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“Ok for a one nighter but wouldn't want to stay longer”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Jesselton Cabin

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“Ok for a one nighter but wouldn't want to stay longer”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2009

We got into Kota Kinabalu late in the evening without reservations. We didn't want to walk around too much by that time so we stayed in a 6-bed dorm - 46 ringgits for the two of us. It's a very typical hostel and you only get a/c for 12 hours so it turned off sometime around 6 or 7am and the room got hot pretty quickly. The common area was not air-conditioned and it was not comfortable to hang out in with that heat. The showers were pretty bad and the water pressure was the worst.

The staff were good and there's free internet. The "breakfast" is just toast like everywhere else. The beds were ok and there were a few little shelves in the dorm room. It worked for one night but we didn't want to pay more to move to a private room and still only have partial access to a/c. This place was in our Lonely Planet and it seemed like any hostels in KK mentioned in the book had increased the prices drastically and they were definitely overpriced compared to all the other options in town.

We came back to Kota Kinabalu twice while we in Borneo and we did not stay here again because there's a ton of backpacker hostels and low-range hotels to choose from. We did enjoy the Blue Ocean Lodge over this place.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2009

This place is great. Knowledgable, helpful, and friendly staff !!! I stayed in one of the dorm rooms which was very clean. Also great restrooms and shower facilities. Free internet available right outside of the dorm rooms and also in the dayroom. BTW the dayroom downstairs is a great place to meet with other backpackers from around the world or to just relax, watch tv, or read. Just in my dorm room alone we had people from France, Ireland, USA, and the Philippines ! KK is a great town for walking around in and this hostel is only a few blocks from the main road and close to all the amenities you could want (KFC, Burger King, ocean front, and Centre Point Mall).

. Fare from the airport (Terminal 2) to here was 20 RM. I loved the place so much I am already planning a trip back here. A friend and I both stayed here and he is spending a year backpacking in Asia. He said this was one of the better places he's stayed at in his travels and he should know I guess.

If you stop by be sure to say "hi" to Arney who is one of the front desk people. She was very friendly and helpful to me, plus she is great to look at too. LOL

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  • Stayed February 2009, travelled solo
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Property: Jesselton Cabin
Address: 1st and 2nd Floor, No.74, Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia (Formerly North Borneo Cabin)
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
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Ranked #21 of 98 Speciality Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
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Hotel Class:2 star — Jesselton Cabin 2*
Number of rooms: 6
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