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Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
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Leuven
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Very good backpack choice!”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

Very helpful staff, really cheap, good location, clean bathrooms, spacious AC dorms, a rooftop balcony with sea view, good breakfast & a chilled out lobby with a free to use computer and big flat screen with satellite television

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2014

We had two nights here enroute to Sukau. The staff were friendly and helpful, they weren't trying to get us onto their tours and were full of information about local transport and how to get to places in the surrounding areas.
The communal area is nice, with tv and comfy seats. The rooms were spacious and airy with great waterfront views.
We certainly didn't have an issue with the stairs! And if toast and jam isn't adequate for your free breakfast (when you are only paying a max of Rm 55 a night!) then try the masala dosas down the road.
We had a great stay and we would go back. In fact my friend did.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights as a base for visiting Sepilok. The hostel was easy to find, just a street or so away from the harbour.

The staff we dealt with were very young but friendly and effecient. We were shown to our double room, which we were pleased find had aircon. The room was very basic but clean and had a mirror, power plugs and hooks to hang our towels.

The shared bathrooms weren't great (one had no light and cold water) but the water pressure was good. They could do with a makeover - fix grouting etc.

The common area was quite small and it didn't have an atmosphere that encourages backpackers to sit around and chat.

The breakfast was standard fair for South East Asia - cheap white bread and chemical tasting jams.

One thing that gave the hostel character was the graffiti on the walls. There were lots of comments and drawings from past guests, some of them very artistic.

Overall the hostel was fine for 2 nights but not particularly interesting or special.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sligo, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Nice hostel, the stairs can be a nightmare if your traveling with a heavy backpack. Our room was ok, had a weird smell and the mattresses were pretty thin, not very informative staff, they forgot to mention the shower on our floor has no hot water, you share the hostel with the family, there's something like 6 children!! Breakfast is bread and jam with tea or coffee. Laundry is expensive 12rm a kg. Location is good your just around the corner from all the restaraunts and the supermarket.

  • Stayed September 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Very nice hostel right by the harbour, some rooms even have water view. Rooftop area with a small pool table and dart. The reception has a tv with some dvd's if you need a break.
Staff is very friendly.
Only minus is that the laundry service was quite expensive.

  • Stayed August 2012
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3 Thank Fuzzy1234567
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Generally this hostel have a very strategic location. Market, shop, bus station, restaurant just nearby. The staff also was very helful. This hostel also recommend tour with a cheap price. Besides that, they also provide kitchen for us to cook, NICE ROOF TOP, free Wi-Fi and also prepared a simple breakfast. Overall, this hostel is awesome! we have a good time to stay at this place! :)

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The staff of four at Sandakan Backpackers ensure a very clean, efficient, and positive stay. Located in the downtown area, this hotel is 5-stars in terms of cleanliness. Really. It's immaculate. The staff is very helpful - they welcome you and take their level of service very seriously. They don't ask for tips, just that you communicate any complaints or advice quickly to them. They have wifi, TV, kitchen and lounge. Rooms are secure. The whole place gives a feeling of comfort, safety and security. I would highly recommend this hotel to any traveler in Borneo.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Sandakan Backpackers Hostel

Property: Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
Address: Lot 108, 1st Floor, Block Sh-11, Sandakan Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Sandakan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New management of Sandakan Backpackers started to operate on June 2016 with the sea view on the new roof top surrounding. Come and share your adventure and travelling experience with us! Unique Borneo atmosphere and centrally located in the heart of Sandakan town, right at the WATERFRONT at Harbour Square complimented with trendy bars and bistro nearby. You will be strategically and conveniently located in close proximity to the best amenities and services the city can offer. Being small, we thrive to provide you with the best budget, clean accommodation option within the city so that you will be comfortably taken care of at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel, which doubles up as your launch pad to the treasures and beauty of Sabah, Borneo. ... more   less 
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