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Hotel Sandakan
Ranked #10 of 32 Hotels in Sandakan
Murren, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
199 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“best in town”
Reviewed April 16, 2012

we stayed here for one night. it's located on the hill above the town so a cab or 2km walk is needed to get to the centre. very good sized rooms and a great rate. free internet and great pool. not too touristic. alcohol needs to be consumed outside the a/c restaurant which is not a huge inconvenience.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2012

Friendly staff, decent Wifi in the room, noisy aircon in my room, standard Malaysian breakfast buffet. No real complaints.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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England
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2012

Good location. Friendly very helpful staff. Service excellent. We found this great value for money. It was advertised to us as 4 star and everything about it goes with this until you get to the room which was very dated. Faded, fraying carpets, furniture, linen and smelt rather of cigarette smoke. In serious need of updating but otherwise this place was safe, friendly and good value. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

My family and I stayed here for 6 nights in 2 Deluxe room. We have visited Sandakan at least 8 times because my Dad is from Sandakan. It is our second time staying at the Sandakan Hotel. Unlike the Sabah Hotel, Hotel Sandakan is located in Sandakan Town (and during the period we stayed here, was unusually more expensive than the Sabah Hotel). Its proximity to the town centre is very convenient - there are cafes, restaurants, shops, supermarket, banks and the local market.

Check-in was efficient. The lobby was small but the lobby staff are very professional, courteous and efficient. They responded to all my requests promptly. For example, we forgot to remove a mobile phone in our in-room safe. We rang up the hotel from Kota Kinabalu airport and after giving them our pin, they were able to retrieve the mobile and then pass it onto one of our relatives also staying in the hotel.

The rooms were spacious and the beds large (2 double beds per room). It was clear that the bathroom and floor were renovated (the floor was wooden), and that the paint was fresh. My room rate included daily complimentary bottled water and wireless Internet. It also included breakfast daily for 4 people at Palm Cafe. The food at breakfast was nice some days and not so nice on other days because the food choice changed everyday. The service at the Palm Cafe was warm.

I highly recommend this hotel and in future, we will stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Chichester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2012

Stayed one night here before exploring the wildlife hotspots. the hotel and rooms are basic and need refurbishing. That said, the staff were delightful and the place was spotless. We had breakfast and lunch there and both meals were excellent. The grounds and forested views were really lovely and well kept. Apparently they are building a Sheraton in Sandakan. This hotel could easily be a good alternative but some money has to be spent. Free Wi Fi which was nice, better than top Singapore hotels can manage! We will stay again next time

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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26 reviews
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

We spent 5D4N at Hotel Sandakan after our 2N stay at Grand Borneo - KK. Hotel Sandakan makes you feel warm although this is a hotel with long history. We stay here once every 2 years whenever we are having family reunion.
Effectient service (although sometime lack of smile), huge room size with double-double bed, great location, Chinese Restaurant on 1/F is good. However their breakfast is really terrible. Wifi works fine both in lobby and guest rooms.
Go to the Indian Roti shop just opposite the hotel which you can get nice all day meal.
There is a nice bakery name 'Fat Cat Cake Shop' just one street down which you can fill up your stomach.
A few blocks on hotel right hand side (5-8 mins walk), you can find a nice seafood restaurant on 1/F, the same location of 'Sandakan Fishing Association'. Their tiger prawn is super huge and cheap.
One reminder is go and buy bottle water at that Indian roti shop since the hotel tap water is yellow in color.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

We stayed here for just one night after a tour along the Kinabatangan River. There is free wi-fi, all you need to do is ask reception for the code. Room was good and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was ok, shower was fine. they have an area in reception where you can store your bags while you explore the town. Location is great, very near the centre of town and next to a shopping centre full of clothes and shoe shops. The restaurant puts on a great buffet dinner for a reasonable price - Highlight for us was the delicious meat skewers cooked on the BBQ outside! I would recomend this hotel.

Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Sandakan
Address: Hotel Sandakan Lebuh Empat, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 32 Hotels in Sandakan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Sandakan 3*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Strategically located at town centre, Hotel Sandakan is only 20 minutes drive from the airport and within walking distance to business district, tourist attractions, centre market & the new shopping mall.We have 105 tastefully furnished rooms with 14 suites. They are fully equipped with all amenitiesneeded for a restful stay including complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, in-room safety box, minifridge and color TV with satellite channels.Our Palm Café at ground floor which offers local Malay food & Western cuisine. The Palm GardenChinese Restaurant located at 1st floor serves Dim Sum & Chinese cuisine. We have variety of function rooms, with the most up to date facilities to cater all types of events, ... more   less 
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