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Borneo Global Backpackers
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

Maybe we were just unlucky with the rooms, as other people have mentioned that they had 'comfy beds', but we first stayed in the bunker (shared dorm) and the beds had no cushioning from the wire base, no air con, a window that wouldn't shut, and many insect bites... so after we came back from the trek we booked a private room which had a double bed/air con. You could feel every spring in the mattress and the air con was dripping (what we hope was) water all night, which wouldn't have been so bad but the headboard was covered in plastic so each drip splattered :( Not the comfort you need after a long trek!
Atleast they had wifi, just a pity it only worked in the foyer!
We checked out and went to stay somewhere else with comfy beds..
The shared bathrooms werent very clean but the staff were lovely and helpful!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

More personal experience can be read from my blog at :

http://pinparadise.blogspot.com/2014/03/mount-kinabalu-borneo-malaysia.html


My friends and I stayed in Borneo Global Backpacker whenever we drop by Kota Kinabalu.

Accommodation was budget and nice. Quiet and not loud at night. Just what we need after a long day out exploring the city.

Wifi and breakfast - FREE . Basic tea/coffee/jam/butter. There is a toaster too if you fancy some toast for breakfast.

All rooms are with shared / common bathroom located outside of the room. There is heater for hot water. Decent bathroom size. Many place to hang laundry or to dry your clothes.

Location is not exactly in the city centre. Its around 15mins to 20mins walk to Philipino market.
Local mini buses are available plentifully as you walk 5mins from the backpacker. It cost us RM 0.30 per pax to ride the 3 to 4 minutes bus ride to the city centre. Good experience and a good eye opener to all of us.

have fun !!!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Pran_na
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Reviewed 6 January 2014 via mobile

Booked the climb with them and stayed therefor 3 nights here. Nice staff, very good tour to the top of Mt Kinabalu. Double room with A/C, no windows, breakfast (toast, jam, tea, coffee) included, for 60RM. Shared bathroom with cold shower and no toilet tissue, not worth to mention. Linen and towel provided.
You'll need at least 20-25 min to the centre, there should be a bus but we didn't get it. There's not much in KK. Good asian centre with cheap beer and great seefood at the waterfront. Tour to Mt Kinabalu was 1100 RM 2D/1N incl 5 meals (buffet), guide, permit, entrance fee, certificate, transport, night at unheated mountain hut
with warm linen provided. Bring a torch, gloves, cap and rain jacked!
It was fun. Would recommand BGB as a cheap tour operater but there should be better places to stay in KK for the same money.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed 25 December 2013 via mobile

Friendly accommodation with wifi. The bed is comfortable. Enough space for everything and for everyone. Room Rate good for two is 60MR. The reception area is so homey with comfortable couches and a desktop computer you can use.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 October 2013 via mobile

Went here for two nights. Its an ok place to crash if you're on a shuestring budget. If not - chose another place to stay. Friendly staff but not much more.
You get what you pay for, and its kinda distant and far from anywhere you Wanna go.
Breakfast was basic but ok.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

This is a backpacker hostel, nothing more noon less. The low price is great and you get everything you need. The breakfast is toast with jam and coffe/tee he wifi works in the lobby. It takes 20 minutes to walk into city center.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2012 via mobile

This hostel is slightly out of town.

First i will mention the negatives:
broken sink in one of thr mens toilets and no toilet paper.

Extremely hot rooms, even with the fan on. Thankgoodness i was sleeping in that room alone because it was a furnace. Beds were clean, but some beds have slightly collapsed bases.

The good points:

Soooo cheap. 12 ringits and i got the whole room to myself. Free breakfast and good eifi connection.

So in review, my only real gripe is that the rooms were incredibly hot. Otherwise very cheap.and cheerful for a.couple of nights.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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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 #11 of 106 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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