Kota Kinabalu

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We have 16 places to stay in and around Kota Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is booming and this means every level of accommodation has had to up their game. Many new backpacker as well as five-star joints have popped up, and the older ones have undergone renovations, meaning several good choices are now available. Gaya Street and Australia Place remain the chief backpacker haunts, but a handful of new hostels and budget hotels in the Banderran Berjaya area are giving them a run for their money. The city centre of KK is small and all is walkable, so it really doesn’t matter where you stay.

Just remember, the question to ask is, “Does the room have a window?” Not only are the many windowless rooms soulless, they are often smelly due to the difficulty of airing them, even in the better hotels.

Fancy resorts are found a bit further out of town, and over on the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

Horizon Hotel
Horizon Hotel

Four-star sea views

From US$47 with Agoda

Dreamtel
Dreamtel

Spacious and calm

From US$30 with Agoda

Fat Rhino Hostel
Fat Rhino Hostel

Room to swing a rhino

From US$27 with Agoda

Hotel Sixty 3
Hotel Sixty 3

Midrange comfort, central location

From US$33 with Agoda

Jesselton Hotel
Jesselton Hotel

Charm from a bygone era

From US$43 with Agoda

KK Suites Hotel
KK Suites Hotel

Best value flashpacker on Gaya Street

From US$22 with Agoda

Le Meridien
Le Meridien

Sea views and service

From US$72 with Agoda

The Bunk
The Bunk

Industrial hipster pods

From US$11 with Agoda

Unic Hotel
Unic Hotel

It really is unique

From US$35 with Agoda

Halo Hostel
Halo Hostel

Dorms with ensuites

From US$20 with Agoda

Hii-5 Hotel
Hii-5 Hotel

Business hotel at flashpacker prices

From US$20 with Agoda