“More of a base while you go on trips in the area. Its okay”
Arrived from the airport to the hotel and got dropped off by a night market / second hand clothes market. It cost 26 riggits to the centre of town. Thank fully the hotel was in clear view of where we got dropped off. We arrived at the hotel to check in. All seemed to be okay. The hotel brochure showed pictures of the room. The hotel room itself had air conditioning and two single beds, no window. The bathroom provided a toilet, sink and shower! We had a tv in the room which was nice with a couple of English channels on.
The following morning we were woken at 7am with a fire alarm, obviously being British, we followed the rules and evacuated. After a few minutes we were followed by a few more guests…… and sadly that was it… a hotel which has the capacity of 48 rooms had 7 guests were staying the evening. When other guests started to returned back into the hotel, we did too - without any indication from the staff, one of whom was busy stopping the alarm every few moments with his hand.
Although we booked via a third party – askholiday.com –you would have thought that we could have been upgraded to a room with a window and a double bed seen as most of the rooms were empty.
There were 2-3 mosquitoes in our room, which we had to kill. The hotel looked after my suitcase (in the little laundry room) while I was away on a trip for 3 days.
There’s not too much to see or do in the town, more of a base while you go on trips in the area. I don’t agree with reviews that its not safe (sandaken town), its just a bit poor and lacking in any kind of style. There were better looking hotels in Sandaken, but in the end of the day you get what you pay for – basic but cheap, would’ve just liked an upgrade to a better room due to the fact that there was no-one in them.
We went on a 3 day 2 night Sandakan package, with Dolphin diaries, however the website is www.journeymalaysia.com
Dan was our tour guide for the 3 days and worked for Interhighland Adventure. He comes highly recommended from us.
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