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Akinabalu Youth Hostel Reviews

1st Floor, No. 133 Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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267 Total Reviews
  • 76%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 78%Staff
  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 71%Cleanliness
  • 67%Facilities

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I don't like the look that the reception staff gave to me when I checked in at 12.30am in the morning, everytime I passed by the reception area and when I wanna check out. She is not friendly with locals I guess. I'm not sure about other dorms but mine was below average. No locker, no individual power point and not to mention, noisy bunk bed too!


This was a basic place but the staff was helpful and convenient to the bus line. The labeling of "youth" hostel is loose as there were all ages and lots of families.


Had some trouble with the booking even though i reserved it on Hostelworld when I checked in at midnight but was able to find a bed. Only a short stay as I had to leave the next morning so can't comment much on the hostel but seems pleasant enough.


Lovely place. The open balconies and elevation made it cooler than than outside. Great location. Definitely would recommend.


It was nice to stay here. The location is good too, near the interesting place at the city.


Everything is good, staffs are helpful. Just one electric plug in room which is not convenient to charge phone and camera for every roommates,


Everything is good in value

  • 23rd May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • All Male Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The room was smelling very bad and the sheets bad were very old, toilet always old and dirty.


OMG! Bed bugs attacked me! Don't stay here Plz!

  • 11th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Korea
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


This is a Excellent place for backpackers!!

  • 6th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Very nice staff, clean and comfortable


An excellent and great place to enjoy backpacker style. Good wifi signal at lounge area and refillable water station. Just hoped that rooms had higher pillows and showers had stronger water pressure.

  • 22nd Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Singapore
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


On the way back... one night stay before boarding the flight. This place is still the best choice in terms of location, value, ambience, staff hospitality, and so on.


Good location, just a few minutes from airport bus stop. Staff are very helpful on arranging day tours at affordable price, and advice on how to get around. Dorm rooms with air-cond are really pleasing after walking in the heat all day long outside. Shared bathrooms and toilets are quite spacious and comfortable. Especially the lobby is very relaxing in nice ambience. Though located near walking street, its other side faces the greenery of the hill, yielding tranquility at night. I do like here.


Excellent place for relax. Amazing view, quite atmosphere. No doubts, go to Akinabalu.

  • 5th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ukraine
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


staff : very helpful with good english - thank you Sarina! location : good- within walking distance from everything wifi : sometimes unstable but staffs can fix bed : decent common space with sofas are relaxing and i liked talking with others there. overall, worth the money.

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