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Seafest Hotel
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Semporna
Reviewed May 6, 2012

2 Days stay,regular trip. near to my work place and attractions. it's the best there is in the area, request for a room at the back that faces to the sea =) its pretty. one tip. Buffet is not served everyday. only on weekends. They're Seafest Restaurant at the side is good. must try : SUP NAGA or Dragon Soup.

The area : to tourist seem normal. but play it safe. in not really safe to explore on foot. food's aplenty. research before eating at any restaurant.

Enjoy =)

Room Tip: Rear. request that faces the sea! worth it!
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

Check in was fast and the receptionist was great with fluent English. The hotel has a funky odor, like smoke, and it carries into the rooms. As mentioned in previous reviews, the carpets are stained both in and out of the room. There is an uncarpeted area by the door and the first night, ours was covered with long hair. There was also a dirty wet towel left in the shower and the shower door didn’t look clean – it was as if housekeeping got interrupted and never returned.

The older TV works okay with Discovery and HBO channels. There’s a kettle, soap and two towels; no hand towels or washcloths and one pillow each. Beds are fairly comfortable although tiny with clean sheets over a blanket. There’s decent water pressure with okay hot water. It is incorrectly marked so we actually thought we didn’t have any hot water and had to call the front desk.

We had fish and chips at the restaurant and portions were large and the food was decent. WIFI at the lobby is super fast but the lobby isn’t designed for relaxing or working. We found the WIFI in the rooms to be okay. There isn’t a safe in the rooms but you can leave stuff at the desk.

The power was out for about 24 hours in town but Seafest has its own generator so everything worked fine there. I was glad we were in Seafest. Breakfast wasn’t included but we had it anyways at 5 dollars each. There were two fruits, plenty of white bread and a toaster, lots of Asian dishes and an egg station.

At check out we were charged the peak rate of 150RM instead of the 90RM I was quoted in an email – I showed the email to the male receptionist who apologized but wasn’t going to change it – he then made a phone call and a female receptionist stepped in and cleared everything up with my being charged the 90RM I was quoted. That was good business sense and bravo to the receptionist.

For 30 dollars, it’s an okay place to stay.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Gbonez
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

I was recommended the Seafest while diving on the Seaventures rig. There was a special for 98 ringgit for a single room, although there were two single beds. The room was large, clean and comfortable. It had a fridge, air con, satellite TV and a bathroom with hot water. The swimming pool was what sold me; I particularly enjoyed the sunsets from the pool area, as you will see in the photos.

It is just a short walk to the centre of town where you can find supermarkets, a chemist, restaurants and the market. I felt very safe in Semporna as a single, female traveller, even while walking back to the hotel at night. I would have no hesitations recommending the hotel for anyone staying in Semporna for either a transfer or just to enjoy this lovely seaside town.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

the best thing about this hotel very beautiful view outside.. very affordable price for a pitstop before boating to mabul island, sipadan or mataking.. there's a nice food just next door..

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank nora_haslin
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

We stayed at Seafest before a boat ride to Mabul island for diving. For the price, the hotel was not bad, carpet a little dirty, but comfortable, clean beds with a decent shower and working TV. Check in was fast and the included breakfast had the usual Asian and European dishes with a chef cooking eggs to your liking. Semporna itself is a very dirty town full of rubbish, not a nice to spend any amount of time if you can help it.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Cat55PerthAustralia
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

This Hotel is the perfect place to stay and dive at Sipadan. There is a nice swimming pool where you can relax after your diving trip. The restaurant an the left of the hotel (on the water, I think it is a part of the hotel) you are able to grab some nice food.

I would like to recommend everybody to stay in this hotel in Semporna instead of at a expensive resort which charges a lot of money and than you are only able to dive at Sipadan once every 3/4 days... At the dive companies in Semporna you are able to arrange your boat to Sipadan, so you are able to go each day!! Diving at Sipadan is simply amazin and other dive sites around are really not compareable (maybe 5% of Sipadan).

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Richard H
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

We had our school reunion there a day ago. The services provided by the hotel was superb. I was putting up a night there. The room is clean with scenic view.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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1  Thank Laurenceyap
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Address: Seafest Hotel Jalan Kastam, Semporna 91308, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Semporna
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Semporna
Price Range: $42 - $312 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Seafest Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 143
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