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X-plorer Backpackers
X-plorer Backpackers
X-plorer Backpackers
X-plorer Backpackers
X-plorer Backpackers
X-plorer Backpackers
X-plorer Backpackers

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7.1

Very good

187 reviews

187 reviews

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8.5

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Parking
Available
Walkable places
Gaya Street Sunday Market

20 m

Atkinson Clock Tower

80 m

Sunday market

110 m

Dataran Desoka

120 m

Milimewa

130 m

Popular landmarks
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

280 m

Signal Hill Observatory Platform

400 m

Night Market

620 m

Mamutik Island

890 m

Sabah State Museum

2.5 km

Closest landmarks
Net Access

90 m

Teksi Car Park

130 m

Never Close Super Mart

220 m

General Post Office

250 m

Maybank

260 m

X-plorer Backpackers

1st Floor, 106/108, Jalan Gaya, 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

Check-in [24-hour]

Airport transfer

Inside city center

50 meters to Gaya Street Sunday Market

Facilities

Car park

Shuttle service

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Luggage storage

Check-in [24-hour]

Shops

Safety deposit boxes

Salon

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Kota Kinabalu every 2 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money7.3
Location rating8.5
Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
Distance to airport7.3 km

Rooms available at X-plorer Backpackers

Standard Room
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  • Non-smoking
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Deluxe Room
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  • Street view
  • Non-smoking
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Standard Couple Room
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  • 1 double bed
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Attic Room with Attached Bathroom No Window
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  • No Windows view
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Deluxe Attic Room with Shared Bathroom No Window
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DELUXE ANNEX QUEEN BED 2 TWIN FUTONS
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    A/C Ensuite W/ Attic & Ventilation Fan Attached Bathroom No Wind (多张床:双人床)
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      Private Family Room With Attached Bathroom
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        ENSUITE ANNEX
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          ANNEX QUEEN BED 2 FUTONS
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            Frequently asked questions

            How much does it cost to stay at X-plorer Backpackers?

            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 X-plorer Backpackers?

            Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 02:00 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 hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The hostel also offers 24-hour check-in.

            How do I get to X-plorer Backpackers?

            For those who wish to drive their own cars, X-plorer Backpackers has a car park right on site for maximum convenience.

            What is the smoking policy at X-plorer Backpackers?

            X-plorer Backpackers does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

            What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to X-plorer Backpackers?

            The closest train, metro, or bus station to X-plorer Backpackers is South Bus Terminal, 1.5 km away.

            What restaurants are nearby X-plorer Backpackers?

            X-plorer Backpackers’s neighborhood is Central Business District which includes popular restaurants such as Mad Ben Cafe, Party Play Lifestyle Cafe and VEDABLU.

            What popular shopping places are close to X-plorer Backpackers?

            X-plorer Backpackers 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 X-plorer Backpackers?

            X-plorer Backpackers’s location in the Central Business District neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Poring Hot Springs, Kota Kinabalu City Mosque and Sabah State Museum.

            What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to X-plorer Backpackers?

            X-plorer Backpackers’s nearby natural sights include Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden and Kokol Hill located in the same Central Business District area.

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            What people love about X-plorer Backpackers

            • 10

              Exceptional

              "Budget friendly and cosy"

              Mahanim

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              December 17, 2021

            • 10

              Exceptional

              "The room is so cozy it felt like home, and the bed on the loft is so cute."

              Mahanim

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              December 11, 2021

            • 9.6

              Exceptional
              Staff 

              "What I liked the most about the accommodation is that the staff we're very welcoming."

              Kimberly

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              April 6, 2019

            Property ranking|Compared to 1,520 Kota Kinabalu properties
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            Cheapest price score
            Room comfort score
            7.1/10
            Location score
            8.5/10
            Couples review score
            6.7/10
            Better than
            98
            %
            of Kota Kinabalu properties
            Better than
            94
            %
            of Kota Kinabalu properties
            Better than
            85
            %
            of Kota Kinabalu properties
            Better than
            76
            %
            of Kota Kinabalu properties
            Overall rating:

            7.1

            Very good
            187 reviews
            Cleanliness
            6.4
            Facilities
            6.0
            Location
            8.5
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            More about X-plorer Backpackers

            More about X-plorer Backpackers

            X-plorer Backpackers

            Get the most from an urban escape in Kota Kinabalu when you book a room at X-plorer Backpackers. Located right in the city center, X-plorer Backpackers saves you time and travel by letting you wake up right in the heart of the best neighborhood.
            At X-plorer Backpackers, guests are bound to have a stress-free stay. Keep up with all your communications easily with the hostel's free Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy convenient available parking right at the hostel. Front desk services including luggage storage and safety deposit boxes can assist with your needs.
            Packing light is possible at X-plorer Backpackers thanks to the hostel's dry cleaning service keeping your clothes clean. Forgot to pack something? All your last-minute needs can be fulfilled by the convenience stores, saving you time and hassle. For the comfort and health of all guests, smoking is not permitted anywhere within the hostel.
            All rooms at X-plorer Backpackers are designed for comfort. For your comfort, some rooms at the hostel are equipped with linen service and air conditioning. Some rooms at X-plorer Backpackers even come with extra design features such as a separate living room. In-room entertainment amenities including the television is provided in some rooms.
            In some select rooms, you can find a refrigerator at your disposal. It's good to know that toiletries and towels are provided in some guest bathrooms.


