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Ming Garden Hotel and Residences
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Airport transfer
  2. Car park
  3. Shuttle service
  4. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  5. Kids club
  6. Fitness center
  7. Front desk [24-hour]
  8. Luggage storage
"I love the fact that this hotel is the tourist choice to stay in Kota Kinabalu. This means the hotel lobby and breakfast time is very lively. 5 starts for friendly staff. If you're driving, then this hotel will leave you worry-free since there are plenty of parking space provided with security guards. Also it's very close to Imago Shopping mall."
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8.1

Excellent

18330 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 39
The Klagan Hotel
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Front desk [24-hour]
  4. Luggage storage
  5. Cash withdrawal
  6. Breakfast [free]
  7. Shops
  8. Coffee shop
"It seems a little bit pricey for the average traveler but Kota Kinabalu is more expensive than Peninsular Malaysia in general and it costs far less than Meridien. But if you have a bit to spare, it's well worth it for the size of the room, the amenities and the location is fantastic. Lots of food options within in walking distance - if you need to get to a mall Centrepoint is just across the road, Imago is 5 minutes away by cab. Use GRAB cab wherever you go - it costs far less. The waterfront, boardwalk dining options & massage, market etc are all nearby. The Warisan area that it is located in seems a bit foregone but you can walk around it and it doesn't seem dangerous or dodgy. If you are heading out to the isladns, the jetty is also not far away. Best bet for Kota Kinabalu (even when I had to go for a conference in UMS I stayed in Klagan). "
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8.5

Excellent

11559 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 50
Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Airport transfer
  2. Car park
  3. Shuttle service
  4. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  5. Fitness center
  6. Swimming pool [outdoor]
  7. Front desk [24-hour]
  8. Luggage storage
"Very good value for money. Clean, good facilities and fit out is modern and functional. Would recommend to anyone as either business or holiday hotel. Facilities are just as good as some of the more expensive 'Brand' hotels in Kota Kinabalu but at a significantly lower cost."
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8.3

Excellent

14625 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 119
Sabah Oriental Hotel
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Valet parking
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Front desk [24-hour]
  4. BBQ facilities
  5. Cash withdrawal
  6. Fitness center
  7. Swimming pool [outdoor]
  8. Room service [24-hour]
"One of my preferred hotel in kota kinabalu. It is located just outside the busy boundary of kk city centre. Basically you are outside from the busiest part of the town yet you still can walk by foot to the city cemtre and by car, it only took 2 minutes (this because of the traffic light). The service is great, the staff is doing the best that they can to provide comfort. The room is spacious. The room is clean but it look a bit old. There is a nice view from our hotel window. We can see the busy kk town center and at the same time we can see the beautiful view of mount kinabalu. The breakfast is nice. There is a lot of variety to choose from. The restaurant environment somehow make me feel like i am home. Maybe because i have stay in this hotel quite a few time already. I love the lobby environment. The tapai lounge provide variety of drinks and nice relaxing music. You would definitely need to go the bar and relax with your family. I would highly recommend this hotel for family or couple who just want to relax yet at the same time want an easy access to town center. "
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7.9

