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About Sensi Backpackers Hostel


Sensi Backpackers Hostel, located in Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, is a popular choice for travelers. Situated only 2 km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

At Sensi Backpackers Hostel, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, gift/souvenir shop, photocopying, printer, taxi service.

Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. In some of the rooms, guests can find linens, towels, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, desk. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at Sensi Backpackers Hostel.
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Internet access

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

Getting around

  • Car park
  • Rental car
  • Shuttle service
  • Taxi service

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Ticket service
  • Tours

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Coffee shop
  • Restaurant [halal]
  • Room service [24-hour]
  • Shared kitchen

Services and conveniences

  • ATM
  • Gift/souvenir shop
  • Laundry service
  • Lockers
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Shop(s)
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room


  • Check-in/check-out [express]
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Pets allowed

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Filipino
  • Malay
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Child and extra bed policy
Infant 0-1 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 2-11 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding.
  • Guests over 11 years old are considered as adults.
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room capacity for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Useful info

Check-In From: 02:00 PM
Check-Out Until: 12:00 PM
Distance from City Center: 2 km
Distance to Airport: 6.4 km
Number of Rooms : 5
Reception Open Until: 12:00 AM
Time to Airport (Minutes): 11
Year Hotel Built: 2009
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Recent customer comments

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based on 29 reviews
  • Cleanliness 8.7
  • Facilities 7.6
  • Location 9.5
  • Room Comfort/Standard 8.5
  • Service 8.6
  • Value for money 8.6
  • Food/Dining 7.8
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Shar from New Zealand
Solo travelers
Female Dormitory - 4-Bed
Stayed 2 nights in August 2016
Inconsiderate and badly run hostel
This place sounds alright from the reviews but once you look underneath you know differently. No security for your belongings. The rooms don't have keys so your room will remain unlocked and will be open to everyone all the time. Then only some of the rooms have lockers. My room didn't have a locker when I asked for one so they gave me a locker in another supposedly empty room. So i locked my stuff away. When i returned that night to grab my phone from the locker it was to find a locked room and no way in. I wasn't able to get to my things till the next morning. Checkout is supposed to be at 12pm but the staff came into my room around 10am and started stripping beds, moving my stuff around, turning everything off, spraying a nasty bug spray, and making it pretty much impossible to get my stuff together. They even took my towel before I was able to shower! If check out is 12am then they shouldn't be pushing people out at 10am. The whole place is HOT, and if you think that the aircon room will help then you are mistaken. Our aircon turned on and blew warm air no matter what temp we put it on. We were given a small fan but that only helped to lower bunks and it was supposed to be an aircon room! Honestly there are much better places to stay in KK. I regret not going back to them and trying out this place instead. I was very unhappy!
Reviewed August 25, 2016
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KENG from Malaysia
Business travelers
Bed in 6-Bed Dormitory Room
Stayed one night in August 2016
worth for money
Clean, friendly staff and centred located
Reviewed August 09, 2016
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Bella from Philippines
1 Bed in 6-Bed Dormitory (Mixed)
Stayed 3 nights in July 2016
Location, cleanliness and staff hospitality
the staff (Marina, Tita and Jessica) were all friendly and helpful. the place are walking distance to KK tourist spot. although it is an old building the shower and toilet room, hall and kitchen were always clean. with drinking water refill we only booked for 3 nights but we extended our stay for 2 more nights con: no installed power/electrical outlet and light to every bed i would definitely recommend the place. salamat!
Reviewed July 18, 2016
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Bala from Australia
Solo travelers
1 Bed in 4-Bed Dormitory (Mixed)
Stayed 3 nights in June 2016
Good Location, Clean, Helpful staff, No Breakfast
central location, walking distance to transport, ferry, bus terminal, airport bus. clean fecilities, good bed. Main negative is No Breakfast. They stopped it. Real inconvenience for guests. many eating places nearby.
Reviewed June 17, 2016
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JING from China
Solo travelers
1 Bed in 8-Bed Dormitory (Mixed)
Stayed one night in May 2016
nice service, worthy trying
The house keeper was warm-hearted, good location at the downtown.
Reviewed June 08, 2016
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Debby from China
Solo travelers
Female Dormitory - 4-Bed
Stayed 2 nights in May 2016
It's just ok
The location was nice cause it's on Gaya Street.The whole hostel was a little old and small.Bathroom and toilet were good.
Reviewed June 01, 2016
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Pablo from Spain
1 Bed in 4-Bed Dormitory (Mixed)
Stayed 2 nights in April 2016
Good location, no breakfast inc.,
The location is great (from where the bus dropp you is just 5 min walking).There is no breakfast included but there is a kitchen with a fridge where you can get hot water, cups and silverware. The staff is nice and the shared bathroom is clean (and it is divided by male/female bathroom).Wifi works very well comparing to other places We have stayed.
Reviewed April 22, 2016
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Andy from Australia
Solo travelers
1 Bed in 8-Bed Dormitory (Mixed)
Stayed 2 nights in February 2016
Good large clean bathrooms, with towels and soap included. Spacey rooms. Lots of places for charging. Cold and hot water free. Coffee free. Nice staff. Close to the docks and on a good street with things to eat.
Reviewed February 29, 2016
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renggie from Malaysia
Solo travelers
Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
Stayed 4 nights in February 2016
my holiday
clean, quiet and comfortable
very comfortable and felt very safe.
Reviewed February 11, 2016
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Daniel from United States
Solo travelers
1 Bed in 8-Bed Dormitory (Mixed)
Stayed one night in February 2016
Stay here when coming to KK
Everything was great from the staff to the location to the chill atmosphere. It might be one of the easiest hostels to meet fellow travelers which is one of main reasons I stay in hostels in the first place so this was a huge plus!
Reviewed February 10, 2016
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