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9.1

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Exceptional location - Inside city center
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Popular landmarks
Dataran Desoka 50 m
Atkinson Clock Tower 50 m
Gaya Street Sunday Market 70 m
Net Access 150 m
Padang Merdeka 160 m
City Park 170 m
Milimewa Superstore 180 m
Milimewa 190 m
General Post Office 220 m
Big Banyan Tree 220 m
Nearby landmarks
Gaya Street Sunday Market 70 m
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque 360 m
Signal Hill Observatory Platform 480 m
Night Market 570 m
Mamutik Island 810 m
Sabah State Museum 2.46 km
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park 8.05 km
Sapi Island 8.07 km
Manukan Island 8.4 km
Poring Hot Springs 14.17 km
Akinabalu Youth Hostel

"The staff are so helpful and very accommodating, breakfast was good and the whole place was clean from time to time even the toilet."

Marivic - November 23, 2017

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Akinabalu Youth Hostel

1st, 2nd, 3rd 4th Floor, Lot 133, Jalan Gaya, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88000 - See map
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Hygiene Plus
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Check-in [24-hour]
Hassle-free check in
Close to Gaya Street Sunday Market
Within 70 m of property
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  • Located in heart of Kota Kinabalu

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Safety deposit boxes

  • Salon

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Value for money8.5
Distance to city center0km
Location rating9.1
Nearest airportKota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI)
Distance to airport7.2 km

Rooms available at Akinabalu Youth Hostel

Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • City view
  • 5 bunk beds
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Family Room For 4
Family Room For 4
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed and 1 queen bed ...
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Standard Double Room with Fan
Standard Double Room with Fan
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 queen bed
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Standard Double Room with View
Standard Double Room with View
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed
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Family Room - 3 Pax
Family Room - 3 Pax
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed and 1 queen bed
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Standard Double Room with City View
Standard Double Room with City View
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  • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed
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Standard Double Room with Air Conditioning
Standard Double Room with Air Conditioning
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 queen bed
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Bed in 4 Bed Dormitory (B)
Bed in 4 Bed Dormitory (B)
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 bunk beds
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Standard Double Room with no View
Standard Double Room with no View
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  • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed
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Family Room ( 4 Adults )
Family Room ( 4 Adults )
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Akinabalu Youth Hostel?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Akinabalu Youth Hostel?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Akinabalu Youth Hostel has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. Parking is available for an additional charge. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Kota Kinabalu with private transportation, the hostel can arrange car rental for you.

What is the smoking policy at Akinabalu Youth Hostel?

Akinabalu Youth Hostel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

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What people love about Akinabalu Youth Hostel

  • 9.2
    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "Affordable dorm and private rooms, the place is very clean and safe."

    Moritz

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    February 7, 2019

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Spaciousness

    "Spacious and clean room with excellent amenities."

    Leow

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    September 28, 2017

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "Good location , clean and comfortable, nice staff"

    loo

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    March 24, 2018

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Overall rating:
8.3
Excellent
811 reviews
Cleanliness
8.1
Facilities
8.0
Location
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Offering spacious and clean rooms with excellent amenities, Akinabalu Youth Hostel is a great place of stay when visiting Borneo. During your stay, visit Gaya Street, where can you walk around the weekly bazaar and enjoy shopping, you are also within access to all the other parts of the city. The friendly staff and great services at Akinabalu Youth Hostel will definitely make your stay a great one.

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9.2
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Breakfast

"The breakfast is Toast, peanut butter, jam, eggs, cake, nood..."

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8.3
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Service8.3
Value for money8.5
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10.0
Exceptional
Adria from United States
Couple
Standard Double Room with View
Stayed 3 nights in June 2016

Great hostel - location, staff, amenities”

We really enjoyed our stay at Akinabalu Youth Hostel. The location is great - really central to Kota Kinabalu. The room was super clean and the staff were always tidying the bathrooms and the common areas. The staff were lovely - a lot friendlier than some other places we stayed. They were accommodating with luggage storage before we checked in and allowing us to hang around before a late flight. We chose not to have breakfast here because after travelling so much, white toast just wasn't doing it for us anymore. Overall, I would recommend this hostel for a stay in KK!

