Photo: Mantanani light.

Where to stay in Kota Belud

Whether you’re in town for the markets, or heading to the islands, Kota Belud offers a small selection of hotels and guesthouses for a comfortable sleep, but if you’re after some serious beach time, the Mantanani Islands are where you should be heading.


Kota Belud town

Budget backpacker joints don’t get a look-in in Kota Belud, but good value flashpacker and business hotels are walking distance from the bus station, or just out of the town centre you’ll find a friendly guesthouse.


Near the roundabout that leads to Kampung Baru
60 to 120 ringgit
Mountain View Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
Near the roundabout that leads to Kampung Baru
T: (0163) 358 793

With an excellent view of Mount Kinabalu, this family home-slash-guesthouse is your friendliest option in Kota Belud. A 10-minute walk from the centre of town, the spacious home perches atop a small hill. Comfortable parquet floored guest rooms take up the upper level of the two-storey house and are equipped with both air-con and ceiling fans. Be sure to request one of the mountainview rooms,... Read our full review of Mountain View Guesthouse.

Block D, Lot D20-D24, Kompleks Alapbana, Kota Belud
60 to 120 ringgit
Tang Dynasty Lodge
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
Block D, Lot D20-D24, Kompleks Alapbana, Kota Belud
T: (0889) 75111

Popped away in a corner of town, Tang Dynasty Lodge is an imposing hotel and an anomaly in this little town, but it’s easy to remove it from your field of vision and walk on by. We recommend that you don’t walk on by, and instead walk on in, as it’s the best value in town. The smart air-con rooms in this multi-storey business hotel are better than we had anticipated; not only are they... Read our full review of Tang Dynasty Lodge.

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Lot 6, 1st Floor, Plaza Kong Guan, Kota Belud
60 to 120 ringgit
Times Traveller Lodge
Flashpacker - 60 to 120 ringgit
Lot 6, 1st Floor, Plaza Kong Guan, Kota Belud
T: (0889) 72 808

True to its name, and unlike most in Kota Belud, friendly Times Traveller Lodge has more of a traveller’s atmosphere than a business hotel. They were in the middle of renovations when we visited in July 2016, and they were looking pretty good albeit with some quirky touches. Sitting above their excellent Times Kitchen restaurant, the smallish air-con rooms are consumed by big beds, and not... Read our full review of Times Traveller Lodge.

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Mantanani Islands

Most accommodation on the island offers all-inclusive packages with buffet meals, and boat trips, however some packages are more flexible. We’ve picked a selection from a village homestay through to luxury.


over 500 ringgit
Touch Borneo Resort
Luxury - over 500 ringgit
T: (0882) 52565

Touch Borneo Resort had not opened in mid-2016 when we visited, but the owners saw us poking around and took us on a tour. The resort, which opened in September, aims to be the fanciest digs on the island and the completed bungalows we saw were leaps and bounds ahead of anything else on offer. Taking up the entire peninsula at the eastern end of Mantanani, wooden bungalows sit facing the ocean... Read our full review of Touch Borneo Resort.

Under 60 ringgit
Mantanani Village Homestay
Backpacker - Under 60 ringgit
T: (0105) 838 940 (Mainah)

An excellent way to truly experience island life is to stay in a village homestay. Most Mantanani islanders are ethnically Bajau Ubian, and traditionally fishermen; due to depleted seas caused by practices such as dynamite fishing, many struggle for survival. The homestay programme offers them alternative income and offers community-minded travellers an opportunity to enjoy the island on a... Read our full review of Mantanani Village Homestay .

250 to 500 ringgit
Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge
Toprange - 250 to 500 ringgit
T: (0138) 834 921

For an island escape on a (sort of) budget, Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge offer basic accommodation in dorms at Sayang Sayang Hostel or simple chalets with share or private bathrooms. Unlike just about everywhere else on Mantanani Island, here you don’t have to buy an all-inclusive package, and you are able to be a bit more flexible with what you choose to eat and do. A handful of simple... Read our full review of Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge .

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