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Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
Sandakan Backpackers Hostel

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8.7

Excellent

181 reviews

181 reviews

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9.4

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location - Inside city center
Exceptional for walking
Parking
Available
Walkable places
Gentingmas Mall

70 m

Harbour Mall Sandakan

130 m

Pamol Sabah Golf Club

170 m

Sandakan Harbour Square

190 m

Centre Point Mall

250 m

Popular landmarks
Sandakan Heritage Museum

310 m

Agnes Newton Keith Home

570 m

Japanese Cemetery

580 m

The Parish of St Michael and All Angels

640 m

Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple

3.5 km

Closest landmarks
Borneo Dispensary

230 m

Kinabalu College at Sandakan

300 m

Sandakan Heritage Museum

310 m

Tourism Information Centre

310 m

Masjid Jamek Sandakan

330 m

Sandakan Backpackers Hostel

Lot 108, SH-11 Harbour Square Sandakan, Sandakan City Center, Sandakan, Malaysia, 90000 - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Strategically situated in Sandakan City Center, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Turtle Islands National Park. As an added bonus, restaurant is provided on-site to conveniently serve your needs.

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Highlights

170 meters to public transportation

Excellent breakfast

Inside city center

90 meters to Harbour Mall Sandakan

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Facilities

Bicycle rental

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

BBQ facilities

Luggage storage

Game room

Kitchen

Laundry service

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Sandakan every 18 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.7
Location rating9.4
Nearest airportSandakan Airport (SDK)
Distance to airport9.1 km

Rooms available at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel

Dormitory 6-Bed Air Conditioning
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Street view
  • 6 bunk beds
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Double Room - Air Conditioning
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Street view
  • 1 double bed
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Double Room with Sea View
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  • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 double bed
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Standard Twin Room
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 2 single beds
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Bed in 6-Bed Female Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Twin Room with Sea View
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 2 bunk beds
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Standard Double Room
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 1 double bed
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Standard Family Room
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  • Room size: 13 m²/140 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 1 bunk bed and 1 double bed
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Twin Room with Sea View
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
  • Shower
  • 2 bunk beds
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?

Check-in is from 12:00 PM, and check-out is until 02:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

How do I get to Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Sandakan Backpackers Hostel has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Sandakan with private transportation, the hostel can arrange taxi service.

Is breakfast offered at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?

Adults can enjoy breakfast at no additional charge. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hostel.

What is the smoking policy at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?

Sandakan Backpackers Hostel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?

Labuk Bus Station is the closest train, metro, or bus station, about 120 m away from Sandakan Backpackers Hostel.

What restaurants are nearby Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?

Restaurants including Sim Sim Seafood Restaurant, Balin Roof Garden Bar & Bistro and English Tea House & Restaurant are popular in Sandakan Backpackers Hostel’s neighborhood which is known as Sandakan City Center.

What popular shopping places are close to Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?

Located in the Sandakan City Center area, Sandakan Backpackers Hostel is close to great shopping choices like Harbour Mall Sandakan, Gentingmas Mall and Centre Point Mall.

What are popular attractions near Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?

Guests at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel can easily visit Agnes Newton Keith Home, The Parish of St Michael and All Angels and Sandakan Heritage Museum located in the Sandakan City Center area.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Sandakan Backpackers Hostel?

Sandakan Backpackers Hostel is located in the Sandakan City Center area, which is famous for natural sightseeing destinations such as Sandakan Heritage Trail, Sandakan Rotary Observation Pavillion and Trig Hill.

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What people love about Sandakan Backpackers Hostel

  • 9.6

    Exceptional

    "I had a relaxing stay here."

    MEGUMI

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    October 20, 2022

  • 8.4

    Excellent
    Location

    "Location is perfect in the center."

    Sam

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    September 22, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "Very clean, the location and the staff was the best in Borneo with really nice tours!"

