I don't know how this place has got such great reviews. The lady the runs the place is gem but I can't say anything else good about the place. We booked online for a twin room - RM35 each, to find that it was a fan room. When we asked for aircon we were told to pay extra despite the place being deserted and not being given a choice online. RM35 for a fan room seems extortionate anyway, let alone when the only view out of the window is of 3 women sleeping on public benches.
The room we moved to smelt like an old lady's wardrobe, it felt dirty though the bed linen was clean.
Basically the property is old and damp and not much has been done to bring it up to date.
The amazing breakfast that everyone harps on about was one pancake and one cup of tea- you get charged for more.
Checked into harbourview the second night, beautiful and clean and cheaper!!
- 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