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Harbourside Backpackers
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“Great hostel”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Very good hostel near the harbourfront, across from the new mall. Close to the great Central Market. 5 min walk to the bus station on Jalan Pryer. The place just opened a few months ago, it's very clean and the people who run it are helpful and friendly. I paid 55 ringgit a night for a large aircon room with en suite bathroom, which I consider very good value. New, comfortable firm mattresses on the beds.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

The largest, cleanest and most well kept and run hostel I have stayed in in Malaysia. Nice size dorm rooms, very secure, good reliable internet, big tv room with DVDs to watch. My friends got a double room and each got a double bed!! Breakfast was very good, free tea and coffee and cooking facilities too. Staff were very helpful in booking our next hostel in Semporna (although charged RM2 per minute on the phone).

Only negative thing was that Sandakan is a bit rough. Don't come here for Sandakan. It's a good place to stay for Sepilok OrangUtans (RM40 in a cab) or to book jungle river tours, but then head north to Kinabalu or south to Semporna.

Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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london, england
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Stayed for 3 nights in November 2012.
Great location, right near the seafront, near several restaurants (I can recommend the curry place next door), and by the new shopping mall. There was only a Mcdonalds and a few clothes shops when we were there, as it had only been open a few weeks, but new shops were opening there daily.
We had a double private room. It was quite small, but bed was comfy and air con worked well.
Shared shower / toilet were very clean and new looking, and staff cleaned them several times a day.
Breakfast in the morning was the basic help yourself to tea/coffee /toast, which was plentiful.
Lounge area was nice, good sofa's and TV and good selection of newish DVD's.
Wi fi was good strength, but could not get it in room.

Staff were helpful, and there were lots of folders and info about tours and company's to go on tracks with.
Good hostel, surprised by how nice my stay here was, one of the best we stayed in in Malaysia, and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

I stayed some days there and was very much surprised. The dorm was friendly and welcoming. The aircondition worked smoothly. The dorm, toilet and shower was clean. They also have a very nice common living room with super DVD collection.

In a nutshel, I can highly recommend to stay there in case you are in Sandakan.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Wien, Österreich
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stayed at the Harbourside Backpackers Hostel in a twin bed room with shared bath room for one night and we liked the place very much. The girl at the reception showed us the room before we checked in - we got two queen size beds, big enough for four people. The room had AC, good windows (we didn't hear much noise) and was clean. A small breakfast is included.
Wifi didn't work reliable in the rooms but was okay in the common room.
We would definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

This place is brand new, so all the facilities and rooms are in great shape. They are also very clean. The staff was dedicated and helpful. Location is ideal. Still not overpriced. Not much more to say, just one of the best places we stayed in Malaysia. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Muttenz, Switzerland
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

We had a spacious 4-bed room with window for just the two of us (although it would not be that spacious anymore if there were four people...). Everything was very clean, the price really fair and the staff friendly. But the best characteristic of this place is its location. The huge harbour mall with a excellent food corner on the 4th floor is just accross the road and a lot of shops, restaurants and the minibus terminal are nearby! We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Harbourside Backpackers

Property: Harbourside Backpackers
Address: Lot 43 4 1st Floor, Block Hs | Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Sandakan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Harbourside Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located in Harbour Square in the heart of Sandakan town center and opposite Harbour Mall shopping center. Only five minutes walk from central bus station and eight minutes walk from Mini bus station (bus to/from Sepilok Orang Utan Center). Close by to central market, bank, restaurant, cafe, shopping mall and supermarket. ... more   less 
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