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Borneo Backpackers
Borneo Backpackers
Borneo Backpackers
Borneo Backpackers
Borneo Backpackers
Borneo Backpackers
Borneo Backpackers

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7.8

Very good

475 reviews

475 reviews

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8.8

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Parking
Available
Walkable places
Big Banyan Tree

60 m

Gaya Street Sunday Market

140 m

Never Close Super Mart

150 m

Gaya Shop Lot

150 m

Atkinson Clock Tower

160 m

Popular landmarks
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

Closest landmarks
Net Access

150 m

Consulate of Australia

200 m

Maybank

200 m

Menara Jubili Car Park

200 m

Sabah Tourism Board

210 m

Borneo Backpackers

No 24, Lorong Dewan, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88801 - 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 Central Business District, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Sapi Island. As an added bonus, restaurant is provided on-site to conveniently serve your needs.

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Highlights

Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

Inside city center

180 meters to Gaya Street Sunday Market

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Breakfast [free]

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Luggage storage

Breakfast [free]

Car park [on-site]

Coffee shop

Bar

Restaurants

Tours

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Kota Kinabalu every 2 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.3
Location rating8.8
Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
Distance to airport7.3 km

Rooms available at Borneo Backpackers

Twin Air Conditioning
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 single beds and 1 bunk be...
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Double Air Conditioning
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed and 1 double be...
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Quad
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 bunk beds
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Dormitory
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Single Air Conditioning
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 single bed
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Double Room
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    Double Room with Fan
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      Triple Room
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      • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
      • 1 single bed and 1 bunk bed
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      Double Room
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      Single Room
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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.

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

        South Bus Terminal is the closest train, metro, or bus station, about 1.6 km away from Borneo Backpackers.

        What restaurants are nearby Borneo Backpackers?

        Borneo Backpackers is located in Central Business District, famous for good restaurants such as Mamasita Mexican Restaurant and Tapas Bar, Kam Kee Bak Kut Teh and Fruto Juice Bar.

        What popular shopping places are close to Borneo Backpackers?

        Borneo Backpackers is located in Central Business District area which features shopping places such as Gaya Street Sunday Market, Night Market and Suria Sabah Shopping Mall.

        What are popular attractions near Borneo Backpackers?

        Borneo Backpackers is located in Central Business District area, which is famous for attractions such as Poring Hot Springs, Kota Kinabalu City Mosque and Sabah State Museum.

        What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Borneo Backpackers?

        Borneo Backpackers is located in the Central Business District area, which is famous for natural sightseeing destinations such as Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden and Kokol Hill.

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        What people love about Borneo Backpackers

        • 10

          Exceptional
          Location

          "Cheap place to stay for a night, walking distance from some bus stations and the ferry terminal."

          Tom

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          March 2, 2020

        • 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

        Property ranking|Compared to 1,523 Kota Kinabalu properties
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        Room comfort score
        7.2/10
        Location score
        8.8/10
        Value for money score
        8.3/10
        Couples review score
        7.7/10
        Better than
        94
        %
        of Kota Kinabalu properties
        Better than
        90
        %
        of Kota Kinabalu properties
        Better than
        86
        %
        of Kota Kinabalu properties
        Better than
        84
        %
        of Kota Kinabalu properties
        Overall rating:

        7.8

        Very good
        475 reviews
        Cleanliness
        7.7
        Facilities
        7.4
        Location
        8.8
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        What travelers say they love:
        Highly recommended.
        Wai from Malaysia
        Solo traveler
        More about Borneo Backpackers

        More about Borneo Backpackers

        Borneo Backpackers

        You'll love the exceptional convenience during your stay at Borneo Backpackers, located right in the heart of the city center, with an easy access to everything in Kota Kinabalu.
        Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at Borneo Backpackers. Stay connected throughout your stay with free internet access provided. Your explorations of Kota Kinabalu can be assisted with the taxi services available here. Parking is provided for guests by the hostel.
        The hostel provides front desk services such as luggage storage for guests' convenience. The hostel's ticket service and tours can even help you book tickets and reservations for entertainment and explorations. You can also get small travel items and sundries at the convenience stores without having to leave the Borneo Backpackers. The hostel is entirely non-smoking.
        Smoking may only take place in restricted designated areas.
        Guestrooms are fitted with all the amenities you need for a good night's sleep. To enhance your stay, some rooms at the hostel come with linen service, blackout curtains and air conditioning. Some rooms have television to keep guests entertained. You can stay fresh and clean with towels provided in some guest bathrooms.