            Dining and things to do

            Do you prefer to cook your own meals? Then you'll love the in-house shared kitchen.
            Apart from amenities and services, X-plorer Backpackers goes the extra mile to make sure all guests make the most of their time. Get social at the hostel's shared lounge and TV area, where you can meet other guests. Grab some last-minute needs or local souvenirs for yourself or those back home without having to go anywhere at the shops and souvenir shops available right at on-site.


            Reasons to stay here

            Find some of the city's best deals here with rooms 95% cheaper than other options.
            Find some excellent dining options here, where past guests have rated onsite or nearby dining better than 93% of the city's other accommodations.
            Guests who stayed here really appreciated the room comfort, scoring it higher than 93% of accommodations in the city.

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            Amenities and facilities
            Good
            Facilities

            6

            Most talked about facilities

            Breakfast

            9 mentions

            Housekeeping

            4 mentions

            Internet

            1 mention

            Taxi

            1 mention

            Languages spoken

            • English
            • Chinese [Mandarin]
            • Malay

            Accessibility

            • Wheelchair accessible

            Internet access

            • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
            • Internet [LAN]
            • Internet services
            • Wi-Fi in public areas

            Things to do, ways to relax

            • On-site entertainment
            • Pub crawl

            Cleanliness and safety

            • Body thermometer
            • Hand sanitizer
            • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
            • Staff trained in safety protocol
            • Temperature check for guests and staff

            Dining, drinking, and snacking

            • Kitchen
            • Shared kitchen

            Services and conveniences

            • Air conditioning in public area
            • Convenience store
            • Dry cleaning
            • Elevator
            • Gift/souvenir shop
            • Invoice provided
            • Luggage storage
            • Safety deposit boxes
            • Salon
            • Shops
            • Smoke-free property
            • Smoking area
            • Terrace

            For the kids

            • Family room

            Access

            • Check-in [24-hour]
            • Fire extinguisher
            • Non-smoking rooms
            • Pets allowed
            • Smoke alarms

            Getting around

            • Car park [on-site]
            • Shuttle service

            Available in all rooms

            • Accessible by stairs
            • Air conditioning
            • Free bottled water
            • Linens
            • Private bathroom
            • Toiletries
            • Towels
            • Trash cans
            Location
            1st Floor, 106/108, Jalan Gaya, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000
            Excellent
            Location

            8.5

            Airports

            • Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
              7.3 km
            • Labuan Airport (LBU)
              119.4 km

            Public transportation

            • South Bus Terminal
              1.5 km
            • North Borneo Railway
              4.6 km

            Hospital or clinic

            • Klinik Kesihatan Ibu dan Anak Pekan
              350 m

            Shopping

            • Gaya Street Sunday Market
              20 m

            Convenience store

            • On-site

            Cash withdrawal

            • ATM
              70 m
            What's nearby

            Popular landmarks

            • Gaya Street Sunday Market
              20 m
            • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
              280 m
            • Signal Hill Observatory Platform
              400 m
            • Night Market
              620 m
            • Mamutik Island
              890 m
            • Sabah State Museum
              2.5 km
            • Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
              8.1 km
            • Sapi Island
              8.1 km
            • Manukan Island
              8.4 km
            • Poring Hot Springs
              14.1 km

            Nearby landmarks

            • Gaya Street Sunday Market
              20 m
            • Atkinson Clock Tower
              80 m
            • Net Access
              90 m
            • Sunday market
              110 m
            • Dataran Desoka
              120 m
            • Teksi Car Park
              130 m
            • Milimewa
              130 m
            • Milimewa Superstore
              130 m
            • Big Banyan Tree
              160 m
            • City Park
              180 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.