Reviewed July 12, 2016
9.0
Exceptional
Margo from United States
Group
Standard Double Room with Fan
Stayed 2 nights in September 2015

My Favorite Hostel”

So so clean and super-friendly and helpful staff

My friend and I stayed here on our way in to diving and trekking round Sabah, Borneo. We loved it so much we decided to stay here on our way back out of Kota Kinabalu! It's a hostel so the rooms are simple and not decorated much, but what we loved so much about this place was everything was so clean! The rooms, the beds, the common room, the bathrooms and showers!! All clean, all the time! Most hostels I've stayed at can never keep everything so clean, but Akinabalu does it! The staff are also really friendly and welcoming and offer their help with most anything we needed including booking buses and taxis, and such. The breakfast is not really a breakfast at all, so we usually walked down the street to "Fung-ip cafe." There are a bunch of other restaurants on the same strip and everything except beer is quite cheap. Would love to stay at this place again if I make it back to KK!

Reviewed September 19, 2015
10.0
Exceptional
Marivic from Philippines
Group
Standard Double Room with Fan
Stayed 3 nights in November 2017

ITS WORTH IT! ”

Me and my friend chose to stay at " AKINABALU YOUTH HOSTEL" and were lucky because this place was close to night market, malls, restaurant, bus terminal, ferry bot terminal, then some tourist spot like city mosque, atkinson clock tower its only walking distance and you can do it by yourself that u can save money to book for city tour. The staff are so helpful and very accommodating, breakfast was good and the whole place was clean from time to time even the toilet. It's worth it every single cents.. Lastly its near at the INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

Reviewed November 23, 2017
8.7
Excellent
Pius from Philippines
Couple
Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 2 nights in August 2013

Great Value for Money!”

Pleasant, Hassle-free, Comfortable

I was travelling to Kota Kinabalu with a high school friend for the weekend and we decided to stay in a hostel for the sake of trying it. We ended up not regretting what we did. Akinabalu Hostel was such a perfect place. Rooms were clean and although small in size, were not that cramped. There was free Wi-Fi internet. Common restrooms were clean, too. Staff was friendly and very accommodating. There was also a passcode-protected steel gate just before the entrance to the hostel, which only guests were given the passcode. For me, this was a very good feature of the hostel for its security. Lastly, the place was just walking distance from the city center and its landmarks, which for me is the best factor to consider when choosing a place to stay in a foreign country.

Reviewed August 15, 2013
10.0
Exceptional
Leow from Malaysia
Family with teens
Standard Double Room with View
Stayed 4 nights in September 2017

Exceptional”

Akinabalu Youth Hostel is strategic located on Gaya Street, just a 15-minute drive from KK Airport. Spacious and clean room with excellent amenities. Definitely a great place to stay. Staffs are very friendly and helpful. Recommended!

Reviewed September 28, 2017
9.6
Exceptional
Andrew from Philippines
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in January 2018

Great Location, 24 Hour Access, Friendly Staff”

I don't stay in hostels much, but if you go in knowing you share a room with bunk beds, there is no AC, and it's a shared bathroom, then what's left is cleanliness, staff, and location. All these are met and exceeded for the given price and well worth the money. Thanks Akinabalu Hostel!

Reviewed February 01, 2018
8.4
Excellent
Teng from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Bed in 4 Bed Dormitory (B)
Stayed 3 nights in December 2018

The room is too dark and small”

This is the 5th backpacker hostel I have stayed in Kota Kinabalu. I felt I was staying in a jail, no natural sunray at all in the bedroom even though it was a sunny day (no window facing outside), the room was small and really dark even with the light on, the wall that painted with a dark color makes it worse.......for the first time I felt stress, hard to breathe and can't get into sleep while traveling. The only good thing was the hostel has a big lobby for guest to rest, unlimited drinks(coffee, tea) and I enjoy the fresh papaya fruits they serve as breakfast (others: sausages, cakes, boiled eggs, bread, mayonnaise, jam,manggi noodle). If you are looking for a long stay hostel and a place that you can rest in the bedroom especially in the afternoon, this is not a good choice for you.....

