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“Borneo Seahare - Visit June 2013”

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Borneo Seahare Guesthouse
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

It's great hostel the rating is based on the hospitality of the staff(owners) Greg and Amy are so great, very helpful. They are arranging half day trip to the Urang-utan reserve, Fairy cave and Wind cave, it's about an hour by car from Kuching, beside the feeding of Urang-utans, the fairy cave is a highlight. Friendly atmosphere and the great people, made my stay

- Some complains there is a school behind the building they starts 6am - some was bothered, but I did not notice anything.
- Toilet facilities needs some upgrades - water presure very low
- Lack of plugs for your elecotrnics
- Wi-Fi is ok, could be better. But as I was told it's the internet infrastructure there is bad on the Island.

Room Tip: Choose dorms they are to the opposite side of the school. (to a parking lot)
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Gregkuching, Owner at Borneo Seahare Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2013

Dear Phil_Stbk,

Thank you for your review of Borneo Seahare Guesthouse. It was lovely to meet you and make a new friend and you are more than welcome back here anytime! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay, and also the day trip we organised for you.

I appreciate your candid yet constructive criticisms, and you will be pleased to know we have already corrected the issues with the water pressure by installing a pump to ensure strong pressure 24 hours a day.

Wishing you all the best on your travels!

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Reviewed 3 July 2013

Superfriendly and helpfull staff!!! Nice living room with kitchen and a lot of movies on dvd. Dorms with aircon and fan, clean showers and western toilets. Smoking allowed at the balkony. Internet fast working. Perfect place to meet people and having a beer in the evening.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank erwin m
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Gregkuching, Owner at Borneo Seahare Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2013

Dear Erwin M

Thank you for your wonderful feedback which is very much appreciated. We are thrilled that you had such a good stay - and of course we were delighted to accommodate you for six more nights than you had originally booked!

I hope that you enjoy the rest of your trip, and should you return to Kuching in the future you will be very welcome to join us again at Borneo Seahare Guesthouse.

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Reviewed 20 December 2012

This place was great for us. The owners collected us from the airport, got us all sorted, sat us down with a map and gave us so much information, it was fantastic.
It is a flat up 2 sets of stairs and there are 3 rooms, but we were the only guests the entire time. You can't just 'walk-in' here because they have jobs and sort of 'rent' this out on the side as and when people book. But the beauty of that is, we had a whole flat to ourselves and they had free bottled water, breakfast, all sorts of tea/coffee in the cupboards and said to help ourselves to anything.

It was really nice to see how trusting they were, so I hope no one takes advantage of this. Theres a computer for you to use, you just make a note of what you use and add it on the bill.
They also had a cupboard with all the clean linen in and said there was spares if we needed anything.

I think we stayed for 4 nights and we only saw them once again before we left. We settled the bill with them then because I don't really like just leaving money on the side.
The only downside would have to be the noise- it backs onto a school, and everyday we were there they were in school (VERY EARLY, INCLUDING WEEKENDS!?!?!) making a lot of noise. The playground is right there. Wesley explained in Malaysia their kids have silly-long school hours and it's 6 days a week- that's probably where the UK is going wrong ;) ! But still, I have to admit it woke us up, but we're light sleepers. I'd still go back though!

The location was great also- right by a supermarket and I guess the 'heart' of Kuching. the cinema was nearby too and we saw a couple movies for a treat! :)
So if you're a couple or a group of backpackers who are going together, then this is for you.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Nikki S
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Gregkuching, Owner at Borneo Seahare Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2013

Dear Nikki S,

Thank you for your review of Borneo Seahare Guesthouse. You may be pleased to know we have recently renovated the property, and are now operating the Guesthouse full-time 24hrs a day. This means we are now in a position to accept 'walk-ins' which are now a large part of our customer base. We also now provide free internet and wifi as well as all the previously available complimentary items such as simple breakfast, tea, coffee and mineral water.

Hopefully you will get a chance to visit us again and see the improvements!

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Reviewed 9 May 2010

The Borneo Seahare was a great surprise.

The Seahare is located on the second storey of a small shopping center. Despite this location, it is very quiet at night as the center closes quite early. It is located within a ten-minute walk to Chinatown, the waterfront, Little India, the Sarawak museum, and many great little restaurants. There are three rooms: two dorm bedrooms and a private double. No ensuite facilities. There are two washrooms/toilets in the common Asian style of "sink-shower-toilet-in-one-small-combo-room." There is no air conditioning but plenty of oscillating floor fans to use. Despite the lack of AC, my girlfriend and I slept very well. We were the only guests for three out of four nights so we could hog the fans.

But the best features of the Borneo Seahare are the owners/hosts, Wesley and Teresa. They are very, very nice and incredibly knowlwedgeable regarding many tourist sites in and around Kuching, as well as in other parts of Sarawak and, to a lesser degree, Sabah. This included national parks, tour operators, orangutan centers, advice on how to travel and stay safe in Borneo. They don't book trips for you. Rather, they are adept at pointing you in the right direction. They were great. Very kind and genuine people who we ended up talking to for a few hours some nights.

Keep in mind that this is a very basic place to stay. No frills, indeed. It's a very inexpensive place to sleep at night while you spend your days out and about exploring. The hosts are some of the best I have ever met. Simply fantastic.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2010

We loved the Borneo Sea Hare Hostel because of the two managers who run the place. You have to book it using hostelworld.com because the managers have day jobs and need to plan for your arrival in advance. They stop by almost every night to make sure everything is in order, and they are so knowledgeable about the Kuching area. They won't make your travel plans for you, but they'll point you in the right direction and tell you how much to expect to pay for the different activities. Because they're not around much, the place feels like your own apartment (if you're lucky to be the only guests there like we were). The rooms are simple and come with fans. A kitchen is available for cooking, and as of right now there's a water cooler full of free water. There's also a computer available for internet. You log your hours on the notebook and leave what you owe at the end of your stay. If you're looking for a budget place to stay in Kuching, you can't beat the Sea Hare!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2009

Wesley and Teresa were absolutely wonderful. Very helpful for giving advice about transportation, places to visit and they pointed us to some great places to eat! The hostel has a very relaxed atmosphere with a 24 hour breakfast on the table. We felt really at home during our stay here. Fantastic value for money.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2009

a group of 10 of us stayed at this simple backpackers' dorm tucked away along a row of shophouses in Kuching.

it was affordable, homely and very comfortable. never mind that there's no air conditioning. Wesley was very accomodating and made us feel right at home. Would stay longer next time. :)

  • Stayed: January 2009
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Additional Information about Borneo Seahare Guesthouse

Address: 187 Jalan Song Thian Choke, Kuching 93100, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sarawak > Kuching
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 81 Speciality Lodging in Kuching
Price Range: £8 - £12 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Borneo Seahare Guesthouse 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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