Sea View Sandakan Budget & Backpackers Hotel
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7.5
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10
Very good value for money
7.7
Value for money7.7
Distance to city center0 KM
Location rating8.7
Nearest airportSandakan Airport (SDK)
Distance to airport9.6 km
  • 300 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Laundry service

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7.5
Very good
Room comfort & quality
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Superior Double Room
Superior Double Room
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 king bed
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Double Room
Double Room
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  • Room size: 9 m²/97 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 double bed
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Quadruple  Family Room
Quadruple Family Room
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  • Room size: 19 m²/205 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 queen bed and 1 bunk bed
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Superior Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
Superior Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 king bed and 2 bunk beds
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Dormitory
Dormitory
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  • Room size: 56 m²/603 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Superior Family Room with Shared Bathroom
Superior Family Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 king bed and 4 bunk beds
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Private Triple Room (Shared Bathroom)
Private Triple Room (Shared Bathroom)
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 single bed and 1 double b...
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Standard Twin with Shared Bathroom
Standard Twin with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 13 m²/140 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 single beds
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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8-Bed Dormitory Shared Facilities
8-Bed Dormitory Shared Facilities
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  • Room size: 23 m²/248 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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From September 1st, 2017, as per Government of Malaysia requirements, hotel guests who are not Malaysian citizens or long-term/permanent residents of Malaysia will be levied a tourism tax of RM 10.00 per room per night stay. Please note these changes in tax structure will result in revised taxes being charged and will be payable additionally during check out.

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7.5
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10
Cleanliness6.5
Facilities6.2
Location8.7
Room comfort and quality7.5
Service7.5
Value for money7.7
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7.6
Very good
Nikolett from United Kingdom
Group
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in April 2016
Friendly staff, cheap and fine for couple nights”
Very cheap, very basic, we literally had a sleep there with our friends but nothing extra. For that it was just fine. The staff were very grateful and nice though. :)
Reviewed May 23, 2018
8.8
Excellent
Trang from Vietnam
Solo traveler
Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in August 2017
Acceptable in Sandakan ”
I stayed in Sandakan only for 1 night and half day. Sea View Sandakan BB Hotel is close to the beach, weekend market and shopping mall area. They have tour to Kinabatangan river pick up from this hotel. The manager is really friendly and funny. She herself made banana pancake for breakfast for guests. The hotel looks not so morden but quite clean.
Reviewed September 24, 2017
8.8
Excellent
Junichi from Japan
Family with young children
Double Room
Stayed 1 night in February 2017
Good to stay”
Very good B&B.
Reviewed February 17, 2017
8.0
Excellent
Marlon from Croatia
Solo traveler
Dormitory
Stayed 3 nights in January 2017
Great location”
The stuff is very friendly and helpful, and have all the info for trips in the region
Reviewed January 19, 2017
5.2
Tomas from Czech Republic
Couple
Double Room
Stayed 1 night in September 2016
Not so good”
Location is very good, but the rest is not. The facilites are old and not very well maintaned, the room was not so clean. But the worst part is the kitchen. Very dirty, we had breakfast included in the room rate, but have not been so brave to try it. We wanted to stay here for two nights, but changed our mind and spent only one and moved to another hotel.
Reviewed November 23, 2016
8.0
Excellent
Klára from Slovakia
Solo traveler
Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room with Fan
Stayed 1 night in September 2016
Budget place”
You get what you pay for. But OK budget room, with A/C, wifi didnt really work, pancake for breakfast. You most likely wont meet any traveller there.
Reviewed October 01, 2016
5.6
CHARLOTTA from United Kingdom
Group
Private Triple Room (Shared Bathroom)
Stayed 2 nights in September 2016
Basic accommodation, great pancakes ”
Stayed here 2 nights. Room ok, towel & sheets provided but were stained. No wifi for the first day. Only 2 power showers out of the 4 & 1 other wasn't plumbed. Toilet paper provided in 1 set of toilets on 2nd day of stay. Good location.
Reviewed September 14, 2016
4.0
Julia from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in July 2016
New owners?”
