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

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7.8

Very good

161 reviews

161 reviews

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8.7

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Walkable places
Warisan Square

170 m

Centre Point Sabah

170 m

Bed

190 m

Vals Bundle Shop

200 m

Times Books & Magazines

200 m

Popular landmarks
Mamutik Island

430 m

Night Market

430 m

Gaya Street Sunday Market

890 m

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

1.2 km

Signal Hill Observatory Platform

1.3 km

Closest landmarks
Tourism Malaysia

120 m

IT Point

150 m

DBKK Parking

200 m

Airworld Travel & Tours

260 m

Asia City Complex

290 m

PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu

1-1-11, Api-Api Centre, Jalan Centre Point, 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.

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Highlights

Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

620 meters to public transportation

Inside city center

410 meters to Mamutik Island

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Facilities

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Luggage storage

Safety deposit boxes

Tours

Wi-Fi in public areas

Smoking area

Shared kitchen

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Kota Kinabalu every 2 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.0
Distance to city center2 km
Location rating8.7
Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
Distance to airport6.4 km

Rooms available at PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu

Very good
Room comfort & quality

7.5

Single Pods
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 single bed
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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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Double PODs
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 single beds
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            Frequently asked questions

            How much does it cost to stay at PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu?

            Room rates depend on the dates, room types, and number of guests, so please click here to see the latest and best deals from Agoda!

            What time is check-in and check-out at PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu?

            Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 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 hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

            How do I get to PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu?

            For those who wish to drive their own cars, PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu has a car park that's close to the hotel. Parking is available for an additional charge. Self-parking is conveniently available at the hotel. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Kota Kinabalu with private transportation, the hotel can arrange taxi service.

            What is the smoking policy at PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu?

            PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

            What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu?

            The closest train, metro, or bus station is South Bus Terminal, 600 m away from PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu.

            What restaurants are nearby PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu?

            PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu’s neighborhood is Central Business District which includes popular restaurants such as I Love Yoo!, Crepe Express and Kedai Makan Islamic Restaurant.

            What popular shopping places are close to PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu?

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

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

            PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu is located within Central Business District, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden and Kokol Hill.

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            What people love about PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu

            • 8.4

              Excellent

              "Definitely a warm welcoming to stay."

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              November 26, 2018

            • 8.4

              Excellent
              Location

              "Very simple and close by to tourist attraction."

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              November 26, 2018

            Property ranking|Compared to 1,524 Kota Kinabalu properties
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            Room comfort score
            7.5/10
            Couples review score
            8.2/10
            Location score
            8.7/10
            Service score
            8.3/10
            Better than
            95
            %
            of Kota Kinabalu properties
            Better than
            89
            %
            of Kota Kinabalu properties
            Better than
            87
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            Better than
            86
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            Overall rating:

            7.8

            Very good
            161 reviews
            Cleanliness
            7.4
            Facilities
            6.9
            Location
            8.7
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            More about PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu

            PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu

            PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu is the perfect choice for travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Kota Kinabalu. Experience an urban escape in Kota Kinabalu with a stay at PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu, with its exceptional location right in the city center.
            PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest. Never be out of touch with your contacts, with free Wi-Fi offered throughout your stay. Taxi services provided by the hotel make exploring Kota Kinabalu even more convenient. If you plan to arrive by car, you'll appreciate the hotel's available parking, right on-site.
            The hotel provides front desk services such as luggage storage and safety deposit boxes for guests' convenience. If you need, the tours can even help you book tickets and reservations at all the best shows and programs nearby. For lazy days and nights, in-room conveniences like daily housekeeping let you make the most of your room. Smoking is limited to designated areas only, for the health and well-being of all guests and staff.
            Equipped with handy amenities, guestrooms at PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu guarantee a comfortable stay for all travelers. Some rooms at PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu are equipped with air conditioning for your convenience. The hotel also offers a refrigerator in some rooms for when you feel like it is needed.


            Dining and things to do

            Guests who prefer to make their own meals will love the in-house shared kitchen available here.
            Recreational facilities at PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu are designed for escape and relaxation. Have fun with your friends or family, or even meet new people at the shared lounge and TV area.


            Reasons to stay here

            Know you'll get excellent dining options here, where past guests have rated onsite or nearby dining above 96% of the city's accommodation.
            This accommodation is highly recommended for its location, scoring higher than 87% of other options in the city.
            It's hard to beat the room comfort here, which is rated higher than 95% of other accommodations in Kota Kinabalu.

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            Amenities and facilities
            Good
            Facilities

            6.9

            Most talked about facilities

            Housekeeping

            16 mentions

            Breakfast

            3 mentions

            Internet

            2 mentions

            Languages spoken

            • English
            • Chinese [Mandarin]
            • Malay

            Internet access

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

            Things to do, ways to relax

            • Tours

            Dining, drinking, and snacking

            • Shared kitchen

            Services and conveniences

            • Daily housekeeping
            • Elevator
            • Luggage storage
            • Safety deposit boxes
            • Smoking area

            Access

            • Pets allowed
            • Security [24-hour]

            Getting around

            • Car park [charges apply]
            • Car park [nearby]
            • Taxi service

            Available in all rooms

            • Air conditioning
            • Fan
            • Free bottled water
            • Internet access – wireless
            • Kitchenette
            • Laptop safe box
            • Microwave
            • Non-smoking
            • Refrigerator
            • Seating area
            • Separate dining area
            • Shared bathroom
            • Shower
            Location
            1-1-11, Api-Api Centre, Jalan Centre Point, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000
            Excellent
            Location

            8.7

            Airports

            • Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
              6.4 km
            • Labuan Airport (LBU)
              118.5 km

            Public transportation

            • South Bus Terminal
              610 m
            • North Borneo Railway
              3.7 km

            Hospital or clinic

            • Klinik Lau & Choong
              440 m

            Shopping

            • Gaya Street Sunday Market
              890 m

            Convenience store

            • 7 Eleven
              120 m

            Cash withdrawal

            • ATM
              150 m
            What's nearby

            Popular landmarks

            • Mamutik Island
              430 m
            • Night Market
              430 m
            • Gaya Street Sunday Market
              890 m
            • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
              1.2 km
            • Signal Hill Observatory Platform
              1.3 km
            • Sabah State Museum
              1.8 km
            • Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
              7.7 km
            • Sapi Island
              7.7 km
            • Manukan Island
              7.8 km
            • Poring Hot Springs
              14.9 km

            Nearby landmarks

            • Tourism Malaysia
              120 m
            • IT Point
              150 m
            • Warisan Square
              170 m
            • Centre Point Sabah
              170 m
            • Bed
              190 m
            • Vals Bundle Shop
              200 m
            • Times Books & Magazines
              200 m
            • Shenanigan's
              200 m
            • DBKK Parking
              200 m
            • Oceanus Waterfront Mall
              210 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 0-1 year(s)
            Stay for free if using existing bedding.
            Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
            Children 2-11 year(s)
            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 until12:00

            Getting around

            • Distance from city center2 km
            • Travel time to airport (minutes)12

            The property

            • Number of rooms 6

            Reviews of PODs The Backpackers Home Kota Kinabalu from real guests

            Provided by verified guests of Agoda
            7.8
            /
            10
            Cleanliness7.4
            Facilities6.9
            Location8.7
            Room comfort and quality7.5
            Service8.3
            Value for money8.0
            High score for Kota Kinabalu
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            8-9 Excellent (22)
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            6-7 Good (13)
            <6 Below Expectation (16)
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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

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            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

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            8.4
            Excellent
            Ka from Hong Kong SAR, China
            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

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            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

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            7.7
            Very good
            Jessica from Malaysia
            Group
            Double PODs
            Stayed 2 nights in November 2015

            Great Stay”

            Wifi. Location. Good Staffs.

            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.

            Reviewed December 02, 2015

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            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

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            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

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            9.6
            Exceptional
            Afdzal from Malaysia
            Couple
            Double PODs
            Stayed 1 night in March 2016

            PODS for backpacking couples!”

            Good enough accomodation for couple backpackers! Very satisfied with the room & it is clean and quiet.

            Reviewed April 04, 2016

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            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

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            9.7
            Exceptional
            Jamie from Philippines
            Group
            Mixed Dormitory
            Stayed 1 night in April 2015

            A-W-E-S-O-M-E”

            STAFF, location, cost

            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..

            Reviewed April 16, 2015

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            9.3
            Exceptional
            Helena from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Double PODs
            Stayed 1 night in April 2015

            Super friendly, helpful, convenient”

            Clean place, enthusiastic and helpful staff, handy for shops/bars/nightlife and airport

            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!)

            Reviewed April 29, 2015

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            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

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            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

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            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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            6.4
            Good
            James from Ireland
            Solo traveler
            Mixed Dormitory
            Stayed 2 nights in March 2016

            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.

            Reviewed April 15, 2016

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            9.6
            Exceptional
            YOURIM from South Korea
            Solo traveler
            Double PODs
            Stayed 2 nights in October 2016

            Nice accomodation”

            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:)

            Reviewed October 23, 2016

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            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

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            9.6
            Exceptional
            WEI from China
            Solo traveler
            Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
            Stayed 4 nights in November 2016

            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.

            Reviewed November 17, 2016

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            4.8
            Sarah from Switzerland
            Group
            Double PODs
            Stayed 1 night in August 2018

            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:(

            Reviewed August 24, 2018

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            9.0
            Exceptional
            Man from Hong Kong SAR, China
            Solo traveler
            Single Pods
            Stayed 5 nights in May 2015

            an awesome hostel which is worth revisiting!”

            convenient location, friendly staff, quite and clean environment

            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

            Reviewed May 09, 2015

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