Reviewed December 07, 2018
9.6
Exceptional
Elizabeth from Australia
Couple
Standard Double Room with Fan
Stayed 1 night in May 2016

Pleasant stay!”

We stayed for three nights at the Akinabalu YH and then again for another two nights after going to the Kinabalu NP. It is a nice place to stay in a good area of town. The staff are very helpful. The breakfast is basic of white bread, butter, jam, tea & coffee.

Reviewed June 13, 2016
9.6
Exceptional
Rebecca from Canada
Couple
Standard Double Room with View
Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

Nice little hostel”

We stayed at Akinabalu for 2 nights. It was comfortable, clean and the staff was very helpful and friendly. Overall, good value for money and I would recommend it. The only thing I didn't like was the location right next to a super busy street but it didn't really put a damper on our stay. Stay here for cheap, comfy stay and friendly vibe.

Reviewed December 22, 2016
8.0
Excellent
Ma from Philippines
Solo traveler
Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 2 nights in November 2011

Youth Hotel of choice”

Friendly and Accommodating staff :)

I was welcomed with big smile by the staff. - very friendly and accommodating.. they help you out to enjoy your stay in kota Kinabalu.. the place is very relaxing in the middle of the city... relaxing, natural and fresh.. the place is suitable to backpackers and youth who are always on the go.. the place is safe because they have cctv cameras and passcode to enter.. you can go out anytime you want.. plus free use of computer and wifi unlimited..:)

Reviewed November 21, 2011
9.7
Exceptional
Alex from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Double Room with Fan
Stayed 1 night in May 2012

One of the best hostels of our trip”

Service, location, lounge

we have been backpacking for 7 months and this is one of the best hostels we have come across. the service is excellent and the people who work here couldn't be friendlier or more helpful. they actually gave us some transport information which saved us time and money that the sabah tourism office didn't give us. the rooms are basic, bed, desk, chair and fan but clean. they clean the full hostel every day. showers and toilets are clean and have hot water. breakfast is the usual toast, jam, butter, noodles but fine the lounge area has two free computers, sofas, table, tv, dvd player, radio, tea and coffee making facilities, they also sell fairly priced snacks behind the reception desk. the wifi also works well although can be patchy the higher up you move from the lounge. we would definitely recommend this place to friends and other travellers. a very chilled out place, well placed in kk city. we actually decided to stay for 3 nights and will be staying again once we have finished our travels around the island.

Reviewed June 04, 2012
8.0
Excellent
WAN from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 1 night in January 2013

convenient for food lover”

walking distance to visitor attraction

Akinabalu is a good place to try best local food in town, such as teh tarik ice, laksa and so on. walking distance to markets that sell dry food, vegetables, fruits, souvenir and many more. i've met some new friends from other countries, and had fun chatting until late night. the staff at akinabalu are very friendly and helpful. i would recommend to my friends and family.

Reviewed February 01, 2013
8.3
Excellent
Jonalyn from Philippines
Group
Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 3 nights in August 2012

Great location and friendly staff”

Provides cheap tour packages

The hostel is located in the center of the city. The dorm-type rooms are quite small. They have common bathrooms per floor. The hotel staff is an English speaker, friendly and willing to help tourists. Tour packages are also available at reasonable prices and sometimes, at a discounted rate. Light Breakfast includes bread and jam, noodles, and coffee/tea. Not served by the hotel staff. You must prepare your own breakfast. This hostel is ideal for backpackers but not for a family with small children. And ooh, check your bed sheets before using them. One of the beds during our stay had bedbugs!

Reviewed February 05, 2013
8.8
Excellent
ming from Australia
Family with young children
Standard Double Room with Fan
Stayed 1 night in December 2016

Best hostel that we could find in Kinabalu”

Definitely worth the money! It is a pearl in the hostel world of kinabalu. Room was nice and staff was friendly. Common area was huge and attracted us at first glance. Many tourists so great atmosphere as well. Cant ask for more!

