Dock In
House 35 Jalan Setesen Jalan Mat Salleh Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu 88100 Malaysia
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4.5
#17 of 53 hostels in Kota Kinabalu
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Business
Trendy
Languages Spoken
English, Malay
Property amenities
Free parking
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Bicycle rental
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Wifi
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Air conditioning

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House 35 Jalan Setesen Jalan Mat Salleh Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu 88100 Malaysia
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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CliffElvin wrote a review Jan 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I absolutely loved it here! This new hostel is magnificent with outstanding facilities. The staffs exceptionally friendly. It is located 1.3KM from Tanjung Aru Beach and easy to find. It offered dorm and bunk style rooms which is suitable for backpackers. The room was very spacious and charming, and the amenities were great for a hostel. They have a nice indoor common area and offered delicious breakfast.
However, I have a hiccup when checking out from the hostel. The hostel staff informed that I have not yet made the payment. A bit of disappointment on this as Agoda has already charged my Maybank card. I have show the proof of payment from my Maybank account. Nevertheless, the issue resolved as staff will checked with her higher management on this matter and quickly return the deposit.
Overall, it was a good stay and I'd recommend it for travelers looking to save money on accommodation!
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Date of stay: December 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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TessaClare wrote a review Nov 2019
Cape Town Central, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an awkward overnight layover in KK en route south to Sipadan. They have 24 hour check in so we arrived at 1am to a very pleasant welcome and slept until about 4am when we had to leave for our 6am flight. Certainly beat the airport departure hall floor AND was only 7 mins grab ride from the airport. Will do this again if have silly layovers or want somewhere nice and clean to sleep (if you land late and are off to hike Mount Kinabalu). Sorry we couldnt try the on-site restaurant or make use of the slippers that come upon check in! Great front desk service - very responsive when we were deciding whether it was worth it to leave the airport for just 3 hours - well it was!
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Date of stay: June 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: No lift - gotta walk the stairs
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F.C./SUI wrote a review Sept 2019
Soleure, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We knew, that the Dock Inn will be a modern hostel. Our expectations were reached. It's a modern styled, very clean and safe hostel. We liked a lot of details:

- Provided slippers, so you could leave your own shoes / slippers in a locker and the sleaping and washing area kept clean. In many other hostels the other guests walks around the whole hostel with their dirty shoes and slippers, which is really disgusting.

- Great showers, they had a perfect pressure and hot water, it was so relaxing to take a shower.

- Each bed in the dormitory provided a curtain, plugs, light, a safety locker, hooks, a duvet and a pillow.

- Spacious public area in the cafeteria is huge and very comfy. It was great to hang out and drinking some delicious coffee.

We only stayed one night because our flight was after midnight. The staff let us stay in the common area to chill before we catched a flight. We also could store our luggage in a separate room.
Thank you so much for this two things, we really appreciated it.

Overall, if you don't mind to be outside of the city center with it's shopping malls, restaurants and markets, this hostel is a great place to be! Very recommendable!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Paul Witschey wrote a review Dec 2018
Mandurah, Australia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This ranks amongst the worse 2 or 3 rooms that I have ever stayed at. What's even worse is that the reception of the hotel refused to solve the issue for my upcoming stay happening in two weeks time. As I Prepaid for the room I am seriously upset.

1) The hotel has huge amounts of mould growing in the bathroom as a result of a lack of a window or a fan to take the humidity away. This is very unhealthy. See the photos.

2) No separation between toilet and shower so your trousers will get wet every time you use the toilet or you have to take them off before you use toilet

3) Extrmely noisy. Private room next to public showers which are being used until past midnight. You hear the water and specifically the hair or hand dryers as the door is left open all the time.

4) You are forced to wear the hotel slippers inside their hotel and the size is too small for westerner feet.

5) Windows inappropriate for airport hotel. You hear planes taking off and landing all the time until past midnight and from about 6am

6) No common sense policies that after day 11pm no talking on hallways, no noisy public showed etc. In another words no respect for the sleep of others.

