Sutera has a monopoly over Kinabalu Park, and if you want to climb the mountain or sleep within the park you'll need to deal with them. There are multiple options ranging from basic bunks at 20-bed Grace Hostel to family-sized private chalets with a full living room and fireplace. All are overpriced, but standards are quite good and the hot showers are reliable. Sutera can also arrange your room... Read our full review of Sutera Sanctuary Lodge.
If you're looking for a mountain retreat on a modest budget, this is the place to be. Just a five-minute walk from the park entrance, J Residence offers 10 houses dramatically set on the mountainside. The larger ones have furnished terraces to enjoy the valley vistas, and all have en-suite bathrooms, TV and DVD player and comfortable beds with thick duvets to keep you warm during the chilly... Read our full review of J Residence.
It's a short walk from Kinabalu Park to this homey guesthouse built on the hillside. Inside the two wooden buildings you'll find a mishmash of simple rooms. Even though they call the bunkbed-furnished rooms dorms you won't be sharing with strangers -- it's 20 ringgit per person if there's more than two of you or 30 ringgit for a solo traveller to have a room all to themselves. You can also pay a... Read our full review of Mountain Resthouse.
This is as close as it gets to staying in Kinabalu Park on a budget. Tahubang is a new little guesthouse right across from the park entrance. There are six tidy rooms with various configurations of beds to suit everyone from solo travellers to families. None have en-suite bathrooms, but the shared facilities are clean with a reliable hot shower and fresh white towels are provided. The staff are... Read our full review of Tahubang Lodge.
It's a bit further from the park entrance, but this simple spot will do if the other options are full. Inside the two-level wooden house are private rooms, dorms, a living room with TV and a guest kitchen. The dorms are furnished with bunkbeds while the private rooms come in various configurations to suit everyone from families to solo travellers. For large groups, it's possible to rent the... Read our full review of Bayu Kinabalu Lodge.