I was sceptical at first because it doesnt have a fancy name to it...but i still gave it a try following the good ratings it received here. My 3 night stay was very good. Why? These are my top points of Nak:
i) The staff were really friendly and accomodating. They even helped me out with last minute booking of a day trip river cruise.
ii)The rooms are basic but clean and feels new. The bedsheets,pillows,blankets all feels clean. TV (with cable) aircond all new so in good working condition. Plus they provide co,plimentary bottled-water.
iii)It is located in the town so very convenient to walk around to get food, central market, bus, taxis,supplies,etc.
iv) The rooftop bar (BALIN) provide a really nice view of Sandakan Bay. U can have a relaxing evening with it's nicely selected chill-out music and also your bfast (if u hv it as part of your package) is at this bar as well.
But it is not all perfect, here are the reasons why:
i) During my second night I encoutered 2 croaches in the toilet. But this doesnt bothered me that much though because overall the toilet is really clean.
ii) On my final night, the locals were racing with really loud bikes at the coastal road which is near the hotel. They went on until like2am+ which means u can only sleep peacfully after that.
Actually, I would have given full marks for cleaniness and sleep quality if not becos of this 2 points here.
Overall - do go for Nak if you are looking for clean, conveniently located hotel, good friendly service with a budget appx. USD35/rm/night.
- 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