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Mile 1 1/2 1 Jalan Leila, Sandakan 90702 Malaysia
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#11 of 41 hotels in Sandakan

Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travellers visiting Sandakan, Sanbay Hotel is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its family-friendly environment and proximity to great restaurants and attractions, Sanbay Hotel makes it easy to enjoy the best of Sandakan.

As your “home away from home,” the hotel rooms offer air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk, and getting online is easy, with free wifi available.

Guests have access to 24 hour front desk, room service, and 24 hour check-in while staying at Sanbay Hotel. In addition, Sanbay Hotel offers an on-site restaurant, which will help make your Sandakan trip additionally gratifying. And, as an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

For those interested in checking out Bao Gong Temple (2.4 mi) while visiting Sandakan, Sanbay Hotel is a short distance away.

If you are looking for a good Asian restaurant, you may want to check out Restoran Seafood Sim-Sim 88, Sim Sim Seafood Restaurant, or Restoran H82 Sim Sim Seafood while staying at Sanbay Hotel.

If you are interested in exploring Sandakan, check out a historic site, such as Agnes Newton Keith Home.

Whether you’re travelling for business, pleasure or both, Sanbay Hotel is sure to make your visit to Sandakan one worth remembering.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Coffee shop
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Car hire
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Bottled water
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Malay
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Amalina D wrote a review Aug 2018
5 contributions
The only thing i like is a peaceful enviroment not crowded...i love to go here sometimes when im feeling too much stress from my working enviroment. Its far from the town. The rooms are not expensive n the breakfast is wat i like - all i can eat n its 😋. Room is nice n clean. Its affordable for a me-time...😄
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
User4544637 wrote a review Aug 2018
11 contributions1 helpful vote
The hotel is very nice with big clean rooms and supernice staff! But it is very very far away so you need to get a taxi every time you going to the city. The hotel dont have any place to sit outside wich is very annoying on a hot sunny day.. The wi-fi do not work at all!
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Charlotteg89 wrote a review Apr 2018
Chelmsford, United Kingdom42 contributions5 helpful votes
We stayed in this hotel for one night before travelling to Sepilok. The room was ok -it was clean and had a hot shower, which was good. However the hotel is located outside of town. They did offer a free shuttle into town during the daytime, which we used and it didn’t take long. Sandakan town doesn’t really have much to do though and actual restaurants were very hard to find (I would recommend the Balin Roof Garden Bar and Bistro if you are in town as it served good food and offered great sunset views). Sandakan isn’t a town that is geared towards tourists (I would advise to skip staying in this area if you can unless you are staying in a hotel that has a pool etc). Early in the morning we received a wake up call twice despite not asking for one. The lady on the end of the phone didn’t seem to understand us and called again, which was rather frustrating. Apart from that though, the staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast was basic to say the least. A very poor selection. It didn’t bother us much though as we didn’t pay much for the room, but it would have been nice to have at least had some butter with the toast. Not quite sure how there is a review talking about ‘breathtaking’ views- you could see the sea in the very distance but the hotel is located in an isolated area with nothing much around it apart from buildings. Not an area I’d want to particularly be walking around in at night. The hotel is cheap though so if you are arriving quite late looking for a place to crash for the night it is ok. If you are looking for anything more, I would recommend looking elsewhere. We chose a different hotel before flying back out of Sandakan that was not much more money but had a great pool and an amazing buffet breakfast.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Lalit M wrote a review Aug 2017
3 contributions3 helpful votes
A great place to spend leisure holidays. The hotel offers a breathtaking view of the Sandakan Bay. Rooms are clean and spacious with comfortable beds. The restaurant of this hotel namely "Raja's Cafe" is just fabulous. Room service are at its best. staff are exceptionally well mannered.
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Date of stay: December 2016
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Steven_Teo wrote a review Apr 2017
Tawau, Malaysia542 contributions271 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed there for two nights while we visited Sandakan. It is an old hotel, but refurbished. The bathroom were clean and well maintained. The bed was firm. The air-con in the room had no issues. For the price we paid, I was surprised it came with a free complimentary breakfast. The only disadvantage of this place is the location. For those without their own transport, the hotel provides shuttle service to the town. But I am not sure the arrangement of how the return trip from the town to the hotel would be.
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Date of stay: April 2017
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Yati Y wrote a review Jan 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2 contributions3 helpful votes
Good ambience, clean n fresh bed sheets, friendly management n operation staff. Will stay in this hotel on my next visit and I would recommend to those who need a rest and enjoy their holidays without rushing and taking their own pace to visit the tourist destination to stay here.
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
albertboy00 wrote a review Dec 2016
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia1 contribution2 helpful votes
I’ve stayed for 2 nights sharing room with a friend. A friend introduces us about this hotel. The room is quite spacious with TV & aircond functioning well. The hotel is located not far from town area. At one occasion, when I was going to have a coffee at the Restaurant, I saw the manager was asleep at one of the table. What a shamed! The staff seems like do not care about him sleeping at the restaurant. I wonder why the manager can sleep at an open area where some of the guest can see him openly. I was having dinner at the restaurant that same day and saw this manager at one area also having a dinner and he is so arrogant. I was surprise how unprofessional he is! really disappointed!!! i hope your management will take action about it. why this hotel must be hire manager like this??? UNPROFESSIONAL MANAGER!!!
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Date of stay: December 2016
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Arvindra Dass K wrote a review Jul 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1 contribution1 helpful vote
The rooms are clean spacious and has all the facilities such coffee making, Tv and room service. I stayed here on numerous occassions. It is in quiet secluded location yet near to town It has ample parking space for cars and those without vehicles the hotel provides free transportation to town
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled on business
WrinklyBackackers wrote a review Jun 2016
Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom49 contributions37 helpful votes
We stayed in deluxe room 102. Nice and roomy. Good ac. Good fridge. Plenty of drawers and hanging space. Good bathroom facilities. Great WiFi in room. Basic but adequate breakfast. Safe parking. Launderette across the main road.
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Date of stay: June 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Nadirah A wrote a review Jan 2016
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Good service. Good maintainance. Their staff are friendly. They provide free wifi, free parking and they also provide car wash service nearby. Not far from the city. 5 minutes drive from the hotel to the city (depends on the traffic). Affordable and comfortable stay for all travellers. C:
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Date of stay: January 2016Trip type: Travelled on business
US$18 - US$22 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sanbay Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Sanbay Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Sandakan Memorial Park (8.0 km), Agnes Newton Keith Home (2.1 km), and Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple (1.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sanbay Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Sanbay Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Sanbay Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Sanbay Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sanbay Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro, English Tea House & Restaurant, and My Harbour Restaurant.
Does Sanbay Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Sanbay Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Sanbay Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Sanbay Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sanbay Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to Sanbay Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Agnes Newton Keith Home (2.1 km).