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May Fair Hotel
Ranked #4 of 32 Hotels in Sandakan
Fishguard, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Clean and friendly”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

This was worth every penny. Mr Lum was so helpful and friendly, he provodes dvd's for free to use in your room. Wi-fi and PC/printers available. The rroms are a good size and very clean - in fact the cleanest we stayed ay in Sabah.

Ex!cellent

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2012

Booked this hotel through phone after reading all the other reviews about this hotel in tripadvisor. Seriously, this is really a good place to stay. For the price, for the service, for the cleanliness of the room and for the MOVIES!!! :) When we first enter the room, we were amazed that the room is so clean and it is quite cozy... (for me). There's also a laminated Pizza Hut promotion pamphlet in the room and yes, my friend and I ordered it for dinner because that one night was raining cats and dogs. Basically, there's nothing much in Sandakan city. However, if you need a cab to move around Sandakan, do get help from Mr Lum as the taxi fare from taxis that Mr Lum called is much cheaper compared to the ones you stop and hop onto. Besides that, the movie collection of May Fair hotel amazes me.. They were all categorized and arranged nicely in the little drawers and each room can only take 5 movies in. I would definitely come back to this hotel if I ever come back to Sandakan again..

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Gerroa, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2012

Easy to miss this little gem. Its only ever going to be a 3 Star, but its totally 5 Star value. Based on the reviews from Trip Advisor - I booked. Not so easy to get in contact because there is no email address (I could find) - Phone number is +60 89219855. Mr. Lum is your man, he's a cracker, plenty of dry humor. Great for some advice about where to eat and definitely hit him up for a contact to get a driver for the day. Prices for a driver will depend on the length of time you book for and the distance, but in general terms Mr Lum's contacts will drive you around (4 of us in this case) and wait while you do the touristy thing, for apprx MYR20-25 p/h. Rooms were good size, comfy beds, double glazed windows to try and keep the noise out, and clean (western) toilets. Mr. Lum takes pride in his safety - good signage, power options, regularly serviced a/c, hard wired fire/smoke alarms. Reasonably priced internet, and of course an endless supply of the most amazing movies. Definitely worth a scour. We had the two kids and got two rooms at MYR50 per room per night - bonus, and the laundry service was great value too. You could stay at a more expensive hotel, but I dont know if you'd get your money's worth compared to May Fair, this was a great little spot to R and R after the Kinabalu climb.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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San Jose, California
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2012

Yes, before coming to any conclusion about this hotel, step in ! May fair is located very near to the market but once you are inside your room you won't be able to hear any noise from the outside world. I took a double bed room for RM 90 and stayed here for two days. There are no single bed rooms nor bunker/shared rooms available. Room is very tidy, pretty big with attached bath, windows, AC and a television with DVD player. Mr. Lum is a big fan of Hollywood movies and you can see his collection right at the reception. You can take 5 DVDs at a time absolutely free ! Mr Lum can arrange for cabs and tours for you if you are interested. I took the day tour to Sepilok, Labuk bay and Kinabatangan river safari. He can also help you with cheap and nice places to have food.
May Fair hotel cannot be booked online but one can always call up Mr. Lum at this number - +60 89219855. Recommended place for anybody !

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Anna J
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Bengaluru, India
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2012

Me and my friend landed in Sandakan and took a taxi to May Fair. I had called up Mr. Lum and informed him couple of days in advance that my friend would stay at his place.
The only no-so-good part about this place is the entrance of the hotel. It doesn't look quite good from outside, but don't judge this place from outside, step in and have a look. This place is exactly the way other travelers have explained - nice, clean, silent and a very friendly Mr. Lum.
We saw the room and my friend finalized the stay there. Mr. Lum helped me get a taxi(I paid for it, of course) to main bus stand(I was going to Semporna), arranged tours for the next two days for my friend. He even recommended a Chinese restaurant around the corner. Which turned out to be quite good.

Overall, if you plan on spending a couple of days in Sandakan, this place is good. It's not a luxury Hotel, but a cheap and clean hotel.

He doesn't have a site to make bookings etc., he's pretty old school. So if you need to make a reservation, then just call him up. His contact number is - 6089219855. I'll upload his visiting card to the photos section.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Thank h0lydevil
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Ridgewood, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
85 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2012

Not the Ritz-Carlton, but where else will you find the selection of free DVD's, including the famous "Gigantic Animal Movie" bin?? The owner is a classic. He told me I could only take five DVD's at a time to my room....yet when my room was 10 feet from reception I'm thinking why would I need to take more than one at a time? Even more classic was the in-room sign asking that children not wet the bed...complete with illustrations! The rooms are comfortable and spotless with great flat screen TV's with DVD player (of course). Sandakan is a bit of a crap hole, but if you find yourself there be sure to visit the May Fair!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Joe B
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london
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2012

Real bargain this place really liked it, compared to other hotels in sandakan it's great. Cheap with a tv, air con , loads of movies . Great backpacker option.

Nothing to do with the hotel but Sandakan is a total dump. Filthy, dirty, smelly and nowhere to eat.

If you have to visit here stay at the Mayfair but sandakan is horrible

  • Stayed March 2012
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1 Thank Chris P
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Property: May Fair Hotel
Address: No. 24 Jalan Prayer, Sandakan 90700, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
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Ranked #4 of 32 Hotels in Sandakan
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Number of rooms: 12
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May Fair Hotel Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

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