Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Chic boutique hotel at flashpacker prices54 Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu
T: (88) 266 054;
There's lots to love about this new boutique hotel at the commercial end of Gaya street – especially the price. A night at Eden54 ranges from 119-179 ringgit, depending whether you go for a cosy ... Read the full review of Hotel Eden54.120 to 250 ringgit 1 vote Midrange
A home away from home9 Jalan Masjid Lama, Kota Kinabalu
T: (88) 238 494;
If you don't mind adding five minutes to your walk to Gaya Street, the reward is staying at one of the most charming hostels in Sabah. Masada Backpacker is a cosy, family-run spot offering a mix of ... Read the full review of Masada Backpacker .
In the middle of the actionNo. 103 Gaya Street
T: (88) 272 796;
It may not look like much from outside, but inside Sensi has been lovingly decorated and has a warm, homey feel. The air-con dorms have four to six beds and lockers big enough for backpacks bursting ... Read the full review of Sensi Backpackers.
All the bells and whistlesJalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu
T: (88) 32 2222;
If you just climbed the mountain and want nothing more a hot bath and room service, treat yourself to a night at Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu. This four-star chain hotel offers huge rooms with all the ... Read the full review of Le Meridien.250 to 500 ringgit 1 vote Toprange
Colonial charmer with a fab restaurant69 Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu
T: (88) 223 333;
This 32-room hotel in the centre of Gaya Street is the oldest hotel in Kota Kinabalu, built in 1954 during the British colonial era, and is one of the city's best midrange options. The rooms were ... Read the full review of Jesselton Hotel.120 to 250 ringgit 1 vote Midrange
Cheap and cheerful4 Lorong Dewan, Australia Place, Kota Kinabalu
T: (88) 253 385;
It's nothing fancy, but you'll be charmed by Kinabalu Backpackers Lodge. It's a cosy hostel with just two dorms and two private rooms – all of which are a bargain. The dorms are air-con overnight ... Read the full review of Kinabalu Backpackers Lodge.
All-around pleaser133 Gaya Street
T: (088) 272 188;
Follow the sign heading upstairs to this popular hotel on Gaya Street. The mixed dorms are furnished with sturdy bunks and have windows to ensure they're bright and breezy whether you opt for air-con ... Read the full review of Akinabalu Youth Hostel.
Hostel parties and trekking tips21 Lorong Dewan, Australia Place, Kota Kinabalu
T: (88) 210 801;
One of the Australia Place lot, Bunibon Lodge is a true blue backpackers lodge. There's a mix of dorms and private rooms on offer, all of which are cheap, cheerful and reasonably clean. We do think ... Read the full review of Bunibon Lodge.
Free airport pick-upNo. 24 Lorong Dewan, Kota Kinabalu
T: (88) 234 009 ;
One of the many hostels at Australia Place, the main reason to choose Borneo Backpackers is the free airport pick-up if you book a private room for two nights or more. Other than that, we like the ... Read the full review of Borneo Backpackers.
A hostel with a view19 Lorong Dewan, Australia Place, Kota Kinabalu
T: (88) 238 877;
If you like the Australia Place location but aren't a party animal, this is the hostel for you. Travellers' Light has a more grown up feel and a beautiful wooden terrace with a view of the jungle or, ... Read the full review of Travellers' Light.
Friendly staff, good private rooms6 Jalan Laiman Diki, Kota Kinabalu
T: (88) 217 119;
If you're looking for a private room for under 100 ringgit, Lavender Lodge is a smart choice. The rooms are budget hotel quality with air-con, wooden furniture, comfy beds and a piece or two of ... Read the full review of Lavender Lodge.
Budget hotel near the waterfrontLot 15-16, 3rd Floor, Block B, Warison Square, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu
T: (88) 319 696;
We're not crazy about Le Hotel's setting within a shopping complex, but appreciate it as a solid budget option along the KK waterfront which is otherwise dominated by high-priced properties. The ... Read the full review of le Hotel.
Homestay with Borneo's favourite auntyNo.25 Lorong Dewan, Kota Kinabalu
T: (88) 261 495;
Lucy opened her home to travellers back in 1995, making this one of the longest running backpackers in Kota Kinabalu. The vibe is more homestay than hostel with the upstairs converted into a mix of ... Read the full review of Lucy Backpackers.
Fine for one night38 Jalan Pantai, Kota Kinabalu
T: (88) 218 111;
Ignore the posh-sounding name – this is a pretty typical Malaysian budget hotel with three floors of rooms with your choice of single, twin or double beds. That said, for slightly more than a room ... Read the full review of High Street Inn.
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