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.
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