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Harbourside Backpackers Reviews

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

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92%

Rating
152 Total Reviews
  • 94%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 97%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 96%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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86%

The location of the hostel was wonderful, very easy to get anywhere. The staffs there were very helpful. They have a wonderful sitting room so everyone could easy to gather around.

  • 3rd Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


89%

Very clean hostel, centre of town, easy to get bus or taxis. They have a good deal of tours available to book, we booked Turtle Island for 650MYR and afternoon river cruise for MYR190. Communal TV lounge area is good for meeting people, although there weren't many people staying while we were there, although it may have been moving out of the tourist peak season. Friendly and helpful staff.

  • 28th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


97%

One of the cleanest hostels I've ever stayed in. The location couldn't be more central, the staff were very helpful and it was exceptionally clean. So good in fact that we booked an extra night there!


100%

Stayed here for two nights. The whole hostel is very clean. It's very easy to meet other people in the TV/computer room or in the kitchen. The people who work there are also very friendly.

  • 24th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


91%

Great hostel; clean, nice size rooms and good central location. Free water and breakfast are good too. We were able to book a tour on the kinabatangan river here for a great price. Only bad thing is that the wifi is truely terrible!


100%

Excellent staff,really helpful and friendly. Great spot.


97%

Great hostel,helpful staff,fairly chilled out,you could eat your dinner off the floor here


94%

Harbourside backpackers is definitely value for money, close to shopping centre and right in town centre. They do good trips to Kinabatangan River as well. Highly recommended. Laundry a bit too expensive at RM12/kilo (normally priced at RM5/kilo elsewhere).


94%

Great hostel. Perfect location to explore the town and good base to use if you want to explore some of the national parks in the area. They let me store my luggage there for free when I went into the national parks for a few days. Pretty busy hostel so easy to meet other backpackers, which is important for me as a solo traveler. Would stay again.


89%

Just a minor thing - Wifi could not be accessed in some of the rooms. Other than that, I am quite happy and I will definitely come back to the same hostel in the future if I visit sadakan again !


100%

Every hostel shpuld be like this.


91%

Great hostel, close to the waterfront, a van to the main bus station, and tons of shops and restaurants. The staff were helpful, and there's free water, tea, and breakfast. They have a bunch of Borneo and Malaysia travel books, if you need to plan your next steps. The only bad thing was that they didn't have enough keys for the dorm room.


89%

Really nice clean hostel in the harbour opposite a mall. Couldn't get much better

  • 7th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


89%

Wifi problems...

  • 1st May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hungary
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


97%

More plug sockets would be great in the family room (only had 2 for 3 people - not enough!) but had 2 per bed in the dorm room! Staff were amazing and so helpful planning trips and organising. Thanks so much!

  • 28th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


94%

It was the most clean hostel i've bin too and the staff was nice and the location amezing


86%

Good location. Right by the water, mall and restaurants. Air conditioned. Computers to use. Wifi was absolutely awful. Staff were more interested in cleaning than helping you but that has it's perks. The place was spotless. Very very clean.


100%

We had a lovely stay, the location could not be better. We had a private room with ensuite bathroom. Nice, clean and comfy beds as well as good quiet AC. The staff is friendly and helpful and the atmosphere super cozy. Not one bad thing to say! Recommended.


86%

Good hostel that is close to what there is to see of Sandakan and the market and very nice staff!


91%

Loved our stay here. Staff are so friendly and helpful! We asked so many questions and all were answered, had a fabulous trip to see turtles and couldn't of done it without the staffs help! Very clean and good facilities too. Right on the harbour opposite the mall.


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