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Dragon Inn

Floating hotel with some major flaws

Photo of Dragon Inn, Semporna Waterfront, near the jetty. , Semporna And Sipadan Island

What we say: 3 stars

The notion of a stilt hotel “floating” above the water sounds charming, but the reality of Dragon Inn is quite different. The rooms may be unique, but the windowless design makes them feel gloomy and the natural building materials do nothing to block out the sound of motorboats or even your neighbour. Worse yet, the water gently lapping below your room is filled with trash (plus the run-off from your bathroom) and attracts pests. The “longhouse dorm” may seem like good value, but it's crowded with bunks and has just a fan to keep you cool. The included breakfast is the most meagre amount of food possible and they have the gall to charge extra for WiFi that barely reaches the rooms.

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Contact details:

Semporna Waterfront, near the jetty.  T: (089) 781 088 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dorm Fan 20 ringgit 20 ringgit
Dbl air-con private b'room 66 ringgit 66 ringgit Upto 99 ringgit
Deluxe- Double 250 ringgit 250 ringgit Upto 400 ringgit

Added to Travelfish on: 8th February, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 9th 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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