Worse welcome to Malaysia that a tourist can get. Stay away from this hotel as they don't even want to "try" to fix issues.

Just look at the mould!!!
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Jill wrote a review Aug 2019
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
went here to try out the cafe

it was around 130pm and lunch promo was still on until 330pm

many selections for rm20 for a meal+drink

cafe is bright, clean & staff is attentive...washroom smells nice & clean too

parking can be limited though
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Annabelle R wrote a review Feb 2019
Singapore, Singapore
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Only 10 minutes drive from airport approx, it was a great value for my short 4 hours stay between flights in Kota.
I arrived in the middle of the night, the check in has been easy and staff very nice.
I stayed in a 4 beds dorms with bed big enough for me and my partner.

The bedroom and bathroom were clean, but I think the plugs next to my bed didn’t work well/at all , only downsize.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jeff T wrote a review Nov 2018
Singapore, Singapore
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Indeed this is the hotel for future !

Love the way the hotel owner design the hotel , love the way the hotel owner care about guests, and love the way the hotel owner save the environmental!

Salute to you and I am very grateful to check in
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Muhammad Z wrote a review Jun 2018
Serkat, Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Been here couple of times. Near to the airport, Grab cost RM7-RM8. If you want to pray, there is an open area outside the door on Level 2.
Free simple breakfast. Amenities provided. Wifi is fast.
Walking distance to KFC and mamaks. There is also laundromat near the post office, you can leave your dirty and let them do it for you.
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Date of stay: May 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: For the female, may choose 4 bef is a room. A bit spacious.
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lzevud wrote a review May 2018
Perth, Australia
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is really clean, brand new and comfortable

Stayed at a 4 dorm room with attached bathroom. Bed is rather comfortable and the toilet is very clean. Staffs are friendly and helpful. Breakfast is basic but that’s what you can expect given the price tag.

Worth considering for those that’s looking for a hostel or backpacker type accommodation at Kota Kinabalu.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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martinellinick2018 wrote a review Apr 2018
Milan, Italy
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The place is really brand new, has just opened 4 months ago.
Every thing from the furniture to the interior design you can tell is new!!
I found the staff very king and always smiley.
I sayed in a 4 bed dorm, beautiful!!
The plugs perfectly work, the bed is very comfy and spacious and again everything is new.
once you check in they will provide slippers and towel that is very much appreciated.
The breakfast is simple but good, there is everything you actually need to have.
I enjoyed very much staying in the common areas to chill out and also work a littele on my laptop..it's the perfect place for any kind of guest I guess because has the looks oh a very good and nice hotel but has also dorms with very convenient price !
The Hostel is really 5 minutes from the airport ( 6 ringgits by grab) and at walking distance from the sea side where you can find good places to eat well.
I plan to come back soon in this wonderful place, keep the good work up!!!
:DDD
THey have also Bike service wich is available and very good to explore the city as I did!!

PS; Super clean everywhere, veeery good WIFI and amazing service!!!
All rooms are equipped with AC ;) They have computers available for the guests in the common area!!!!!
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Date of stay: April 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Every room is a good room honestly!
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TessaClare wrote a tip Nov 2019
Cape Town Central, South Africa175 contributions144 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"No lift - gotta walk the stairs"
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Muhammad Z wrote a tip Jun 2018
Serkat, Malaysia34 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"For the female, may choose 4 bef is a room. A bit spacious."
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martinellinick2018 wrote a tip Apr 2018
Milan, Italy1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Every room is a good room honestly!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dock In
Which popular attractions are close to Dock In?
Nearby attractions include Tanjung Aru Perdana Park (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dock In?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and baggage storage.
Is parking available at Dock In?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dock In?
Conveniently located restaurants include King Hu Restaurant, Kedai Kopi Wah Juan, Tanjung Aru, and Restoran Thien Thien.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Dock In?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to Dock In?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Monsopiad Heritage Village (7.4 km).
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