Hotel Review 2022 – Sandakan Hotel and Bilit

For my trip to Sandakan with Tourism Malaysia Sabah, we stayed at the Hotel Sandakan which came with 105 tastefully furnished rooms and 14 suites…

This classic hotel is located in the middle of the town and conveniently walking distance to most of the popular sights (right next door to the oldest mosque in Sabah – Masjid Jamek ) and the heritage trails of Sandakan!!! It’s also just a 5 minute walk to the Creative Lane, Sandakan Art Murals, the mall and Sandakan Central Market…

They are fully equipped with all amenities needed for a restful stay including complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, in-room safety box, mini fridge and colour TV with satellite channels.

The lobby area was bright, colourful and welcoming and the staff were friendly and professional…

Our room – the Selingan Superior Twin room was 19 sq metres in size… came with comfortable twin beds and I certainly had a truly good night’s rest

The attached bathroom was clean and came with good water pressure …

A simple but good breakfast was served at the Palm Cafe to start our day!!!

Hotel Sandakan also has a ballroom which can fit as much as 300 people for any occasion

Address – Block 83, Town Centre,4th Avenue 90000 Sandakan, Sabah

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Our next stay for our Kinabatangan River trip was none other then Bilit Adventure Lodge…

Located along the Kinabatangan River, Bilit Adventure Lodge is smack in the middle of a tropical landscape filled with amazing native wildlife….

Bilit Adventure Lodge offers simple but comfortable and clean accommodations and is a 2.5 hour drive from Sandakan Town and Airport.

It features traditional wooden lodges with air conditioning and forest views.

There is also a window and a small seating area in your lodge… The pretty spacious en suite bathroom comes with hot shower facilities…

Bilit Adventure Lodge has plenty of activities arranged for their guests from music, dance performances, safari trips, Kinabatangan cruises and night walks!!!

Bilit Adventure Lodge practice Sustainable and Eco Tourism… Bilit Adventure Lodge hires 100% local villagers who work fulltime at the lodge as well as run their own small businesses.

This means if and when you spend purchasing of any soft drinks, beers, snacks, ice cream; renting hiking boots and leech socks; or participating in the night walk and tree planting at the lodge, all of the earnings will go to the staff and their families!!! Ain’t that cool!!!

Address – Bilit Adventure Lodge, Kampung Bilit, Kinabatangan River Sabah, 90000 Sabah

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This trip was made possible by Tourism Malaysia Sabah, Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines, Mas Wings, Sandakan Tourism Association

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