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Harbourside Backpackers Reviews

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

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212 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 90%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 89%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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We loved it here, really clean. Bathrooms were nice beds a little squeaky but it was ok. Could have lockers in the rooms but otherwise security was good.


i enjoyed my stay here. Close to the harbour, but there's not a lot to do or see in the area unless you get a bus or taxi. very clean and comfortable. There's a great little common room with a TV, lots of dvds to choose from and two PCs but its quite quiet.


Nice hostel in Sandakan; very helpful staff (thanks for checking on the 1-day Kinabatangan trip for me); located right in the center. Not much of a backpacker vibe though. One improvement: Would be great if you had motorbikes for rental; there's a lot of demand from tourists who want to go to Sepilok, and it would be another source of income for you.


Nice hostel, great location with everything you could need within a short walking distance. Would definitely recommend.


This hostel is managed very well.


Good location near the sea front and close to the minibus station to get to Sepilok. The hostel lacked atmosphere and personality which is a shame as they had some lovely common spaces. Bedrooms are basic and again lacking personality, a couple of pictures on the wall would be nice!


Suberb, especially compared to other hostels I heard about from travellers.


Nice common room with sofas and TV, the staff were very helpful and kind! There were a few funny stains in the bed but the bathroom and other facilities were spotless.


Clean, comfortable hostel in the middle of the town. The lounge area is nice, feels like a home.


Very friendly staff. james walked me to the bus for sepilok!


we stayed for 2 nights and it was very clean. there were no lockers which was a bit of a shame but I'd stay again as the staff were very friendly and helpful.


Nice hostel set right near the harbour. Lots of markets etc. around the area. Easy to get to the minibus station for Sepilok on foot (5 mins walk). Friendly staff and clean communal areas. Overall good value for money - be aware though that walk in prices are lower than those when you book online !


thanks i did enjoy my stay there, all is fine and no complains:-)

  • 2nd Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Switzerland
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)

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