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Bunibon Lodge
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37 reviews
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“A Star of a place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

May i start by saying that the rooms we stayed in were nice and clean, no issues there, the staff are more than helpful, and if you get chance to meet a character by the name of Putra Drus AKA Diablo, say hi from me, he was Legend of a bloke, more than happy to show you the best places to eat and drink, i am defiantly coming back to this place.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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jung g, General Manager at Bunibon Lodge, responded to this review, 25 February 2013
Thank you for staying with us, and I appreciate you taking time to share your feedback on the hostel.

I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. All rooms have access to free WiFi, serving complimentary breakfast and all of our rooms comes with air condition. Also,thank you for the comments about the service from my team. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to the team members.

Again, thank you for the feedback and I look forward to welcoming you back to the Bunibon Lodge Kota Kinabalu when your next return to Sabah.

Best regards,
Fizzy Ezwan Bin Jeffery
General Manager
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Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2013

Hi,

I stayed in Bunibon Lodge while visiting Sabah and Sarawak in 2012.
Given the cheap rate for one night, I was litterally surprised by how clean and neat the rooms were but I guess that this is not why am writing a report here...
The staff at Bunibon is LOVELY! I do mean everybody! Plus I had some nights out in town with the guide "Diablo" =) Lot of fun and interesting conversation about Sabah and Sarawak culture =)

Go for it =)

Youssef

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

we stayed here back in July 2012 and we loved it the staff were so friendly and had someone there all the time.
It good location right next to the Akinson clock tower and the UFO look out point over the city and there only a few doors down!! The food market is only 5-8min walk to the river in our case longer as we climbed Mt kinabalu but found the Lodge a nice comfy place to relax as couldn't move very far hahaha

The rooms are comfy and clean!! they were changing the bathroom when we left but i'm sure its better as it was when we left. you also got FREE breakfast too would defiantly recommend this place!!!! we are going to come back in 2013 December time and stay here again.

Thanks guys for your hospitality Richard and Bron :)

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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jung g, General Manager at Bunibon Lodge, responded to this review, 16 February 2013
Thank you for staying with us, and I appreciate you taking time to share your feedback on the hostel.

I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. All rooms have access to free WiFi, serving complimentary breakfast and all of our rooms comes with air condition. Also,thank you for the comments about the service from my team. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to the team members.

Again, thank you for the feedback and I look forward to welcoming you back to the Bunibon Lodge Kota Kinabalu when your next return to Sabah.

Best regards,
Fizzy Ezwan Bin Jeffery
General Manager
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

I stayed at BUNIBON for two weeks while I waited for a new passport. It's clean, centrally located and the staff was super friendly. The guide, Putra "diablo" Duras, even took some of us to a village for a local festival one day...what a unique and memorable experience. I highly recommend that any backpackers going to KK stay at Bunibon. Thanks for the memories guys!!!

  • Stayed June 2012
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jung g, General Manager at Bunibon Lodge, responded to this review, 16 February 2013
Thank you for staying with us, and I appreciate you taking time to share your feedback on the hostel.

I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. All rooms have access to free WiFi, serving complimentary breakfast and all of our rooms comes with air condition. Also,thank you for the comments about the service from my team. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to the team members.

Again, thank you for the feedback and I look forward to welcoming you back to the Bunibon Lodge Kota Kinabalu when your next return to Sabah.

Best regards,
Fizzy Ezwan Bin Jeffery
General Manager
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kuala lumpur
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013

i was here to stay since a month before alone and i was facing a lot of travel problem,information and the lodge provide a lot of optional and solution,and they was so kind and polite people that i never expected just pay for just a rm25 per night and i can get a perfect service and good smile face every workers,room was really clean,and the breakfast always ready early for us because that incharged person call fizzy was told me a lot of traveller cant get food early easier,morning flight problem,and he so care about us, if next time i was here kk again i will choose the same place and i was feeling hard to leave because they was take care me here.thanks again that to the boss call victor because of the hard job for management for us. :-)

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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jung g, General Manager at Bunibon Lodge, responded to this review, 12 February 2013
Thank you for staying with us, and I appreciate you taking time to share your feedback on the hostel.

I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. All rooms have access to free WiFi, serving complimentary breakfast and all of our rooms comes with air condition. Also,thank you for the comments about the service from my team. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to the team members Jane,Helen and Ros. Especially our owners of our Lodge Mr.Victor Suan.

Again, thank you for the feedback and I look forward to welcoming you back to the Bunibon Lodge Kota Kinabalu when your next return to Sabah.

Best regards,
Fizzy Ezwan Bin Jeffery
General Manager
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York, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights and found it a very friendly and welcoming place. I met like minded people in my dorm, as well as friendly locals - namely Prince who is a star, he showed me around KK, made me being homesick and introduced me to lots of locals. The staff were all part of a family who were helpful and very generous - they helped me book tours and picked me up from the airport with a funky VW beetle. I was there for Christmas Day and was fed with barbeque and beer :) The dorm had air conditioning, comfy beds and the lounge area is very sociable and nicely set out. I would recommend this backpackers to anyone, especially single travellers.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Aalborg, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2013

Hi everyone!

If you are going to KK - You have to visit BUNIBON LODGE! It's the best place to stay. Very clean, nice tv-lounge area, the best STAFF. Staff are really helpful and friendly (PRINCE is the best - actually like a PRINCE - ask for him!!) You can rent motorbikes here (one of only two places in all sabah) very pleasant stay, we been here twice and if we are coming back to KK, we will of course come back to BUNIBON LODGE! they care about every single guest and they make you feel like at home at BUNIBON LODGE.

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS HOSTEL!!!!!!!! WE <3 BUNIBON !!!!!! So nice place to stay! Victor and Josephine (the owners) have done such a good job with this hostel... High five!!!!!

Room Tip: rooms on the south side are quieter - but the dorms is sooo good!
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Bunibon Lodge
Address: Lot 21 Lorong Dewan, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 98 Speciality Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Bunibon Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Started by 2 pairs of couple... Victor Suan and Josephen.. and Petronella Suan and Nenad Zrnic... together this Lodge happen and the birth of this Lodge was then named .. Bunibon .. a combination of Nick Names of Vic and Jo's children.. Bubu Nia and Bonbon.. this idea was from Nenad. Bunibon Lodge is located right in the heart of Kota Kinabalu City (on the Island of Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia). It is surrounded by other backpackers lodge, automatically puts it in the backpackers lodging "HOTSPOT" A stone throw away is the famous Atkinson Clock Tower. Built in 1903, this all-wood, no-nails structure was built in memory of Francis George Atkinson, the First District Officer of Jesselton during the British North Borneo Chartered Company Administration, who had succumbed to a tropical disease at the young age of 28. While staying in Kota Kinabalu City, a short hike to Signal Hill is not to be missed. It gives you the best view of Kota Kinabalu City. Photos of sunsets and Bright lights in the night often comes out splendid. If you are somebody who is in touch with nature, Jesselton Point which is 10 minutes walk away offers you boat services to go our nearby islands, mainly Gaya, Sapi, Manukan and Mamutik. It would only take about 10 minutes to reach any of these islands.Bunibon lodge not only accommodate you with affordable price but we also provide you with transportation and guidance to assist you during your stay in Kota Kinabalu City. Feel free to liase with our receptionist for car rental or tours.All rooms are fully air-conditioned, we basically have dorm and private room. Come and stay with us!! Luxury in a small scale... :) ... more   less 
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