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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good20%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“ping pong”(8 reviews)
“sleep early”(2 reviews)
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What's included
Free Wifi
Breakfast included
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Hotel
Family Rooms
Bar/Lounge
Multilingual Staff
Free Parking
Restaurant
Airport Transportation
Laundry Service
2 Star Hotel
Fat Rhino Hostel is a unique European style hostel located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu. Just a step away from the famous Sunday market on Gaya Street this area has been the central business district of Kota Kinabalu for over a hundred years. Fat Rhino Hostel is a four story building...
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120 Jalan Gaya | 1st Floor, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
5.5 km to Kota Kinabalu Airport
112 restaurants are within a 0.5 km radius
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed here as a pre-booked overnight stay with a group of 11 young people. I have to say it is the worst accommodation that we stayed in during 2 weeks in Borneo. It was noisy, the windows didn’t close so I didn’t feel safe...More

Thank Troweler1
Response from George J, Manager at Fat Rhino HostelResponded 4 days ago

Hi Troweler1, I'm so sorry to hear about your bad experience in our hostel. Though we running high occupancy especially during this summer holiday, there's no excuses in ensuring your stay is comfortable with us. With your comment we will ensure it doesn't happen with...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

With the nice muzix at down there.. friendly staff.clean and cheap price..really good to staying for 1 or 2 night.when you traveling around city😘near and eazy to find restoren for eat and convenient shop

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Response from George J, Manager at Fat Rhino HostelResponded 4 days ago

Hi Mellysa, First of all, thank you for staying with us and your good comment about us is much appreciated. :) Hopefully to see and serve you again in the nearest time.

Reviewed 7 April 2018

This is a tough one to review. Staff are fantastic. Breakfast is basic, but included, so that's really nice. The price is fantastic. Free water is fantastic. The rooms aren't bad at all. The wifi works! What's bad? It's not Fat Rhino. It's their neighbour....More

Thank Fruchle
Response from George J, Manager at Fat Rhino HostelResponded 9 April 2018

Dear Fruchle , Thank you for taking the time to review our property, your comments are very much valued. We appreciate your comments regarding our customer service. Our staff are trained to provide only the best in customer service, and we are pleased that you...More

Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

no water when i go here. very disappointing. they said it was going to have water at 6 pm but turns out there wasn't any. please manager do something about this. i paid here for your service . It is what you give ?More

Thank Isaac T
Response from George J, Manager at Fat Rhino HostelResponded 1 March 2018

Dear Isaac T, Thank you for your comments. I apologize for the problems that you encountered during your last stay. This is not the type of review that we like to see, and I assure you that, we have solve the issue straight away. Thank...More

Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

I ended up staying here more nights than planned because of the cheap price, friendly staff and convenient location! Rooms are big and clean and the staff was nice and helpful😊 I’d definitely recommend this place for budget travellers!!! And the music downstairs just adds...More

Thank Lilja K
Response from George J, Manager at Fat Rhino HostelResponded 1 March 2018

Dear Lilja K, Thank you for taking the time to review our property, your comments are very much valued. We appreciate your comments regarding our customer service. Our staff are trained to provide only the best in customer service, and we are pleased that you...More

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Amenities
Top amenities
Bar/Lounge
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Hotel Amenities
Breakfast included
Multilingual Staff
Breakfast Available
Non-Smoking Hotel
Room amenities
Air Conditioning
Things to do
Bar/Lounge
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Price range
US$11 - US$20 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel class
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
Details
Price range
US$11 - US$20 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel class
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms
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"Get a room facing east or south. Do NOT get a room facing north (Beach St)"
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"very big room and clean .."
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"Not perfect but simply awesome"
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"Get room #3. No scenic views but the room is spacious and the toilet working."
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