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Borneo Gaya Lodge
Borneo Gaya Lodge
Borneo Gaya Lodge
Borneo Gaya Lodge
Borneo Gaya Lodge
Borneo Gaya Lodge
Borneo Gaya Lodge

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7.3

Very good

241 reviews

241 reviews

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8.7

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Parking
Available
Walkable places
Gaya Shop Lot

Never Close Super Mart

10 m

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

60 m

Borneo Books II

150 m

Borneo Books I

150 m

Popular landmarks
Signal Hill Observatory Platform

210 m

Gaya Street Sunday Market

230 m

Night Market

780 m

Mamutik Island

1.1 km

Sabah State Museum

2.8 km

Closest landmarks
Consulate of Australia

60 m

Maybank

60 m

Menara Jubili Car Park

90 m

Sabah Tourism Board

100 m

Standard Chartered Bank

160 m

Borneo Gaya Lodge

No 78, 1st Jalan Gaya, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000 - 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

Airport transfer

Inside city center

80 meters to Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Facilities

Airport transfer

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Luggage storage

Contactless check-in/out

Laundry service

Restaurants

Safety deposit boxes

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Kota Kinabalu every 2 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money7.3
Location rating8.7
Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
Distance to airport7.5 km

Rooms available at Borneo Gaya Lodge

Dormitory
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Family Room - Attached Bathroom
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  • Room size: 13 m²/140 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Double with Attach Bath
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 double bed and 1 queen be...
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Family Room – 2 Double Decker Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 13 m²/140 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Double Room with Private Bathroom (No Window)
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed
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Double shared bathroom
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 queen bed and 1 double be...
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Double Room with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed
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Family Queen Bed
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  • Room size: 17 m²/183 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 queen beds
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Family Room with Private Bathroom (No Window)
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 4 bunk beds
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Family Room with Shared Bathroom Non Smoking
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  • Room size: 13 m²/140 ft²
  • 1 king bed and 1 bunk bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Borneo Gaya Lodge?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:30 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 Borneo Gaya Lodge?

Borneo Gaya Lodge is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 45 MYR. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hostel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Borneo Gaya Lodge 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 Gaya Lodge?

Borneo Gaya Lodge does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

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

The closest train, metro, or bus station to Borneo Gaya Lodge is South Bus Terminal, 1.7 km away.

What restaurants are nearby Borneo Gaya Lodge?

Restaurants including Yu Kee Bak Kut Teh, Restaurant Keng Wan Hing and Zuo's Rougu Cha are popular in Borneo Gaya Lodge’s neighborhood which is known as Central Business District.

What popular shopping places are close to Borneo Gaya Lodge?

Shopping options in Borneo Gaya Lodge’s Central Business District neighborhood include Gaya Street Sunday Market, Night Market and Suria Sabah Shopping Mall.

What are popular attractions near Borneo Gaya Lodge?

Guests at Borneo Gaya Lodge can easily visit Poring Hot Springs, Kota Kinabalu City Mosque and Sabah State Museum located in the Central Business District area.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Borneo Gaya Lodge?

Borneo Gaya Lodge’s nearby natural sights include Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden and Kokol Hill located in the same Central Business District area.

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What people love about Borneo Gaya Lodge

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "Nice room."

    Nur

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    December 31, 2021

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Friendly staff."

    Nur

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    December 31, 2021

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "Very convenient, food and transport easy access."

    Oshikata

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    September 20, 2019

Property ranking|Compared to 1,524 Kota Kinabalu properties
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Room comfort score
6.7/10
Location score
8.7/10
Room size
15 sqm.
Couples review score
6.8/10
Better than
92
%
of Kota Kinabalu properties
Better than
87
%
of Kota Kinabalu properties
Bigger than
85
%
of Kota Kinabalu properties
Better than
77
%
of Kota Kinabalu properties
Overall rating:

7.3

Very good
241 reviews
Cleanliness
6.5
Facilities
6.5
Location
8.7
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More about Borneo Gaya Lodge