            Children 0-11 year(s)
            Must use an extra bed
            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 from13:00
            • Check-in until13:00
            • Check-out from12:00
            • Check-out until12:55
            • Reception open until22:30

            Getting around

            • Airport transfer fee27 MYR
            • Travel time to airport (minutes)15

            The property

            • Non-smoking rooms/floorsno
            • Number of floors1
            • Number of rooms 4
            • Year property opened2005
            • Most recent renovation2019

            Reviews of X-plorer Backpackers from real guests

            Provided by verified guests of Agoda
            7.1
            /
            10
            Cleanliness6.4
            Facilities6.0
            Location8.5
            Room comfort and quality7.1
            Service7.3
            Value for money7.3
            High score for Kota Kinabalu
            Rating
            9+ Exceptional (16)
            8-9 Excellent (22)
            7-8 Very Good (31)
            6-7 Good (18)
            <6 Below Expectation (42)
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            Mar - May (35)
            Jun - Aug (38)
            Sep - Nov (28)
            Dec - Feb (28)
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            9.2
            Exceptional
            Jan from Brunei Darussalam
            Couple
            Stayed 14 nights in April 2018

            Just What We Bargained For”

            X-plorer Backpacker suited us very well. We had a large room with a mattress that was comfortable enough. The bathroom had hot water and the WiFi worked very well. Central location. Great staff. I highly recommend it to other budget travellers.

            Reviewed May 07, 2018

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            8.3
            Excellent
            Amie from Canada
            Family with young children
            Stayed 2 nights in April 2012

            Conveniently situated hotel with all you need”

            Friendly and helpful staff, wifi, close to major attractions

            enjoyed our stay at x-plorer backpackers. staff went out of their way to accommodate and help us. filtered water available in common areas, nice powerful aircon in the rooms, and wifi in public areas (the second router wasn't working when we stayed, so wifi wasn't available in rooms). rooms are basic, but have everything you need for a short stay. bathrooms could be cleaner, and toilet paper not always available, but the hot water was plentiful and there was never a line up for the shared baths. great location - convenient to walk to the waterfront, markets, malls, and restaurants. overall, a great spot.

            Reviewed April 21, 2012

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            8.0
            Excellent
            eric from Singapore
            Solo traveler
            Stayed 2 nights in September 2012

            99% - Great place to stay”

            Great location

            x-plorer is located in the centre of places to visit.eg , jetty to the island , local seafood by the water front , shopping centre . it is also surrounded by food stalls in coffee shops and cafe within walking distances. the staff are friendly and helpful , rooms and beds are clean , air/con is cold , rest and bath rooms are sufficient, tv , wifi are available . the only one problem is that it is a little difficult to locate for first timers . although the address is 106/108 jalan gaya , the entrance is actually located behind that address and there are no signs to direct you the the back entrance , which faces an open car park . hope the owners could put up a sign board the give proper directions .

            Reviewed September 27, 2012

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            10.0
            Exceptional
            Khusairy from Malaysia
            Group
            Stayed 3 nights in February 2018

            Great location & good value for money”

            This premise is right where the Gaya street market starts & within walking distance to Pasar Filipin, Todak monument & many more attractions. The staff are friendly and they help us to book the ticket to Manukan Island for a better deal. I will come back here again if I need to stay for long period in Kota Kinabalu.

            Reviewed February 27, 2018

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            9.6
            Exceptional
            Kimberly from Philippines
            Group
            Stayed 3 nights in November 2018

            Hospitable Staff”

            This review was made 5 months after our travel (last november, 2018) in KK, Malaysia. What I liked the most about the accommodation is that the staff we're very welcoming. They even allow us to come to their hotel and let us use a room temporarily early in the morning , around 5AM. There's actually free coffee for breakfast. I recommend Bornero Sarawak Laksa restaurant for your breakfast, food were reeally great and there's that delicious special milk tea. Staff were very attentive to our questions. Overall, the hotel is great!

            Reviewed April 06, 2019

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            8.4
            Excellent
            shannen from Malaysia
            Family with teens
            Stayed 3 nights in February 2018

            Recommend for budjet travellers/backpacker/family”

            this is the very best choice for budjet travellers/backpacker/family/group.Easy to find place to eats/shopping.

            Reviewed January 12, 2019

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            8.0
            Excellent
            kris from Indonesia
            Group
            Stayed 1 night in July 2015

            Good for backpackers”

            Location, price, staff

            Great place for backpackers, the staff will answer your question and give another recommendation.. so helpful

            Reviewed July 24, 2015

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            7.7
            Very good
            Maddy from Australia
            Solo traveler
            Stayed 6 nights in February 2015

            Average hostel with great location”

