PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu
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PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu

1-1-11, Api-Api Centre, Jalan Centre Point, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000
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    7.8
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    8.0
    Very good

    "Location is ok, close to market on waterfront but outside th..."

    Amber

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    March 13, 2018

    8.3
    Excellent service

    Property highlights

    Things you'll love

    • 600 meters to public transportation

    • Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

    Excellent
    Location
    8.7
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    Excellent location - Inside city center
    Popular neighborhood
    Nearby
    Popular
  • Kota Kinabalu City Waterfront50 m
  • Tourism Malaysia120 m
  • IT Point150 m
  • Bed190 m
  • Vals Bundle Shop200 m
  • Times Books & Magazines200 m
  • Shenanigan's200 m
  • Warisan Square200 m
  • Centre Point Sabah210 m
  • Daihatsu Api-api Centre220 m
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    Value for money8.0
    Distance to city center2 km
    Location rating8.7
    Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
    Distance to airport4.4 km
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    7.5
    Very good
    Room comfort & quality
    Single Pods
    Single Pods
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    • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 single bed
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    • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 single beds
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    Mixed Dormitory
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    • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 3 bunk beds
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    What people love about the property

    • 7.2
      Very good

      "Good location."

      nur H.

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      February 20, 2017

    • 7.2
      Very good

      "The room, toilet & bathrooms are clean."

      Jacelyn

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      June 7, 2016

    • 6.0
      Review score

      "Staff are friendly and helpful, place and room are quite dim."

      Yew K.

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      May 31, 2018

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    8.4
    Excellent

    "Definitely a warm welcoming to stay."

    Ng

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    November 26, 2018

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    8.8
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    "Staff are very friendly and helpful if you are doing DIY tra..."

    angeleca

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    August 17, 2016

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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.

