7.9

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8.9

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Excellent location - Inside city center
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Popular landmarks
Gaya Street Sunday Market 140 m
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque 210 m
Signal Hill Observatory Platform 290 m
Night Market 730 m
Mamutik Island 990 m
Sabah State Museum 2.6 km
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park 8.1 km
Sapi Island 8.1 km
Manukan Island 8.6 km
Poring Hot Springs 14.0 km
Nearby landmarks
Big Banyan Tree 60 m
Gaya Street Sunday Market 140 m
Net Access 150 m
Never Close Super Mart 150 m
Gaya Shop Lot 150 m
Atkinson Clock Tower 160 m
Milimewa 190 m
Consulate of Australia 200 m
Maybank 200 m
Menara Jubili Car Park 200 m
Borneo Backpackers

"Clean and tidy place, great location and friendly staff."

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Borneo Backpackers

No 24, Lorong Dewan, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88801 - See map
  • Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Breakfast [free]

  • Air conditioning

  • Bar

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Kota Kinabalu every 5 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.3
Location rating8.9
Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
Distance to airport7.3 km

Rooms available at Borneo Backpackers

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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
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  • 1 bunk bed
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Quad
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
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  • 2 bunk beds
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Single Air Conditioning
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
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  • 1 single bed
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Triple Room
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
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Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
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Single Room
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  • Room size: 8 m²/86 ft²
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    Frequently asked questions

    What time is check-in and check-out at Borneo Backpackers?

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. 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 Borneo Backpackers?

    For those who wish to drive their own cars, Borneo Backpackers has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. Parking is available for an additional charge. Self-parking is conveniently available at the hostel. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Kota Kinabalu with private transportation, the hostel can arrange taxi service.

    What is the smoking policy at Borneo Backpackers?

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

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    • 10.0

      Exceptional

      "Stayed here for few times, love very much."

      Wai

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      October 27, 2019

    • 8.8

      Excellent

      "Room and everything are great."

      Andrew

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      February 27, 2020

    • 8.4

      Excellent
      Staff 

      "The staff is mostly very kind."

      Nicole

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      February 15, 2020

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    Overall rating:

    7.9

    Very good
    471 reviews
    Cleanliness
    7.8
    Facilities
    7.4
    Location
    8.9
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    What travelers say they love:
    Excellent price value in backpacker neighborhood.
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    More about Borneo Backpackers

    For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Kota Kinabalu, Borneo Backpackers is the perfect choice. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. For sightseeing options and local attractions, one need not look far as the hotel enjoys close proximity to Gaya Street Sunday Market, Atkinson Clock Tower, Gaya Shop Lot.

    The facilities and services provided by Borneo Backpackers ensure a pleasant stay for guests. The hotel offers access to a vast array of services, including free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park.

    The ambiance of Borneo Backpackers is reflected in every guestroom. linens, mirror, towels, air conditioning, desk are just some of the facilities that can be found throughout the property. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Borneo Backpackers is a smart choice for travelers to Kota Kinabalu, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.

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    What they offer

    10.0

    Exceptional

    "Perfect place to stay and very much accessible."

    Maria

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    July 7, 2018

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    Cleanliness7.8
    Facilities7.4
    Location8.9
    Room comfort and quality7.2
    Service7.9
    Value for money8.3
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    9.3
    Exceptional
    erma from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 3 nights in October 2013

    Worth it”

    Clean , Friendly Staff , Affordable Price

    Booked at Borneo Backpackers for 3 days 2 nights and planned to haunt for the next backpackers lodge for the span of my stays in KK but i got hooked by the cleanliness, friendly staff , good wifi signal , close to the city , affordable price , easy to find public transport and a place to hangout . So i decided to extend my stayed until the end of my vacation. I strongly recommended Borneo Backpackers Lodge.

    Reviewed October 31, 2013

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    8.3
    Excellent
    BEE from Malaysia
    Couple
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2014

    Great stay and value the money ”

    Clean, friendly staffs and good location

    I enjoy my stay at Borneo backpackers. This is my second time visit to kota Kinabalu and my second time stayed in this place. The location is good where walking distance to many places including the shopping center. This round trip good to know the air port now have shuttle bus where only need to pay for rm5 to get to the central of kota Kinabalu.

    Reviewed February 24, 2014

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    8.8
    Excellent
    Al from Malaysia
    Group
    Double Room
    Stayed 3 nights in May 2016

    Summer In KK”

    The backpackers is good and excellent. It just frustrating that in the beginning of the booking thru AGODA itself, it indicate that I'm paying when I want to check in on the 25th May. But they already charge to my debit card 5 days prior to check in. And when I call them, they said that they were not affiliate with AGODA which was quite surprise for me. Imagine receiving a message that your debit card is being charge under a travel agent rather then a borneo backpackers itself. How would you feel. Thus, I really need some good explanation from both AGODA and Borneo Backpackers regarding this issue.

