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“Convenient and friendly, could be cleaner”
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Borneo BeacHouse
Reviewed January 27, 2014

A convenient hostel for the nearby beach and airport, run by friendly staff. The rooms are adequate but cleanliness of the communal areas left a bit to be desired...a line of ants in the bathroom and the kitchen wasn't so inviting!

Beds and rooms are basic but comfortable, the building is set back from the road so not noisy, and tours can be booked through reception. The staff had messed up our booking for a room with fan but cheerfully got us an air con one for the same price which was very much appreciated.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

Its more like a house that a hotel. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms are pretty big and super comfortable. We arrived very late but there staff was still up waiting for us. Our room was clean and big. The beds we very comfy. We had a fan room and that was all we needed it didn't get too hot in there. They also have a van to that took us to the airport and is was cheaper that the airport taxis.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

The only reason I chose this hotel is we didn't want to sleep in KK airport when we arrived midnight. It's only a 10 minute's easy walk from Terminal 2. Maybe the other reason choosing it is an early departure, because we saw a couple of Taiwanese were leaving when we arrive at 4 AM.
It looks like a local house transformed hotel, as both of its buildings have a big living space, and most rooms aren't equipped with private bathrooms. Public living space looks neat but cushions are rather dirty.
They don't serve meals. The beach is 3 minute's walk away and has a few food stalls that caters to night life seekers only. No breakfast is served in and around. So, better pack you own breakfast before arrival if you don't want to skip it the next morning.
Another drawback: hotels in this area tend to be noisy.

Room Tip: rooms at the back building tend to have fewer guests, with better availability of the shared bathroo...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Borneo BeacHouse. It was close to the beach and relaxing - just what we wanted. The bathrooms aren't the best, but we didn't seem to mind at all. We stayed in a room without AC, which was fine. It was surprisingly cool at night. The best thing about this hostel is (hands down) the staff. Nic, Daus, Justine were all beyond incredible and will go out of their way to help you out.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

I expected this to be rough from other posters' reviews. I didn't know how rough though. The walls were falling down and leaking, the AC barely worked, the bathrooms were prison like and had no lights. When we checked in someone had urinated all over one of the bathrooms and it was not cleaned up until the next morning. The only saving grace was the kind staff who helped us out with our trip planning. We stayed here because it's so close to the airport and we were coming in late. It's really unnecessary though - KK is not a large town and the airport can be reached from Gaya Street (hostel central) in about 15 minutes.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Hi there,
to start with: If you have a chance to stay anywhere else, while you are in KK, then do so. This place was a disappointment on the whole line.
The good News is: The staff is really nice and friendly, and they try to help where they can. But the whole place is just completely run down. The owners don´t seem care about the maintenance or repair of the rooms, windows, fans, showers etc. If they don´t invest in the place soon, it will be inacceptable to stay there next year.
I didn´t sleep at all that night, because the room was sticky, smelly and hot, the fan was crap, no air con, the window was broken and the noise from the road and planes was really bad. Theoretically you can use the kitchen in the main building, but if you open a cupboard you feel like throwing up, because it is just so disgusting and dirty.
I also booked a tour with them, and each piece of information they had given me in advance was wrong (about the places we were going to, the pick up time, the drop off time, just anything...).
So, up to you.

Room Tip: the rooms in the back building are a little nicer and more recent than the ones in the main building...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

I stayed for 1 night with my family , the staff there are very friendly , they playing guitar and sing a song to us>
good atmosphere,
if you want a place to relax near beach or airport
its a good choice
an they alos can make a reservation for local tour , ex: climb Mt. kita balu or islands trip
and the price is cheaper than other travel agent

Room Tip: its a home style backpacker , need to share bathroom and washroom . btw ... lots of mosquito there...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Ellen L
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Additional Information about Borneo BeacHouse

Address: House No 122 Lorong Ikan Lais | Jalan Mat Salleh, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu 88100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Hotel Style:
Ranked #77 of 124 Specialty Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range: $28 - $31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and experience our newly converted bungalow beachouse for sunny-loving backpackers. Take pleasure in our sole exclusive beachouse (friendly, tranquil and hassle-free ambiance) offering an ideal holiday home for fun-loving leisure seekers and busy executives with beautiful eco nature environment. Simply unwind, let your hair down, kickback, chill-out and delight our beachousevista. ... more   less 
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