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“the only hotel on your way to Sipadan”
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Seafest Hotel
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Semporna
Houston, United States
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“the only hotel on your way to Sipadan”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

this the only hotel on your way to sipadan.
most flights arrive really late to Tawau and you end up having to spend one night in this hotel since the boats to sipadan won't leave before the morning.
hotel was average but there wasn't any other choices.
the good thing about the hotel is that it was directly in front of the marina where the boats depart.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

My boyfriend and I came to Semporna specifically to dive around the islands of Sipadan, We thought it would be cheaper to stay in the town of Semporna rather than on an Island resort as all we wanted to do was spend our days diving (rather than have a beach holiday).. Best decision ever as we saved A LOT of money doing it this way and had an incredible time diving with Scuba Junkie (located approx. 5min walk from the hotel).
The hotel is super cheap and has all the comforts you need after coming back from a full day of diving. spacious room, hot shower, clean sheets, air conditioning, tv!! semporna also has a great variety of food available so over all, fantastic. we'd stay at seafest again when we return.
perhaps important to note here that the town of semporna is really smelly... but like I said, what brought us here was the incredible marine life and i'd return to do it all over again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

I stayed at the Hotel for one night before going on liveaboard. The Hotel was very nice. For lack of room availability I had to book an executive junior suite and the room was spacious. The Hotel was clean, comfortable. Given Semporna town, I think this Hotel will be as luxurious as you get in this town. I did find the room I booked to be pricey for what I got but all in all a good place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

The only hotel in Semporna meeting international standards.
Big rooms, hot water, fitness center & massage, fairly clean and comfortable.
Do not expect fancy details or anything.

It's pricey though and breakfast is not included.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

The Seafest Hotel was a great hotel, right near the Main Jetty in Semporna. Less than 5 minutes walk to the main Dive centres. The room was the best we had stayed in since being in Malaysia, with nice cool air con, great hot shower & very clean with a seaview. Also used the outdoor swimming pool on the third floor which was nice after days of being in the jungle. Sadly the wifi was almost unusable, which seems a theme in the places we stayed in on our trip. Breakfast was ok, but contained nothing particularly exciting, except some very nice green layered cakes. (The tables were cleaned VERY slowly though, making the place look messy.. Also they need smaller tables too) Overall a great choice if you want the best hotel in Semporna for a few nights to get ready for your snorkelling or diving adventure. Tips;
Even if you don't stay at the hotel, you can still visit the pool for under £3 each.
Don't expect a relaxing foot massage if you pay £10 for one. My wife had one in a surreal movie theatre whilst watching the Hunger Games.
Amazing food can be found at the place next to Scuba Junkies (if you can block out the smell of rubbish anywhere around the jetty and being distracted the the rats running near the skips!)

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Semporna is the place for excellent low price seafood meals and beautiful islands paradise. After a 7hr drive we reached Semporna Seafest Hotel. Checked into 2 adjoining rooms with king size beds. The 2nd room for our 21 year old son who joint us.

+ Rooms face the fishermen pier which also is the base for boats to Sipadan and Mabul islands(arranged pic). Sizable, clean complete with tea and coffee making facilities. Toilets were clean and amenities complete including toothbrushes and pastes. Beds, sheets and pillows were clean for comfortable sleep.
Breakfast(attached pic) thrown in and have a pretty spread. In house restaurant served reasonably good food. Check in and out were fast.

- No flat screen tvs, old box type. Suggest hotel replace them as these boxes brought down its image which otherwise will give Seafest a "COMPLETE 4 STAR IMAGE".

Asked the hotel reception for good "HALAL" seafood Restaurant for dinner recommendation. Directed to one in town, a 10 minute walk by the waterways. Seafood(attached pic) was good here and low priced. Careful though,its located next to next to a " NON HALAL" fanciful more expensive establishment. For lunch the next day followed the owner to her other restaurant by the sea, SEMPORNA RESORT which served life catches(attached pic). Here we saviour our seafood meal as the as they were very fresh yet low priced. You can also have a swim at it facility foc before your meal (come gears prepared)

Before we forget, Seafest Hotel also provide safe deposit box and a mini bar, which are bonuses to us.

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  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

You are in Semporna, dreaming about paradisiac island and diving adventure in Sipadan. You discover that stay in Semporna could be easy then go in Mabul where panorama is beautiful but water is very dirty cause of sea gipsy pollution.

You find the seafest hotel, the biggest hotel in semporna with a business standard. Considering the price it's a grat solution. Rooms, recently renovated, are big and clean. Each room has a safety box and other room facilities. There is a swimmingpool, a gym and a SPA. Breakfast is good.

Only one thing will ruin your experience. Pay attention to miinibar. it seems hotel personnel is not able to fill it into the right way and you will be charche for something missing. We booked 8 rooms and when we had the check out they told to every one of us something missed into minibar. No one of us picked up nothing from minibar. I think a mistake colud happen but not 8 rooms on 8.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Seafest Hotel
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 (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Seafest Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 143
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