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Harbourside Backpackers Reviews

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

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204 Total Reviews
  • 92%Value For Money
  • 90%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 90%Staff
  • 81%Atmosphere
  • 91%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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This hostel is managed very well.


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)


The Harbourside Backpackers is by far the best hostel I've stayed in in Sabah. The rooms are clean and bright. The hostel owner is very friendly and even showed me around Sandakan to look for a local dessert. It is located close to Central Market where cheap eats can be found in the morning and afternoon. My only gripe is the internet speed, which slows to a grinding halt at night when everyone gets back.


The lady at reception was very helpful, while the older dude at the desk was nice enough to let me stay up late to watch a Barclays Premier League match on the TV - just missing a free breakfast, that would have been a nice touch...


Great place to stay--clean, friendly/helpful staff, and the A/C is great! There's a big TV room with lots of (pretty bad) movies. The "breakfast" is tea, coffee, and bread-n-jam. Great location...near the bus station/mini-bus station. Don't take the taxis they offer--Try the mini bus station....SO much cheaper and you get to experience the local fare.


By far the cleanest and coolest (temperature wise) hostel I have stayed at throughout Malaysia. The staff are forever cleaning! Great size private and dorm rooms. Great shower pressure and within walking distance to Harbourside restaurants and shops. They also organise common tours at a discounted rate. Don't think about staying anywhere else in Sandakan.


Great Hostel, our double bed room was very clean and we had a great private bathroom. The staff was super helpful and gave us great advices! The hostel is located right across a big shopping mall. You get some towels for free and the AC works well. Great value for money


Great hostel. Clean, good location. Nice lounge area with TV. Didn't have lockers for valuables though.


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!

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