We stayed in a private room with shared bathroom, our room was quite big. However the bathrooms were very dirty and the showers didn't work. Breakfast was included, however it was very limited, just toast and fruit. Many places to eat around the hostel and a big shopping centre. Walking distance to the bus stop and easy bus timetable.
A fantastic hostel with super friendly and helpful staff. Decent breakfast available. Good wifi. The room was ok in size. Korean style bathroom where the water just goes on the floor. The view of the sea was nice. There's a few restaurants along the water front below the hotel which are quite good. Look for the one with the barrels as seats.
A nice roof terrace on top too.
I stayed in the room with a seaview, loved it!! Just to have a window again and with this amazing view. It could get a bit noisy out on the street at night but until 11 or 12. I did a trip in between and so the first time I was in room 4, walls are full of messages from other travelers. So is all of the hostel, everyone is free to leave a message! Great backpackers vibe! Comfy bed, nice breakfast, friendly staff, good rooftop lounge. It's also a 'green' hostel. I enjoyed both of my stays there. The second visit was in room 8, nothing was written on the wall (yet), but again great room with private shower. Only the powerplug here was a bit far from the bed. This was not the case in room 4. Great wifi throughout the hostel, book exchange, good location. Good place to relax :)!
Very friendly and helpful staff. Got us a Grab taxi and took us outside to find it. Great breakfast and coffee (included), and you can take it up to the roof terrace to look over the sea. Wonderful. Room was clean and had an excellent view of the sea.
Solo female travellers.. stay here! As a somewhat older than most backpackers, I still opt for the social atmosphere and love to meet other travellers. I don't do bunk rooms anymore, so I lucked out with private room and shower, front facing ocean view room, AC for about $20/night. The best part was the people. The friendliness and great service - absolute 5 star! The girls managed to book me in last minute to activities (Turtle Island..wow!) that are normally booked out far in advance. I ran into them all over town, they all remembered my name and other details. I just cannot say enough about this crew!! Sandakan is a great jumping off point to do many cool things. Kinabangan River cruise was also a highlight. The staff at Backpackers were more than happy to store my luggage while away for nights at a time, and offer me shower and breakfast when I returned to gather my things. Met lots of other travellers, everyone was happy, friendly and interesting. Cool vibe and great art messages on all the walls drawn and painted by all the travellers. Rooftop patio really nice too, and laundry service. The breakfast was excellent (most places I stay do not measure up in that area). I've been traveling this way, all over the world for over 30 years, and this experience stands out for me more than most. Great job ladies, highly recommend!