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Akinabalu Youth Hostel
Akinabalu Youth Hostel
Akinabalu Youth Hostel
Akinabalu Youth Hostel
Akinabalu Youth Hostel
Akinabalu Youth Hostel
Akinabalu Youth Hostel

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8.2

Excellent

749 reviews

749 reviews

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9.1

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Parking
FREE
Walkable places
Sunday market

30 m

Dataran Desoka

50 m

Atkinson Clock Tower

60 m

Gaya Street Sunday Market

70 m

Padang Merdeka

160 m

Popular landmarks
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

360 m

Signal Hill Observatory Platform

480 m

Night Market

560 m

Mamutik Island

810 m

Sabah State Museum

2.5 km

Closest landmarks
Teksi Car Park

150 m

Net Access

150 m

Main Post Office

220 m

Pos Malaysia Car Park

230 m

Sabah Court House

250 m

Newly renovated

Akinabalu Youth Hostel

133 Jalan Gaya, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000 - See map

Strategically situated in Central Business District, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Sapi Island.

Highlights

Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

Check-in [24-hour]

Excellent breakfast

Newly renovated

Inside city center

Facilities

Airport transfer

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Front desk [24-hour]

Luggage storage

Breakfast [free]

Game room

Tours

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Kota Kinabalu every 2 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.5
Distance to city center0km
Location rating9.1
Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
Distance to airport7.2 km

Rooms available at Akinabalu Youth Hostel

1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • City view
  • Non-smoking
  • 5 bunk beds
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Standard Double City View
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed
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Standard Double Room without View
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 queen bed
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Family Room - 3 Pax
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 queen bed and 1 single be...
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Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 bunk beds
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Bed in 4-Beds Mixed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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Triple Room With City View
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed and 1 single be...
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Bed in 4 Bed Dormitory (B)
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 bunk beds
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Family Room ( 4 Adults )
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed and 2 bunk bed...
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Akinabalu Youth Hostel?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Akinabalu Youth Hostel?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Akinabalu Youth Hostel has a car park that's close to the hostel. Parking is available for an additional charge. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Kota Kinabalu with private transportation, the hostel can arrange both taxis or car rental.

Is breakfast offered at Akinabalu Youth Hostel?

Wake up to a great continental breakfast at Akinabalu Youth Hostel.

What is the smoking policy at Akinabalu Youth Hostel?

Akinabalu Youth Hostel does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Akinabalu Youth Hostel?

The closest train, metro, or bus station is South Bus Terminal, 1.4 km away from Akinabalu Youth Hostel.

What restaurants are nearby Akinabalu Youth Hostel?

Akinabalu Youth Hostel’s neighborhood is Central Business District which includes popular restaurants such as Wen Chang Hainan Chicken Rice, Restoran Jeti and Kedai Kopi Yee Fung.

What popular shopping places are close to Akinabalu Youth Hostel?

Located in the Central Business District area, Akinabalu Youth Hostel is close to great shopping choices like Gaya Street Sunday Market, Night Market and Suria Sabah Shopping Mall.

What are popular attractions near Akinabalu Youth Hostel?

Akinabalu Youth Hostel’s location in the Central Business District neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Poring Hot Springs, Kota Kinabalu City Mosque and Sabah State Museum.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Akinabalu Youth Hostel?

Akinabalu Youth Hostel is located within Central Business District, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden and Kokol Hill.

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What people love about Akinabalu Youth Hostel

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "Best youth hostel in KK, perfectly clean with greats dormitory"

    Guillaume

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    August 19, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Staff was friendly, and the facilities is great too."

    Lainji

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    June 11, 2022

  • 9.6

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Staff were very helpful"

    Rebecca

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    June 5, 2022

Property ranking|Compared to 1,523 Kota Kinabalu properties
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Cheapest price score
Room comfort score
7.2/10
Location score
9.1/10
Value for money score
8.5/10
Better than
97
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of Kota Kinabalu properties
Better than
94
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of Kota Kinabalu properties
Better than
93
%
of Kota Kinabalu properties
Better than
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of Kota Kinabalu properties
Overall rating:

8.2

Excellent
749 reviews
Cleanliness
8.1
Facilities
8.0
Location
9.1
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What travelers say they love:
The Personal is very frindly and very helpful
Benjamin from Austria
Couple
More about Akinabalu Youth Hostel

More about Akinabalu Youth Hostel

Akinabalu Youth Hostel

Akinabalu Youth Hostel is the perfect choice for travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Kota Kinabalu. Experience an urban escape in Kota Kinabalu with a stay at Akinabalu Youth Hostel, with its exceptional location right in the city center.
Akinabalu Youth Hostel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest. Free internet access provided within the hostel keeps you connected throughout your stay. Exploring Kota Kinabalu is made even more convenient with the taxi and car hire services available at the hostel. For those driving their own car, parking is available for guests.
Always get the assistance you need with front desk services including luggage storage. Booking the best tickets and getting the hottest restaurant reservations are made easy with help from the hostel's tours. Feel like doing nothing? Available services like daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your time at Akinabalu Youth Hostel. For guests who would like to smoke, the designated smoking areas are available.
All guestrooms at Akinabalu Youth Hostel provide guests with a range of amenities to ensure a restful night. Enjoy your stay even more at the hostel, knowing that some selected rooms include linen service and air conditioning. Akinabalu Youth Hostel also provides a hair dryer and towels in bathrooms for select rooms.


