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“Great place- better than a lot of the rest” 5 of 5 stars
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Mabul Inn
Block 4, No. 1 & 2 | P.O. Box 146, Semporna 91308 , Malaysia   |  
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kuta, lombok
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Great place- better than a lot of the rest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

Stayed here for 3 weeks and was really sad to leave. The staff are great- really friendl as well. The rooms are great value for money and the location really central. Had no issues whatsoever and will be back as soon as I can. Stayed at 2 places before this and all I can say is, 'let's not go there' Thank u mabul inn

Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2011

We stayed at Mabul Inn for two nights. The staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms reasonably clean . The issue we had was the bathroom was leaking from the ceiling and any trip to the toilet ended in us getting a little wet.We also found a cockroach under our bed, although it's probably hard to keep them out when the whole town itself is crawling with them.There is little choice in Semporna but I would recommend this hotel as I reckon it's probably one of the better one's in Semporna......But with the exception of diving, why anyone would ever want to stay in this town is beyond me.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2010

It looked pretty ok or even above the Semporna standard, but we got a room with NO WINDOW and felt like in a cellar. The unthinkable stinky smell was embracing the whole room when we turned on the fan.
Bugs were also present in the bathroom.
It's not a perfect place to sleep, but the city itself left only repulsive feelings..

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Nunukan, INA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2010

I just stayed in Mabul Inn (formerly known as Lee rest House), the room is nice, with private bathroom, TV, although the room size is small, but it serve the function as diving base. It is located in the center of the town, so there are lots of nearby store, and also just beside of it is a bus stop going to Tawau. As for diving base, I have to walk about 5 min to the water front, where the dive shop are, it was easy in the morning, but in the afternoon, after a day of diving, surely one is wondering for one option in hotel in center of the town. I pay for RM 60 for a night, for booking through email, but if you go directly to the hotel they will ask for RM 73. they don't serve breakfast, there are cafe attach to it, but they open at 7.30 am, this would be difficult, as the ussual diving boat leave at 8 am, so I always prepared my own breakfast the night before. The sleep is good, as there no party or noise from nearby building. This goes to say, as I stay in the other backpacker lodge in this town, mabul inn is nicer, although there are some draw back, like distance and lacking of breakfast , this from diver point of view.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Devon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2009

If you are planning to dive off Sipadan or any of the other islands in the area but are trying to do it on a budget chances are you will need to stay in the port town of Semporna. Unfortunately as towns go it is a bit of a dump with most travellers staying down near the dive schools on the waterfront.

Lee's Resthouse is situated nearer the centre of town and seemed to offer far better value than the more popular hotels. We paid aroung 50-60 rupiah per night for a small but clean room with TV, air-con and en-suite bathroom. The restaurant attached to the hotel also serves up some tasty meals.

The staff were always welcoming and helpful.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Block 4, No. 1 & 2 | P.O. Box 146, Semporna 91308 , Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Semporna
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Ranked #7 of 10 Specialty lodging in Semporna
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