        Dining and things to do

        Wake up with no worries at Borneo Backpackers, where breakfast is provided free of charge. What's better than a good cup of coffee? Start every vacation day at the hostel with an energizing cup of quality coffee. Throughout your stay, choose from a variety of delicious dining options at the hostel. Once there, be sure to check out bar for some in-house nighttime fun.
        The hostel even has in-house cooking amenities such as shared kitchen for its most selective guests.
        Throughout the day, you can enjoy the activities offered at Borneo Backpackers. No need to go anywhere after dinner -- play with friends or family at the library.


        Reasons to stay here

        Verified reviews for this hostel's food and dining options score it better than 93% of accommodations in the city.
        Travelers who stayed here really appreciated the location, scoring it better than 89% of the city's other options.
        This accommodation beats more than 94% of competition in the city on room comfort.

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        Amenities and facilities
        Very good
        Facilities

        7.4

        Most talked about facilities

        Housekeeping

        35 mentions

        Breakfast

        20 mentions

        Internet

        5 mentions

        Taxi

        2 mentions

        Languages spoken

        • English
        • Malay

        Internet access

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

        Things to do, ways to relax

        • Ticket services
        • Tours

        Dining, drinking, and snacking

        • Bar
        • Breakfast [free]
        • Coffee shop
        • Restaurants
        • Shared kitchen

        Services and conveniences

        • Convenience store
        • Elevator
        • Library
        • Luggage storage
        • Smoke-free property
        • Smoking area

        For the kids

        • Family room

        Access

        • CCTV in common areas
        • Fire extinguisher
        • Pets allowed
        • Security [24-hour]

        Getting around

        • Bicycle parking
        • Car park [charges apply]
        • Car park [nearby]
        • Car park [on-site]
        • Taxi service

        Available in all rooms

        • Air conditioning
        • Free bottled water
        • Internet access – wireless
        • Linens
        • Non-smoking
        • Towels
        • Wi-Fi [free]
        Location
        No 24, Lorong Dewan, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88801
        Excellent
        Location

        8.8

        Airports

        • Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
          7.3 km
        • Labuan Airport (LBU)
          119.5 km

        Public transportation

        • South Bus Terminal
          1.6 km
        • North Borneo Railway
          4.7 km

        Hospital or clinic

        • Klinik Kesihatan Ibu dan Anak Pekan
          450 m

        Shopping

        • Gaya Street Sunday Market
          140 m

        Convenience store

        • On-site

        Cash withdrawal

        • ATM
          130 m
        What's nearby

        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
        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 0-7 year(s)
        Must use an extra bed
        If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
        Guests 8 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 from14:00
        • Check-out until11:00
        • Reception open until23:00

        The property

        • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYES
        • Number of floors3
        • Number of rooms 17
        • Year property opened2004

        Reviews of Borneo Backpackers from real guests

        Provided by verified guests of Agoda
        7.8
        /
        10
        Cleanliness7.7
        Facilities7.4
        Location8.8
        Room comfort and quality7.2
        Service7.9
        Value for money8.3
        High score for Kota Kinabalu
        Rating
        9+ Exceptional (52)
        8-9 Excellent (89)
        7-8 Very Good (96)
        6-7 Good (43)
        <6 Below Expectation (54)
        Time of the year
        Mar - May (88)
        Jun - Aug (82)
        Sep - Nov (82)
        Dec - Feb (82)
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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Leo from Philippines
        Solo traveler
        Dormitory
        Stayed 1 night in January 2019

        Accessible and clean”

        The place is well maintained and the staff are courteous and kind. It is accessible to wherever you want to go. Great value for money.

        Reviewed January 03, 2019

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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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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Wong from Malaysia
        Solo traveler
        Dormitory
        Stayed 4 nights in April 2019

        back packer”

        very clean and comfortable , value for money , the location is very strategic , strongly recommended

        Reviewed May 02, 2019

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Wai from Malaysia
        Solo traveler
        Single Air Conditioning
        Stayed 1 night in October 2019

        Exceptional”

        Highly recommended. Very helpful for my late check-in nearly 12am. So touched. Stayed here for few times, love very much.

        Reviewed October 27, 2019

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        9.6
        Exceptional
        Sammy from Thailand
        Solo traveler
        Single Air Conditioning
        Stayed 2 nights in July 2019

        Second stay here”

        This is my 2nd time staying here because it is close to everything, staff is really friendly and helpful, and it feels cozy and welcoming. While I usually prefer to have my own bathroom, these shared bathrooms are conveniently located (I especially like the ones outside on the terrace) and it has a nice vibe to the place, I would easily stay here again.

        Reviewed July 25, 2019

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Tom from United Kingdom
        Solo traveler
        Single Air Conditioning
        Stayed 1 night in February 2020

        Exceptional”

        Cheap place to stay for a night, walking distance from some bus stations and the ferry terminal.

