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Harbourside Backpackers

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Lot 43, 1st Floor, Block Hs-4 Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000 Malaysia
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#9 of 39 Speciality lodging in Sandakan
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Ideally located in Harbour Square in the heart of Sandakan town center and opposite Harbour Mall shopping center. Only five minutes walk from central bus station and eight minutes walk from Mini bus station (bus to/from Sepilok Orang Utan Center). Close by to central market, bank, restaurant, cafe, shopping mall and supermarket.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Vending machine
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Modern
Budget
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese
153Reviews2Q+A19Room tips
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Ramona wrote a review Mar 2020
Munich, Germany9 contributions
Nice clean rooms. A spacious community area with computer access, free wifi, a big television screen and a comfortable couch. My highlight definitely was the clean kitchen area with free bread, spreads and spices. As well as they have beers and soft drinks for sale and a little compartment in the fridge where you can store your stuff to keep it fresh. We only stayed one night in Sandakan but it was a great location to explore the local area from! A laundromat is just one street further and the local mall is just across the street.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Roger K wrote a review Mar 2020
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Clean, spaceous, computer access, free wifi, 1 minute walk from the harbour area, very friendly and considerate staff. You can have cheap soda's or beers till the reception closes (around midnight). Everything was excellent!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Lost wrote a review Feb 2020
Cairns, Australia6 contributions2 helpful votes
Incredible noise levels from neighbouring karaoke bars. Smoke in the corridors seeping into the room. Fire exit being used as a cleaning cupboard. The sheets were stained, the mattress cheap sweaty smelly foam the room as basic as it could possibly be. The blanket resembled a dish cloth. And most importantly the wifi didn't work at all in the rooms. Staff didn't seem to have any interest in fixing any of these problems. This is Malaysia as it was about 10 years ago. Most of the decent cities in Malaysia have moved on, expect much better than this. Maybe not locally, all of the accommodation we tried in Sabah was really bad.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Lica R wrote a review Dec 2019
Sao Paulo, SP40 contributions9 helpful votes
I only stayed in Sandakan for one night in between visiting Sukau and leaving for Lahad Datu and this hostel was a great option. It is well located, right in front of a mall with a supermarket and a few restaurant options.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Room Tip: Single room with private bathroom was good and has AC. Most of the rooms don't have a window.
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Roxan wrote a review Aug 2019
Amersfoort, The Netherlands122 contributions25 helpful votes
There is nothing wrong with this hostel, across from the shopping mall, situated in a nice location. Still it lacked a nice atmosphere and the upstairs where the rooms are, is really dark. If you stay there for just a night, i would recommend it.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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PRICE RANGE
US$13 - US$19 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
MalaysiaSabahSandakan DivisionSandakan
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Harbourside Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Harbourside Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Agnes Newton Keith Home (0.7 km), The Parish of St Michael and All Angels (0.8 km), and Sandakan Heritage Trail (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Harbourside Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Harbourside Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Harbourside Backpackers?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Harbourside Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro, English Tea House & Restaurant, and My Harbour Restaurant.
Is Harbourside Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Sandakan.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Harbourside Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
Are there any historical sites close to Harbourside Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Agnes Newton Keith Home (0.7 km).