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Sabah Hotel Sandakan
Ranked #3 of 33 Hotels in Sandakan
Reviewed September 24, 2012

It's either a 10 minute walk downhill, or a short taxi ride into town, but we thought this was a price well worth paying for the tranquility of the setting. It's true that this hotel is starting to look a little bit tired in places, but the rooms are very clean, very spacious, with good beds and two comfortable chairs - something we found to be unusual, but very welcomed! The service could not have been better. I notice that someone has complained about the TVs, well, we didn't have a flat screen TV,that's true, but we were able to watch Wimbledon, so we wouldn't complain! We had a great stay there and are happy to recommend it.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Anthony K, Director of Sales at Sabah Hotel Sandakan, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2012

Dear Twotravellingseniors,

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and recommendation.

We are very delighted to hear that you have enjoyed the stay with Sabah Hotel. This positive review has been communicated with the entire team and this is a very good encouragement for us to continue in our strive to provide each and every guest with a positively memorable stay.

Please drop us a note should you visit Sandakan again, and we promise to live up to your expectation !

Thank you and regards,

Anthony Kong

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Nice pool and location

Room was very dated and did smell badly of damp which has been mentioned on here before but still not rectified

I think this hotels has rested on its laurels and will now have to get its act together to compete with the newly opened Sheraton

I did find the reception staff very helpful

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Anthony K, Director of Sales at Sabah Hotel Sandakan, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2012

Dear Glasgow_Gambler,

Thank you for your review.

Renovation plan is in the pipeline, and it definitely addresses the carpet issue as raised by your goodself.

We hope to be able to serve you better once the make over is complete.

Regards,

Anthony Kong

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Location - Situated on a hill where surround by green fresh environment where the moden building inside the amazon jungle. The environment is quiet and comfort and free from smoke from car.

Room: Spacious but the most dissapoint thing is the TV which still use the old CRT fashion TV. compare to a no-star hotel such as budget, they had installed LCD PLASMA. Room lighting is idea l but too dark. Makes me hard to read. Some windshield are in old fashion wooden form. Overall the room is CLEAN and acceptable.

Bathroom: CLEAN and SLIPERY...Beware. amenties limited where NO BUTTON BUD provided. WEIRD!!! Bathtub available with a stand shower that separate from bathtub.

Dinning: Limited choice of food but nice.

Value: Good for money when book early as I celebrate 31 Dec 2011 at this hotel. :) Stay 2 years in this hotel.. hahahhaa

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Anthony K, Director of Sales at Sabah Hotel Sandakan, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2012

Dear Kennyahm,

Thank you for your review.

We are glad to know that you have enjoyed the stay with us, amidst the greenery and the fresh air.

We have taken note of your comment with regards to the room and amenities and we assure you that these will be addressed in our renovation plan.

Regards,

Anthony Kong

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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Arrived around 7pm for one night whilst on our way to the Kinabatangan River, the place seemed deserted. Room was large and clean but dated furniture and bathroom (like something out of the 70's). This hotel was probably the place to stay in its heyday but I think the newly opened Sheraton on the waterfront is really hurting. This is by no means a 4 star hotel by international standards. There are lots of rules and regulations relating to religion.

We decided to eat in the "western" Plantation Restaurant - the Fish and Chips was good but the pizza was obviously frozen and heated in microwave and served still cold. There were only three other lots of diners in the whole place.

Pool area looked nice but we were not there long enough to try it out.

If we return to Sandakan then we would try the Sheraton.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

The best thing about this hotel is the location, set on a hill above the town. It has a pool, but bears the air of a business hotel rather than a holiday one. Rooms are a bit drab and tired, but clean. The breakfast is abundant with a good range of western and oriental options, though the quality could be improved. Staff are nice - but so are all Malaysians we met. This used to be the best place in town, but now the Sheraton has opened right on the waterfront I guess it is feeling the competition.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Anthony K, Director of Sales at Sabah Hotel Sandakan, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Dear TheHistoryProfessor,

Thank you for your review and the positive comment on the hotel's location, the buffet breakfast, and our staff.

We are continuously striving for improvement and we hope to be able to serve you better in your next visit to Sabah Hotel , Sandakan.

Yours sincerely,

Anthony Kong

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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Idea was to stay somewhere nice to recover from a Kinabalu climb and basic jungle camp in Kinabatangan.

And it was ok. A pretty generic resort really. I think I'd rather stay somewhere more convenient for wandering around town if ever I'm back this way again.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

The rooms are quite basic and old, but clean and tidy, the breakfast was also reasonable but did not set the world alight. The staff were friendly but very slow to react and there never seemed to be anyone at the pool bar. Also Mossie central round the pool areas so spray up, the pool also had some repair work going on. At the price and he fact that we only really used it for sleeping a reasonable choice but this is not four star.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Anthony K, Director of Sales at Sabah Hotel Sandakan, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Dear Whadders,

Thank you for your review.

We would like to share that the pool upgrading work has been completed.

Your comments will certainly help us in our continuous improvement effort.

Yours sincerely,

Anthony Kong

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Additional Information about Sabah Hotel Sandakan

Address: Km 1 Jalan Utara, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 33 Hotels in Sandakan
Price Range: $38 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sabah Hotel Sandakan 4*
Number of rooms: 116
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