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Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Stayed there one night while in Sandakan after Sepilok and rainforest trip. Great location, good choise for backpackers, helpful staff. Got a good room and were able to get some rest before continuing our trip.

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cardiff
Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

We were suppose to stay at Borneo sandakan backpackers but they had overbooked us and sent us to harbourside instead. I am so glad they did! Lovely communal area, spotless and new looking showers and toilets, towels provided and good air con. The only thing to say is the wifi isn't the best but I think sandakan as a whole...

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Reviewed 10 February 2016

Friendly and helpful staff, clean rooms, free breakfast, free wifi and a nice common lounge area with a TV and a selection of DVD's to choose from which we made use of a couple of nights there as the nightlife isn't that great in Sandakan.

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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 February 2016 via mobile

We did an overnight stopover in Sandakan at Harbourside - double room with shared bathroom. It was a clean room and a clean shared bathroom which was great - and the shower pressure was good which was an added bonus! The staff were helpful with questions we had though we didnt book any tours through them so cannot comment there....

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Sandakan, Malaysia
Reviewed 19 December 2015

It is a very convenience place to stay if you planning for a short trip. Located in Sandakan main town as you can do your city tour by walking distance only. Food not to worry because plenty of restaurant near by with a reasonable price. The room price also quite cheap and basic facilities is provided. Make sure your value...

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Manager_Harbourside, Manager at Harbourside Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for staying with us and your time in reviewing our hostel and very happy to know you had an enjoyable stay. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Reviewed 3 November 2015

I stayed in this hostel with my girlfriend few weeks ago, the hostel is nice and clean but the personal is terrible and not honest ! We booked a 1 day river cruise with them, including pick up 12.30, transport to the river, snacks/tea, visit of the lodge and surrounding of the jungle, 2 hours boat cruise and diner. It...

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Manager_Harbourside, Manager at Harbourside Backpackers, responded to this review

Greetings! Very appreciated that you choosing our hostel for your accommodation within vacation previously in Sandakan. Thank you taking time to write a review and feedback to our hostel. Please allow me to apologize for dissatisfied with your experienced during your tour. Your willingness to share your thoughts is appreciated. First, we apologize for the miscommunication to book your tours...

Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

Great place for a little bit of rest and to go to Sepilok over the day! The single rooms are quite cheap (50 RM) per night and dorms 30 RM. Four different marmalades to choose from, free coffe and tea plus a water tank where you can fill up your own bottle. The staff is really friendly and the toilets/showers...

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Manager_Harbourside, Manager at Harbourside Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your support and superb feedbacks, very happy to know our services and facilities live up to your expectations but the most importantly our associates are friendly. we do our best in extending our hospitality to all our guests. Once again, thank you for staying at Harbourside Backpackers. Yours sincerely,

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 August 2015

This is a clean well kept hostel in a good location. The staff are very friendly and helped us to liase with our next location. We had private rooms which were basic but spacious. The communal areas were very large and easy to hangout in. Breakfast was basic but edible and the kitchen was very clean.

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Manager_Harbourside, Manager at Harbourside Backpackers, responded to this review

Greetings! Thank you for staying at our hostel and we are indeed heartened by your positive review. We are glad that you had enjoyed your stay recent stay here. We do our best in extending our hospitality to all our guests. Once again, thank you for staying at Harbourside Backpackers. Yours sincerely

Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights. Booked via email and payment was made when we got there. The receptionists were very friendly and accommodating. The common areas are clean and very cozy. They do allow you to cook, good if you're in a tight budget. The place is also a walking distance from the restaurants, port, market, groceries and other attractions....

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Manager_Harbourside, Manager at Harbourside Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us and your time in reviewing our hostel and very happy to know our services and facilities liver up your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Yours sincerely,

Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

I was impressed with Harbourside backpackers. Nice hostel, helpful staff. Rooms were great for the price. Clean, Good AC. Easy enough to get to sepilok, sunbear sanctuary and the rainforest discovery centre. Just walk to the minibus area. 6rm one way/45 mins.

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Manager_Harbourside, Manager at Harbourside Backpackers, responded to this review

Greetings from Harbourside Backpackers! Thank you for the great feedback and your time in reviewing our hostel - delighted to hear you had an enjoyable stay. Thanks again, and we hope you will choose our hostel the next time you are in Sandakan. Yours sincerely,

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Family Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Ideally located in Harbour Square in the heart of Sandakan town center and opposite Harbour Mall shopping center. Only five minutes walk from central bus station and eight minutes walk from Mini bus station (bus to/from Sepilok Orang Utan Center). Close by to central market, bank, restaurant, cafe, shopping mall and supermarket. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Harbourside Backpackers

Address: Lot 43 4 1st Floor, Block Hs | Harbour Square, Sandakan 90000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Sandakan Division > Sandakan
Price Range: $17 - $21 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Harbourside Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 11
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