        Reviewed March 02, 2020

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Wai from Malaysia
        Solo traveler
        Single Air Conditioning
        Stayed 1 night in October 2019

        Exceptional”

        Excellent. Super worth for the price. Highly recommended.

        Reviewed October 27, 2019

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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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        8.8
        Excellent
        Myat from United States
        Solo traveler
        Single Air Conditioning
        Stayed 1 night in April 2019

        Nice and Cozy”

        Super close to Gaya St. Atkinson Clocktower, Signal Hill Observation Tower, and boat pier. This is an old house with wooden floor converted into a hostel with several rooms. The best place is the chill ambience of the common living room area. Since it is an old house, the bathroom and basin areas have to be clustered together tightly in a corner, the only downside. Single rooms could use some bolts and bars to hang clothes and towels since there are plenty of space.

        Reviewed April 17, 2019

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        9.6
        Exceptional
        Dg
        Business traveler
        Single Air Conditioning
        Stayed 3 nights in September 2019

        Exceptional”

        My second time staying here.. ♥️♥️

        Reviewed October 03, 2019

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        8.4
        Excellent
        Nicole from Germany
        Couple
        Twin Air Conditioning
        Stayed 3 nights in February 2020

        Nice hostel in the city center”

        Rooms are big and clean. Also the room you share and hang out. Bathroom could be a little bit cleaner. Wifi just works in the lobby, not in the room. The breakfast is not very good. Just toast and marmelade. Could be better. The staff is mostly very kind. Just one women is not very kind and she dont look up of her phone, when you pass by. The other lady is very kind.

        Reviewed February 15, 2020

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        8.8
        Excellent
        EVELIN from Malaysia
        Couple
        Double Air Conditioning
        Stayed 1 night in December 2019

        Stayed in Double room (1 night)”

        Clean and tidy place, great location and friendly staff.

        Reviewed December 16, 2019

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        8.8
        Excellent
        Mohd from Malaysia
        Couple
        Double Air Conditioning
        Stayed 1 night in August 2019

        Near public transport”

        I don't have comment because only stay one night

        Reviewed August 06, 2019

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        8.0
        Excellent
        Al from Malaysia
        Solo traveler
        Double Air Conditioning
        Stayed 3 nights in March 2019

        Unplanned Trip to KK”

        It good to be back again to KK after 3 years since 2016. But this time the ambiance is a bit different. The property is still in a good maintenance, but the staff is a bit unfriendly except for Nani who is legend there. A little smile is not hard guys. Be more friendly. Work on that. Make us welcome there. Jangan asyik tango phone saja.

        Reviewed March 28, 2019

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        8.4
        Excellent
        NOR from Malaysia
        Solo traveler
        Single Air Conditioning
        Stayed 2 nights in January 2020

        Simple room”

        Very simple room, very clean, everyone respect other privacy, and very strategic location.

        Reviewed January 16, 2020

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        8.0
        Excellent
        Ahmad from Malaysia
        Solo traveler
        Single Air Conditioning
        Stayed 1 night in March 2020

        Very good”

        would be better if the water pressure for the shower is higher

        Reviewed March 20, 2020

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        6.4
        Good
        CHEE from Malaysia
        Solo traveler
        Dormitory
        Stayed 1 night in March 2019

        Great for backpacker”

        Budget stay for backpacker.

        Reviewed March 19, 2019

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        4.8
        Mikko from Finland
        Solo traveler
        Twin Air Conditioning
        Stayed 2 nights in January 2020

        Bed bugs!”

        - Bed bugs! - Smelly room + Location is perfect + Cheap

        Reviewed January 14, 2020

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        3.6
        CHOON from Malaysia
        Solo traveler
        Single Air Conditioning
        Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

        Bed bugs encountered ”

        Bed bugs bites may sound common, however, some people may experience dramatic symptoms like anaphylactic response like me. I was lucky directed by a staff from Orange convenient store to the nearest 24hrs polyclinic in the middle of the night. Otherwise, I couldn’t imagine the consequences now. At first, Borneo backpacker accommodation is cheap l but not when it cost much on my medical fees. Hope Borneo Backpacker would look seriously into this tiny bugs issue, please don’t reply your guest it’s ok. At first, I thought I got stung on the sofa at common area, not until I got another attack on my second night.

        Reviewed April 05, 2019

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        2.0
        Norwahida from Malaysia
        Group
        Quad
        Stayed 1 night in February 2022

        The hotel is close”

        We already paid.. the hotel not exist anymore.. the building turn to blue and in front of hostel door hanging close

        Reviewed February 21, 2022

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