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    Agoda Reviews (160)Booking.com Reviews (92)
    7.8
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    Cleanliness7.4
    Facilities6.9
    Location8.7
    Room comfort and quality7.5
    Service8.3
    Value for money8.0
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    8.8
    Excellent
    Rusminah from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 1 night in October 2017
    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.
    Reviewed October 25, 2017
    7.2
    Very good
    Anthony from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 1 night in July 2018
    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...
    Reviewed July 27, 2018
    6.4
    Good
    Yew from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2018
    OK but few improvements recommended”
    Place is too dim, please brighten up the place. Room is inhabitable in the afternoon as air-con access is restricted till evening. Overuse of air freshener to clean the beds I thought I was gonna die from suffocation (+weak Air-con) However, staffs are very friendly and knowledgeable about tours and happy to provide assistance.
    Reviewed June 11, 2018
    5.2
    Peter from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 4 nights in April 2018
    Alot of Bed Bugs ”
    Need to spring cleaning all the times for all rooms. Change room 2 times but still l got bitten by bed bugs , cannot sleep at all. U can see the little bugs crawling at those walls & sometimes hiding through the crack walls
    Reviewed June 02, 2018
    3.6
    Siong from Malaysia
    Business traveler
    Double PODs
    Stayed 1 night in April 2018
    The whole hostel is infected by bed bugs.”
    Review score of 8.4??? I rated below 3. Only the location is strategy. I thought the long ago review about bed bugs was history. It seem that the management has not done enough to disinfect the bugs. As such I urged the authority concerned to take action against them so that no other guests will fall victims of being beaten by bugs. I checked in with my son and was given a room at the end of the building. After dinner and washing we laid down on the mattress. My son told me that there were "small creatures" on the wall. My heart felt cold. After a while my neck was itch and I quickly woke up to check the pillow. Really three bed bugs were underneath the pillow, one was full with fresh blood. I took photo for proof. Later the staff changed a room near the front desk and we slept. Woke up in the morning, checked the pillow, there were 3 more bed bugs. Concluded that the whole hostel was infected by bed bugs. So if you want to stay here, prepare to sleep with bugs.
    Reviewed May 07, 2018
    2.0
    Farahanim from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Double PODs
    Stayed 3 nights in June 2018
    the room with pijat”
    can improve on ur room cleanliness...
    Reviewed March 31, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    kahheng from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Single Pods
    Stayed 1 night in May 2018
    good location”
    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
    Reviewed May 16, 2018
    8.0
    Excellent
    Amber from United States
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 1 night in March 2018
    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.
    Reviewed March 13, 2018
    5.6
    Morgane from France
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2017
    Nice but bed bugs”
    It could have been great but there are bed bugs in the dorms!!! I told the girls at the reception and they didn't feel worried at all... so I tried to explain them that for travelers like us it's kind of awful to have our clothes infected. They just sprayed the room and put me in another dorm. Expect from that they were really nice, facilities very clean (hot water)
    Reviewed June 09, 2017
    7.2
    Very good
    Mohd from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 1 night in April 2017
    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
    Reviewed May 04, 2017
    8.4
    Excellent
    Ka from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    Single Pods
    Stayed 3 nights in March 2017
    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.
    Reviewed March 20, 2017
    7.2
    Very good
    nur from Malaysia
    Group
    Double PODs
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2017
    OK for short stay”
    Good location. Near to tourist spot, 7E, Bank, restaurant. You can get everything you need in this area. Cozy room. A little bit hot as aircond only available 7pm.-7am and it's not cold. Hallway was dark at night. No iron provided. Got multi Simple breakfast provided. Staff provide information & recommendation on tour around Sabah. Overall, will stay here again because of the strategic location and friendly staff.
    Reviewed February 20, 2017
    5.6
    Azni from Malaysia
    Group
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 1 night in January 2017
    It was just okay for a short night stay, good location tho.”
    We were looking for a short night stay in KK since we arrived rather late, so this place is value for money. Facilities wise, the room was rather tiny. Our room had 6 beds i.e. 3 bunkbeds and there were hardly enough space for your bags coz the locker provided was quite small. Anyway, the shared bathroom was just okay. Not many rooms available so not too many occupants sharing. Location is good coz walking distance to many places to eat.
    Reviewed February 19, 2017
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Marjon from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 1 night in September 2016
    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!
    Reviewed September 06, 2016
    7.2
    Very good
    Jacelyn from Malaysia
    Couple
    Double PODs
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2016
    Good Location, Clleanliness & Good staff”
    Located next to Mcdonald & opposite to Centre Point. Hostel at 1st floor & need to use stair case near Mcdonald Ice-cream hub. The room, toilet & bathrooms are clean. However the toilets is hot because near the air-con compressor. 2nd day there is no water supply coz the pipe leaking & the plumber take few hours to repair. We check out on 2nd day & leave our luggage at hostel. Overall it is good hostel & we will come back if we are at KK again.
    Reviewed June 07, 2016
    9.7
    Exceptional
    Anita from India
    Solo traveler
    Single Pods
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2015
    Fancy Backpackers place!”
    Cleanliness, location, amenities
    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.
    Reviewed December 07, 2015
    8.0
    Excellent
    Jessica from Malaysia
    Group
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2015
    Comfortable Stay. Clean room. Wifi.”
    Clean. Helpful Staffs. 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.
    Reviewed December 02, 2015
    8.0
    Excellent
    Rachel from United States
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2015
    Above a gym!”
    Above a gym, wonderful staff, good showers, decent wifi
    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!
    Reviewed November 19, 2015
    6.7
    Good
    Lewis from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Double PODs
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2015
    Gym”
    Location price and staff
    The place overall is good value for money, just below is a 24 hour gym. This means 24 hours a day it sounds like there is either a rave going on or a rock concert downstairs not to bad unless you are trying to sleep at 3am
    Reviewed October 12, 2015
    8.0
    Excellent
    Simona from Czech Republic
    Solo traveler
    Single Pods
    Stayed 1 night in March 2015
    A very friendly and attentive staff!”
    Staff, the simpleness of the rooms, hot drinks for free
    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.
    Reviewed June 18, 2015
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