Reviews for this hostel were okay if not really good. I had paid for two nights so decided to stay both. It was tolerable. No staff at the reception when I arrived, seemed as though I got the receptionist out of bed at 3pm to show me my room. The room was dark and small with 6 beds ( two bunks and a double mattress ). The floor in the room hadn't been swept, there was a used cigarette under my bed, the sheets looked old and used and there was only two room keys for my room.. So I had to share it with two other people? I don't think that is right. There were no lockers inside the room so I kept my locks on my bag. There was not personal reading light or PowerPoint, instead one to share between everyone. The showers weren't clean and didn't have shower heads. There was a pipe sticking out of the wall with only cold water. All of the walls needed fresh paint or cleaning. The communal area had two couches, one was broken. These also didn't look particularly clean. Breakfast was a pancake and coffee- these were both good! I was disappointed by my stay here and the staff didn't seem to care about the place or the customers. I ended up changing to a hostel around the corner that was almost the same price and the complete oposite to this hostel. I'm a backpacker and not usually picky - as I said it was tolerable. Just be warned and know there are better options in Sandakan.
Reviewed July 31, 2016
9.0
Exceptional
Dolores from Romania
Solo traveler
Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in January 2016
Ended up staying at Sea View more than 1 night”
Staff, breakfast, welcoming drinks and snacks
Reviewed January 29, 2016
3.0
Helen from Australia
Solo traveler
Private Triple Room (Shared Bathroom)
Stayed 1 night in August 2015
Not good”
location
Terrible- nicer again. Dirty and hot and staff were not helpful at all
Reviewed August 23, 2015
3.0
michael from United States
Couple
Double Room
Stayed 1 night in August 2015
very poor quality regardless of price”
location as it is across from the central market and not too far to the local bus station
I am an experienced low budget southeast asia traveler, having stayed at over 50 different locations last year. This place rates very close to the bottom, if not the bottom for value and quality. It was very poorly kept, had mold growing in the bathroom, did not provide either toilet paper, towels, or soap, though after complaining towels and toilet paper was given. We were told breakfast started at 8am, which is late for a hostel, but the next morning we were told 830. All staff were still asleep at 8am when we went to the desk. Eventually breakfast of a plain pancake was provided, but the restaurant area stank so badly we couldn't eat there. Dirty dishes were everywhere. Don't know where the smell was coming from in the place. Certainly don't recommend anyone stay there, regardless of the price or location.
Reviewed August 18, 2015
3.7
Riccardo from Italy
Solo traveler
Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in July 2015
Overestimated accommodation ”
the location in the city center and in front of the daily market.
It was awful. Firstly, it was really dirty, ants were everywhere, shower tubes were obstructed, dishes stayed there for two days, the kitchen was unavailable. Secondly, staff wasn't able to help us in order to plan our vacations or to answer to our touristic questions. Finally, the room was really hot, impossible to stay there to sleep and mattress were old and worn out. So, not a place to advise!
Reviewed July 25, 2015
3.3
Anne from Canada
Solo traveler
Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in May 2015
Bedbugs”
Sea View Sandakan Budget & Backpackers Hotel
Not sure how this place has a decent rating at all. Came to book cheap tours but the prices weren't even as good as what you can find with an agency on the street. Rooms don't look anything like the pictures- all the mattresses are broken and so dirty, room has mould and the dorm room is so unbearably hot. Staff could hardly speak English and needed coercing from all guests to finally try and fix the wifi, which is poor and doesn't reach far. The bathrooms were clean but that was the only good thing. The worst part was the bed bugs, I found and photographed them, both adolescent ones (which are invisible) and adult ones (which are big) and the staff only offered for me to change beds. I think they didn't understand what bed bugs are and kept asking if I meant cockroaches (which there were 2 giant ones in the hallway, the host barely wanted to walk down it)... I ended up walking out in the middle of the night and booking into a hotel down the street. They have no idea about bed bugs I guess... so don't stay here in the near future until they've sorted this problem out. I think there are many other budget options nearby
Reviewed May 28, 2015
8.3
Excellent
Maddy from Australia
Solo traveler
Dormitory
Stayed 5 nights in February 2015
Close to the market st”
Location, food, nice sitting area
I wouldn't recommend staying in Sandakan for more time than you need. If you are visiting to see Sepilok, consider staying at Uncle Tan's just near the sanctuaries. They run tours from there too. The women (I think mother and daughter) running the place are lovely and very helpful and attentive. The food is delicious. The man at the front desk is infuriatingly lazy and unwilling to help, but if you get one of the other two they will give you information. The dorm is pretty basic, you pay for what you get, however it has big windows at the end of the room which is nice for letting in light. The location is good, just near the market street where all the other backpackers are.
