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Copenhagen Region, Denmark
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really loved this place for its nice vibe, and the cafe connected to it. Every evening there was something, like a jazz band playing. Easy to talk to people, also locals. It's a lonely backpackers dream! Very clean. Only drawback is the coffee, which you use to strip paint of your car :-)

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Overall the stay was ok and does the job, my bed was an odd design and made it so I fell in the gap but seemed to be the only one in the hostel room. The aircon was broken when we stayed but the staff did apologise and try to fix it. The hostel itself is in a great location... More 

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Thank Tomielle
Halifax, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

I stayed in Borneo back packers with my school expedition group last summer and I can honestly say it was amazing! We travelled all over Borneo for a month but kept this hostel as our base. We ended up staying here for around 8 nights in total and it really was like our home. The staff were always so helpful... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

I came to KK for a weekned of diving and adventure travel, and landed on borneo backpackers. What I found was a really awesome and helpful staff, comfy and clean hostel, amazing location, and cool bar/restaurant downstairs. Can walk to everything downtown, and all my adventure tours (diving, biking) picked me up. Very basic breakfast (white bread, instant coffee, bananas)... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Lots of youth groups here (mine was one of them!) but also good single / double rooms near the kitchen area. Even when full, there wasn't a queue for showers and the bar downstairs does great food as well. The owner is often around, well worth a chat to him and all of the staff who work there are really... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

A great little hostel to stay in while in Kota Kinabalu. Not long from the airport and only ten or fifteen minutes away from the market and restaurants on the sea front. WiFi is accessible and so is a great little book exchange corner filled with some awesome travel books.

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New York City, New York
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28 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

stayed 4 nights while scuba diving, in a single room with A/C. Incredibly clean hostel; kitchen and bathroom are cleaned regularly by Nanny and her staff. the room is spartan to say the least; 2 single beds, 5 hooks on the door, and a small side table. It wasn't cleaned during my stay, and I got one towel that wasn't... More 

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Baguio, Philippines
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48 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016

Perfect location and value for money! I stayed here for 2 nights from March 18-20, 2016 and I was impressed with the property. My single room was quite good and very cold. I believe my room was the best single room at the second floor because it has a direct access to the terrace overlooking the road and the other... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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152 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Stayed here six years ago, so decided to stay there. That people who work there remember you and welcome you back was just amazing. Shame that the new owner removed the lounge (wasva great place to chill if you didn't wanna go out), but the place is still great.. And the bar is just under. Great location to, close to... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2016

From the many hostels i've been to in Maleysia, this one is my favorite. The showers and toilets are clean, the hostel rooms are as you might expect (the beds are great to sleep on, had some trouble with that in previous hostels) but the ambiance and the cafe really give it something extra. Was here with a group of... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Centrally located in the heart of the city; Borneo Backpackers has already attracted the attention of discerning travellers from around the world. Some guests have already made return visits, and many more have vowed to return. While guests originally come for the facilities on offer, such as clean bathroom, toilets, pantry area, internet facility, cozy lounge area, roof garden deck, 24 hours security, and a tour information counter. They return for the service from our friendly, helpful and knowledgeable local staff. Rooms are all air con, from Dorms to Private rooms. Rates begin at $7 USD. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Borneo Backpackers

Address: No.24 Lorong Dewan, Kota Kinabalu 88801, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Price Range: $16 - $26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Borneo Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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Borneo Backpackers Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Borneo Backpackers Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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“I had room 10; quiet room away from the cafe at the back side (no traffic noise)”
 of 5 bubbles MazzaSantiago, 26 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Book a single room with the direct access to the terrace veranda. My room was the only room with the direct access.”
  • The access direct from my room going to the other bathroom overlooking the street
  • The door you will pass through after 11pm
 of 5 bubbles JamesJosephGalvez, 14 Apr 2016 | Read review
“The double room we booked came with 4 extra beds, so you have a lot of room to place your stuff in (room 16)!”
 of 5 bubbles 192marav, 8 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Ask for Room 12 if you are looking for a single room. It has a balcony that faces the road. Nice view.”
 of 5 bubbles 2q2bstr8, 29 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Room not near to the road side.”
 of 5 bubbles 5excellent, 21 Dec 2014 | Read review
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