Kinabalu Park covers a wide area, and there’s much to see, from Mount Kinabalu and its surrounding base to Poring Hot Springs. Accommodation can be found in and around the park at both the headquarters and at the town of Poring, one hour away, or you could base yourself in between at the transit town of Ranau — not much to see, but the best variety of eating options can be found here.
We have 12 places to stay in and around Kinabalu Park.
If you’re climbing the mountain, it will be difficult to avoid staying in one of the overpriced options inside the park run by Sutera Sanctuary Lodge. Much better value accommodation can be had along the highway nearby. Many offer views and mountain chalet ambience. The area gets very busy on weekends and holidays and prices are at a premium at these times.
Ranau is not much more than a transit town, but sitting approximately halfway between Kinabalu Park HQ and Poring, it’s a good budget option to base yourself for visiting both and is convenient for onward travel. Most hotels are aimed at local businesspeople or truck drivers, and all can be found on the levels above the shops — look up, then look for the often difficult to find street level entrance. Ranau is a small town and easily walkable.