    Nicolas

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    September 22, 2022

Property ranking|Compared to 119 Sandakan properties
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Cheapest price score
Location score
9.4/10
Service score
9.2/10
Couples review score
8.7/10
Better than
95
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of Sandakan properties
Better than
91
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of Sandakan properties
Better than
90
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of Sandakan properties
Better than
89
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Overall rating:

8.7

Excellent
181 reviews
Cleanliness
8.3
Facilities
8.3
Location
9.4
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What travelers say they love:
Great staffs who were always so helpful in assisting me.
Danie from Malaysia
Solo traveler
More about Sandakan Backpackers Hostel

More about Sandakan Backpackers Hostel

Sandakan Backpackers Hostel

Get the most from an urban escape in Sandakan when you book a room at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel. Located right in the city center, Sandakan Backpackers Hostel saves you time and travel by letting you wake up right in the heart of the best neighborhood.
Every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable by providing the best in services and amenities. Keep up with all your communications easily with the hostel's free Wi-Fi. Taxi services provided by Sandakan Backpackers Hostel makes it easy to plan your day trips, sightseeing, and more around Sandakan. Guests can enjoy convenient available parking right at the hostel.
Front desk service is provided at the hostel including luggage storage. Getting tickets for the city's best entertainment is easy through the hostel's ticket service and tours. Packing light is possible at Sandakan Backpackers Hostel thanks to the hostel's dry cleaning service and laundry service keeping your clothes clean. For the comfort and health of all guests, smoking is not permitted anywhere within the hostel.
Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking areas provided by hostel.
Designed for comfort, all guestrooms offer a range of amenities to ensure a restful night. For your comfort, some rooms at the hostel are equipped with linen service and air conditioning. It's good to know that bathroom amenities including towels are provided in some of the guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

A variety of convenient and tasty dining options are waiting for you at the hostel, for whenever you get hungry. Light snacking is available day or night with the hostel's vending machines. Do you prefer to cook your own meals? Then you'll love the in-house BBQ facilities and shared kitchen.
Hostel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Get social at the hostel's shared lounge and TV area, where you can meet other guests.


Around the property

Sandakan Backpackers Hostel is the perfect spot to explore Sandakan's fascinating cultural sights and attractions. An afternoon of browsing the works at Sandakan War Memorial Park located 9.6 km away can familiarize you with the local art scene. Don't forget to stop by Agnes Newton Keith Home located 560 m away, where everyone who visits Sandakan wants to have their photo taken.


Reasons to stay here

Find some of the city's best deals here with rooms 96% cheaper than other options.
Ranking higher than 90% of the city's accommodations options, this is a great choice for location.
Staff and service here are considered high quality by past guests whose ratings put it above 91% of the city's options.

Amenities and facilities
Excellent
Facilities

8.3

Most talked about facilities

Breakfast

11 mentions

Housekeeping

8 mentions

Internet

1 mention

View

1 mention

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Chinese [Cantonese]
  • Chinese [Mandarin]
  • Malay

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Game room
  • Ticket services
  • Tours

Cleanliness and safety

  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Face coverings on staff
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • BBQ facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurants
  • Shared kitchen
  • Vending machine

Services and conveniences

  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace

For the kids

  • Family room

Access

  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]

Getting around

  • Car park [on-site]
  • Taxi service

Sports equipment rental

  • Bicycle rental

Available in all rooms

  • Air conditioning
  • Free bottled water
  • Internet access – wireless
  • Linens
  • Non-smoking
  • Shared bathroom
  • Towels
  • Wi-Fi [free]
Location
Lot 108, SH-11 Harbour Square Sandakan, Sandakan City Center, Sandakan, Malaysia, 90000
Exceptional
Location

