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Harbourside Backpackers Reviews

1st Floor, Lot 43, Block HS-4, Harbour Square, Sandakan, Malaysia

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178 Total Reviews
  • 94%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 98%Location
  • 89%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 95%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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This hostel is great. It is in the center of the city and close to everything. The city itself is kind of small, so it's not saying much. What makes this the best hostel is the staff. They are helpful in planning/booking tours and accommodating guests. Thank you so much for all your help and making it a great stay!


They offer interesting prices for package trips to various places, arranged in a professional way. No aircon in the living area, sometimes to cold in bedroom.


The cleanest hostel we have ever stayed in!!


This is probably the cleanest hostel I've stayed in yet. The staff are great and so helpful. Couldn't ask for a better location in sandakan. Also such a treat to have a sofa and big tv with up to date films and English channels after 8 months. Looked into other hostels and this one is easily the nicest and cheaper. Don't stay any where else!


I liked it here and took full advantage of the large sofa/TV! A/C dorm and two plug pints next to your bed. Staff are lovely and keep it impeccably clean. Ideal location.


Really great place. Great common area with computers, couches, TV and movies. Lots of books around and the staff is pretty helpful with any questions you have.


Staff are helpful and hostel is very clean.


Very nice hostel! The facilities are new and clean. The staff was very friendly and helpful!


Staff was friendly, very very clean and pleasant looking place, excellent location, absolutely loved my stay there. Will definitely recommend to my friends :)

  • 26th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Harbourside was ideally located, close to the few food choices that Sandakan has to offer. Very close to Greenview Tour office where we had booked our river and jungle tour, so paying and meeting for departure was super easy. Taxis were plentiful at the end of the block and the bus station to Sepilok was just a 7 minute walk away. Breakfast was basic but kitchen facilities were good if making own food; hotplate, small fridge, toaster and hot water dispenser. Large sofa with TV and many DVDs.

  • 14th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


I liked the Harbourside Backpackers. It was very clean. Easy to come and go with your swipe card. The lockers are small and in the reception area but they do the job for keeping your valuables safe while you're out. There isn't much to do in Sandakan though. Unless you're happy to take taxis. Wifi had a tendency to drop out and was only available in the common area not the dorms. The thermostat is in the room which is annoying if you're sharing because people change it during the night.


Absolutely loved this hostel, we have been travelling 5months

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