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“Clean and very good value. nice common area” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sandakan Backpackers Hostel

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Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Clean and very good value. nice common area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2011

We stayed here in April, friendly staff, nice common area, breakfast included.

we recommend it!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank ranchale
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Sydney, Australia
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110 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2010

Arrived here without a booking and planned to stay one night. We enjoyed our stay so much we ended up staying 3 nights. Clean, good bathroom to guest room ratio, excellent free breakfast, helpful, knowledgeable staff. About as good as it gets for the money, imho. Our twin fan/aircond room (share bathroom) was on the side near Swiss Hotel and we found it difficult to sleep one night, with loud music playing up until midnight, someplace closeby. Take quality earplugs.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank lyndy23
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New Zealand
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15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2010

We stayed here for 2 nights then another 1 night in November. While it's not flash, the place is clean and comfortable and the staff helpful and friendly. We arrived late-ish but check in was a breeze and our room thankfully nice and cool from the air con that had been switched on previously for us. We had a room with a double bed plus a bunk bed, so plenty of space for 2 of us! The one thing I would have liked would have been a mirror - but that's just me being a girl! The shared bathroom was fine - I don't think anyone else was staying on our floor, so no issue for us, but perhaps when busy, it could be a pain only having 2 showers and 2 toilets, especially since 1 toilet is accessed through the shower. The staff were great - helping out with directions etc. and were kind enough to store our packs when we went on an overnight trip to Selingan Island. The breakfast was basic, but what we came to expect in Malaysia. Location is good, right n the waterfront and easy access to anywhere you need to go in Sandakan. There's some good restaurants (incredibly cheap!) on the waterfront - but best to check out a few menus before deciding as some are better than others. There's a supermarket just down the street which is handy for supplies. I cannot believe others have complained about the price - we thought it was incredibly cheap!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank nicky16
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Warszawa
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2010

We stayed there only one night on the way to Kinabatangan river. It's located in the center, next to the waterfront. You can go rooftop to get a better view. We had triple room without bathroom. Room was air-conditioned and for this price quite ok. One disadvantage was shared bathroom. Staff was very nice and friendly.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pqwe
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London
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2009

We spent one night at the Sandakan Backpackers en route to Turtle Island and then the Kinabatangan River. it's location makes it ideal for stop offs before moving onto these areas or a place to relax after being in the jungle.

We arrived in the evening and by the time we had checked in and unwound in our room (we booked a triple and ended up with a 6 bed dorm to ourselves) it was fairly late. Still, we found somewhere to eat and have a couple of drinks down by the water.

We came back to the hostel with the ubiquitous bottles of Tiger to play some pool and the very wonky but entertaining pool table, catch up on the football and bbc news channel and internet access.

Got chatting with some other likeminded guests and the great manager (maybe owner?) Ocean and realised this is a place where you could find yourself very relaxed and at home. Certainly the encouraged graffiti all over the walls confirmed as much - a firm favourite with the backpacking crowd.

Room was fine (and had lovely air con)- showers and toilets down the hall not perfect but not out of character for the region.

Wish we could have stayed longer. Our plans didn't allow for this unfortunately.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Craig M
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Dewsbury
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112 reviews
93 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2009

I think some poeple think they are checking into a 5 star hotel - You are not. Its a hostel. The people on here who moan about laundry, tours etc... Well you paid it mate! Who is the fool!!
Did you not see the walls? All covered in thanks from previous backpackers!

The hostel is in the perfect location, it is a 2 minute walk from the station where bus 14 leaves (for Sepilok)
I arrived at 8am and asked if i could drop my bags off - No, i could have my room. That was even better - Where else lets you check in at 8am???
The hostel is run and owned by 3 beatuiful girls, they are very friendly and willing to help with anything - In fact one night i was sat having a few too many beers with a few other backpackers - Suddenly i realised i had kids, i went next door and the staff were watching a disney film with them!

The rooms are basic, but they have air con, i mean what more do you want?

In terms of tours, there is a book on the counter with tours and prices in. If travellers are too naive to check alternate prices then that is their fault, to blame the hostel just shows how naive and inexperianced they are. I didn't go on any tour. I simply said what i wanted to do and asked how it could be done using public transport - The staff were all too willing to help.

Only 30 seconds away is SE Asias dodgiest KFC, a supermarket and loads of shops.

The only thing i would say is - Bring mozzy repellant. I was munched on good and proper. But that went for the whole of Sandakan, not just the hostel.

A great friendly place, run by 3 stunning girls and exceptionally hospitable.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank stu.bec
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London UK
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34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2009

We stayed here in August, we were very impressed with the whole place in general. The staff are friendly and the place is very clean. We were very unhappy by the cost we payed for the tours and the laundry. Both would have been at least 50% if we had organised ourselves. I would recommend this as a place to stay but just use it for staying in.. not as a service!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jamesclarke88
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Additional Information about Sandakan Backpackers Hostel

Property: Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
Address: Lot 108, 1st Floor, Block Sh-11, Sandakan Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 30 Speciality Lodging in Sandakan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New management of Sandakan Backpackers started to operate on June 2016 with the sea view on the new roof top surrounding. Come and share your adventure and travelling experience with us! Unique Borneo atmosphere and centrally located in the heart of Sandakan town, right at the WATERFRONT at Harbour Square complimented with trendy bars and bistro nearby. You will be strategically and conveniently located in close proximity to the best amenities and services the city can offer. Being small, we thrive to provide you with the best budget, clean accommodation option within the city so that you will be comfortably taken care of at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel, which doubles up as your launch pad to the treasures and beauty of Sabah, Borneo. ... more   less 
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