Dining and things to do

Every day at Akinabalu Youth Hostel begins with a delicious complimentary breakfast. Are you a great cook? Make your own meals in-house at the hostel's shared kitchen.
Akinabalu Youth Hostel offers unique recreational opportunities for all guests. Family time on relaxed evenings is easy with the hostel's shared lounge and TV area.


Reasons to stay here

Find rooms here that are cheaper than 95% of all other options in the city.
Compared to the city's accommodation options, this hostel scored higher than 94% of them for food and dining.
According to guests who stayed here, this hostel's room comfort is rated higher than 94% of other accommodations in Kota Kinabalu.

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Amenities and facilities
Excellent
Facilities

8

Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping

41 mentions

Breakfast

32 mentions

Internet

7 mentions

Food & Dining

5 mentions

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Chinese [Cantonese]
  • Chinese [Mandarin]
  • Malay

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Game room
  • Tours

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Body thermometer
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Breakfast [free]
  • Shared kitchen

Services and conveniences

  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Elevator
  • Invoice provided
  • Luggage storage
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room

Land sports

  • Golf course (within 3 km)

Access

  • CCTV in common areas
  • Check-in [24-hour]
  • Exterior corridor
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Car park [charges apply]
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Rental car
  • Taxi service

Available in all rooms

  • Air conditioning
  • Fan
  • Free bottled water
  • Non-smoking
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • American
Location
133 Jalan Gaya, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000
Exceptional
Location

9.1

Airports

  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
    7.2 km
  • Labuan Airport (LBU)
    119.3 km

Public transportation

  • South Bus Terminal
    1.4 km
  • North Borneo Railway
    4.5 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Klinik Kesihatan Ibu dan Anak Pekan
    270 m

Shopping

  • Gaya Street Sunday Market
    70 m

Convenience store

  • Orange 24 Hours
    160 m

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    80 m
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Gaya Street Sunday Market
    70 m
  • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
    360 m
  • Signal Hill Observatory Platform
    480 m
  • Night Market
    560 m
  • Mamutik Island
    810 m
  • Sabah State Museum
    2.5 km
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
    8.0 km
  • Sapi Island
    8.1 km
  • Manukan Island
    8.4 km
  • Poring Hot Springs
    14.2 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Sunday market
    30 m
  • Dataran Desoka
    50 m
  • Atkinson Clock Tower
    60 m
  • Gaya Street Sunday Market
    70 m
  • Teksi Car Park
    150 m
  • Net Access
    150 m
  • Padang Merdeka
    160 m
  • City Park
    170 m
  • Milimewa Superstore
    170 m
  • Milimewa
    190 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-4 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 5-11 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 12 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-out until12:00

Getting around

  • Distance from city center0km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)15

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsyes
  • Number of floors5
  • Number of rooms 15
  • Year property opened2005
  • Most recent renovation2022

Reviews of Akinabalu Youth Hostel from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
8.2
/
10
Cleanliness8.1
Facilities8.0
Location9.1
Room comfort and quality7.2
Service8.3
Value for money8.5
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Rating
9+ Exceptional (132)
8-9 Excellent (112)
7-8 Very Good (132)
6-7 Good (65)
<6 Below Expectation (58)
Time of the year
Mar - May (140)
Jun - Aug (122)
Sep - Nov (132)
Dec - Feb (105)
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10.0
Exceptional
KWAN from Hong Kong SAR, China
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in March 2020

Best Guesthouse I've ever stayed! ”

The place was so spacious, with nice table and chair to work and sofas to chill. It might get nosy when there were crowds. I stayed during the pandemic, felt like home, where you can cook. Staff cleans the place everyday, very friendly.

Reviewed May 28, 2020

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10.0
Exceptional
AARON from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Standard Double City View
Stayed 1 night in January 2022

Exceptional”

The accommodation was satisfying, and the staff was nice and kind as it was my first time staying there. Plus, it provides walkability so you can go to any places like restaurants, pharmacies, and even the mall without even driving! I would definitely stay here again!

Reviewed January 12, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
Haikarl from Singapore
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

One of the best hostels in Kota Kinabalu”

Easily accessible, clean rooms and toilets, hot shower and near to malls and markets

Reviewed October 08, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Siti from Malaysia
Couple
Standard Double City View
Stayed 1 night in June 2018

Clean and Great Location”

I stayed one night. The place was clean and cozy. The location was great

Reviewed January 08, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Moritz from Philippines
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in January 2019

THE Chillout Place in Manila! ”

The Hostel has everything you need! Affordable dorm and private rooms, the place is very clean and safe. It has a very nice community room, where u can relax the whole day - very good wifi and free tea and coffee. The breakfast is Toast, peanut butter, jam, eggs, cake, noodles, fruits - very nice!

