Location rating score
620 meters to public transportation
Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu
Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
|Value for money||8.0|
|Distance to city center||2 km|
|Nearest airport||Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)|
|Distance to airport||6.4 km|
Offering quality accommodations in the beaches, restaurants, sightseeing district of Kota Kinabalu, PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu is a popular pick for both business and leisure travelers. The excitement of the city center is only 2 km away. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, tours.
Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. In some of the rooms, guests can find internet access – wireless, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, fan, laptop safe box. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. With an ideal location and facilities to match, PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu hits the spot in many ways.
Children and extra beds
All children are welcome.
|Guest's age||Extra bed|
Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 2-11 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
Extra beds may be requested directly from the property; additional charges may apply
Guests 12 years and older are considered as adults
Extra beds may be requested directly from the property; additional charges may apply
Extra beds, if available, are dependent on the room you choose. Please ask the property for more details.
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Convenience at all aspect”
The pods backpacker is right at the centre of the city. You just have to go 1 downstair to find anything that you need. Pods is in block 1, anything else you need to find from... Travel agencies, atms, banks, convenience stores, restaurants, small bars...can be found within a few blocks away. The taxi stand is right downstairs by Mcdonald. Shopping mall such as centre point, oceanus is within less than 5 minutes of walking distance. The waterfront which is on the same area with oceanus is the place for locals and tourist/expat to hangout. The famous phillipino market for the seafood and pearls is only next to the waterfront. The dorm room have locker, feels more secure, every occupants have access card to go in and out, toilet and bathroom is clean. Thats a great bonus! In addition, the distance to the airport is 15-20 mins max. Although, they only offer mix dormitory room, shouldn't be a problem if you don't mind mixing.
Must stay backpacker lodge. ”
Persons in charge in the front desk were accommodating, even the backpackers. The set-up of the place is simple and worthy of your money. The rooms are well-ventilated (but not that "spacey"). Wifi connection is fast in the reception area (kinda slow if ur in ur rooms). Over-all, your stay will be excellent. Good job PODs team!
Bargaining price, great location”
An accommodation with good value, a basic room yet very reasonable price, you pay what you get. Great location, airport bus station is just located nearby, and a short walk to Gaya Street and other attractions. Read from some previous reviews that A/C was too cold, but that was not the case for me, A/C was not strong/cold enough that I ended up sweating when I stayed or slept in the room, but besides this, the hostel is absolutely fine. Basic breakfast (Break with jam/ peanut butter) and tea/coffee. Single room is also available for single traveller like me which is a good thing. I would recommend this place to budget traveller/backpacker.
Fancy Backpackers place!”
I had booked a single room and got a really spacious room for the price. Clean toilets and showers with hot water. a small hostel so not too many people in the place. My room had a cupboard and 2 multipurpose plugs so no hassle in charging electronics.Bedding and towel provided.... The common area is well designed and brightly lit with full glass walls so it feels cafe like. The pantry has a microwave, fridge, toaster, electric kettle, utensils....so everything if you want to cook a meal for yourself! Breakfast is the usual hostel fare of bread, peanut butter, jam, and butter but its all fresh and constantly topped up. Laundry services are available too for cheap. Plus its located right opposite a McDonald's if you are craving fast food at midnight! The staff are super friendly and helpful so no problems there. My only grouse is that the air con is at one setting and can't be changed from within the room and it was too cold for me at night. Otherwise I would mind staying here for a long term too...very surprised at the value I received for the amount I paid.
Comfortable room but aircond only available from 7pm to 7am. Clean and well maintained place. Pillows were hard and high. No mirror in room and hall way. Great and helpful staffs. English spoken well. Airconditioning can't be adjust left or right. Too cold blowing directly to the bed. Beside that all were great and well fine. Probably will be back if we fly to KK again. Thank you Pods.
Comfortable Stay. Clean room. Wifi.”
This was the first time in my lifetime staying at Backpackers Hostel. I booked 6 beds at dormitory room and 2 twins bedroom for our group. Out of expectations. The place was clean even we had all shared bathrooms and toilets. Free Wifi. Free basic breakfast. Free coffee, tea, hot water and filtered water 24 hours. Great and friendly staffs. Good location. Probably will be back if travel to KK again. Thumbs up.