More about Borneo Gaya Lodge

Borneo Gaya Lodge

You'll love the exceptional convenience during your stay at Borneo Gaya Lodge, located right in the heart of the city center, with an easy access to everything in Kota Kinabalu.
The superior services and facilities offered at Borneo Gaya Lodge will make for a memorable stay. Stay connected throughout your stay with free internet access provided. To help pre-arrange your arrival and departure, airport transfer services can be booked before you even check in. Your explorations of Kota Kinabalu can be assisted with the taxi services available here.
Parking is provided for guests by the hostel. You'll have no problem planning out your days and transportation needs with front desk services including luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. The hostel's tours can even help you book tickets and reservations for entertainment and explorations. Wear your favorite outfits again and again thanks to the laundry service offered at Borneo Gaya Lodge.
The hostel is entirely non-smoking.
Guests are guaranteed a comfortable stay while at Borneo Gaya Lodge. To enhance your stay, some rooms at the hostel come with air conditioning. The hostel's in-room entertainment is second to none, with television and cable TV provided to guests in select rooms. You may be assured to know that a refrigerator is available in some select rooms.
You can stay fresh and clean with a hair dryer provided in some guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

Throughout your stay, choose from a variety of delicious dining options at the hostel.


Reasons to stay here

Verified reviews for this hostel's food and dining options score it better than 92% of accommodations in the city.
Travelers who stayed here really appreciated the location, scoring it better than 88% of the city's other options.
This accommodation beats more than 91% of competition in the city on room comfort.

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Amenities and facilities
Good
Facilities

6.5

Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping

14 mentions

Food & Dining

7 mentions

Breakfast

6 mentions

Internet

1 mention

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Malay

Internet access

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

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Tours

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Restaurants

Services and conveniences

  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Elevator
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room

Access

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

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • 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
  • Non-smoking
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • American
Location
No 78, 1st Jalan Gaya, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000
Excellent
Location

8.7

Airports

  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
    7.5 km 13 min drive
  • Labuan Airport (LBU)
    119.6 km 3.9 hour drive

Public transportation

  • South Bus Terminal
    1.7 km 9 min drive
  • North Borneo Railway
    4.8 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Watson
    340 m

Shopping

  • Gaya Street Sunday Market
    230 m 2 min walk

Convenience store

  • 7 Eleven
    50 m

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    50 m
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
    60 m
  • Signal Hill Observatory Platform
    210 m
  • Gaya Street Sunday Market
    230 m
  • Night Market
    780 m
  • Mamutik Island
    1.1 km
  • Sabah State Museum
    2.8 km
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
    8.1 km
  • Sapi Island
    8.1 km
  • Manukan Island
    8.5 km
  • Poring Hot Springs
    14.0 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Gaya Shop Lot
  • Never Close Super Mart
    10 m
  • Consulate of Australia
    60 m
  • Maybank
    60 m
  • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
    60 m
  • Menara Jubili Car Park
    90 m
  • Sabah Tourism Board
    100 m
  • Borneo Books II
    150 m
  • Borneo Books I
    150 m
  • Standard Chartered Bank
    160 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.

Infant 0-5 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 6-11 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 12 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 until12:30

Getting around

  • Airport transfer fee45 MYR
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)12

Extras

  • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee1.00 MYR

The property

  • Number of floors2
  • Number of rooms 12
  • Year property opened2009

Reviews of Borneo Gaya Lodge from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
7.1
/
10
Cleanliness6.5
Facilities6.5
Location8.7
Room comfort and quality6.7
Service7.0
Value for money7.3
High score for Kota Kinabalu
Rating
9+ Exceptional (11)
8-9 Excellent (21)
7-8 Very Good (42)
6-7 Good (31)
<6 Below Expectation (44)
Time of the year
Mar - May (43)
Jun - Aug (29)
Sep - Nov (41)
Dec - Feb (36)
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9.3
Exceptional
NADIA from France
Couple
Double with Attach Bath
Stayed 2 nights in September 2011

Great relaxing budget place ”

Clean, Nice, Quiet

We initially booked 2 nights and finally stayed 2 weeks at Borneo Gaya Lodge. Higly recommended lovely budget lodge. Clean room and lounge/Kitchen. very nice and helpful employees. Very central in the city which is really good for tourists.

Reviewed October 01, 2011

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7.0
Very good
Jeanine from Philippines
Group
Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in March 2011

Situated in the middle of the city”

Friendly very staff and honest too

the borneo gaya lodge is situated in the heart of kota kinabalu city. they have very friendly and honest staffs. we left our camera last march and just got them last weekend but they still gave it back. when you go down borneo gaya lodge, there are a lot of malay food nearby. these is also the street where they have sunday market and it is very nice to see different stuffs.