Reviewed December 29, 2016
8.8
Excellent
Yeuan from Malaysia
Couple
Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

Nice”

Its a nice backpacker hostel, have everything a backpacker needs. The bed is quite soft and sink in the center. Otherwise the toilet is clean, breakfast is good, there is a fridge which allow guest to store thier foods, cooked water for drinking. Location is jUST at gaya street, Sunday market is just below the hostel. Near by have bakuteh, laksa, ban Mee to eat. Thier aircond is centrally controlled and have timing to switch on and off.

Reviewed August 19, 2018
8.0
Excellent
Martin from Denmark
Couple
Standard Double Room with Fan
Stayed 2 nights in August 2013

Nice cheap hostel - Recommendable for cheap travel”

Price, friendly staff, location

Great stay in cheap but decent hostel. Recommendable if you want to save money and still stay in the city center. Very close to the backpacker and activity area of Kota Kinabalu.

Reviewed August 29, 2013
7.7
Very good
Carel from Philippines
Solo traveler
Standard Double Room with View
Stayed 4 nights in May 2012

clean hotel”

accomodating

Nice hotel, clean and orderly, situated right at the heart of the City. The place is also great and is situated at the Jalan Gaya street where there is a Sunday market from 5am to 3pm. You can buy cheap goods and souvenirs to bring home. Plenty of restaurants and food selections around. There is also a pharmacy just at the right side of the entrance at Jalan, Gaya Street. All in all the hotel is good to stay, especially during the nights after a tiring sight seeing and tour around the city or anywhere else in Kota Kinabalu. You can walk around 3 blocks to find the Old Town White coffee shop. They offer an awesome taste coffee and Tea milk. Just a reminder, the aircondition is only operational from 7pm to 7am.

Reviewed May 31, 2012
9.6
Exceptional
Maciej from New Zealand
Solo traveler
Standard Double Room with Fan
Stayed 2 nights in September 2017

Good location”

It is a really nice hostel in a good central location. The room and shared bathrooms are extremally nice and clean. The included breakfast is tasty (it was usually a toast bread, jam, fruits, cake and sometimes sausages so not too bad!). There is also a really tasty restaurant downstairs with the best Laksa in Malaysia!

Reviewed October 10, 2017
8.3
Excellent
Richard from Philippines
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in January 2012

Nice Hostel for Solo Backpacker”

Great Customer Service

I stayed in this hostel for 4 days and 3 nights and no regret at all. All receptionists are very helpful and have a good grasp of Sabah tourism from the city prospective to rural one. Their guests were also very friendly, whom I met new aquintances from different countries (China, Taiwan, UK, Canada)and I am the only Filipino guest that time. The place is very safe (has a automatic gate) and has no curfew, It is also very near to tourist spots like Central Market, Waterfront, J. Ferry, Atkinson Clock, Observatory Hill, bars, restaurant, etc. Bed/bath/comfort rooms were clean and maintained well. You can wash your clothes and there is a space for hanging. Free simple breakfast like coffee, tea, bread, spread and instant noodles, though it is bare and plain, you may get as many as so you want. Try to bring flashlight as no individual lampshade is available, you might disturb other guest.

Reviewed January 24, 2012
9.6
Exceptional
Jessica from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Double Room with Fan
Stayed 2 nights in October 2016

Fantastic hostel”

Friendly & welcoming staff. It was very clean - bathrooms and shared areas were always clean. Toilet paper and soap are provided. Good showers. A really nice open communal area with lots of seating, for doing any travel research, booking flights, reading, socialising etc. Strong wifi in the communal area, always worked well. (They told us when we arrived there is no wifi in the rooms, which was fine, but some of the rooms pick it up a little bit, it just depends which room you're in). Comfortable rooms, although some don't have a window. One of the best hostels I've stayed in! I would definitely stay here again.

Reviewed October 24, 2016
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