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“Great hotel, but too expensive!”
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Holiday Dive Inn
Ranked #4 of 7 Semporna B&B and Inns
sittard
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“Great hotel, but too expensive!”
Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 5 nights in a twin room while diving with Sipadan Scuba. The first night we stayed in a room on the first Floor which had no Windows and the bathroom ssmelled like rotten eggs. The other 4 nights we spent in a room on the 3rd floor. The rooms in general are nice and clean. There is a tv with a few good channels and the bathroom is okay. We would have given the hotel a score of 4 would it have been a bit cheaper. One thing: DO NOT book their shuttlebus from and to the airport. You pay 150rm for their shuttle while it costs you 15rm pp if you just walk 10min to the busstop (next to Milemewa or however IT's called) and catch local bus.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We booked online for this hotel, and unfortunately missed our flight which meant we missed one night at the hotel which we had already paid for. I let them know 24 hours in advance, but I got no reply to the email (along with the no reply I got to my other 3 emails). When we got there I asked whether it would be possible to get another night for the one we had missed (bearing in mind we had paid over £1000 to this company in the last few years). We got an aggressive no from Fenny, the owner. We were then put in a twin room, despite booking a queen. We got a very aggressive no from Fenny once again. The room was pretty good (by backpacker standards) but unfortunately the rudeness of Fenny caused an unpleasant atmosphere the whole time we were there. At one point we asked for a plug for a sink and got a laughably rude no. The way she talked to her staff was disgraceful, and I would definitely not want to put any more money in this awful woman's pocket. We had further problems with her & Sipadan Scuba, mentioned in a review of there. In conclusion; it's an OK place to stay, but don't expect any form of refund for any reason whatsoever, and don't dive with Sipadan Scuba!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jerry R, Manager at Holiday Dive Inn, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Dear Readers
traveller1112013 had indeed booked a package with us, the circumstances are very different however:
The customer had missed a flight and arrived a day late. She emailed to us that 1 of them may still come as planned and we kept her room available all night.
The truth is that traveller1112013 had chosen and booked a room with twin beds through our online system. At arrival she insisted that she had booked a room a queen size bed.
The truth is that traveller1112013 got mental when the lady at the reception tried to print out another booking receipt for her to prove traveller1112013 had made the booking on her own and not through e-mail, none of our staff prepared the booking wrongly. All this happened while other guests were waiting behind her in line as documented by our CCTV system.
The truth is that the hotel was fully booked during that period, it was impossible to change her room.
The truth is that the remaining points in your review need to be considered in context with my points mentioned here.
Yours truly,
Jerry Reichart
PADI Course Director
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You don't need to be an expert to know the tap water is seriously polluted: The tap water smells like sewer or toilet, especially in the early morning. You need to bring a lot of water from supermarket to save your life living there.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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air conditioned, electric kettle, attached bathroom with blocked drainage, no window (cheapest room), CCTV everywhere which is good, friendly staffs, water in bathroom a bit smell, wifi only at the reception area/lounge, near to restaurants/jetty/supermarkets, has open-air lounge on 2nd floor, quite new building. overall was okay for the price you pay i guess.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

If you want to dive in Sipadan, then you have to stay here - comes like a deal with Sipadan Scuba. Nice, small rooms and clean. The rooms which they sell as King Beds are better as they come with a window. Rooms were for 96 RM - well worth the money

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

Good rooms, reasonable rates, friendly staff. Located among restaurants, shops, bars etc. Good spot to go diving from. Has very good wifi and air con rooms with balconies. Really good place than I can easily recommend for backpackers.

  • Stayed July 2013
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St.-Petersburg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Pros:
- friendly staff
- free wi-fi and one desktop in lobby
Cons:
- tiny extremely uncomfortable bathroom
- no noise insulation
- dirty bedclothes
- terrible smell in the room
- noisy and dirty aircon (it seems it is not being cleaned for years: air filters was covered by 6 mm layer of dust)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Holiday Dive Inn
Address: Block A Lot 5-7 Semporna Seafront Resort | Jalan Simunul, Semporna 91308, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Semporna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Semporna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Holiday Dive Inn in Semporna offers 24 comfortable rooms with and without Seaview and Dormitory rooms at reasonable prices. Located at the Semporna Seafront Resort. It is in the immediate vicinity of numerous restaurants and cafes including the "D'Waterfront Bar", the PADI 5* IDC dive centre "Sipadan Scuba", Convenient Stores, Pharmacy, Air Asia Ticketing company & etc. All rooms are fully air-conditioned, with hot/cold water shower, satellite television, free wireless internet, water kettle and comfortable modern furnishing. It's like a home away from home. ... more   less 

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