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Sandakan Backpackers Hostel

Lot 108, 1st Floor, Block Sh-11, Sandakan Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000 Malaysia
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#10 of 40 Speciality lodging in Sandakan
New management of Sandakan Backpackers started to operate on June 2016 with the sea view on the new roof top surrounding. Come and share your adventure and travelling experience with us! Unique Borneo atmosphere and centrally located in the heart of Sandakan town, right at the WATERFRONT at Harbour Square complimented with trendy bars and bistro nearby. You will be strategically and conveniently located in close proximity to the best amenities and services the city can offer. Being small, we thrive to provide you with the best budget, clean accommodation option within the city so that you will be comfortably taken care of at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel, which doubles up as your launch pad to the treasures and beauty of Sabah, Borneo.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Taxi service
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Laundry service
Vending machine
Board games / puzzles
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
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Air conditioning
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Malay
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Caitlin wrote a review Apr 2020
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We stayed in a private room with shared bathroom, our room was quite big. However the bathrooms were very dirty and the showers didn't work. Breakfast was included, however it was very limited, just toast and fruit. Many places to eat around the hostel and a big shopping centre. Walking distance to the bus stop and easy bus timetable.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Armrest dominance wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom13649 contributions150 helpful votes
A fantastic hostel with super friendly and helpful staff. Decent breakfast available. Good wifi. The room was ok in size. Korean style bathroom where the water just goes on the floor. The view of the sea was nice. There's a few restaurants along the water front below the hotel which are quite good. Look for the one with the barrels as seats. A nice roof terrace on top too.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Linconshire couple wrote a review Mar 2020
Boston, United Kingdom291 contributions156 helpful votes
Friendly hosts, ample breakfast, comfy and clean rooms. Location is perfect for Sandakan, right on the harbour side. Have bag storage facilities, which was helpful. Rooftop terrace is nice for relaxing in the evening. Very good value for money and would definitely return.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Talitha M wrote a review Feb 2020
Arnhem, The Netherlands1933 contributions268 helpful votes
I stayed in the room with a seaview, loved it!! Just to have a window again and with this amazing view. It could get a bit noisy out on the street at night but until 11 or 12. I did a trip in between and so the first time I was in room 4, walls are full of messages from other travelers. So is all of the hostel, everyone is free to leave a message! Great backpackers vibe! Comfy bed, nice breakfast, friendly staff, good rooftop lounge. It's also a 'green' hostel. I enjoyed both of my stays there. The second visit was in room 8, nothing was written on the wall (yet), but again great room with private shower. Only the powerplug here was a bit far from the bed. This was not the case in room 4. Great wifi throughout the hostel, book exchange, good location. Good place to relax :)!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
egregiousuk wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom154 contributions74 helpful votes
Stayed for a night and it ticks all of the boxes. The place is clean and relaxed and had everything that we needed. The rooftop area was a nice space to just chill in the afternoon or relax in the evening and has a nice view of the sea. All of the staff were super friendly, helpful and made us feel very welcome. They arranged for us to go on the firefly evening tour very last minute, We changed our plans and left a day early in a bit of a hurry and forgot our key deposit. They team were so great, they emailed to let us know and then went to the bank to pay the deposit into the bank of our next accommodation which they deducted from our bill. Honestly and helpfulness that is hard to find these days so thank you guys.
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Date of stay: December 2019
US$15 - US$19 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Agnes Newton Keith Home (0.6 km), The Parish of St Michael and All Angels (0.6 km), and Sandakan Heritage Trail (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro, English Tea House & Restaurant, and My Harbour Restaurant.
Is Sandakan Backpackers Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Sandakan.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Agnes Newton Keith Home (0.6 km).
Does Sandakan Backpackers Hostel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.