Reviewed February 23, 2015
9.3
Exceptional
akiko from Japan
Couple
Standard Twin with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in December 2014
great staff”
friendly staff, location, safety
We are very pleased and enjoyed the tour offered by this accommodation. The staff were extremely kind and helpful and supportive. We are very much appreciated for the help from staff.
Reviewed January 08, 2015
6.7
Good
ANDY from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Standard Twin with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in November 2014
A budget /backpacker hotel”
location, complimentary drink and banana fritters, suitable for shoestring travellers
It is a place for those who need a place to sleep and on a transit. If you want comfort and luxury, this is not the place.
Reviewed November 27, 2014
8.0
Excellent
Padmini from Malaysia
Group
Private Triple Room (Shared Bathroom)
Stayed 1 night in October 2014
Convenient & Pleasant”
Location, quietness, pleasant staff.
This place could do with a little renovation, the bathrooms need to be redone, with new tiles and basins etc. It gives a large pancake for breakfast. Staff are obliging and helpful. Located just opposite the central Sandankan market near the harbour Square and surrounded by the waterfront and a new mall and new hotels
Reviewed October 27, 2014
9.3
Exceptional
JENSEN from Malaysia
Solo traveler
8-Bed Dormitory Shared Facilities
Stayed 1 night in May 2014
Nice Budget Hotel. Impoartanly Room are clean”
Clean Bed, Clean Room & Clean Toilet
Very Nice, The owner are nice and this is the only backpackers serve welcome drinks. And they have the travel company too. Very convinced
Reviewed May 22, 2014
6.3
Good
Tuomas from Finland
Couple
Standard Twin with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in April 2014
Nice owner”
owner is very nice and food was good
We stayed one night in a room twin room. The room didn't have air conditioning and wasn't very comfortable in any other way either. The hotel also looked like it has seen its bests days and the condition wasn't very good. It was still clean and quite basic hostel. The owner of the hotel was very nice and helpful and wanted everyone to have a nice stay. She also made good food but the breakfast was quite a joke. Just one pancake and not even water was included. The location was good and all in all the stay was okey compared to the price.
Reviewed April 28, 2014
10.0
Exceptional
Dyanne from United States
Solo traveler
8-Bed Dormitory Shared Facilities
Stayed 2 nights in September 2013
Fantastic staff, best prices on river tours!”
Attentive, friendly staff, super coool a/c,l clean dorm (all day!), best prices on river tours
Staying at Sea View pretty much MADE my visit to Sandakan. (As I've since talked with others who booked other Kinabatangan river tours and didn't see HALF what I did) I do believe I owe my gazillion pics of more than a half dozen wild PIGMY ELEPHANTS to Sea View Backpackers Hotel. The price for my 3 day 2 night trip was far less than other tours, and the owner of Sea View even wrangled me a private room at the lodge for no additional single supplement. The rest of the staff too, was most helpful and friendly. The bountiful dish of deep fried bananas and tea upon arrival is a very nice touch, and the free breakfast crepe with palm sugar syrup and coffee/tea was most welcome (extra crepes, must 1 ringgit!) The Lemon Grass Cafe on the 3rd floor has a host of good eats at most reasonable prices including Anna's divine Pumpkin Curry and her huge desert crepe with Nutella and ice cream is not to be missed!
Reviewed October 01, 2013
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