We spent a very contented three nights at this clean and efficient hostel in downtown Sandakan.
When we arrived on Sunday, Sandakan was a hectic mess. The streets were crowded; the traffic appalling. It made for a slightly stressful and very sweaty introduction to the former capital city of Sabah (or North Borneo as it used to be known).
What a relief to get into our room at this hostel. The aircon works! The walls are soundproof! The bed is comfortable! Plus, the shared bathroom facilities are in a respectable state!
Admittedly, we were in town during the quiet season and there weren't many other guests. The hostel may not feel quite the same if there is a queue for the showers or a race for toast at breakfast.
Speaking of breakfast, it was very basic. Bread is provided for toasting and then applying peanut butter, jam, etc. There was also a bowl of fresh fruit and another of boiled eggs one morning (this seemed more haphazard - first come first served?).
Another minor issue is that there are several 'backpacker hostels' in very close proximity to each other in Sandakan, which can get confusing for first-time guests and taxi drivers. Make sure you're arriving at the right one! (This one is above a Seven-11 shop).
But these are meer quibbles. Our overall experience was solidly positive. The room and facilities fine; staff helpful; the location handy. It seemed top-notch value. For other travellers to Sabah who aren't too fussed about luxury, I'd certainly recommend staying in this hostel for the Sandakan leg of your trip (and then splashing out on more expensive accommodation elsewhere, eg at Danum Valley or Lankayan Island).
During our stay here we got a taxi out to Sepilok for the obligatory (and hugely enjoyable) visit to the orangutans and sun bears. All very easy to do. We also did a day visit to the Kinabatangan river. Plus we used the nearby 'Laundrybar' laundrette for a much-needed wash of pants and socks. Everything worked very well!