Very good

14065 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 36
Borneo Beach Villas
Tuaran,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Airport transfer
  2. Bicycle rental
  3. Car park
  4. Shuttle service
  5. Hot tub
  6. Golf course [on-site]
  7. Beachfront
  8. Front desk [24-hour]
"Spent a week in the spa suite apartments for the family and we absolutely enjoyed ourselves. The location was ideal for those seeking to get away from the busy city, while still remain close to amenities. We rented a car at affordable rates from a local car rental company, and used a mobile app called WAZE to get around - driving around was easy since the app had the most accurate and up-to-date information. Having spent 7 days in the resort, we got around easily to the local restaurants for the best seafood - very cheap and fresh. Check out Gayang Restaurant and their cheap and fresh lobsters and crabs. Convenience shops like 7-11 were everywhere and there is a large supermarket called GIANT just 10 mins from the resort (google "Taman Indah Permai"). Our younger son (age 5) caught a cold and there's a very good and experienced paediatrician called Dr Jeffrey Soon about 30 mins drive away (Lot 66, Lrg Zirafah 10A , Taman Layang Layang , Luyang, 88300 Kota KInabalu), where we got him treated. Around the resort, there's a gorgeous golf course sandwiched between the mountain ridge and the beaches. And there's also a water theme park called "Lagoon Park", where we spent a day with water activities. Generally, while the resort may be about 45 mins drive from the city, there are enough facilities and things for my family to enjoy. The hotel staff were extremely prompt in their responsiveness to our requests (extra towels, utensils for cooking, etc). Very warm and friendly. The stringent security checkpoints also made us feel safe and secure throughout our stay. We had a good deal for this booking via Agoda. Paid for the price of a 4 star hotel but it really felt more like a 5 star. Highly recommended for couples looking for a private place as well as for families looking to get some peace and quiet. "
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8.2

Excellent

7042 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 129
The Pacific Sutera Hotel
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Airport transfer
  2. Valet parking
  3. Shuttle service
  4. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  5. Hot tub
  6. Kids club
  7. Front desk [24-hour]
  8. Check-in/out [express]
"The Pacific Sutera (silk) is probably the best Resort hotel in Kota Kinabalu. What they dont tell you in the website is that you can also enjoy the pool areas of the MAGELLAN And their members only "marina" (great for the kids!). THe Marina is the only pool area that has the slides, so if you plan to stay here at the PAcific, walk around the boardwalk - its good excercise and make the huge complex a bit closer to each other. "
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8.6

Excellent

12465 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 156
Horizon Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Front desk [24-hour]
  4. Check-in/out [express]
  5. Luggage storage
  6. Fitness center
  7. Swimming pool [outdoor]
  8. Coffee shop
"the horizon hotel in kota kinabalu is situated in the heart of the city close the istanza, the sabah governor’s residence. it’s a new hotel, being only 4 months old. but don’t let that dissuade you from staying here. the general manager, philip d. theseira, who i would now count as a good friend, has a top rate staff. all are very welcoming, polite and most helpful; addressing you by name as to go about your business. they even moved me to a new room, because i couldn’t establish an internet connection in my original room. rooms are spacious having king sized beds, a small area for sitting and relaxing, and large walk in showers. larger rooms are also available for those with children. but the room size i had was perfect for the duration of my stay. the hotel has three levels of secure private parking, which is free to hotel guests. in addition there is a swimming pool and well equipped gymnasium on the sixth floor, allowing for mostly uninterrupted views out across the bay. these are used at the guest’s own risk, as there are no staff or life guards present. the two excellent restaurants, give the guest a choice of food styles from around the region, as well as international cuisine. however please be aware that all food is halal, so there is no pork available on the menus. with its situation in the centre of the city; it’s only a short walk to all the shopping malls, restaurants and bars. i never had to use a taxi once, preferring to walk around and see all that was on offer. it’s also ideally located to all the scuba dive centres that offer very reasonably priced diving off the islands of gaya and sapi. i’ve already planned my next stay, if for nothing else, but the convenience. but that’s not the only reason of course. "
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8.4

Excellent

10587 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 105
KK Times Square Hotel
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Airport transfer
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Front desk [24-hour]
  4. Luggage storage
  5. Contactless check-in/out
  6. Shops
  7. Concierge
  8. Wi-Fi in public areas
"first time for me to stay in KK Times Square Hotel and already i love the place!will definitely stay there again during future travels with my son.it is conveniently located with restos, bars and a 24-hr convenience store all within walking distance from the hotel.the place is safe even for a solo lady traveler like me that i had no fear of going out of my room and have a late dinner at a nearby restaurant.highly recommended to those who wants value for their money. KK Times Square Hotel is, for me, the "IN" place in Kota Kinabalu!"
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7.9

