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“Basic but good for a stop over”
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Mabul Inn
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Basic but good for a stop over”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Nothing fancy but it is perfect for a quick and cheap stop over.
Rooms and bathroom are clean, beds are good and Wi-Fi is working well.
Good value for money.
Semporna is small so location is okay, but can be hard to find the first time if you don't have a map (since it is not located with the other hotels).

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Coral Bay, Australia
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Reviewed 19 August 2013 via mobile

I arrived in semporna and found the Mabul Inn pretty easily. The town is an absolute dump and easily the worst place regarding cleanliness I visited in Malaysia.

The staff at the counter seemed more interested in going home than serving us. We walked in the same time as another traveller who had not made a reservation. It was hard for him to get the staff to understand he wanted a single room for 2 nights only.

The room was ok. Right above a street that seems to attract a lot of drag racing unfortunately. The shower in our room was bad. The beds weren't exactly comfortable. The wifi didn't work.

I had a second night booked at Mabul inn but chose to stay elsewhere (Sipadan Inn - sooooo much better).

All in all - go to Sipadan Inn instead. Similar price but in an entirely different league!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
1 review
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

Me and 7 of my friends are to Mabul Island for some awesome diving trip, thus stopping by Sempurna the night before departing to the Island and the night after we came back from the island. Our email clearly stated that we reserved 2 triple room and 1 double room, and confirmation email are replied. When we arrived, they told us there's only 1 triple room left. The local counter receptionist does not seems to be helpful, merely blaming everyone for everything. We called the lady boss, and no solutions were given, no discounts nor better rearrangement. We end up taking 1 triple room, 1 double room, and 3 girls squeeze ourselves in a queenbed doubleroom. The next morning, before we leave Mabul Inn to Mabul Island, we emphasized to the receptionist once again that we will be back 3 days later, and ask them to keep the reserved 2 triple room and 1 double room for us no matter what happen. Guess what happen 3 days later? The rooms were not reserved again, our rooms were taken up again. It is indeed frustrating and the integrity of this hotel are highly doubted.

There's a Marina Hotel 100m away from Mabul Inn, which cost RM10 extra for each of us. It provides extreme cozy facilities. The shower/toilet and everything else is 10 times better than the creepy and disgustingly dirty Mabul Inn. Somehow this Marina Hotel does not have a review page, but it does not seems to be pack when we were there, give it a try and you won't regret.

Room Tip: Upstairs room are smelly due to the rubbish tank at their back door.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 July 2013 via mobile

Basic, simple hotel. Great for a stop over after leaving Mabul (not sure why you would want to stay in Semporna for more than a night!) it was fully booked whilst we were there - good to book early as they were turning guests away. Well priced.

Good wifi connection and a 2 minute walk to the long distance his station.

  • Stayed June 2013
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kuta, lombok
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 September 2011

Stayed here for 3 weeks and was really sad to leave. The staff are great- really friendl as well. The rooms are great value for money and the location really central. Had no issues whatsoever and will be back as soon as I can. Stayed at 2 places before this and all I can say is, 'let's not go there' Thank u mabul inn

Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Kurching
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 January 2011

We stayed at Mabul Inn for two nights. The staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms reasonably clean . The issue we had was the bathroom was leaking from the ceiling and any trip to the toilet ended in us getting a little wet.We also found a cockroach under our bed, although it's probably hard to keep them out when the whole town itself is crawling with them.There is little choice in Semporna but I would recommend this hotel as I reckon it's probably one of the better one's in Semporna......But with the exception of diving, why anyone would ever want to stay in this town is beyond me.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Warsaw, Poland
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 23 November 2010

It looked pretty ok or even above the Semporna standard, but we got a room with NO WINDOW and felt like in a cellar. The unthinkable stinky smell was embracing the whole room when we turned on the fan.
Bugs were also present in the bathroom.
It's not a perfect place to sleep, but the city itself left only repulsive feelings..

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mabul Inn
Address: Block 4, No. 1 & 2 | P.O. Box 146, Semporna 91308, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Semporna
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Ranked #16 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Semporna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
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