9.4

Airports

  • Sandakan Airport (SDK)
    9.1 km
  • Lahad Datu Airport (LDU)
    93.0 km

Public transportation

  • Labuk Bus Station
    120 m

Hospital or clinic

  • Borneo Dispensary
    230 m

Shopping

  • Harbour Mall Sandakan
    130 m

Convenience store

  • 7 Eleven
    50 m

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    160 m
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Sandakan Heritage Museum
    310 m
  • Agnes Newton Keith Home
    570 m
  • Japanese Cemetery
    580 m
  • The Parish of St Michael and All Angels
    640 m
  • Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple
    3.5 km
  • Sandakan War Memorial Park
    9.6 km
  • Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)
    19.9 km
  • Gomantong Cave Sandakan
    34.6 km
  • Turtle Islands National Park
    35.6 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Gentingmas Mall
    70 m
  • Labuk Bus Station
    120 m
  • Harbour Mall Sandakan
    130 m
  • Pamol Sabah Golf Club
    170 m
  • Sandakan Harbour Square
    190 m
  • Borneo Dispensary
    230 m
  • Centre Point Mall
    250 m
  • Milimewa Superstore
    250 m
  • Sandakan Central Market
    270 m
  • Sandakan Heritage Trail
    280 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Children 0-1 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 2 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from12:00
  • Check-out until14:00

Extras

  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)0 MYR

The property

  • Number of rooms 11

Reviews of Sandakan Backpackers Hostel from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
8.7
/
10
Cleanliness8.3
Facilities8.3
Location9.4
Service9.2
Value for money8.7
High score for Sandakan
Rating
9+ Exceptional (56)
8-9 Excellent (10)
7-8 Very Good (10)
6-7 Good (3)
<6 Below Expectation (5)
Time of the year
Mar - May (19)
Jun - Aug (19)
Sep - Nov (28)
Dec - Feb (18)
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10.0
Exceptional
Olivia from Canada
Couple
Double Room with Sea View
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Very Helpful”

The lady at reception made us feel right at home. She helped us coordinate transportation to our visits to multiple sanctuaries. The room was very clean, and comfortable. It was quite noisy outside of our room, as we were located over the strip below. Loved that breakfast was included. Lots of delicious fresh fruits and boiled eggs. Would highly recommend staying here.

Reviewed January 29, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Michael from United Kingdom
Couple
Double Room - Air Conditioning
Stayed 2 nights in August 2019

Great hostel on the waterfront”

Can’t fault this hostel - great location, delicious breakfast, amazing staff and comfortable rooms. Also a fully kitted kitchen if you fancy cooking your own meals.

Reviewed August 19, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Danie from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Double Room - Air Conditioning
Stayed 4 nights in January 2022

Extremely great staffs”

I had a wonderful stay here. Great staffs who were always so helpful in assisting me. Highly recommended. Location was perfect smack in middle of town. Do try get the sea view room. I'm always just relaxing in my room ,at the window..

Reviewed February 05, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
Yi-Ju from Taiwan
Solo traveler
Dormitory 6-Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 1 night in November 2019

Backpacker's world ”

The owner of this hostel left all walls to travelers from the world. They left so beautiful work, mottos or value of travelling and life on the wall. Very impressive hostel! Highly recommend!

Reviewed December 03, 2019

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Thank you so much for your review. Glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. ;)

Responded February 04, 2020
Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
9.6
Exceptional
Krastan from Bulgaria
Solo traveler
Dormitory 6-Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Great place to stay in Sandakan”

GREAT rooftop terrace with sea view! Staff were very helpful and nice (esp. Audrey and Nini, real stars!), the location is right in the center of the harbor, close to restaurants, shops, markets etc. Security is very good - magnetic cards, lockers in dorms (small sized but adequate). I loved the place and extended my stay here and I recommend it to all backpackers staying overnight in Sandakan.

Reviewed January 17, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Miriam from Germany
Couple
Double Room - Air Conditioning
Stayed 1 night in June 2019

Perfect stay!”

Everything is clean and the staff is very friendly and helpful!

Reviewed June 24, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
giulia from Italy
Solo traveler
Dormitory 6-Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 1 night in April 2019

Great place!”

Clean, very kind staff, super comfy beds, great location and amazing rooftop terrace view!

Reviewed April 11, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Muhd from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Dormitory 6-Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 1 night in March 2019

Nice view”

Everything nice from staff,facilities,cleanliness and strategic location.

