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8.8
Excellent
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Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
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  • Gaya Street Sunday Market120 m
  • Atkinson Clock Tower130 m
  • Net Access150 m
  • Gaya Shop Lot150 m
  • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque170 m
  • Consulate of Australia200 m
  • Maybank200 m
  • Sabah Tourism Board210 m
  • Milimewa Superstore210 m
  • Dataran Desoka240 m
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Borneo Backpackers

    No 24, Lorong Dewan, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88801 - See map
    "We enjoyed our stay because we met some cool people and enjoyed Kota Kinabalu in general (amazing marine park!)."
    Katherine - January 2, 2017
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 93% of guests
    Very good service
    7.9 rating for service
    • Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

    • Daily housekeeping

    • Safety deposit boxes

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    Review score - United States
    7.9/10
    Location score
    8.8/10
    Room comfort score
    7.2/10
    Better than
    99
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    Better than
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    Better than
    96
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    Value for money8.3
    Location rating8.8
    Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
    Distance to airport5.4 km

    Rooms available at Borneo Backpackers

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

            • 9.6
              Exceptional
              Cleanliness

              "Clean and cozy."

              KS

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              September 7, 2018

            • 10.0
              Exceptional

              "Great value for money."

              Leo

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              January 3, 2019

            • 8.8
              Excellent

              "Excellent price value."

              Dominik

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              May 27, 2018

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            9.6
            Exceptional

            "Overall the room is nice and the staff is very helpful."

            KS

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            September 7, 2018

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            8.4
            Excellent

            "Good vibe in hang out areas."

            Dominik

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            May 27, 2018

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            From September 1st, 2017, as per Government of Malaysia requirements, hotel guests who are not Malaysian citizens or long-term/permanent residents of Malaysia will be levied a tourism tax of RM 10.00 per room per night stay. Please note these changes in tax structure will result in revised taxes being charged and will be payable additionally during check out.

            Reviews of Borneo Backpackers from real guests

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            Agoda Reviews (432)Booking.com Reviews (73)
            7.8
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            10
            Cleanliness7.7
            Facilities7.5
            Location8.8
            Room comfort and quality7.2
            Service7.9
            Value for money8.3
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            9+ Exceptional (47)
            8-9 Excellent (82)
            7-8 Very Good (94)
            6-7 Good (43)
            <6 Below Expectation (52)
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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
            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
            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
            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
            9.2
            Exceptional
            Dávid from Hungary
            Couple
            Twin Air Conditioning
            Stayed 1 night in April 2018

            Nice hostel close to the ferry terminal”

            We stayed for only one night in KK to wait for our transit the following morning. The hostel is nice, private room was nothing fancy but it got the job done. The shared bathrooms on the first floor felt clean, but it could be that they are not used by as many people as the other ones. Breakfast is your typical Malaysian toast - we didn’t mind, but your mileage may vary. Staff was helpful, so it was a nice stay overall.

            Reviewed April 26, 2018
            8.0
            Excellent
            Andrew from Malaysia
            Solo traveler
            Dormitory
            Stayed 1 night in December 2017

            Good place to put a night before driving out of the city”

            I reached this guesthouse pretty late at night because i had some problems with my car. Staff was friendly and showed me where my room was. Parking wasn't a trouble as there are ample parking spaces after office hours. But remember to place a coupon for every hour you want to park your car starting from 8am.

            Reviewed January 02, 2018
            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
            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
            8.8
            Excellent
            AZRULHISYAM from Malaysia
            Solo traveler
            Single Air Conditioning
            Stayed 1 night in April 2016

            Value for money”

            I have been staying at this hostel for many years to attend running events in KK and never disappointed. Value for money for the type of room you get as you don't spend the entire time in your hostel room. Facilities are great, love the spacious and clean kitchen.

            Reviewed May 07, 2016
            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
            8.7
            Excellent
            FATIN from Malaysia
            Solo traveler
            Single Air Conditioning
            Stayed 2 nights in June 2015

            Best Guesthouse in KK!”

