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“Clean and Friendly” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sensi Backpackers Hostel

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Sensi Backpackers Hostel
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Frankfurt, Germany
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2 reviews
“Clean and Friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2012

Stayed in Sensi Backpackers several times when coming to Kota Kinabalu. It is centrally located and just outside in Gaya Street you will find a lot of restaurants and to eat. Supermarkets and smaller shops are nearby. The hostel itself is very clean and the staff helpful and friendly. I just loved the superclean common bathrooms, the nice hot shower and the comfy mattresses. The common area/kitchen is a good place to meet other travelers and there is water and hot drinks for free. Breakfast was a nice change to other places in Borneo, with fresh fruit and a bigger variety of spreads for your toast. Enjoy your stay, I definitively did and will come back again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2011

the hostel is not that big but a great bargain for the price to stay.everyday they clean your beddings and you've got two pillows.very accommodating staff.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Manila, Philippines
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2011

My fiance and I stayed there for a couple of nights. The rooms are newly renovated. The place is clean, comfort room's spacious, and the pantry area will make you feel at home. It has perfect location as it's in the corner of Gaya St where you'll see great finds and cheap local products.

Enjoy your stay in Sensi!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2011

Went to KK for 3 days. Stay here 2nd nite. Place is nicee, good service, clean, feel homey. Will come back next time.

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RamzM
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Manila
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2011

We stayed here for a couple of nights for less than 100 RM. The place is very tidy. My first time to use a common bathroom. It wasn't bad at all. Free bread and water at the common area with jam and coffee. The location is at Gaya St. Which was more than perfect. I almost don't want to let you know, this is a great steal.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LimeCoco
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South Korea
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2011

This is a fairly new hostel right at the heart of the Sunday Market and a good location for walking anywhere in KK. The dorms are nice, and they give you two comfy pillows! Bathrooms are clean. The Staff are very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jsfadness
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Vancouver
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2009

We stayed at the Blue Ocean Lodge on two different occasions. The first time we spent 5 nights there. The first two nights of that stay were in the double deluxe room (for 55 RM per night) and the other 3 were in the family room (75 RM per night) as a friend met up with my husband an I. The three of us returned about a week later to stay in the family room again for 2 nights. Both rooms had a/c and they didn't limit it to 12 hours of usage like a lot of other places in town.

The double deluxe was comfortable and large. There was even a wardrobe, a clock on the wall and the sheets were green rather than the typical threadbare white we had everywhere else. The family room had one set of bunk beds and two single beds as well. That room was a little more of your standard hostel-style comfort but it worked. The bathrooms were usually quite clean and the common room had a comfy couch with plenty of channels to keep you entertained while it poured outside. The breakfast was the usual toast and tea/coffee.

There were 3 people who worked there and each one of them was great to chat with and they always tried to give any advice that they could.

The one downside is if the hostel was crowded, the common room just wasn't large enough for a lot of people at once. Lucky for us, we often had the place to ourselves. There is a small fridge you can keep things in as well.

The location is great - right off Gaya street so walking distance to anything you need. They have a market on Sundays down Gaya street so you're right in the middle of it then.

The wireles internet was free but we could only get it to work if we were downstairs in the reception area so we couldn't use it in the common room or our room. The hostel feels very secure and the front door is always locked - but there's always someone to let you in or they can give you the code to get in.

We stayed at a few different places in Kota Kinabalu and if I was on another budget visit, I would definitely return to the Blue Ocean Lodge over any other ones we saw and stayed at.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank teamBCtravellers
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Additional Information about Sensi Backpackers Hostel

Property: Sensi Backpackers Hostel
Address: Lot No 103 Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 96 Specialty Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Sensi Backpackers Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sensi Backpackers Hostel is a cozy hostel located right in the heart of Gaya Street, in the city of Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia. Our hostel is dedicated for budget travelers who prefer quiet and unique atmosphere. Cleanliness is our top priority. Our staff is friendly and understands the needs of our guests. ... more   less 
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