Very good

7251 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 44
Sunset Seaview Vacation Condos @ Jesselton Quay
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Luggage storage
  4. Check-in [24-hour]
  5. Contactless check-in/out
  6. Fitness center
  7. Swimming pool [outdoor]
  8. Shops
"Very recommended to people who have a family to stay in👍🏻✨"
9.3

Exceptional

3522 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 42
Hotel 7 Suria
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Front desk [24-hour]
  4. Luggage storage
  5. Laundry service
  6. Safety deposit boxes
  7. Tours
  8. Concierge
"I liked the photo of Kinabalu Mountain view in the wall room. The toilet also cleaned and i liked also the mineral bottle by their own signature hotel. The location is strategic for people who like shopping. ✨👍🏻"
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9

Exceptional

8665 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 63

Fast facts about Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Accommodations3,417 properties
Popular hotelMing Garden Hotel and Residences
Popular areaCentral Business District
Nightly rates from$6
AirportKota Kinabalu International Airport
Reasons to visitBeaches, Nature, Sightseeing

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Frequently asked questions

What's the typical price of a resort in Kota Kinabalu this evening?

The typical price for a 3-star resort in Kota Kinabalu this evening is USD 36. The average price for a 4-star property in Kota Kinabalu tonight is USD 47. The average price for a 5-star hotel in Kota Kinabalu tonight is USD 77.

What are the best resorts in Kota Kinabalu next to Gaya Street Sunday Market?

Verified tourists to Kota Kinabalu who stayed nearby Gaya Street Sunday Market have given exceptional reviews to Ecozy Suite, ZEN Rooms Kampung Air and KK UPTOWN HOSTEL.

What are the best resorts in Kota Kinabalu for couples?

Resorts in Kota Kinabalu that are significantly scored by couples include Ming Garden Hotel and Residences, Sabah Oriental Hotel and Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu.

What accommodations in Kota Kinabalu have the best breakfast?

Verified visitors to Kota Kinabalu have given exceptional reviews for the breakfast at Escape Backpackers Kk, Akinabalu Youth Hostel and Holiday Inn Express Kota Kinabalu City Centre.

What accommodations located in Kota Kinabalu are exceptionally rated with respect to room comfort and quality?

Propertiesaround Kota Kinabalu which is highly rated regarding room comfort and quality include Halo Hostel, OYO 90037 The 7 Lodge Tambunan and D1B Guesthouse Condo at 1Borneo Homestay.

What destination should I explore when I'm visiting Kota Kinabalu?

Top hotspots in Kota Kinabalu include Sapi Island, Manukan Island, and Poring Hot Springs.

Where can I find rooms in Kota Kinabalu with free cancellation policy?

Yes, you’ll find the majority of hotel rooms provide free cancellation rates, in which you will receive a full refund if you cancel prior to the deadline. Filter your search by free cancellation to find flexible hotel deals in Kota Kinabalu.

What's the best destination in the heart of Kota Kinabalu?

A top neighborhood at the core of Kota Kinabalu is Central Business District.

What's the best destination with nature escape in Kota Kinabalu?

Top nature getaway destinations in Kota Kinabalu are Central Business District and Manukan Island.

Are international travelers allowed into Kota Kinabalu?

International travelers are allowed into Kota Kinabalu, according to our most updated information. Due to changing restrictions, we recommend you check out here for more details.

Is covid test upon arrival expected for fully vaccinated travelers to enter Kota Kinabalu?

COVID-19 test may be required on arrival when entering Kota Kinabalu from outside the country. For updated and in depth information on travel restrictons, make sure you check out the official websites of the travel authority or government of the country you want to visit, or go to here.

What vaccines are accepted in Kota Kinabalu?

Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, CanSinoBIO, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Oxford/AstraZeneca, Sinopharm/BIBP, Sinovac are currently recognized and accepted by the national health authority of the country that includes Kota Kinabalu.

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Discover the Best Time to Visit Kota Kinabalu for Your Dream Vacation

Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, Malaysia, is a tropical paradise that boasts of stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and a vibrant culture. The best time to visit Kota Kinabalu is between March and September when the weather is dry and sunny, making it the perfect time for outdoor activities and water sports. However, if you're looking to avoid the crowds and get the best deals on hotels, consider visiting during the off-peak season between October and February.

