Best sea views
Best Bunk Beds certainly has tickets on itself with a name like that, but it does a good job of attempting to live up to the promise.
Spread over three floors of a sea-facing shophouse, it offers separate male and female dorms and a spacious common area on independent levels. The spotless air-con rooms are bright and cheery, painted with a rainbow of pretty pastels. Floor to (almost) ceiling windows engulf the rooms with sunlight and enable you to lie in your bed and see the sea from many bunks. And many bunks there are—we felt the dorms a little too open and overcrowded. Although a handful of beds are separated into more private spaces, the walls are only partitions and don’t block the noise of other guests in the larger room; add to that the general hubbub of the restaurants below, and it won’t be the quietest sleep you’ll get. Earplugs would help. Metal framed beds were a little creaking on the wiggle test, but probably only with a restless sleeper above. Sheer curtains offer some privacy between bunks in the larger room, but not much. Crates under the beds are handy for storing your backpack or loose items, and lockable storage for valuables is in the common room. Bunks don’t have personal reading lamps, and the communal power plugs get overcrowded. Impeccably clean bathrooms provide separate hot-water shower and toilet cubicles, so no waiting.
We love the common area—but be quick if want to use the (one) hammock on the balcony. A handful of comfy chairs and couches surround the large TV, and you can use the free WiFi too. The cavernous communal kitchen has plenty of room for several people to toast and chop at the same time, or sit around and enjoy the generous free breakfast spread which includes eggs, fruit, sausages and pancakes as well as the usual white-bread toast.
Security is very good, and main doors are accessed by a code and key cards for the dorms. Staff are super friendly and can help with dive trips and transport. Best Bunk Beds may not be best for every traveller, but if you’re not a light sleeper, it’s a solid budget choice. For a quieter bunk (with less pristine bathrooms), Wanderer’s Inn nearby is a good alternative or for a more basic, but comfortable and friendly choice, try Poga Backpackers.
Address: Lot C2 Seafront New Township, Semporna
T: (0198) 518 039; (0198) 518 039;
Coordinates (for GPS): 118º36'47.53" E, 4º28'50.06" N
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Room rates: Under 60 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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