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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
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Malay
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blank7020 wrote a review Aug 2018
Subang Jaya, Malaysia7 contributions
After so many great reviews, I was expecting something more. That said, it was acceptable. It is far from clean but not filthy either. I had booked a few months ahead and then confirmed a few days prior to my arrival and they were totally unprepared. Fortunately, there was a room but it opened directly onto reception and the lounge. They did scrounge around to get me clean bedding and towel which were damp. I assumed newly washed but not completely dried. Good location. Nice people. I had an early departure and one of the boys made me some scrambled eggs and toast. Tea, coffee on offer at all times.
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Date of stay: August 2018
Response from Sandakan B, Manager at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
Responded 6 Sep 2018
Hello Blank, we are sorry about you having a disappointing stay in Sandakan. Some of the things that you mentioned are of course the things that we always keep in mind and try to upkeep the standards. However, it kept us thinking, because we do hope we have a boy who can make you scramble eggs, but we only have girls working here either receptionists or housekeepers. So we were wondering, is it really with us that you stayed with? Anyhow, we hope this does not stop you from keep travelling to Sandakan, because it is a really lovely town. Regards and all the best.
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George N wrote a review Jun 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark218 contributions92 helpful votes
Having spent a number of days in dorms, we were keen for a comfortable private room and this is what we found at Sandakan Backpackers. AC worked really well, clean white sheets, clean enough shared bathroom, nice staff, and good location near the seafront. Breakfast was okay, perhaps a little basic with toast, a bowl of ready-made hard boiled eggs, and some questionable spreads. Tea and coffee available all day! But we would definitely come back!
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Date of stay: May 2018
sweepengchan2016 wrote a review Jun 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia341 contributions64 helpful votes
Just a few steps away from Sheraton Four Points in Sandakan .. shares the same beautiful waterfront. Clean room and a very friendly staff. There are many small eateries and the big seafood market is just round the corner . The room comes with breakfast.... help yourself to toasts and hardboiled eggs and most important a Generous helping of fresh fruits. Not recommended for travelers who are not good with steep stairs - it is a steep climb as the hostel is not on ground level. A bit difficult if you have a suitcase .
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Date of stay: May 2018
Sam F wrote a review Apr 2018
12 contributions2 helpful votes
Turned up at the hostel to find out that they had double booked our room. Considering we had booked it on booking.com over a week prior to our arrival this seemed poor. We were offered dorm beds instead of the booked double sea view room but at the same price. Given the circumstances more effort could have been made to help. All round poor service
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Date of stay: April 2018
capitaovoyage wrote a review Apr 2018
17 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed a couple of nights at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel and it was very good. The location was good since it was close to the place where you get the buses to Sepilok, there were plenty of restaurants and supermarkets around and even a shopping mall. The common areas are quite cozy especially the terrace on the top floor with view over the sea. The beds are on our bedroom were ok the mattress could be a bit thicker but for a couple of night it does the job. The shower in the room was handy. The paintings from previous guests all over the place were nice and I regret we didn't stay long enough so I could paint something myself. The breakfast was acceptable and enough. Aside all this, I think the best was Jacki, a member of the staff, that was very generous, friendly and kind
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Date of stay: April 2018
US$15 - US$19 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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