We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Sensi Backpackers Hostel
If you like this hotel, you might also be interested in
US$202
US$140
Hotels.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa(Kota Kinabalu)
US$283
US$250
Shangri-La.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
The Klagan Hotel(Kota Kinabalu)
US$62
US$56
Travelocity
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
US$161
US$115
Hotels.com
View Deal
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
US$45
US$39
Expedia.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
US$28
US$26
Agoda.com
View Deal
  • Free Internet
US$54
US$46
Travelocity
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Oceania Hotel(Kota Kinabalu)(Great Value!)
US$42
US$39
Expedia.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Restaurant
Hotel Sixty3(Kota Kinabalu)
US$79
US$73
Agoda.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
US$55
US$47
Expedia.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Restaurant
Reviews (95)
Filter reviews
95 results
Traveller rating
48
26
6
6
9
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
48
26
6
6
9
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsgaya streetlocation is greathome away from homeper nightdormbedsreceptionistguardiankktoiletfridgecomfort
FilterAll languages
Updating list...
63 - 68 of 95 reviews
Reviewed 1 July 2013

Clean is the most important thing when we choose a place to stay, we saw 4-5 old , dark , not clean hostels in the rain and finally we found Sensi.
The location is good, 10 mins to money exchange, 10 mins to bus station , 3 mins to main road by foot. Staff there are nice to introduce the place to go, and clean the bed everyday.It cost RM200/bed/night ,suitable for backpackers!

第一天我們在大雨中找了幾家說實在有點可怕的hostel,才在想說難不成要住在黑黑舊舊連兩百元台幣都不想付的環境裡嗎?找到Sensi後我們立刻到附近的wesma換錢然後付錢住下,因為乾淨便宜CP值高,一晚不到200台幣還附早餐太划算!

外出乾淨最重要,它的地點位於Gaya街上,算是市區熱鬧的區域,所以若是周六晚上並不建議住這條街,因為街上的店家周末營業時間較晚,音樂吵雜,加上Gaya街著名的是周日市集,所以許多攤商在半夜三四點已經開始準備擺攤,若是早睡早起的包包們恐怕會受不了,但平日相當推薦。

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank XYW
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 25 December 2012

[our room had AC but no windows. Breakfast looked yummy, but we left at midnight...]

We stayed at Borneo Backpackers and Sensi Backpackers Hostel in KK. In both, we were awoken by biting bedbugs and checked out of our private rooms without paying. While wondering around (after midnight), we found that MANY of the guesthouses in the "ghetto" had bedbug problems (i.e., we asked them if they had bedbugs and they said "not recently" -- often while diverting their eyes). We ended up at the Gaya Centre Hotel (no bugs and more stars but double the price after a Trip Advisor discount that the staff helped us get).

It seems to be an open secret among guesthouse staff that KK has bedbug problems (does "high turnover" in the LP description of these places mean "bedbugs"?). They typically say "someone stayed here from the jungle," but the problem is OLD mattresses and inadequate cleaning.

They seem to hope that backpackers will ignore the problem and/or get lucky.

This is NOT acceptable.

So, I suggest that you ask about bedbugs BEFORE you check in, check mattresses BEFORE you sleep and leave bad reviews (here and on travel sites) about places that have bedbugs. They are not going to fix the problem until guest numbers drop.

Room Tip: Watch out for bedbugs!
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
4  Thank davidzet
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 August 2012

verry clean and verry hard wworking staf.

AND FINALLY No Bed BUGS they have a special machine to kill the bed bugs guist bring from outsite other hotels I never see before a machine like this before in any other hotel. The hardworking staff even clean the shower room with steam machine.

The hostel served fresh fruit whole day. Simple breakfast with coffee even all that was for free. so i put RM20 in the tip box. i hope i can find more hostel like this on my jorney.

Room Tip: MYR30/pax is very good for the quality
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank benjamin0103
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 July 2012

Strategic location with friendly and helpful staff. The room is clean and very thoughtful power extensions available as we have booked this room for 6 person. Wifi is available with decent speed. Facilities wise, the dorms have big lockers, the communal room is equipped with water cooler/heater, TV with Astro and there is fruit placed on the bowl being replenished frequently.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank chenwenxiang
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 July 2012

As of 2nd July, 2012. room 7 was completely infested with bed bugs. We had to wash all our clothing, and throw away our backpacks.

It looked very clean and tidy, and i'm sure it is usually a really nice place. But the bugs didn't come with us, they were big suckers, all over the bunks and carpet, weeks worth of infestation. We had to leave in the middle of the night, and seek out a hotel room with a bath tub so we could throw everything into it.

It was definitely bed bugs, no doubt about it, the were fully grown adults, and i squashed a dozen or so. Exactly like the pictures on the internet.

I hope they will get it fumigated.

The staff refunded us the money, but it became an expensive 24 hours, that's for sure.

Room Tip: What can you really do? Bed Bugs only come out at night.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank R_Kitson
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews