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7.7

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Very good location - Inside city center
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Popular landmarks
Mamutik Island 400 m
Gaya Street Sunday Market 570 m
Night Market 690 m
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque 840 m
Signal Hill Observatory Platform 910 m
Sabah State Museum 2.0 km
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park 8.3 km
Sapi Island 8.3 km
Manukan Island 8.4 km
Poring Hot Springs 14.3 km
Nearby landmarks
Cathay Ciniplex 190 m
The Kinabalu Club 240 m
Golden Screen Cinemas 260 m
Istana 270 m
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu dan Anak Pekan 280 m
Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation 300 m
Padang Merdeka 350 m
Sabah Court House 360 m
Taman Ilham 360 m
Mamutik Island 400 m
Refarer Hostel

"Our 1 night stay was good."

Arifah - October 17, 2018
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Refarer Hostel

Lot 1, Lorong Berjaya 2, Bandaran Berjaya, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000 - See map
  • Airport transfer

  • Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Bar

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Value for money7.8
Location rating7.7
Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
Distance to airport6.7 km

Rooms available at Refarer Hostel

Very good
Room comfort & quality
7.6
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • City view
  • 8 bunk beds
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6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • City view
  • 3 bunk beds
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Male Only
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 bunk beds
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
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  • 2 bunk beds
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Street view
  • 1 single bed and 1 bunk bed
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
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    Frequently asked questions

    What time is check-in and check-out at Refarer Hostel?

    Check-in is from 12:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. 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. The front desk is always open, day or night.

    How do I get to Refarer Hostel?

    Refarer Hostel 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 8 MYR. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Refarer Hostel also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the hotel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Refarer Hostel has a car park available for guests. 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 Refarer Hostel?

    Refarer Hostel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

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    Overall rating:

    7.6

    Very good
    159 reviews
    Cleanliness
    7.5
    Facilities
    7.0
    Location
    7.7
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    More about Refarer Hostel

    Nestled in an up-and-coming corner of central KK, Refarer Hostel is a hostel designed by a group of university students who fell in love with Sabah and want you to, too. With its spacious, sleek and oh-so-cold common area, Refarer Hostel is a perfect place to relax and plan your next dive or jungle trek. Dorm beds are private with an en-suite bathroom, and 24/7 security will ensure your stay is worry-free. Refarer Hostel provides free breakfast, free towels, and free airport services.

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    7.6
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    Cleanliness7.5
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    Location7.7
    Room comfort and quality7.6
    Service7.9
    Value for money7.8
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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Andrew from United States
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in October 2016

    We had a great time”

    We had a great time at the Refarer Hostel. Staff was really friendly and eager to make us love Sabah as much as they do, giving us great advice on where to go to eat and drink. We stayed in a 4 beds room dorm which was that Fine, though ear plugs are definitely necessary, if not because of the other travellers.

    Reviewed October 16, 2016

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    6.8
    Good
    suraya from Malaysia
    Group
    Double Room
    Stayed 2 nights in September 2016

    Backpackers hostel that can be consider in Kota Kinabalu ”

    We travelled to Kota Kinabalu during weekends and stay at Refarer Hostel for 2 nights. The hostel location is easy to find, behind big KFC at the roundabout. walking distance to go to Sinsuran Night Market, Gaya Street, etc. Facilities are good, pantry are well equipped, the hostel is clean, hangout place is nice and clean. Only few of their toys are broken but you can still watching tv on the comfortable sofa or reading free books from the shelf. The room minimalist (Double bed, small shelf, free towel, quite spacious room actually). I just hope the hostel can provide more place to hang our clothes. The only thing that come to my consideration about the hostel is the stairs. We need to climb a very steep iron stairs to go to the room. I think it will be difficult to those who bring too much luggage or even hand carry items to climb the stairs. The other think is we have to use so-called emergency stairs to go up to our room where the stairs is located outside the building at the back. I feel uncomfortable using the stairs at night because it is not safe especially to lady. Hope the hostel can consider the safety of their customer especially ladies. Someone might waiting at the stairs outside when there are nobody around or late at night. After all, the hostel is good (again hope Refarer Management can consider the stairs part) for backpackers and group traveler.

    Reviewed September 22, 2016

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    Refarer Hostel
    9.7
    Exceptional
    Ken from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Male Only
    Stayed 4 nights in August 2015

    Perfect for Solo Traveller and Value for Money”

    Situated in a strategic location, Gaya Street is 7 minutes walk away, Kota Kinabalu Waterfront and Suria Sabah is 10 minutes walk away. The hostel is new, with a modern vibe which cannot be found anyw

    Situated in a strategic location, Gaya Street is 7 minutes walk away, Kota Kinabalu Waterfront and Suria Sabah is 10 minutes walk away. The hostel is new, with a modern vibe which cannot be found anywhere in Kota Kinabalu.

    Reviewed August 26, 2015

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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Melissa from Australia
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in November 2016

    wonderful Hostel in kk”

    Refarer is a beautiful, clean and friendly hostel. It's more elegant than your average hostel, the comfortable beds and lovely staff make it very much worth it. The lobby is also a nice place to grab a drink.

    Reviewed November 15, 2016

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Agnes from Malaysia
    Group
    Triple Room
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2018

    Exceptional”

    The room was okay. And the staffs are really helpful and friendly. Walking distance to the gaya market. Near to jesselton also. Hehehe. Definitely going here again one day 😊 It feels like home at there. Thank you so much refarer!

    Reviewed May 14, 2018

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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Flesken from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in March 2018

    Good Experience”

    this is my second time to come and stay with refarer hostel very good, and recommended

    Reviewed April 08, 2018

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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Matthew from United States
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in November 2016

    Maybe the best hostel in town”

    Wonderfully clean and pleasant hostel, especially for the price. Room was clean, bed was clean, nice fluffy pillows and a warm blanket, and working AC. Staff was very friendly and helpful, just ask them for directions for your activities. The hostel is located suitably in the city; it is easy to grab meals and it is only 15 mins walk from jesselton point. But be sure to bring your own soap and shampoo. They provide breakfast (tea and an anchovy sauce on rice wrap with half an egg), as well as provide airport transfer.

    Reviewed November 11, 2016

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    TAESUN from South Korea
    Solo traveler
    Double Room
    Stayed 7 nights in September 2015

    Excellent value for money”

    Kind enough staffs, brand new it just opened at Aug. 2015, Great value for the money

    During my scuba trip in Korea Kinabalu, I've stayed at 2 different hotels which are rated 4 stars and here. In my opinion this one is the best value for the money. If you are traveler you may don't need to waste your money just for the room to sleep. 코타키나발루에서 약 20일가까이 혼자 여행하면서 4성호텔 두군데서 일주일, 여기서 나머지 13일정도 묵었는데, 가성비로 보면 최고인듯함. 올해 8월에 영업 시작해서 시설도 전부 새거고 어쨋든 게스트하우스 중에 젤 좋을 듯. 혼자 여행하는 분이면 요기 강추요. 다른 게스트하우스는 ㅠㅠ 밖에서 봐도 별로 묵고싶지 않음

    Reviewed October 02, 2015

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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Ben from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Double Room
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2016

    Modern, Clean, Bright”

    There are a few reviews on here complaining about the staff, and a few complaining about the fire escape. If you are older than 90 you might have a problem with the stairs, and we found the staff to be more shy than rude. In fact when we got talking to them they were very helpful, and if they didn't know as I don't think they were local, they had friends on hand who could help with any question. High tech, clean, modern hostel. We would definitley recommend!

    Reviewed October 19, 2016

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    Responded December 17, 2017
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    6.8
    Good
    Madeline from Cambodia
    Couple
    Double Room
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

    Comfy bed”

    Had a great sleep at Refarer thanks to the comfortable bed and quiet room, however, we decided to go to a different hostel when we returned to KK because the bathroom didn't ever seem to be thoroughly cleaned and there wasn't a particularly warm atmosphere.

    Reviewed December 21, 2016

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    Responded December 17, 2017
    Refarer Hostel
    9.6
    Exceptional
    alex from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in August 2016

    best hostel in KK”

    They picked me up when I arrived there, their lobby is amazing, we had lots of fun over there. Room is clean, bed is comfort, much better than the other hostels I leave before.

    Reviewed August 17, 2016

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    Responded December 17, 2017
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Veal from United States
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in November 2016

    Affordable and great location ”

    It was really affordable, room was small as usual(All HK hostel have small rooms). Location was superb. Will definitely come back again!

