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City Inn Semporna
Lot 2,Block K | Bangunan Hing Loong, Semporna 91307, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Semporna
Oslo
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6 hotel reviews
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“Stay away”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Smelly rooms, leaking toilet and not clean.

To top it off locals are also using the hotel with up to six guys in a single room, couldnt count how many they were in the doubles. And they kept screaming and running in hallway and stairs all night. Terrible when most people coming to the smelly tacky town of Semporna are here to dive.

Couldnt lock our door from outside and the personnel didnt really understand why that was a problem. But i think most travellers want to leave theyr luggage safe when not in room...

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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46 hotel reviews
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297 helpful votes 297 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The Hotel is located in a pretty sketchy area away from the main jetty part of town. It is almost like being in a post-apocalyptic one-horse town. At night there are groups of young men sitting around not doing anything on the dirty concrete streets. The hotel itself is OK. It is cleanish, but super basic. The shower was not very good (a dribbler) and the room a little musty. It was incredibly cheap at only 65 RM for a double room.

If you need to stay a night in Semporna, it is fine, but a little removed from the main drag of town.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Koudekerk aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

The ensuite twin room with AC was decent, wifi worked, hot water and close to the bus we were taking at 7.30am to Tawau airport. Nothing special, but a decent place and out of the three options around the bus stop (Mabul Inn, City Inn and a third) this seemed best and cheapest

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cancun, Mexico
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28 hotel reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

This hotel is right beside the bus station, so if you’re coming from Sandakan you will only have to walk a couple of steps to find it. The room was very spacious; I couldn’t believe the size of it comparing it to what we paid (around 55 MYR). It also has air conditioning, two free bottles of water, a TV, wardrobe and dressing table. The bathroom was also very spacious and clean.

There are only two bad things about this place. First, it is a bit far from the main tourist area (the jetty, diving companies and the other hotels) and it takes about an 10-minute walk to the restaurants, which can be very scary at night (Semporna is a horrible town); and second, there is a karaoke bar right in front of the hotel which plays load music until the wee hours of the night.

Another thing, there is fast WiFi in the lobby area but it is quite noisy because apparently the staff are allowed to play their music or videos without headphones, which bothered us a bit because we had to work.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Tawau, Sabah
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The good point is the secured parking area. That is important if you bring your car to Semporna. As for the room experience, I have stayed in quite a many budget hotels in several places and I would say there are others that are far better than this one. There's TV but the quality is bad. The room is quite spacious but boring. The toilet is old and there's a funny smell at the time I stayed there, low pressure too but I guess it might be a problem at that time. In the end, it depends on your personal preferences. But for me, I would stay in other hotels rather than returning here for the second time.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Johor
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

We (11 of us) stayed here for a night before heading to Mabul Island the next morning. We rented 2 rooms and mine comfortably fit for 5. Everyone got their own bed. (And I think there is still place to put another 2 single beds!) The facilities is OK like toilet/shower ensuit, dressing table, cupboard, towels, soaps, fan and air-cond. There wasn't breakfast served but it was ok as there are food outlets nearby. Computers with internet are available at the lobby. If you wish to have a walk around the small town, do it earlier as by 1730, most of the shop has closed and nothing much else to see. A comfortable, economic room for a short stay!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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pitas, sabah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

Nice place. have cctv car park. a budget hotel and this is the best. best rate for family size accomodation. view some picture of the town at http://cheguzam.blogspot.com/2011/09/pekan-semporna-sabah.html

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lot 2,Block K | Bangunan Hing Loong, Semporna 91307, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Semporna
Amenities:
Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Semporna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to City Inn Semporna - The best budget accommodation hotel room guesthouse located in the center of Semporna town, the gateway to Sipadan Island. ... more   less 
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