Harbourside Backpackers Reviews
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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:-)
- Novice Nomad
- 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!
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!