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.

“good for backpackers :D”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
Borneo Global Backpackers
Certificate of Excellence
no current city
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“good for backpackers :D”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

stayed there twice on my trip to borneo.. got a promo price 12rm per night and it even includes complimentary breakfast.. so brilliant!! city is not too far... just 10 min walk.. if u are backpacker this amount is nothing... place is clean and comfortable.. there's a option to have a private room or dorm.. all the dorms are 6beds... but place is so big that dorms are not full.. might say that we were lucky.. took the dorm coz we are on a buget.. but there was nobody else there.. so it felt like private room :D over all place is nice and clean, u even get hot water shower..its a luxury for backpackers :D
staff there is nice and helpful .. special thanks for the guy who works there night time sadly i don't remember your name :D
only down side is that internet connection is not very good.. you need to go to internet cafe if u want to plan your next step.. but u can check your e mails and fbook for free..

Room Tip: all the dorm rooms are the same... no window, but in this heat that's a good thing :D
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank bearound
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

131 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    49
    31
    32
    12
    7
See reviews for
2
25
33
2
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (9)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2012

Housed in a converted warehouse, the hostel stands in the middle of mechanic and storage centre, about 20 minutes' walk from the centre of town. That does mean that there are cheap, quality eateries right on the doorstop - bonus. However, the fact that it was a warehouse means that there are no external windows where the two floors have been carved up into separate rooms and dorms. I found this disconcerting when I woke up not knowing whether it was day or night, especially after a few hard days travelling.

Beds are fine, showers are good, staff are super friendly and helpful and the free transfer service from the airport is convenient. The rooms are looking a bit shabby and threadbare - it's time for a refurb. There is a strong conservation theme in the information displayed around the hostel which is to their credit.

On the downside, the wifi strength is very poor and Apple users often can't connect.

I would say that this is a great stop-over hostel for those looking to fly in and move straight out again to another of Borneo's sights, but as a base for KK, look elsewhere.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank lauralovesit
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
San Francisco, California, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2012

I had an absolutely great time at BGB, not only were they inexpensive, but
they were well worth the price. It's always nice to know that you don't have to pay a lot to get a great place with helpful staff and pleasant accommodations. We got our open water certification with them and every time we went on our dive we saw a wide array of sea life and turtles! It was a great experience, I hope I can come back again. This place is worth it.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Andrew L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ribe, Ribe, Denmark
1 review
Reviewed 10 February 2012

I stayed here twice already ! It s a little bit out of town, but you can walk from here to the center in about half and hour. There are also buses going until late in the night. The fare is only 80 sen. There are 2 24 hours restaurants just around the corner. What makes this a nice place place to stay are the very nice employes. Always helpful and they know quite a lot about going around both inside and outside KK. Free internet for 1/2 an hour is allways a big plus !

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Eigil H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
400 reviews
110 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2011

Me and my girlfriend stayed in a mixed dorm room which was about 25,000 for the both of us which was an abolsute bargain compared to the rest of Malaysia and the area. Plus there were so many dorm rooms that for 5 nights we had it all too ourselves.
The place was clean, nice warm showers and free toast for breakfast.
However, the main drag is the walk into town. It takes around 20minutes which isnt bad but gets a bit much doing it day after day and theres not a great deal of places to eat around there.
The Hostel overall is great and with helpful staff.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank fobl11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Singapore, Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2011

We stayed there during 26 - 28 August.
We are very tight budget travelers booked only Ceiling Fan Bunker Room. Because of less crowd that time, they happily alloted a separate room and it was clean and comfortable. What you expect for more than a comfortable sleep in budget hostels?
The bath room was good with hot shower and very clean.
The breakfast is normal bread with Jam.
I recommend this hostel, if you want cheap and good hostel to fit budget.
Only problem is this hotel is outside city and need to walk 15-20 min to reach city center.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Jeganarayanan
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Singapore, Singapore
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 February 2011

the first time when i was there in 2007, it was through friend reccomendation. "budget / backpackers place and dont expect anything to be a 3 star hotel with stars services" well, i am glad to be there. my expectation were met accordingly. simple sleeping arrangement, simple b'fast, away from the hustle bustle of KK city (15minute walk away) and i am back there yearly. even my partner enjoyed the stay there. one of the best "backpackers / budget" place we've been.

would be nice if the noise (sound of water tap, slippers dragging on the floor at night can be minimised)
back to basic is what we call the place. lower down your expectations and this place is really good for a " basic gateway adventure"
cheers!

Stayed December 2010, travelled on business
Helpful?
1 Thank RahimResad
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Kota Kinabalu hotels
1.3 mi away
Hotel Eden54
Hotel Eden54
#2 of 92 in Kota Kinabalu
1,182 reviews
0.8 mi away
Sutera Harbour Resort (The Pacific Sutera & The Magellan Sutera)
1.4 mi away
Hotel Grandis
Hotel Grandis
#7 of 92 in Kota Kinabalu
492 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.8 mi away
Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu
Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu
#11 of 92 in Kota Kinabalu
446 reviews
0.4 mi away
Hilton Kota Kinabalu
Hilton Kota Kinabalu
#3 of 92 in Kota Kinabalu
188 reviews
1.1 mi away
Hotel Garden
Hotel Garden
#45 of 92 in Kota Kinabalu
16 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Borneo Global Backpackers? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Borneo Global Backpackers

Property: Borneo Global Backpackers
Address: No. 29 Ground + 1st Floor, Karamunsing Godown | Jalan Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 99 Speciality Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Borneo Global Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Borneo Global Backpackers! We have 4 Bed Bunker and Twin Bed Fan Rooms / Twin-Bed & Double Rooms air-condition. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Travel Republic (UK), Agoda, HostelWorld, Evoline ltd and Cancelon so you can book your Borneo Global Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Borneo Global Backpackers Hotel Kota Kinabalu

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing