We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Harbourside Backpackers

Show Prices
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Professional photos
Harbourside Backpackers
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"moduleList":["handlers"]},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

129 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
There are newer reviews for Harbourside Backpackers
See the most recent reviews
Showing 116: English reviews
Guildford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Boyfriend and I stayed here as a pit stop before heading into Sepilok. Can't really fault this place. Super super clean, the bathroom area was impeccable - not stayed somewhere with such clean shared showers! Chill out room was great too. Friendly staff who gave us lots of advice. Breakfast was a lovely little touch. We ended up coming back...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank BeaThomas4
Miami, Florida
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

This place in conveniently located in the nice little city of Sandakan. Rooms are very clean and the staff is the greatest. I really felt like they went out of their way to help us plan our trips to Kinabatangan River and Danum Valley. Breakfast is standard white bread and eggs. AC in rooms and wifi in common areas. I'd...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank rosedas
Sandakan, Malaysia
Reviewed 22 September 2016

This place cannot be faulted, great value for money, clean, secure, air conditioned, right near the harbor and down stairs hubs of activity. Our room had on suit, a window, air con and quiet. The linen was nice and they have eggs included with staple breakfast. Computers and wifi are provided.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank bridgettemackley
Medellin, Colombia
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Nice clean hostel really friendly staff free breakfast and not only toast with jam. Directly opposite a shopping mall and 100 meter from the see and all restaurants etc. Kitchen free coffee and tee and nice realaxing room with big screen television with lot of movies.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank thayfood
UK
Reviewed 20 August 2016

This is a good place. Quite cheap and very clean. Staff are very helpful. The rooms are good enough. Toilets and A/C all functioning well. We were happy with the choice and would definitely suggest it if you are only staying for a night. Some nice eating places outside and the sea is 1 minute away. Free wifi. TV is...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank sagarak9
Oakland, California
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Positive: Well located (very close to the local bus station), clean, friendly staff, good internet and computers to use, very clean showers and bathrooms, and can set up tours (like for the Kinabatangan River). Negative: Private rooms are small and boxy. This hostel provides an underwhelming breakfast that you make yourself and has little variety in selection.

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Rebecca K
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

One of the best hostels we have stayed in! The bedrooms and bathrooms are spotlessly clean, the staff are really friendly, great communal area with tv, pc's and sofa. Perfect location for sightseeing around the area. We booked some great tours through them too! Highly recommended.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Zoe G
Greater London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed my stay here in the dorm room: Staff really nice, great location ridiculously clean :) Free breakfast and good wifi connection. Have a nice chill out area with a good DVD collection. Best budget hostel I've stayed in while travelling Asia.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank KaterineNicole1987UK
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Stayed in a dorm room for one night. Dorm wasn't too oversized - 6 beds, and had a nice friendly crowd. Staff were friendly and helped us book our onward journey, Better-than-usual breakfast too - scrambled eggs on toast, a rarity from hostels!

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Sam R
Leicester, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 April 2016

This place is a lovely base for planning trips into the jungle etc in Sabah. The staff can organise Kinabatangan river cruises and other excursions. There is a friendly common area with TV, computer and wifi. Breakfast is included and you cook it yourself. There is a communal kitchen for cooking other meals and snacks. The room was nice and...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Amy F

26 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (25)
Viewed
Room/Suite (11)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (2)
Viewed
Bathroom (9)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Other (2)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (1)
Viewed
Other (1)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Sandakan
0.1 km away
Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan
0.3 km away
NAK Hotel
NAK Hotel
#5 of 32 in Sandakan
314 reviews
1.2 km away
Sabah Hotel Sandakan
Sabah Hotel Sandakan
#3 of 32 in Sandakan
512 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
19.1 km away
Sepilok Nature Resort
Sepilok Nature Resort
#1 of 2 in Sepilok
562 reviews
2.9 km away
Borneo Cove Hotel
Borneo Cove Hotel
#14 of 32 in Sandakan
62 reviews
0.1 km away
S'kan Styles Hotel
S'kan Styles Hotel
#6 of 32 in Sandakan
125 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Room types
  • Family Rooms
  • Kitchenette
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Harbourside Backpackers

Address: Lot 43 4 1st Floor, Block Hs | Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
Price Range: RM53 - RM70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Harbourside Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Orbitz, Priceline, Cheap Tickets, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Ctrip TA and HostelWorld so you can book your Harbourside Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Harbourside Backpackers Sandakan, Sabah
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Harbourside Backpackers staff and other travellers.
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Harbourside Backpackers staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“breakfast included, cheap, good location, nice staff”
cotip547, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Level four is quiet”
bridgettemackley, 21 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Try to get a room on the first floor -- that way you will have wifi in the room. The wifi doesn't reach up to the second.”
footstepf, 19 Jun 2015 | Read review
“I stayed in two separate en suite rooms, 11 and 4 and both were perfectly acceptable”
BridgeQueen_12, 5 Mar 2015 | Read review
“All rooms are similar - really clean hostel.”
leamcquillan, 23 Feb 2015 | Read review
5 of 5