see 5 orang-utans, one with a baby!

Only down side is there are a lot of stray dogs around here heavily pregnant or very skinny which wasn't nice to see. And we were woken very early in the morning on the Sunday by the market setting up outside!!

Watch out for taxi drivers...they drive like maniacs! Have fun, Borneo is lush!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2009

We spent 2 nights at the Winho Lodge at 55 RM per night. This included a toast and coffee/tea breakfast - which was the standard hostel offering in Malaysia it seemed. The room had a double bed and a set of bunk beds. There was a tv with some English channels even. They had free internet which was only sometimes lined up. The toilet was acting up in our room though.

We looked around at a lot of places in Sandakan and this was the best quality for the lowest price in our opinion. It's right in the centre of the town area so you can walk to lots of eateries. However, the dining options in Sandakan are dismal. There were a couple places that did decent local dishes but even then, nothing really wowed us about Sandakan. The town is quiet by about 9pm and the streets are empty. It feels kind of eerie at night.

The staff at the Winho were quite nice though.

We took a day tour from the Winho to the Kinabatangan River cruise and the Gomantong Caves. The tour turned out to be great because we saw elephants but I think if we hadn't seen elephants or the wild orangutans we saw at the caves, the day would have been disappointing because it takes a long time to get there and back in a very uncomfortable vehicle.

I don't really recommend Sandakan but if you want to stop there, the Winho is a decent option. If you catch a bus in, the bus station is out of town but lots of local buses run along the street in front of the station. On the way back to the bus station, I think it was only 1.50 RM for one person's bus fare where a taxi was about 12 RM.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lot 8 & 9, Block 19, 1st & 2nd Floor | Jalan Dua, Sandakan 90702, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 30 Specialty lodging in Sandakan
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