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Masada Backpacker

A home away from home

Photo of Masada Backpacker , 9 Jalan Masjid Lama, Kota Kinabalu. , Kota Kinabalu

What we say: 4.5 stars

If you don't mind adding five minutes to your walk to Gaya Street, the reward is staying at one of the most charming hostels in Sabah. Masada Backpacker is a cosy, family-run spot offering a mix of dorms and private rooms with cool air-con and comfy beds. Masada's dorms are some of the best in the city, and we like the private rooms too though not all have a window. The communal areas have a homey vibe and you can watch TV, use the guest computer or fix yourself a meal. The garden terrace is perfect for swapping stories with fellow travellers, though you'll want to chat with the staff for local travel tips and their recommendations on where to get the yummiest food. Rates include a towel, WiFi and a light breakfast. Coffee-snobs rejoice – they serve the real deal here.

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Contact details:

9 Jalan Masjid Lama, Kota Kinabalu.  T: (88) 238 494 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dorm air-con 35 ringgit 35 ringgit
Dbl air-con share b'room 80 ringgit 80 ringgit
Family room 180 ringgit 180 ringgit Sleeps five

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

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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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