    Reviewed November 11, 2016

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    Responded December 17, 2017
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    8.0
    Excellent
    Faith from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Double Room
    Stayed 3 nights in February 2016

    We love it there”

    Clean, Hip, accessible

    The hostel is very accessible. Just 5 min from the bus terminal coming from the airport, 10 to Gaya street, 8 to waterfront, 15 to Jesselton. The rooms and toilet and hallways are clean. The reception area is hip. The staff are extra friendly.

    Reviewed February 24, 2016

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    Responded December 17, 2017
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Linus from Finland
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2015

    Very good!”

    New, comfortable, friendly staff

    I stayed for a week, and extended several times! The rooms are very fresh, and the common areas has a nice styling to them. Everything is really super! However there are two drawbacks, the network can from time to time be both good and bad. The other thing is the stairway to the rooms. You actually walk on the outside of the building, the stairway is very steady and good to use. But if you have a disability to walk or climb steep stairways, then this is not the place for you. For me it was never an issue, even if I had a knee operation just 9 months back! Thank you for making my stay so convenient and good! Best regards

    Reviewed October 25, 2015

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    Responded December 17, 2017
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    8.0
    Excellent
    Rui from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    Triple Room
    Stayed 2 nights in September 2015

    Great hostel; some teething problems”

    Staff, facilities, price

    It's a very new hostel, so facilities are great. The staff was also extremely friendly and accommodating. However, there were some minor teething problems such as faulty door locks and choked toilets. Do note that it's located nearby a pub. Things could get loud in the night. It's still great though. Give it a while and they'll do fine.

    Reviewed September 28, 2015

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    Responded December 17, 2017
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    8.4
    Excellent
    Pimploy from Thailand
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in April 2017

    Excellent”

    love this hostel, new and clean, staff are helpful, location is good easy to find some food to eat. I stay 1 night drom and 1 night private both are Good.

    Reviewed April 17, 2017

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    Responded December 17, 2017
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Yong from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in November 2017

    Friendliness of the worker”

    The checking in process straight and short. The cleanliness of the room is tip-top. I stay one day and booked for another two days. Facilities available such as laptop, gym gear, guitar available. Kitchen is available too. They do provide laundry service. Overall I gave 9/10

    Reviewed November 17, 2017

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    Responded December 17, 2017
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Schearer from Brazil
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in November 2016

    Charming and welcome ”

    Excellent service fabulous room awesome location. Highly recommend. The staff was extremely hospitable and accommodating. The room was immaculate and the bed was one of the best I've slept in.

    Reviewed November 11, 2016

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    Responded December 17, 2017
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    4.0
    Chris from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Double Room
    Stayed 3 nights in February 2017

    Very basic place.”

    This is a super basic hostel. I stayed in the private double bed room.. it's just like the photos. A mattress on the floor is all you get.. the shower and toilet is Malaysian style ( they are both in the same 1.5x1.5m square space ).. the bathroom drain was blocked and filled the whole bathroom with dirty water. And there was only 1 bathroom on each floor. So if you needed to use the toilet while someone else was in the shower. You had to wait a long time.and you would have to walk through and stand in dirty water on the floor from the person who showered before you.. like other people have said. The stairs outside are very steep. To get to the rooms you have to climb the fire stairs on the outside of the building. That's why there so steep. And if it's raining ( which is is a lot ) you will get wet.. the wifi didn't work for the 4 days I was there. ( get Internet from the shop before you come ) and there was a lot of construction mess left laying around.. it looked like someone had dropped baking flour all over the floor and that was then walked all over the hostel and not swept or cleaned up for 2 days.. cleaning wasn't there strong point.. they however were very nice people working in the hostel. Just a little shy.. I probably wouldn't stay here again as I thought it was super over priced and I found other hotels and hostels near by for much better value..

    Reviewed March 02, 2017

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    Responded December 17, 2017
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    6.0
    YEN from Malaysia
    Couple
    Double Room
    Stayed 1 night in July 2017

    Comfortable & unique designed common area.”

    Staff are friendly and willing to help. Walking distance to Gaya Street is acceptable (500m). Hostel provided laundry service at reasonable price. Stayed 2 nights yet towels are not allowed to change as towels only provided once according to per registration. WIFI connection is very unstable, only connectable at common area.

    Reviewed July 09, 2017

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    Responded December 17, 2017
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