For those who cannot afford or are simply not willing to spend hundreds of dollars per night for a room on Pom Pom Island or Mabul, this hotel is a very good and extremely affordable alternative. You can still travel daily to your favourite destination with e.g. Scuba Junkie, as we did (office and boat a mere 100 metres away from the hotel) and save hundreds of dollars per day.
The hotel is very nice, new and extremely clean. It is located in the best possible area in Semporna and right next to the hotel you will find several restaurants with tables outside along the waterfront. The rooms are tiny and the bed is 190 cm long, which might be a problem if you are very tall, but it is furnished with taste, has a very silent and powerful air conditioner, a big flat screen TV and a nice bathroom. The young receptionists are very, very nice and helpful. For the price we paid, I believe this was not just by far the cheapest, but also the best bargain we found during our 18-day long trip in Sabah!
If you are coming by bus and have only a backpack, make sure you have a map with you and you will be able to walk to the hotel in less than 10 minutes. Sidewalks are not in good shape in Semporna, so If you arrive at night and have luggages to carry, even if with wheels, I suggest you to take a private car (no taxi service in Semporna) from one of the young guys that will be waiting for you at the bus station. They will charge you 10 RM for a very, very short ride (I felt kind of stupid!), but it really makes your life a lot easier.
The downside of staying in Semporna, compared to the islands, is that you end up walking in the evening in a small and very unattractive city, although not as run-down and filthy as the Sandakan city centre, but still you won't be able to escape from the bad smell of fish and sewage, a common problem in all cities of Sabah.
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