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Borneo Backpackers

No 24, Lorong Dewan, Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, 88000
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According to 10 guests
Based on 169 traveler reviews

Nearby attractions
Gaya Street Sunday Market
(0.11 km)
Atkinson Clock Tower
(0.14 km)
Milimewa Superstore
(0.19 km)
Signal Hill Observatory Tower
(0.30 km)
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Review by Traveloka users

5 Traveloka customers have stayed in this hotel and given reviews:

Totally bad! Sleep mix with different gender in one room.
Really nice simple lodging, close to Gaya street which is a plus.
place Hostel, and very secure. recommended
Everything is so nice, the staff are so friendly and helpful! The space is great and I love the couches! So my conclusion will be, as long as there is a cat, I will love it
Good, clean, it's just for the place of mobile phone cash in room together there are only 2, and the capacity is 10. thanks
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Friends getaway53
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clean, safe, cozy and good value for money
all the staff are friendly especially Edith who always extends her hospitality to the backpackers. the inn even lets you keep your things in their luggage room for free while you are away on a trip. 🙂 the place is really tidy and organized.
Solo travel - Sep 27, 2017
Let down by a few things
I like Borneo backpackers. It's clean, staff are super friendly, AC is good, WiFi is good. Nice roof top garden, lots of seating areas. My stay was let down by not being able to have a key for my room and there being no lockers in my room, so all my possessions were out to the world. Luckily I didn't have any problems, but when the price is on the higher side (40RM per night) I would expect to be trusted with my own door key. Come on friends.
Solo travel - Sep 24, 2017
Chilled, clean and convenient, would definitely return
Chilled, clean and convenient, this backpacker’s hostel has relaxing communal space, a rooftop terrace, ample space to sort jungle kit and provides tea and toast for breakfast. We stayed here for two nights in a clean and relatively spacious double room with AC (always ask for fan or AC) and we really enjoyed it, for the most part. The hostel sits on top of the Biru Biru café which for us was a real attraction. On our arrival we stepped out of the taxi and into the café where a dreadlocked local was playing loud experimental electric guitar through the smoke rising from the audience’s cigarettes. We sat down and ordered food. Having read great things about the café we were excited, but after glancing at the menu we realised the prices were way off what we had read to expect. We ordered the cheapest thing on the menu, Nachos for 14 RM, and some beers and tucked in. The serving was very small, too small for even one person let alone two and the beers whilst cool were not worth 22 RM each. We got chatting to the owner of the café afterwards and it transpires that he has recently taken over which may explain the rise in prices. I’m sure there is plenty of good food to be had here if you are prepared to pay treble or quadruple the price you would pay only a street away. Each time we passed through KK on our trip we sought a room at Borneo backpackers and each time there was no room at the inn! It is a popular place which can have its drawbacks: on our first morning we were awoken at 5 am by a bunch of British school children chasing UCAS points on some World Challenge or Raleigh trip. Fortunately, for them and us, they left pretty quickly but only for another group to appear later that day. This new group of kids from Southern England managed to occupy every inch of communal space and made it very difficult to grab a slice of toast the following morning. Based on our experience, it might be worth checking before you book to see if any big school groups are staying as there are plenty of alternatives in KK, if not any quite as cool and memorable as Borneo Backpackers.
Couples - Aug 31, 2017
the best backpackers in Kota Kinabalu
The place is so clean (room and shared toilets), the staffs are really friendly and their beds are always clean and neat. I have been here for quite some times, they always provide the best service and the location is just perfect. Travelling as a backpacker made me not to demand a lot but this place provide enough for me to stay and worth the price. I will stay here again if I have another chance to visit KK.
- Aug 8, 2017
Terrible shack of a place
Don't stay here! I've stayed in a variety of backpacker hostels and this has to be the worst. I arrived with no bags as they had been left in KL with my airline. The hostel offered me no soap, only one small handkerchief of a towel and no bed sheets. They were totally unhelpful. I stayed in a single room. This was extremely dingy, the bed was dirty, there was no bedding, the bed was semi broken and the room reminded me of a prison cell. Set on a main road with no sound proofing it was extremely noisy. There was a semi functioning air con and the shower down the corridor was appalling; drips of water and no power. Wifi barely works here and they won't give you the access code for their faster network. Staff are rude. The lady on my arrival was totally unhelpful and her only spoke to me to tell me off for having my bedroom door open as I popped my head around the corner to check my phone as I was 'letting cold air out'. Breakfast also terrible; cheap bread to put into a broken toaster with some margarine. This place is overpriced for what it is. An awful experience and so I left early to find a new hostel down the road which is glorious in comparison.
Solo travel - Aug 7, 2017
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Hotel facility


Hotel policy

  • Nearby Facilities
    • ATM/Banking
    • Beauty salon
    • Gift shop
    • Grocery
    • Hair salon
    • Laundry
    • Shops
    • Supermarket
  • General
    • AC
    • Heater
    • Non-smoking room
    • Terrace on rooftop
    • Smoking area
  • Hotel Services
    • Front desk
    • Luggage storage
    • Tours
  • Public Facilities
    • Breakfast restaurant
    • WiFi in public area
  • Food and Drinks
    • Cafe
  • Connectivity
    • Free WiFi

Check-in and Check-out Time

Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM

Borneo Backpackers is located in area / city Kota Kinabalu.

The hostel has a very good location, also near the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI), which is only 5.91 km away.

There are plenty of tourist attractions nearby, such as Gaya Street Sunday Market within 0.11 km, and Atkinson Clock Tower within 0.14 km.

About Borneo Backpackers

Borneo Backpackers is highly recommended for backpackers who want to get an affordable stay yet comfortable at the same time.

For you, travelers who wish to travel comfortably on a budget, Borneo Backpackers is the perfect place to stay that provides decent facilities as well as great services.

Borneo Backpackers is the right choice for you who are looking for affordable accommodation in Kota Kinabalu.

WiFi is available within public areas of the property to help you to stay connected with family and friends.

Borneo Backpackers is a hostel with great comfort and excellent service according to most hostel's guests.

Borneo Backpackers is the ideal choice for you who are looking for a comfortable yet affordable accommodation.

Hotel may accept Early check in, subject to room availability, with additional fee.

Hotel Receiption operation from 7am until 11pm.
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