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“Not global backpackers like the one in Oz”

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Borneo Global Backpackers
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Reviewed 13 May 2012 via mobile

They have played a little with the words here. We have stayed in global backpacker hostels in Oz and had a good experience with them. Thinking this was one of them we book a few nights here. The place was about a 20 minute walk to the town. The staff were not great bar one. Double room size was ok but no sheets or towels provided which most doubles for this price do have.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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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
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Additional Information about 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
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Ranked #13 of 109 Speciality Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range: £4 - £7 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Borneo Global Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 23
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