Reviewed March 25, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Roziana from Malaysia
Business traveler
Double Room - Air Conditioning
Stayed 1 night in July 2019

will come again”

awesome place to stay, nice rooftop very friendly staff n helful

Reviewed January 24, 2020

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Thank you so much. Glad that you enjoyed your stay with us.

Responded February 04, 2020
Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
Yi-Ju from Taiwan
Solo traveler
Dormitory 6-Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 2 nights in November 2019

Amazing”

I love here so much that I extend for one more night :)

Reviewed December 03, 2019

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Thank you so much for your review. Glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. ;)

Responded February 04, 2020
Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
9.2
Exceptional
Casey from Taiwan
Group
Standard Twin Room
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Super helpful staff”

This place is bare bones. The beds are just a place to sleep and the rooms really look more like army barracks. That being said, the staff here is SUPER helpful. Some of the best travel help and tour help I've ever had. First thing she asked us (besides checking us in) was what we were going to do and if we had booked anything yet. We hadn't and she told us all of the available options and made a bunch of phone calls for us to book things.

Reviewed October 24, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
Leslie from Canada
Couple
Double Room - Air Conditioning
Stayed 1 night in December 2019

Great value for money”

For what this place costs its fantastic bang for your buck. Decent breaky, good size room, can't complain!

Reviewed December 25, 2019

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hank you so much for your review. Glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. ;)

Responded February 04, 2020
Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
9.6
Exceptional
HARUN from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Double Room - Air Conditioning
Stayed 2 nights in February 2022

feels like home”

the most important i can cook fresh seafood in this hostel. plus location is very good. near to mall..market & eatery

Reviewed February 10, 2022

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9.2
Exceptional
Natalia from Cambodia
Solo traveler
Dormitory 6-Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 1 night in December 2019

Friendly hostel with great rooftop”

Comfy beds, great social areas although I was there on Christmas Day so it was quite empty. The best thing is the rooftop terrace with a great view of the sea. It has hammocks and loads of places to chill.

Reviewed December 29, 2019

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Thank you so much for your review. Glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. ;)

Responded February 04, 2020
Sandakan Backpackers Hostel
8.8
Excellent
Thomas from Spain
Couple
Double Room - Air Conditioning
Stayed 2 nights in July 2022

A good stay for budget travellers”

Not many options for budget backpackers in the area so this hotel can do. We had a double room and were happy regarding the price for value. Room was clean, got aircon, bed was comfortable and hotel quiet so nothing we could ask more. The location is in the center so great. The shared amenities could be cleaner but this was acceptable.

Reviewed July 12, 2022

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9.2
Exceptional
Liam from Ireland
Solo traveler
Dormitory 6-Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 1 night in June 2022

Great spot ”

Very friendly and helpful staff, great location, spacious rooms. Can fill up your water bottle too

Reviewed June 29, 2022

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9.2
Exceptional
KIAN from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Dormitory 6-Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 4 nights in February 2020

Yummy!”

The hostel which provided healthy breakfast!

Reviewed February 15, 2020

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8.4
Excellent
Maynard from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Double Room - Air Conditioning
Stayed 2 nights in March 2022

Beautiful location”

Suffering from the effects of less tourists means that there's no traveller vibe in the hostel. But all things considered, while the bathroom could be cleaner, facilities are well equipped, location right in the centre.

Reviewed March 21, 2022

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8.0
Excellent
William from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Dormitory 6-Bed Air Conditioning
Stayed 1 night in May 2019

Car park Problem”

The facilities of the hostel are very good, they have a common area at the reception and also 1 on the rooftop where you can gather with your friends. Do go to the rooftop at night, it's very windy and cooling. The only cons is that there is no designated car park if you are on a road trip, it will be difficult finding parking in the afternoon, will be easier to find 1 after 9pm.

Reviewed May 21, 2019

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7.6
Very good
David
Couple
Double Room - Air Conditioning
Stayed 1 night in September 2019

Simple but comfortable”

Simple room, but on the lobby they have games, books, sofa and cofe/tea

Reviewed November 14, 2019

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