This area is recovering slowly from the safety issues in March. The town itself was not affected by the conflict, apart from an increase in Navy, and military presence. However the tourists left. All quiet now.
The hotel is positioned well behind the Sheraton, and just back from the sea. The central market is over the road, well worth a visit. The rooms I stayed in we're double twin, with shared bathroom. They were basic, but comfy. The first had no wifi but did have a mirror. The second had wifi but no mirror. Both had a fan, but aircon is available. Both had a peep view of the sea.
The bathrooms are a bit basic, with shower and toilet together, but hot water works well.
The lady who runs the hotel is very friendly and helpful. Welcoming tea and banana fritters, and pancakes with palm sugar syrup for breakfast! People from the hotel next door were coming in for breakfast and a chat. The Lemongrass cafe, also run by the hotel is worth trying.
For a budget hotel with a friendly atmosphere, this is good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old world charm and views of Sulu Sea can be enjoyed at Sea View Sandakan Budget and Backpackers Hotel. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with traditional banana fritters and a drink. Perfectly located in the heart of Sandakan Town, Sea View is on the waterfront opposite the Central Market and within walking distance of banks, ATMs, currency exchange booths, tourist attractions, convenience stores, malls and local transportation. The second largest city in Sabah, Sandakan is known as a seafood haven and a gateway to many tourist attractions. Tour packages to Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Stilt House Water Village, Selingan Turtle Island Park, Kinabatangan River Cruise and Goamantong Cave can be organised through our onsite tour operator. We can also provide advice on local attractions. We have FREE WiFi, FREE traditional pancake breakfast, FREE welcome drink with traditional banana fritters, FREE towels, FREE travel and tour information, FREE lockers, book exchange, showers and a common room. Guest Facilities: For a small charge we can provide Malaysian cooking lessons using traditional family recipes (subject to chef’s availability), laundry service, foot & arm reflexology, tea & coffee making, kitchen use, printing/scanning, luggage storage and we also have a motorcycle. We can provide room service on request from our onsite restaurant which specialises in traditional family pancakes but also serves local cuisine, fresh seafood dishes and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals are available. Late breakfast is available and the kitchen can provide packed lunches upon request. ... more less
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- Sea View Sandakan Budget & Backpackers Hotel Sabah, Malaysia