Reviewed February 07, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
FLORA from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Bed in 4 Bed Dormitory (B)
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Nothing to say”

Everything is good.. Pleasant stay...

Reviewed January 20, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Lainji from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 1 night in May 2022

Exceptional”

Staff was friendly, and the facilities is great too.

Reviewed June 12, 2022

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9.6
Exceptional
Marie-Louise
Solo traveler
Stayed 4 nights in April 2019

Very friendly staff”

I really liked my stay here. The beds are comfy and I prefer fans to ac. The staff is super friendly and helpful.

Reviewed May 07, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
Rebecca from United States
Solo traveler
Standard Double Room without View
Stayed 1 night in June 2022

Convenient hostel ”

Great location right by the evening market, east walk to the waterfront and bus station for mini buses. Staff were very helpful

Reviewed June 06, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
Benjamin from Austria
Couple
Stayed 1 night in December 2019

Exceptional”

The Personal is very frindly and very helpful

Reviewed December 22, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
Murat
Solo traveler
Stayed 4 nights in January 2019

Exceptional”

Clean and great value place to stay. Staff are friendly and breakfast was good.

Reviewed February 01, 2019

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8.8
Excellent
Chin from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 1 night in May 2022

Basic and cozy hostel”

I love the location of this place. Almost every place is a stone's throw away or at least walkable Common area is very homy, nice to chill around Room is clean, air-conditioned (only available from evening till morning next day) Toilet is clean and separated from shower (bring your own toiletries, hostel doesn't provide toiletries) Overall I'm so happy about this place, will definitely book again ❤️

Reviewed May 15, 2022

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9.2
Exceptional
MD from Malaysia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in May 2022

Cleanliness ”

I think this hostel was so clean!

Reviewed May 21, 2022

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9.6
Exceptional
Bryan from Malaysia
Business traveler
Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 2 nights in January 2020

Excellent”

Staff good ,

Reviewed January 31, 2020

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8.0
Excellent
Tuba from United States
Solo traveler
Bed in 4 Bed Dormitory (B)
Stayed 1 night in January 2020

Great Location”

Location is great. Fantastic markets at your doorsteps! I stayed here on a Saturday night. There was a night market and a concert in celebration of Chinese New Year. You could just listen and enjoy the music from the spacious common area or your room's window. The next morning, you will have the famous Gaya Street Sunday Market at your doorstep. They start setting it too around 4:00 a.m. and you will see many people bright and early in the morning. All the staff was so sweet and kind. However, I could not sleep well due to the overused mattress/sponge bed that are on the bunkbeds. I stayed in the dorm room #105. I was given a sheet, thin quilt and a pillow to make up a bed, which is fine and typical in some hostels. The bed sponge (not quite a mattress) was sinking in the center and it was not easy and comfortable even to just lie down. If the dorm room beds are replaced with an even surfaced non-ancient material, I would totally re-consider staying at this hostel.

Reviewed January 14, 2020

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9.2
Exceptional
Huang from Brunei Darussalam
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Value for Money”

No complaint

Reviewed October 26, 2019

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7.2
Very good
Jenivah
Solo traveler
Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 2 nights in March 2019

It was ok but not what I expected”

I like that they offer free breakfast, use of fridge and drinking water. The room was very good. Well ventilated with mirror and table. The location is very good too. It's at the center of everything tourist spots. Here's the catch: Before I booked this hotel, I have read so many reviews about the friendly staff. I don't find them that friendly. They sound bossy and one of the staff kept smirking at me and it made me uncomfortable. I also did not like that when they enter the room, they won't knock first. They will just key in and do their thing, like changing bed sheets etc.. There's not even an "excuse me" or "good morning". They should wipe the wet floors after mopping since it's disgusting to walk on wet floors barefoot (they don't allow slippers or shoes inside). This is just an honest review.

Reviewed March 12, 2019

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7.2
Very good
Emma from United States
Couple
Stayed 1 night in February 2020

Helpful staff, breakfast could be better”

Pros: Staff helped us organize a discounted river boat tour upon arrival which was convenient. Cozy hangout areas, open air. Coffee and tea available all day. Free water. Kitchen to use. Private rooms were decent size. Secure front door with code. Close to the water, nice area Cons: breakfast was just toast and jam - could be better. Had to rent towels.

Reviewed February 19, 2020

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8.0
Excellent
RUBY from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Bed in 4 Bed Dormitory (B)
Stayed 1 night in October 2018

Value for money!”

Value for money!

Reviewed February 17, 2019

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5.6
Laure from Belgium
Couple
Standard Double City View
Stayed 1 night in September 2019

Above average”

Good location and friendly staff. We booked a room with AC, but we unfortunately didn't get the remote. When we asked for one, they gave us one that didn't work, so we had to sleep in a 18°C room. Furthermore the the bed and the sheets were too little, so our feet were out of the bed and not under any sheets. We were freezing the whole night. The shower head of 1 out of 2 shared showers is broken.

Reviewed September 26, 2019

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