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Reviewed 10 November 2019

We spent a very contented three nights at this clean and efficient hostel in downtown Sandakan.

When we arrived on Sunday, Sandakan was a hectic mess. The streets were crowded; the traffic appalling. It made for a slightly stressful and very sweaty introduction to the former capital city of Sabah (or North Borneo as it used to be known).

What a relief to get into our room at this hostel. The aircon works! The walls are soundproof! The bed is comfortable! Plus, the shared bathroom facilities are in a respectable state!

Admittedly, we were in town during the quiet season and there weren't many other guests. The hostel may not feel quite the same if there is a queue for the showers or a race for toast at breakfast.

Speaking of breakfast, it was very basic. Bread is provided for toasting and then applying peanut butter, jam, etc. There was also a bowl of fresh fruit and another of boiled eggs one morning (this seemed more haphazard - first come first served?).

Another minor issue is that there are several 'backpacker hostels' in very close proximity to each other in Sandakan, which can get confusing for first-time guests and taxi drivers. Make sure you're arriving at the right one! (This one is above a Seven-11 shop).

But these are meer quibbles. Our overall experience was solidly positive. The room and facilities fine; staff helpful; the location handy. It seemed top-notch value. For other travellers to Sabah who aren't too fussed about luxury, I'd certainly recommend staying in this hostel for the Sandakan leg of your trip (and then splashing out on more expensive accommodation elsewhere, eg at Danum Valley or Lankayan Island).

During our stay here we got a taxi out to Sepilok for the obligatory (and hugely enjoyable) visit to the orangutans and sun bears. All very easy to do. We also did a day visit to the Kinabatangan river. Plus we used the nearby 'Laundrybar' laundrette for a much-needed wash of pants and socks. Everything worked very well!

Date of stay: November 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank JakoGee
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Reviewed 19 July 2019 via mobile

Very much enjoyed our recent stay. Family room v.clean and comfortable. Shared bathroom immaculate. All very recently refurbished. Staff and owner v. friendly & helpful. Great position close to bus terminal, taxis, market, mall & restaurants of all types.

Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Anna S
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Reviewed 1 July 2019

We stay there for two nights. The breakfast was good, the room was clean, the showers were clean and toilets were ok. But the quality of bed mattresses and pillow are not good. I could not sleep because the yogi is not real yogi but some foam.

Date of stay: June 2019
Thank Natasa T
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Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

We actually ended up staying about 8 nights with gaps in between as we explored the surrounding places (Kinabatangan river, turtle island, sepilok etc) which were all easy to get to. The friendliest staff make you feel so at home, great eggs for breakfast. Perfectly clean rooms which are absolutely huge and the best location for teaching restaurants and the mall.

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank mnott617
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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Really nice people running this place.. Also location is great..I got the private room with shared bath.. Very clean rooms and helpful staff.. Internet works and books and info on city all organized.. Well done!

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
Thank ponner101
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Abdul-Ham-Adam, Borneo Sandakan Backpackers at Borneo Sandakan Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2018

Dear Donnbhat,

Thank you very much for your review and feedback.
We will definitely continue to improve our rooms, facilities and services.
We hope to see you again!

Regards,
Borneo Sandakan Backpackers

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