    Reviewed May 30, 2016

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    8.7
    Excellent
    Kent from Malaysia
    Couple
    Twin Air Conditioning
    Stayed 3 nights in October 2014

    Feel like home”

    Friendly staff and strategic location

    Borneo backpackers makes me feel like home. Staff are friendly. There's one lazy cat as accompany as well. Simple budget place to stay with simple breakfast (toast bread with coffee/tea). No television but there is one PC to use. Wifi available. Location located middle of the city. Able to walk to mall like 5-8 minutes walk. Lots of chinese food along the street. Just cross the road for Sunday morning market street. Cons is just you will feel noisy during sleeping time. Walls are not thick. You may hear people talking and also cars/buses passing by outside. Heard of complaint on bed bugs but I am lucky no bed bugs bite!

    Reviewed October 22, 2014

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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Shanice from Malaysia
    Couple
    Double Air Conditioning
    Stayed 3 nights in December 2017

    Splendid guesthouse!”

    It’s no luxury but for a guesthouse Borneo Backpacker meet all the essential needs. Clean room, clean toilet and common room. Free and simple breakfast. Balconies, rooftop and a bar/restaurant for hanging out and breathe of fresh air. Only thing, the room need more hanging clothes hooks.

    Reviewed December 11, 2017

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    7.2
    Very good
    Katherine from Sri Lanka
    Group
    Twin Air Conditioning
    Stayed 1 night in December 2016

    Friendly place”

    A friend and I stayed in a twin room in Dec 2016 for several nights. We enjoyed our stay because we met some cool people and enjoyed Kota Kinabalu in general (amazing marine park!). Borneo Backpackers is a pricier option in the area but we stayed out of convenience because we were busy. Nice staff, clean rooms and shared bathroom. The wifi isn't strong enough to connect to with a phone (got our laptop to connect though). The breakfast, as others have said, is dull (just tea / coffee and white bread with jam) but overall the place does the trick. One little annoying thing was the fact that you have to cross a roundabout every time you want to get into the main part of the city but it's close to everything and once you get the hang of crossing the roundabout, everything is fine.

    Reviewed January 02, 2017

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    8.3
    Excellent
    HOOI from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Dormitory
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2014

    budget, cozy stay & strategic location”

    budget, cozy stay & strategic location

    borneo backpacker had met my expectation during stay which are budget & comfort sleep. Just a small comment about public toilet cleanliness that we cant avoid to share with other, hope everyone can be kind of it after used. Location very strategic, by walking distance few minutes can reach those surrounding places like Sword Fish Monument (landmark), Segama Waterfront, Gaya street market, Suria Shopping mall, Wisma Merdeka, Little Italy Restaurant, Kedai Kopi Yee Fung (laksa), Ang's Hotel Restaurant (Fatt Kee Coffee Shop), Kedai Kopi Foo Yuen (thick bread with kaya and butter slices).

    Reviewed June 04, 2014

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    8.3
    Excellent
    Bella from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Twin Air Conditioning
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2014

    Pleasant experience”

    Location, price, safety

    My stay was a pleasant experience as I was a solo traveler, staying at a room alone my concern was my safety. This place has it's own safety precautions, locked gates and own code so I can enter and get inside the hotel. I enjoyed the breakfast although it's not that special just coffee and toasted bread, I like the small kitchen and the thought of making my own breakfast, enjoying the place at a leisure time sure is a thumbs-up for me. Thank you Borneo Backpackers ... if ever I got the chance to be back I will sure stay with you again and again.

    Reviewed May 22, 2014

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    7.7
    Very good
    Venus from United States
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 3 nights in October 2012

    Clean hostel and service with a smile”

    Good for the price. Clean. Convenient location.

    Borneo Backpackers was maintained quite clean. The staff is always friendly and offering a smile. I was a single traveler and able to book a single fan room on Agoda for a very good price. When I wanted to add 2 more nights to my stay, the staff made it quite convenient for me to make the decision. The breakfast is just toast and jam, I didn't really eat it except one out of the 5 nights I had a slice of bread. The location is convenient so it was easy to go out to grab a bite.

    Reviewed November 17, 2012

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    8.0
    Excellent
    BEE from Malaysia
    Couple
    Double Air Conditioning
    Stayed 5 nights in September 2013

    Great and value the money staying in this place”

    Friendly and helpful staff, comfortable and clean room, value the money

    First time staying in this backpackers. Easy to access and near to eating and shopping place. Very accessible. Booking directly from their website can get a free airport transfer when you touch down to kota Kinabalu. The room size is ok and shared toilet is clean.

