We stayed here back in June, so I guess we came and went before this bed bug issue happened people have mentioned below. We had a lovely stay, albeit for one or two nights I think. we couldn't stay longer as they were full. They have a cat here (a lovely cat) but should be mentioned in case of allergies.
Double room was nice- we had one by the stairs so there wasn't a proper window, but we weren't too fussed, it was pleasant enough. Communal bathrooms were clean and seemed to be being cleaned the whole time we were there. they had (what appeared to be) a local family living out of one room, but that kinda thing doesn't bother me massively unless I have to share with them :)
For whatever reason, we weren't allowed a free breakfast- it wasn't on offer at the time. But this didn't bother us, there's a decent coffee shop downstairs so we treated ourselves. there's only so much (terrible) asian toast & jam a person can take...
Common areas were lovely and free computers. I do remember a western lady (who also appeared to live there) who was ALWAYS on the PC no matter what time day or night we came to use them, that was a tad tedious.
I'd stay here again for sure, but check around for hotel deals too if you're a couple. We then stayed 2 more nights at the Best Western not too far away and it was such a treat to have a proper hotel room, and I think it only set us back an extra £5 a night or something small.
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- Centrally located in the heart of the city; Borneo Backpackers has already attracted the attention of discerning travellers from around the world. Some guests have already made return visits, and many more have vowed to return. While guests originally come for the facilities on offer, such as clean bathroom, toilets, pantry area, internet facility, cozy lounge area, roof garden deck, 24 hours security, and a tour information counter. They return for the service from our friendly, helpful and knowledgeable local staff. Rooms are all air con, from Dorms to Private rooms. Rates begin at $7 USD. ... more less
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