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Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

We absolutely loved our stay here. We booked a private en suite room which was so cheap. The room was spacious, clean and had everything we needed (even hot water). The hostel itself had a great TV and living area with computers that can be used! The TV even showed the Man United game which pretty much won me over...

Thank Ben N
Frankfurt, Germany
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

I can recommend this hostel to absolutely everyone, it is super clean, a small breakfast is included and the staff has been really helpful with booking tours, calling around, washing laundry and so on. Thank you for all your help and keep it up!

Thank Sandra R
Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand
Reviewed 31 October 2016

My friends and I stayed here for a few nights last month, and we all really liked it. Very clean/comfortable, good breakfast, helpful staff with good English, nice lounge area with DVDs, and good location. One negative is that the wifi can be pretty slow at times, but other than that it was a great place!

1Thank Elijah L
Reviewed 28 October 2016

very helpful staff, clean, i had an ensuite, had problems with a tap they fixed it. nice little kitchen fro breakfast just eggs jam and toast. honest prices for tours. supermarket across the road and down to your right about 300m there is a supermarket with a bottle store. restaurents in the street. lovely locla market to the left in...

1Thank filip l
Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 night. The hostel is in the middle of the centre and across the street theres a shopping mall and grocery shop. The staff is friendly and helpfull and the rooms, toilets and showers very clean. Breakfast is basic but good. We slept in a private room and the beds were really big. I would highly...

1Thank Renske-oo
Erlangen, Germany
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We really loved this place! Staff is so friendly and they clean about 3 times a day. There is a kitchen and a big social area with big tv, couch and 2 computers. Rooms are basic but with AC and very clean, towels are provided, free breakfast (eggs, toast, butter, jam, coffee, tea), free water. Shared bathroom (there are also...

Thank Coti P
Cork, Ireland
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely, clean hostel with a nice social area - big L shaped couch with widescreen tv & lots of dvds to choose from! Friendly, helpful staff, and free breakfast. Just across the road there's a shopping mall which has a McDonald's, a supermarket and a pharmacy amongst other things. I booked my Kinabatangan River cruise through the hostel for much...

Thank Miss_Sully
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Really clean and tidy with an awesome common area and a nice free breakfast. Located right on the main square near the harbour. Good place to meet other solo travellers. They offer good tours and the orangutans and sun bears are amazing.

Thank Luke H
Reviewed 30 September 2016

My girlfriend and I had a private room with a double bed - and that was pretty much all that was in the room. The common area was very minimalistic too, with a couch and TV. It was not especially social, and the shower facilities weren't on par either. The owner was however nice, and we ended up booking a...

Thank Sebastian N
Guildford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Boyfriend and I stayed here as a pit stop before heading into Sepilok. Can't really fault this place. Super super clean, the bathroom area was impeccable - not stayed somewhere with such clean shared showers! Chill out room was great too. Friendly staff who gave us lots of advice. Breakfast was a lovely little touch. We ended up coming back...

Thank BeaThomas4

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Family Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Ideally located in Harbour Square in the heart of Sandakan town center and opposite Harbour Mall shopping center. Only five minutes walk from central bus station and eight minutes walk from Mini bus station (bus to/from Sepilok Orang Utan Center). Close by to central market, bank, restaurant, cafe, shopping mall and supermarket. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Harbourside Backpackers

Address: Lot 43 4 1st Floor, Block Hs- | Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
Price Range: $16 - $20 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Harbourside Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 11
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“breakfast included, cheap, good location, nice staff”
 of 5 bubbles cotip547, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Level four is quiet”
 of 5 bubbles bridgettemackley, 21 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Try to get a room on the first floor -- that way you will have wifi in the room. The wifi doesn't reach up to the second.”
 of 5 bubbles footstepf, 19 Jun 2015 | Read review
“I stayed in two separate en suite rooms, 11 and 4 and both were perfectly acceptable”
 of 5 bubbles BridgeQueen_12, 5 Mar 2015 | Read review
“All rooms are similar - really clean hostel.”
 of 5 bubbles leamcquillan, 23 Feb 2015 | Read review
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