    Reviewed September 20, 2013

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    8.8
    Excellent
    AZRULHISYAM from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Double Air Conditioning
    Stayed 1 night in June 2016

    Friendly staff, great location and value for money”

    I've been staying at this place for many many times and never got disappointed. The location is great, close to mall, eateries, market and even the Sunday morning market. Now, with Uber available in Kota Kinabalu, traveling by a car is as cheap and convenient as ever.

    Reviewed June 09, 2016

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    8.8
    Excellent
    Andrew from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Dormitory
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2020

    No complaints”

    Stayed here for the second time. This time's for Borneo Half Marathon, which the flag off point is just a stone's throw away. Room and everything are great. Love the rooftop too. Check out time is 11am. Due to the exhaustion and muscle sore from the run, i moved my things out from the room and asked if i could just rest at the common area after 11. The staff permitted me to do so. It was so nice of them.

    Reviewed February 27, 2020

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    9.3
    Exceptional
    Nina from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Single Air Conditioning
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2015

    Cosy in the heart of town”

    The efficient and friendly staff - relaxed atmosphere - central

    This is a friendly, relaxed backpackers in the heart of town. Staff are helpful & good hearted, an easy place to get to know/chat with other travellers. Rooms are basic but clean. Only shared bathrooms. Although it's pretty open plan there were no noise issues within the hostel. It's located on a main road but that's pretty common in this town. Cafe downstairs is great & open all day, there is also toast for breakfast & tea/coffee to help yourself to & a kitchen/fridge to use. Communal area sofas to hang out on. They could do with investing in some private lockers but nevertheless it's a safe place to stay & I'm glad I chose it.

    Reviewed February 22, 2015

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    7.7
    Very good
    dexter from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Single Air Conditioning
    Stayed 1 night in June 2014

    Comfortable ”

    Cleanliness , friendly staff , with hot shower

    Well i like staying in borneo backpackers coz the rooms are clean, cheap n with friendly staff and its central location.. i wii difinitely recommend to all . ..keep it up!!!

    Reviewed June 30, 2014

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    8.8
    Excellent
    Christine from United States
    Couple
    Twin Air Conditioning
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2017

    Excellent”

    Pros: Heritage building with nicely decorated rooms. Sweet kitty who wanders around. Not far of a walk from the waterfront, restaurants, a couple of malls, the jetty for ferries, and the bus to Kinabalu park. Cons: School groups dominating common area space and making lots of noise. Internet barely worked, and cut out completely on our last night in the middle of us booking our onward travel. It was still not up and running even the next morning. Toaster for breakfast needed to be held down in order to function and took forever to even warm up a slice of bread.

    Reviewed April 29, 2017

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    9.6
    Exceptional
    MINGYU from Taiwan
    Family with teens
    Quad
    Stayed 1 night in January 2020

    old fashion neat”

    My husband likes the style of old building. However, my 14 y/o daughter does not like it. We booked a family room which is right in the corner, a bit noisy. The air condition works for the upper bed not to the low bed. Staff is very friendly. Environment is clean. Recommend it for backpackers!

    Reviewed February 01, 2020

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    7.0
    Very good
    Anna from South Africa
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in March 2013

    Quiet and easy going ”

    location, relaxed atmosphere

    Nice backpackers. It is clean and the people who work there are friendly. It is really close to restaurants and shopping areas,markets. It is also within walking distance to the jetty for island hopping and also 2 mins walk to the bus stop for Kota Kinabalu National Park.

    Reviewed March 07, 2013

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    8.4
    Excellent
    Dominik from Switzerland
    Couple
    Double Air Conditioning
    Stayed 1 night in May 2018

    Pleasant stay in backpacker area ”

    Excellent price value in backpacker neighborhood. Rooms are basic but offer everything you need. Good vibe in hang out areas. Breakfast is very basic.

    Reviewed May 27, 2018

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    8.0
    Excellent
    Fang from China
    Solo traveler
    Quad
    Stayed 1 night in December 2015

    location, service”

    service, location

    there is a taxi station to mount kinabalu nearby, just 200 meters behind the backpacker, 20RM per person for the van but leave with full occupancy, 30RM per person for the small taxi and you can rent at 6:30 am

    Reviewed December 30, 2015

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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Lisa from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Double Air Conditioning
    Stayed 4 nights in July 2017

    Exceptional”

    Lots of character. Felt like a home away from home. Stayed in a private room with my partner. Very basic. Only had one blanket for the both of us, not sure if they forgot to put another one or thought it would be too hot anyway. A towel provided for both of us. Bar downstairs. There was a salsa night the day we arrived. Great central location! Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed July 12, 2017

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