Kinabalu Park

Where to stay: Kinabalu Park

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.

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We have 12 places to stay in and around Kinabalu Park.

Kinabalu Park HQ

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.

Poring

Poring is an excellent recovery stop after climbing Mount Kinabalu, however much of the accommodation both inside and outside the park isn’t great value, with the exception of a quite marvellous, but very basic jungle stay. There’s only one street, so you won’t get lost.

Ernah Lodge
Ernah Lodge

Basic, clean and friendly

From 30 ringgit Walk-in

Sutera Sanctuary Lodge Poring
Sutera Sanctuary Lodge Poring

Your only option inside Poring Hot Springs

From 150 ringgit Walk-in

Tahubang Lodge
Tahubang Lodge

Best dorms outside the park

From 42 ringgit Walk-in

Ranau

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.

MK Hotel
MK Hotel

Best business hotel in town

From 98 ringgit Walk-in

Lodge 88
Lodge 88

All the essentials

From 48 ringgit Walk-in