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Akinabalu Youth Hostel
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Reviewed October 23, 2012 via mobile

To start a pretty common backpacker standard hostel. Meaning almost clean, boring room with to few toilets thinking of the amount of guests. But thats not all, we woke up with bites on our bodies! Would not recommend this hostel, we changed the first thing in the morning. The good thing though was that we got a refund of the other days we were supposed to stay.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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1  Thank yasminarafat
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

WORST hostel I've ever stayed in!!! Rooms are tiny, 5 people to a dorm is an absolute joke!! The beds are so noisy and any small movement is felt and heard!! Also bed bugs galore, disgusting!!! Staff were very unhelpful when we complained about our door not closing properly, door wasn't fixed and left open all day/night!! Don't stay here!!!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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3  Thank StewartLorraine
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

They have a nice common area and the services are friendly, however there are tons of bed bugs! They moved me to another bed for the night, and THAT bed also had bugs. I couldn't sleep and went to the common room, three people came down complaining about bugs, and they were in different rooms! I'm sure they know about the bugs but they keep checking people in. About to go back and demand a refund...they better.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

This hostel is nicely located in Jalan Gaya, where you have the big street market on Sundays. If you arrive on a Sunday; have fun finding it. It took us almost an hour.
The hostel has a really nice common area where you can help yourself to some breakfast in the morning. Just toast with jam or noodles, but with coffee :D. Or watch TV, read one of the magazines or just hang out with fellow travellers.
Our room was pretty huge, simple, clean and nice. Nothing to rave about but decent for a hostel.
Shared bathroom and showers were pretty clean, not really new but still in a good shape.
Wifi worked fine in our room, even though we were on the top floor.
All in all one of our better hostel experiences.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank ThoChri
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Walking distance to the jetty, shopping complex, market. The bed is old but overall cleaniness is there. 2 toilets & 2 bathrooms per flloor with around 4 - 6 rooms per floor. Lobby is comfortable. Not much complaint on it as the price is cheap.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank pntan
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

This place is okay. Most of the rooms lack windows, but that's standard enough in hostels, and the beds are comfortable. The smoking area is right beside the shower rooms and clothes drying area, which is unpleasant. There are two computers available for use, but at least one of them was always broken. There's a TV and DVDs, but no social vibe or atmosphere to speak of. Perfect if you're looking for some quiet time though. It's clean and the staff are friendly but a little bit distant.
Good location in the city centre.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed around 5 days at Akinabalu Guesthouse and we felt like home. The staff was very friendly and helpfull. The rooms were clean with aircon and fan. The showers and toiletts were clean as well and there were enough for all. We really liked to stay in this place and its exactly the same price as all guesthouses down the street. Before we came to this one we were in another one, it was terrible compared to Akinabalu. The living area is very nice, comfortable and welcoming. I would absolutly go back to this place!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Akinabalu Youth Hostel

Address: 1st Floor, No. 133 Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
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Kitchenette
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Ranked #8 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range: $12 - $20 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Akinabalu Youth Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 12
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