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Lucy Backpackers

Homestay with Borneo's favourite aunty

Photo of Lucy Backpackers, No.25 Lorong Dewan, Kota Kinabalu. , Kota Kinabalu

What we say: 3.5 stars

Lucy opened her home to travellers back in 1995, making this one of the longest running backpackers in Kota Kinabalu. The vibe is more homestay than hostel with the upstairs converted into a mix of dorms and private rooms with shared bathrooms. The rooms are very simple – beds, fans and lockers – but there's a cosy reading room and a furnished balcony for chill-out time. Lucy has great advice about what to see and where to eat, but note that she is not fond of party animals and strictly enforces a midnight curfew. Nor does Lucy take online bookings – she prefers you show up and see what's available. Rates include WiFi and breakfast.

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Contact details:

No.25 Lorong Dewan, Kota Kinabalu.  T: (88) 261 495 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dorm Fan 28 ringgit 28 ringgit Includes breakfast
Sgl fan share b'room 58 ringgit 58 ringgit Includes breakfast
Dbl fan share b'room 68 ringgit 68 ringgit Includes breakfast

Added to Travelfish on: 26th February, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 27th October, 2015

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Tanya Procyshyn is a Singapore-based freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea. She blogs at
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