            Safe, Clean, Cheap

            Overall, I'm happy with this guesthouse. Walking distance from Jesselton Point & Suria Sabah. Surrounding was safe to walk at night. Was fasting during my stay and there was a 24 hour Muslim restaurant. l will definitely come back again!

            Reviewed July 04, 2015
            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
            9.0
            Exceptional
            Bernnie from Philippines
            Couple
            Double Air Conditioning
            Stayed 1 night in September 2014

            Perfect backpacker place”

            convenient location, near ferry, near money exchange and city proper

            The receptionist was very welcoming, the location is perfect for those who will need to cross via ferry (labuan, marine sanctuary etc. ) and those who wants to check out the city (near atkinson clock, signal hill and the place for bird watching), a street away from gaya, and walking distance to other city stuff (central market, bus station, city hall). The rooms are not so clean but manageble, clean restrooms, has smoking area. A perfect place for backbackers on a tight budget.

            Reviewed September 30, 2014
            8.0
            Excellent
            JILL from Philippines
            Group
            Dormitory
            Stayed 2 nights in January 2014

            pretty awesome”

            location, value for money

            I was expecting the worst when we checked into the hostel because of the reviews it received in another site. Fortunately, they proved me wrong! The location was perfect! Close to everything, and especially close to really REALLY good food. The staff was quite friendly. They gave us ideas where to eat and how much to expect and how to get around. They were also very cool with our gruop having a lot of visitors and hanging out at the common area. The hostel was CLEAN. It smelled like the whole place was disinfected. And internet is fast!

            Reviewed January 29, 2014
            8.0
            Excellent
            JILL from Philippines
            Group
            Double Air Conditioning
            Stayed 2 nights in January 2014

            pretty awesome”

            location, value for money, clean

            I was expecting the worst when we checked into the hostel because of the reviews it received in another site. Fortunately, they proved me wrong! The location was perfect! Close to everything, and especially close to really REALLY good food. The staff was quite friendly. They gave us ideas where to eat and how much to expect and how to get around. They were also very cool with our gruop having a lot of visitors and hanging out at the common area. The hostel was CLEAN. It smelled like the whole place was disinfected. And internet is fast!

            Reviewed January 29, 2014
            8.3
            Excellent
            Lee from Singapore
            Group
            Dormitory
            Stayed 1 night in July 2013

            Centrally located, value for money”

            Cheap, comfortable bed and good location

            Feel like your own house. Toilet is common for male and female. I got a shock first time using it as I saw a lady after coming out of the bathroom (luckily I was properly dressed). A sign board indicating that the toilet is a mixed one will probably avoid some embrassment to the guests.

            Reviewed July 10, 2013
            8.7
            Excellent
            michelle from Canada
            Solo traveler
            Single Air Conditioning
            Stayed 3 nights in April 2013

            Nice atmosphere”

            Friendly staff, location, the cat

            I enjoyed my stay so much I will be returning in a few days. The staff are very nice and helpful. Laundry service was very good. My only suggestion is please get new pillows.. They are too hard and please get actual blankets for the bed. A sheet just doesn't cut it comfort wise. Other than that everything was great

            Reviewed April 27, 2013
            8.3
            Excellent
            Paula from Canada
            Couple
            Double Air Conditioning
            Stayed 2 nights in July 2011

            Nice little hostel, friendly staff”

            friendly staff, free internet

            This hostel is located near markets and the water in KK. Just down the street is a large supermarket and shopping mall. The staff were very friendly and the locked front door make you feel secure. Providing a very simple breakfast was a nice perk to our stay. There is a nice cafe downstairs from the hostel that serves good food as well. The free internet was definitely a plus.

            Reviewed August 22, 2011
            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
            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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            • Excellent location
            • Gaya Street Sunday Market
            • South Bus Terminal is within 1.63 km