I stayed at the NAK Hotel whilst passing through Sandakan. NAK is a good hotel with well-appointed rooms and a great rooftop bar. It's located very close to the waterside area in Sandakan.
The rooftop bar serves a variety of western-style food and also a reasonable selection of beer, wine and cocktails during the evening and a decent breakfast in the evening. For those with an addiction to espresso, the quality of lattes and cappucinos was quite acceptable. There are three levels - one covered area and an open area above this with another small platform. The top level especially offers great views across Sandakan and the bay.
I stayed in a room on the third floor - which was a tastefully decorated and pleasant place. I had a few complaints - no kettle and some loose fittings but these were rectified by the staff. The staff members were all very helpful and good to deal with.
I recommend the NAK Hotel. Don' expect same consistency of experience as you might from a 5 star. The management left a welcome note for some of our group describing the hotel as 'cranky'. Those who are flexible and accomodating will likely enjoy a great stay at NAK.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The oldest, purpose-built hotel in Sandakan. Family run since 1966. Retains the old and embraces the new - a hotel brimming with cultural detail and interest. Situated in the centre of town. Nestled among all the commercial buildings, banks, airline offices, and next to central market and bus station. Less than 2km from the jetty, and boat rides to islands such as Lankayan, Turtle island and Berhala island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- NAK Hotel Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia