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A home away from home

9 Jalan Masjid Lama, Kota Kinabalu T: (88) 238 494

Masada Backpacker

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.

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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.

Our rating:

Last updated on 26th February, 2013.

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
35 ringgit
35 ringgit
Dbl air-con share bathroom
80 ringgit
80 ringgit
Family room
180 ringgit
180 ringgit
Sleeps five
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 35 ringgit, high season 35 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 80 ringgit, high season 80 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 180 ringgit, high season 180 ringgit. Notes: Sleeps five

Masada Backpacker
9 Jalan Masjid Lama, Kota Kinabalu
T: (88) 238 494

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