            Location, aircon, free water

            This place is a basic budget hotel. It's good if you just want to sleep here and have plans throughout each day. Bad things: Not really a nice place to hang out, as the 'common area' sits on a balcony over looking a carpark and is based around a television which is always turned on and switched to a Malaysian channel (fair enough). It is almost always full of middle-aged men who are smoking. The wifi is iffy at times but that may be a city-wide issue. The shower is cold and the water pressure is a dribble. Loud music from nearby plaza and constant SLAMMING of doors can be heard every night. The good things are: Kitchen has free drinking water (hot and cold) and basic food prep utensils - glasses, bowls, toaster, fridge space, mini oven etc). Good location. Strong air-con in room. Toast and coffee offered. Pretty good wifi in some spots. Staff are helpful - suggested cheap place to get laundry done (Gaya Laundry)

            Reviewed February 16, 2015

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            8.0
            Excellent
            NUR from Malaysia
            Group
            Stayed 1 night in April 2016

            nice and tidy room”

            really suitable for backpackers because the location is near to the city

            Reviewed April 19, 2016

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            5.2
            Joanna from United Kingdom
            Family with young children
            Stayed 2 nights in September 2016

            No no no no. Nope. No. ”

            Just don't. It does not look like the photos on the website. Beds hard, bathrooms dirty, the kids were sleeping in some sort of an attic over our room. Air conditioning not cold, breakfast... Forget it. Sure it's cheap but you can't even unpack your backpack the rooms are that small. Just pay a little more and don't put yourself through it. We left after the first night even though we already paid for two. Just say no!

            Reviewed September 17, 2016

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            10.0
            Exceptional
            diyanah from Malaysia
            Group
            Stayed 4 nights in January 2018

            Excellent for budget travelers ”

            The room is cozy and clean Toilet is attached to the room Strategic location as the Gaya Street market is there Staff is friendly and helpful

            Reviewed January 14, 2019

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            8.0
            Excellent
            Eng from Malaysia
            Solo traveler
            Stayed 1 night in August 2016

            Great location but can still be improved”

            First the bedsheets and pillow cases are of different color and material. The lock for my room is spoiled. No toilet papers provided, no soap. But I have to give credit when its due, great location, right in the centre of everything plus the room is spacious.

            Reviewed August 20, 2016

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            9.2
            Exceptional
            Khusairy from Malaysia
            Group
            Stayed 1 night in March 2018

            Need more electric switches”

            We stayed in a room for 4 person but there was only one electric switch available. Everything else is great :)

            Reviewed March 03, 2018

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            7.7
            Very good
            Kenneth from Malaysia
            Solo traveler
            Stayed 3 nights in September 2012

            Great Location and Friendly Smiles”

            Cheap, staff are friendly, air conditioning working, not loud at night

            The Lodge is a great way for a stay in KK considering the fact that the room is used primarily for sleep. The room that i got was spacious. However the toilet was kind of cramped and the water pressure was on the low side even with the water pump. Generally satisfied and may one day stay there again.

            Reviewed September 22, 2012

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            10.0
            Exceptional
            Aaron from Malaysia
            Solo traveler
            Stayed 1 night in December 2014

            Great location and good service!”

            Location. Helpful and friendly staff. Clean and tidy room.

            The staff is very friendly and helpful, found it easy to get around the city with their advice on where to go. Location is conveniently in the city and walking distance to food restaurants. All this in a beautifully retrofitted heritage shophouse. Definitely staying here again.👍👍

            Reviewed January 01, 2015

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            8.0
            Excellent
            azatul from Malaysia
            Group
            Stayed 3 nights in November 2016

            Good Location”

            Its value for money . the cleanliness is good and the staff is good also . not really get the breakfast due to late serves(please do it early morning). the bathroom shared male female . but got private room which not shared with air condition. worth it.

            Reviewed November 22, 2016

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            7.7
            Very good
            Chin from Malaysia
            Group
            Stayed 4 nights in September 2013

            comfortable budget hotel”

            cheap, centrally located, friendly staff

            centrally located in Gaya Street. Easy access to shopping areas. Comfortable bed.

            Reviewed September 08, 2013

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            6.3
            Good
            Steven from United Kingdom
            Solo traveler
            Stayed 1 night in March 2012

            Cheap and Convenient”

            Very Cheap

            This hotel is in a good location. It also offers great value for money. This makes it an ideal choice for solo travellers on a tight budget. It is obviously nothing special but for the price they charge, what can you expect?

            Reviewed May 18, 2012

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            9.7
            Exceptional
            Elena from Costa Rica
            Group
            Stayed 3 nights in March 2012

            Great hotel, great people”

            super clean and super safe

            the staff was very helpful organizing everything we needed, always with an honest smile. They kept our luggage for a week, and it was super safe. no charge!!

            Reviewed March 26, 2012

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            9.0
            Exceptional
            Evone from Malaysia
            Group
            Stayed 3 nights in July 2015

            Staff are very nice”

            Staff are friendly and give us best price for those travel package

            Confortable room, staff are friendly... Location is nice...

            Reviewed July 09, 2015

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