A mediocre place, but strategically located”
If you asked me whether would I will recommend this place to a friend? I'd like to say it depends. For someone that travelling in a tight budget, or a tourist would like to visit almost all (or all) to the attraction spots in a walking distance, this is the place for you. In my case, I drove all along the way from Sarawak and just require a place for a night in KK before continuing my journey to Kota Belud, i found that they could perform better actually. The things for improvement are: a) no place for Muslims to do their prayer b) carpark - take note that theydont have their own parking lot, sharing with other tenants and api-api is quite a busy area, thus it may take a while to find a spot/ you have to park further away from the hostel/ pay a hefty amount to park at the basement. c) no shampoo/ soap provided - might be a hassle for others who does not bring one
PODS for backpacking couples!”
Good enough accomodation for couple backpackers! Very satisfied with the room & it is clean and quiet.
Above a gym!”
Really, I only chose this place because it was above a 24 hour gym, and it's so hard to find places to exercise when traveling. The gym was great, at the time I went (Nov. '15) it was 20rmb for one time use or 80 rmb for a 5 time pass. The hostel was fine, everything you'd expect from a hostel minus the roaches. Staff was very friendly and helped me find a charger for my mac when I stupidly left mine at home. Thanks!
The Staffs are A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! The room maybe a bit small but very clean. The comfort room is very clean. The dining area is within the area of the lobby, so a bit crowded if everybody's around. The owner knows a lot of stuff, everything that you ask her about the country, she has an answer..
Super friendly, helpful, convenient”
Fabulous - lovely place. Can feel a little small on the inside but it's very clean and comfortable. We stayed in both a room and the dorms - can recommend either. Staff make the place, they're awesome. Free tea/coffee, fridge space, microwave, and even booze....(left over from other guests - help yourself!)
Bed bugs 😐”
First time in 7 Months of travelling southeast asia I have seen bed bugs and I met someone in Semporna having just come from there who said the same but got a refund. Stayed here twice, Bunk room 2 was fine, room 1 had the bugs. Hostel is right across from the Mall which has a good food court and supermarket on the ground floor. hostel is otherwise comfortable. Not happy when I sent an email about a lost item (too busy fretting about bed bugs) they ignored the email and when I visited and they said they looked everywhere for it. I found it in 20 seconds and it was clearly moved there by a staff member...
value for money. but the front room which is next to the washing machine can be noisy. the ac cant be adjusted at Night as they are using centralized ducting
A very friendly and attentive staff!”
The best thing of this guesthouse is definitely the staff. They´ll help you with whatever doubts and questions you might have. The rooms are simple but cozy. If you are a light sleeper and/or freeze easily, ask for a room in the back of the corridor as the first room is right at the entrance door and can get loud and also the air con is the strongest (coldest) in the front room.
Too hot in the day when Air-Con is off”
The dorm room was tiny, not really enough room for backpacker bags and people at the same time. It also gets extremely hot during the day while the air-con is turned off (air-con is only something like 7-7). I also preferred the location of some hostels further north in the city, closer to the pier and some nicer restaurants. The options in this part of town seemed more limited.
We arrived around 12am however they wait us and hold booking. The room condition was the same with picture and location also good! Im sorry ac was not working during 2 days. Thank you so much:)
Just ok. ”
No real social area other than entry/kitchen space. There is breakfast that is said to have scrambled eggs etc. but is only toast and bananas. Beds make a lot of noise and room is really small, hard to move around with more than 1 person out of their beds. Location is ok, close to market on waterfront but outside the good area with nightlife and great restaurants. Lots of construction on the streets at the time of visit as well. Stayed 1 night then changed hostels.
good place to stay”
Its the first stop from airport and very close to the center point. The room is clean and quite. They also provide breakfast which makes more valubale.
Bedbugs& other troubles...”
Unfortunately the room (double) we booked was full with bedbugs. We only realised it after our dinner + shower when we returned to the room at 10pm though. As we went to tell this the staff at the reception the reaction of them was unfortunately not the one we hoped for. They told us that they vacuum& spray the room everyday& just offered us to do the same. We can’t understand that you let people stay in a room without having treated it correctly if you know that there are bedbugs. We felt sorry for the staff though as we knew it’s not their mistake. As we wanted to speak to the boss we were told that he’s busy. Definetly not the help we wished for especially as we were starting our Mt.Kinabalu hike the next day 6am. In the end (after packing everything in plasticbags) we were able to stay in another hostel (GetInn Backpackers) closeby but it meant we had to shift everything in our PJ’s at 10.30. What a disfrusting and annoying start to our stay in KK, definetly NOT recommendable:(
an awesome hostel which is worth revisiting!”
The staff there are definitely awesome! Despite it's short history, the hostel provides me with a comfy and excellent environment which makes my trip truly memorable !! Love their green and warm decorations too :D