Uncover the Top Reasons Why You Should Visit Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu is a must-visit destination for travelers looking to experience the best of Malaysia. One of the top reasons to visit Kota Kinabalu is its breathtaking natural beauty. The city is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world, including Tanjung Aru Beach, which offers a picturesque view of the sunset. The city is also surrounded by lush rainforests, where you can go trekking, bird watching, and wildlife spotting. Another reason to visit Kota Kinabalu is its rich culture and heritage. The city is home to many museums and galleries, where you can learn about the history and culture of Sabah. The Sabah State Museum and Heritage Village is a must-visit, as it showcases the diverse cultures and traditions of the people of Sabah.

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Kota Kinabalu offers a wide range of activities and attractions that cater to all types of travelers. If you're an adventure seeker, you can go white water rafting, paragliding, or scuba diving. For those who prefer a more relaxed pace, you can go island hopping, visit the hot springs, or take a leisurely stroll along the beach. One of the most popular attractions in Kota Kinabalu is the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, which is also known as the "floating mosque." The mosque is built on a man-made lagoon and offers a stunning view of the city skyline. Another must-visit attraction is the Signal Hill Observatory Platform, where you can get a panoramic view of Kota Kinabalu.

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Getting around Kota Kinabalu is easy and convenient, thanks to its well-developed transportation system. The most common mode of transportation is by taxi or ride-sharing services. You can also rent a car or a motorbike if you prefer to explore the city on your own. If you're looking for a more affordable option, you can take the local buses or the mini-buses known as "labi-labi." These are the best options for those who want to explore the city at a slower pace and get a glimpse of the local way of life.

Find the Best Places to Stay in Kota Kinabalu for a Memorable Experience

Kota Kinabalu offers a wide range of accommodation options that cater to all types of travelers. Whether you're looking for a budget-friendly hostel or a luxurious resort, you'll find something that suits your needs and preferences. Some of the best hotels in Kota Kinabalu include the Gaya Centre Hotel, Ming Garden Hotel and Residences, Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu, Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu, and The Pacific Sutera Hotel. These hotels offer comfortable rooms, excellent amenities, and convenient locations that are close to the city's top attractions.

Taste the Best of Kota Kinabalu: What to Eat and Where to Find Them

Kota Kinabalu is a food lover's paradise, offering a wide range of delicious dishes that reflect the city's diverse cultural heritage. Some of the must-try dishes in Kota Kinabalu include the seafood, which is fresh and abundant, and the local delicacies such as Hinava, a traditional fish salad, and Ambuyat, a starchy dish made from sago. To taste the best of Kota Kinabalu's cuisine, head to the night markets such as the Filipino Market and the Gaya Street Sunday Market. These markets offer a wide range of street food and snacks that are both delicious and affordable.

How to Get to Kota Kinabalu: Your Complete Travel Guide

Kota Kinabalu is easily accessible by air, with the Kota Kinabalu International Airport serving as the main gateway to the city. The airport is located just a few kilometers away from the city center and is well-connected to major cities in Malaysia and other countries in Southeast Asia. If you're traveling from within Malaysia, you can also take a bus or a train to Kota Kinabalu. The city is well-connected to other major cities in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

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Expert Tips for First-Time Travelers to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

If you're planning your first trip to Kota Kinabalu, here are some expert tips to help you make the most of your travel experience: - Make sure to bring sunscreen and insect repellent, as the weather can be hot and humid, and there are mosquitoes in the area. - Learn a few basic Malay phrases, as this will help you communicate with the locals and make your travel experience more enjoyable. - Try the local delicacies, as Kota Kinabalu offers a wide range of delicious dishes that reflect the city's diverse cultural heritage. - Respect the local customs and traditions, as this will help you blend in with the locals and avoid any cultural misunderstandings. - Plan your itinerary in advance, as there are many attractions and activities to choose from in Kota Kinabalu, and it's easy to get overwhelmed.