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Wantage, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the Red Palm Hostel for 2 nights after landing in Kota Kinabalu late at night. Taxi to the hostel was 35RM from the budget airport taxi service and took about 20mins. Good points: * staff are very welcoming and informative * good location with access to restaurants, bars, shopping, diving and transport routes * very close to...

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manila
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What got us to book Red Palm was its strategic location. Gaya Street is perfect for backpackers as it is situated near food spots (Kedai Kopi Yee Fung, Ken Wan Hing, etc) and just a walking distance to the Atkinson Clock Tower and Signal Hill Observatory. It is also about 10-15 minutes away from Suria Sabah Shopping Mall and Jesselton...

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed there in total for 3 nights and everything was so nice. Basic rooms with comfortable beds and AC. Bathrooms are clean. Tasty breakfast with good coffee, eggs, toast, oatmeal ... The owner is very helpful and friendly. He managed a cheap car rental for us and provided us lots of information for our itinerary. We would definitely stay...

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Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 23 October 2016

I had a great stay at the Red Palm Hostel in downtown Kota Kinabalu. I ended up staying for a week in one of the dorm rooms. The place was always clean, and fresh towels were swapped for dirty ones on a regular basis. Breakfast is simple but filling - nice toast, great coffee, oatmeal, and hard boiled eggs. The...

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Warsaw, Poland
Reviewed 7 October 2016

I didn't plan to stay there at all - entered by chance and stayed for 4 great nights. The super-friendly owner showed me around - incredibly clean, spotless place, clean, pleasant rooms, clean bathrooms. Breakfast ( filling, tasty, including home-made oatmeal, beans, eggs) is included in the price. The location - Jalan Gaya in Kota Kinabalu - is as central...

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Penang Island, Malaysia
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Me and my friends arrived late at night from kundasang, we were greeted with warm welcome from the owner. Immediately felt like home. The owner were very informative, shared with us where to go, where to eat and where to avoid. The cleanliness of the place was very impressive. The room is super comfortable with ac. Definitely value for money...

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Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

I have noticed this hostel hasn't been reviewed on here for 3 years, so here's an update! It's my understanding that management have changed recently. Upon arrival I was greeted by name and checked in quickly. The manager/owner had a 30 min chat with me about what I should see and where I should go (because honestly I'm clueless!), he...

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Guangzhou
Reviewed 24 October 2013

We wouldn't have chosen Red Palm Hostel if Akinabalu Youth Hostel were available on the other side of the street by the time of our booking. We booked a room with window on agoda, but we were given one without, and the excuse was"the same standard rooms with windows were sold out, sorry". The tricky point is, when the hostel...

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed 12 September 2013

the worst cheated experience I had in this guest house!! I have no comment with environment the hostel, free breakfast, free wifi, free soap n shampoo. the thing I feel unhappy is first day when I check-in the hostel then the staff said price including free internet computer, could use anytime before 12am. Of course after I check-in and check...

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Worcester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 July 2013

Close to jetty and in heart of kk this place is clean and good value. Breakfast is toast and there are drinks available. Rooms are basic but have good ac. Toilets are clean and showers are nice and clean. Staff were around 24 7 and kind and helpful.

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Address: Lot 130, 1st Floor, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Price Range: $20 - $27 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Red Palm Hostel Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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“Convenient location to restaurants and downtown KK. Free WiFi! Super-friendly staff. Breakfast included free.”
  • Secure main door that guests can enter with their card
  • View of the street markets from the hostel on a Sunday
 of 5 bubbles adamn657, 23 Oct 2016 | Read review
“There are only 6 rooms in this place, all are similar, I think.”
 of 5 bubbles Magda142014, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Family room for privacy.”
 of 5 bubbles Farishafiq, 27 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Insist on a room with window or the receptionist may give you one without”
 of 5 bubbles qing0519, 23 Oct 2013 | Read review
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