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Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
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England
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Comfy but shabby”
Reviewed 23 August 2011

A very shabby hostel, but clean enough for a night or two. A bit noisy outside but the roof terrace is lovely. It was almost empty, but I think Sandakan isn't really on the travel circuit yet. Breakfast was ok, showers were grim, staff were lovely and helpful though.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 5 July 2011

The location is fine, and the view from the roof top terrace is also nice. The place itself is run down, the rooms and toilets a bit dirty. There were no blankets or sheets to sleep under and you don't get a towel.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
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
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New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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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
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Warszawa
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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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
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London
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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
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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 #4 of 29 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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