Reviewed August 08, 2011

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8.7
Excellent
Summer from United Kingdom
Couple
Family Queen Bed
Stayed 2 nights in March 2015

Helpful”

Staff, location, KK

The hostel has everything you'd expect and more for the price and one star rating. The location is good, the staff are very helpful, the room and common room were both clean, quiet and easily found in the centre of KK's central city area. The free tea, coffee and biscuits were great. The free breakfast wasn't - but that's the only downside to the hostel

Reviewed March 13, 2015

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8.3
Excellent
Lee from Malaysia
Family with teens
Family Queen Bed
Stayed 2 nights in November 2015

Budget & strategic location”

budget lodge, strategic location

the location was really strategic. It is Jalan Gaya where Sunday market was just downstairs. i booked a family room with two queen bed. Unexpected, the room was quite big, which we can put one extra bed. overall its ok. But they just give us one key, not really suitable for us as we have 5ppl.

Reviewed November 24, 2015

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8.7
Excellent
TAN from Malaysia
Family with teens
Family Queen Bed
Stayed 5 nights in October 2012

Great location with nice room”

convenience and it's easy to get food and shops.

overall, i am satisfy with the environment there. the room is okay and comfortable. but, the staff in the lodge is quite silent, they did not communicate much with the guest.

Reviewed October 29, 2012

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10.0
Exceptional
Yasir from Philippines
Family with teens
Dormitory
Stayed 3 nights in April 2011

Feels like hotel lodge”

home-like environment wit great service

Being in this lodge wont make you feel total strangers because the staffs are very friendly and very clean lodge.

Reviewed April 29, 2011

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7.2
Very good
marilyn from Malaysia
Family with teens
Family Queen Bed
Stayed 1 night in March 2017

Great location, value for money”

Located on the gaya sunday market street. Hence, difficult to find a parking on sunday. Near to famous restaurant and shopping mall. I stayed in a family room (2 double bed) with attached bathroom. The room was ok with body shampoo and towels provided. Hair dryer is not provided but can borrow from the reception counter. The room is located on the second floor (without lift). It would be difficult if you are carrying heavy luggage or travelling with the elders. The staffs are friendly and helpful. Breakfast is provided on 7am-9am. It will be great if there's dustbin inside the bathroom. Found two cockroaches inside the bathroom.

Reviewed March 27, 2017

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7.3
Very good
Sivendran from Malaysia
Group
Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in October 2012

Great location with nice environment”

Bed

I like my day at Gaya Lodge for 1 night and i enjoyed my day at there with my friends eventhough we stay for 1 day

Reviewed November 06, 2012

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7.3
Very good
Tin from Malaysia
Couple
Double with Attach Bath
Stayed 2 nights in May 2012

Nice location but with some old building smell”

At the Gaya Street & nearby a lots of restaurant & shops

there is no lift for this lodge & building is a little bit old.drinking water have to get from the 1st floor of the receptionist counter.morning breakfast is just the bread toast by yourself. downstairs of the lodge is the famous "yau kee ba kut teh" & already try about it, but i just feel so so on it.the place is near to many banks & shops.very convenient to all the attractions.the day i stay over there, just a walking distance will reach the jesselton point for the boat travel for snorkelling at the tunku abdul rahman park.

Reviewed May 11, 2012

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7.0
Very good
MOHD from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Double with Attach Bath
Stayed 1 night in September 2014

Good”

location, 24hrs reception, clean room

arrived almost midnite, and was greeted friendly by the staff. yeap..they were good. i booked a private room, and it was good enough for a backpacker's place. for a private room, you can get a better deal at other place around gaya street.

Reviewed September 28, 2014

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7.6
Very good
Mohammad from Malaysia
Couple
Double with Attach Bath
Stayed 1 night in February 2020

Best location for pasar gaya”

for budget hotel dont expect to much.. but the location is the best because, it located on gaya street no need to find parking or you can go pasar anytime

Reviewed September 17, 2020

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6.3
Good
richard from United States
Solo traveler
Double with Attach Bath
Stayed 2 nights in May 2011

I kind of liked it!”

