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X-plorer Backpackers

"The bathroom had hot water and the WiFi worked very well."

Jan - May 7, 2018
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X-plorer Backpackers

1st Floor, 106/108, Jalan Gaya, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000 - See map
Newly renovated
Free Wi-Fi
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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

8.4

Excellent

Location rating score

Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • Airport transfer

  • Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

  • Shops

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Value for money7.2
Location rating8.4
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
  • 2 single beds and 1 queen b...
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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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Shared Bathroom
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                Frequently asked questions

                What time is check-in and check-out at X-plorer Backpackers?

                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 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?

                X-plorer Backpackers is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hostel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, X-plorer Backpackers has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Kota Kinabalu with private transportation, the hostel can arrange car rental for you.

                What is the smoking policy at X-plorer Backpackers?

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

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                What people love about X-plorer Backpackers

                • 9.6

                  Exceptional

                  "Overall, the hotel is great!"

                  Kimberly

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                  April 6, 2019

                • 9.2

                  Exceptional
                  Staff 

                  "Great staff."

                  Jan

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                  May 7, 2018

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                7.1/10
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                8.4/10
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                7.3/10
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                Overall rating:

                7.0

                Very good
                175 reviews
                Cleanliness
                6.3
                Facilities
                5.8
                Location
                8.4
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                What travelers say they love:
                Staff were very attentive to our questions.
                Kimberly from Philippines
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                More about X-plorer Backpackers

                More about X-plorer Backpackers

                Located in the lovely area of Central Business District, X-plorer Backpackers enjoys a commanding position in the restaurants, sightseeing, beaches hub of Kota Kinabalu. Situated only 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.

                Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, X-plorer Backpackers is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. A selection of top-class facilities such as gift/souvenir shop, ticket service, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, airport transfer can be enjoyed at the hotel.

                12 rooms spread over floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as linens, locker, mirror, towels, internet access – wireless can be found in selected rooms. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the X-plorer Backpackers the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Kota Kinabalu.

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                Breakfast

                9 mentions

                Housekeeping

                4 mentions

                Internet

                1 mention

                Taxi

                1 mention

                What they offer

                10.0

                Exceptional

                "One of best hostel in the town"

                Muhammad

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                September 6, 2018

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                Reviews of X-plorer Backpackers from real guests

                Provided by verified guests of Agoda
                Cleanliness6.3
                Facilities5.8
                Location8.4
                Room comfort and quality7.1
                Service7.3
                Value for money7.2
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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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