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NAK Hotel
Ranked #8 of 33 Hotels in Sandakan
Reviewed January 27, 2009

We flew to Sandakan as the first stop on our jungle river tour. We stayed one night in the city.

I chose the NAK hotel from reading the reviews here. I was unimpressed with the place. The rooms were somewhat shabby and dingy. The architecture was very strange, with weird alcoves at each window. (from my kid's perspective, these were the highlight). The bathrooms were nothing more than functional. The split unit AC barely kept up, and we never quite got to the point of "cool." In short, there was really nothing desirable about staying at this hotel.

The one bright spot was the rooftop restaurtant/bar where we ate breakfast. It was a very cool spot to eat and rest, with a great view of the city. (Sandakan is best enjoyed as a view, in my opinion)

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 26, 2008

We found out about the hotel while in the area and were delighted with our stay there. The bedrooms have been decorated and although the bathrooms are still to be done they were clean and servicable. Breakfast was at a diner next door. Very central, across the road from the local bus station and only 10 minutes to the long distance bus station by taxi.
The secret to this hotel is an amazing bar on the roof that has great decor and views of the sunsets. well recomended for med budget travellers.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jamandaz
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Reviewed September 15, 2008

I enjoyed my stay at Nak Hotel. I went on a weekend, and awoke to a food bazaar right across the street. The rooms were spacious and had a retro feel to it. I liked the sea view they offered. The toilets were a little older compared to the renovated rooms, but it was functional and served it's purpose. Service was good and I was extremely impressed with the roof top bar. Modern, cozy, overlooks the sea coast. I am v surprised to find a bar of this quality in Sandakan. I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank randomjl
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Reviewed September 15, 2008

The Nak is a great little gem of a hotel. I had a great stay here with my boyfriend and friends.

The Nak is a great base not only because of its location, but the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and accomodating. At the Nak you are a stone's throw away from the best of what Sandakan has to offer e.g. Sepilok nature reserve, local street markets and various other places of interest. I also managed to go on from here to the Lankayan Island resort, which was organised for me by the hotel staff.

The hotel itself is simple but stylish and the rooms follow suit being very comfortable with all the usual mod cons. There is also a fabulous roof terrace bar with great cocktails and an excellent view of the town and harbour.

I thoroughly recommend staying here when visiting Sandakan!

PS. I would recommend you ask the hotel to organise taxis for you in advance and make sure the price is already negotiated before you set off.

Stayed: September 2008
1  Thank sjn_uk
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Reviewed September 15, 2008

Beautifully & artistically decorated hotel. Clean, affordable hotel situated in a central location. Hotel also has a one of a kind absolutely gorgeous roof top bar with an amazing views of the old town, coupled with a variety of delicious cocktails.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Hero19
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Reviewed September 8, 2008

The stay at Nak Hotel was good : rooms were spacious, clean and nice.
The bathroom were not renovated like the room, but was clean
Breakfast was included in price , but we couldn´t have it because we started early in the morning.
Very good is the position : few minute walk to seafront and Gentings mall, where you can eat something, drink a beer and see the harbour.
We paid 80 Ringitt for a double room, so I can say that the balance price/quality was very good.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank SugarZ
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Reviewed August 31, 2008

Travelling through Sabah recently I stayed @ Hotel Nak (post climbing Mt Kota Kinabalu).

The hotel is perfectly located, the service was great, the room was fine with all the amenities and the bathroom whilst a little old was clean otherwise.

The highlight however is the rooftop bar!

Recently opened (sometime mid August 2008), its quite expansive & modern, has great views of Sandakan town/ocean front and comes with a sea breeze (which after a long day is sublime when compared to the rest of Sandakan).

Either way this place is a winner for even backpacking tourists willing to splurge just a little.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank philbybilby32
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Additional Information about NAK Hotel

Address: Hotel Nak Jalan Pelabuhan, Sandakan 90708, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 33 Hotels in Sandakan
Price Range: $24 - $41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — NAK Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The oldest, purpose-built hotel in Sandakan. Family run since 1966. Retains the old and embraces the new - a hotel brimming with cultural detail and interest. Situated in the centre of town. Nestled among all the commercial buildings, banks, airline offices, and next to central market and bus station. Less than 2km from the jetty, and boat rides to islands such as Lankayan, Turtle island and Berhala island. ... more   less 
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