A home away from home
9 Jalan Masjid Lama, Kota Kinabalu T: (088) 238 494 F: (088) 234 954
Comfortable and cosy Masada Backpacker is a 10-minute walk to pretty much anywhere in central KK.
They offer a mix of air-con dorms and private rooms with a shared bathroom. Not all rooms have windows, however some are decorated with large wall-size photos of beach and mountain scenes — almost as good.
Dorms come with four or six beds and small lockers, large enough for a laptop. Bunks are sturdy and top bunks have railings. Mattresses, sheets and pillows pass the comfort test, and tiled floors keep it cool. Plenty of sockets for charging devices are available. Privates are a little cramped and basic, but offer a couple of more facilities including a small desk, clothes hanging rail and small table and lamp. Share hot-water bathrooms are clean and airy with shower gel and towels provided. There are better value dorms and private rooms in KK, but what we really like at Masada Backpacker are the communal areas. It has a very homey vibe, so it's good for meeting other travellers. There’s cable TV; cooking facilities; a washing machine, iron and ironing board; comfy lounges; books to swap; board games and a guitar. Rates include WiFi, a basic breakfast, and all-day real coffee.
Closer to the Gaya Street area, Lucy’s Homestay
in Australia Place offers more basic, but less expensive rooms with a very welcoming atmosphere.
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Type of room, low and high season prices
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