Location, staff, feel

This is a budget hotel/hostel. The common areas and rooms (I stayed in 2 different doubles) are clean. The staff are pleasant. I think the location is pretty good, and yet it seems tucked away also. The large doubles are worth the rate, the small doubles (rooms towards the back) sort of fell short for me - they are very small and without any amenities. Overall, it proved to be adequate budget lodging; I understand there are several other places with major flaws in the area.

Reviewed June 05, 2011

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7.3
Very good
Theressa from New Zealand
Couple
Double shared bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in July 2014

Quiet but overpriced”

Quiet, air conditioning, location

This place was nice enough, small but in a great location.Surprisingly quiet too, given the busy location. 24 hour staff on premises was a good feature. The rooms were pretty sparse, not as clean as I would have liked, but nice enough. The showers weren't amazing, not the cleanest or well ventilated, but fine for a hostel type place. The toilets were very small. But overall, an ok place to stay. Really good location, and there are Sunday markets on just downstairs. Close to many restaurants. But a bit on the expensive side for what it was (we stayed in several other hostels that were cheaper but nicer than this).

Reviewed July 21, 2014

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7.3
Very good
youngduk from South Korea
Couple
Double with Attach Bath
Stayed 2 nights in August 2015

price worthy”

location, price, breakfast

spend 3 days in double room. room was standard as its price. fine. but facilities were bit old. (such as the towel and bed cover..) wasn't dirty actually, but was worn down, so dirt of the time was remained. in contrast with they noticed in web, it was hard to connect wi-fi in the room. and the shower pump machine in the room was so noisy when using. the weird smell was came through the drain hole in the bathroom.. anyways lobby was cozy and nice to take a rest using wi-fi. breakfast was fine. and the location is great.

Reviewed August 11, 2015

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8.3
Excellent
Summer from United Kingdom
Couple
Double with Attach Bath
Stayed 2 nights in March 2015

Changed from 3 people to 2 people ”

Location, staff, value

Good, I previously posted a review about the site. Look for my name again in the past reviews. Overall a lovely chilled out hostel, everything we needed.

Reviewed March 22, 2015

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9.0
Exceptional
MIKE from New Zealand
Solo traveler
Double with Attach Bath
Stayed 4 nights in August 2011

Budget but perfect location”

Walking distance to essentialls plus KK's main pier; very friendly staff; nice bed and great shower; good zircon; 24-hour access

Would love to have had a window but my four-night stay was fine. Room was ample And, let's face it, you only sleep there. Great location and close to malls, restaurants and pier for island hopping. Very nice, helpful staff and no real noise. It's budget and you get what you pay for but I'll definitely stay here again ... Hopefully with a window.

Reviewed August 10, 2011

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8.7
Excellent
HAU from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Double with Attach Bath
Stayed 1 night in March 2015

Good location, ”

good location, free breakfast, friendly and helpful staff

The water heater is spoiled on half way. My room did not has window. There's a blackout for 2 about 2 minutes and worry to go outside the room. However, the service is good and the room is clean. The bedsheet is too thin and not comfortable. The location is perfectly nice as it connected with sunday market and some famous restaurants.

Reviewed March 05, 2015

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8.0
Excellent
Emily from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Double with Attach Bath
Stayed 1 night in January 2013

Affordable & Acceptable Lodge”

Reception staff are helpful enough for registration and guides. Room are average and acceptable in size if you are a solo traveler. Convenient food location. Located in central of city. A recommended place to stay in for a budget.

Well place and recommended to stay in. Booked a Double Bedroom, utilities and bed are fine. Good location as its a short distance to all attractions as its located in the city central. A lot of good food below.

Reviewed January 30, 2013

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6.7
Good
Chee from Malaysia
Family with teens
Family Queen Bed
Stayed 1 night in December 2015

Location”

Cheap, location

It was pleasant for a short stay. But as we were staying on a Saturday night, it tend to be quite noisy as you can hear hawkers preparing for the Gaya Steet Sunday market the whole night.

Reviewed December 11, 2015

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10.0
Exceptional
Yasir from Philippines
Family with teens
Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in April 2011

Great accomodation with great service.”

just within the city, nice bathroom and great service

I love the accommodation of this budget hotel and I would like to commend the great service they offer. When you're looking for a great value accommodation, come to this hotel.

Reviewed April 17, 2011

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