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Ming Garden Hotel and Residences
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Airport transfer
  2. Car park
  3. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  4. Front desk [24-hour]
  5. Luggage storage
  6. Fitness center
  7. Swimming pool [outdoor]
  8. Coffee shop
"All services, staffs, equipment, the room all perfect."
8

Excellent

17635 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 42
Jesselton Quay by Pinstay
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Check-in/out [private]
  4. Swimming pool [indoor]
  5. Fitness center
  6. Shops
  7. Wi-Fi in public areas
  8. Security [24-hour]
"Its by far the best staycation me & my friends experience..."
8.6

Excellent

2668 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 47
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

14220 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 162
Gaya Centre Hotel
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  2. Front desk [24-hour]
  3. Luggage storage
  4. Car park [on-site]
  5. Contactless check-in/out
  6. Fitness center
  7. Shops
  8. Coffee shop
"My husband and I visited this hotel during a short stay in Kota Kinabalu. We were pleasantly surprised by the position of the Hotel between two big shopping malls and on the seafront. The reception area is very grand and the door men always provided a 5 star service for this 3 star hotel by holding the door for you as you came in or left. We were lucky enough to be upgraded from a standard room to a suite and the room was a great size with a nice desk, comfortable chairs and two beds (one double and one single). Whilst other reviewers say that for great views, you need to be on a higher floor, we were on the 2nd floor and were still able to see the sea out of our window which we hadn’t expected because of the reviews. All the bedding was spotless and the bathroom and shower was huge. The corridors were very large and spacious too and it gave the feeling of being in a very grand hotel. Even though it is stated to be 3 star, it felt more like a 4 star. The breakfast choice was just okay. We didn’t fancy asian food for breakfast (which there was a lot of) so the options were beans, eggs and toast which was okay. My husband actually asked if they had any cereal and they did bring us both some cornflakes but you need to ask for it if you like cereal. There was also fruit too. We weren’t really impressed with Kota Kinabalu itself but its handy as a base to use before doing trips to the Islands or Mt Kinabalu and if you love shopping you will love it! Would thoroughly recommend the Gaya Centre Hotel as a good place to stay in KK! "
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8.2

Excellent

20150 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 45
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

11122 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 53
The Magellan Sutera Resort
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 location of magellan sutera is very good,only 3mins drive to the city centre and easy to look for local food. the room is classic,clean and the swimming pool is also an attraction of the hotel. the most amazing part is the breakfast,there're so many choices of food and drinks (including italy coffee) for us. well,the service,environment,cleaniness,facilities,food and drinks are all above my expectation. it could be considered as the best 5-star hotel in kota kinabalu."
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8.7

Excellent

10528 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 217
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

12105 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 173
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

3107 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 49
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Airport transfer
  2. Valet parking
  3. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  4. Front desk [24-hour]
  5. Fitness center
  6. Sauna
  7. Luggage storage
  8. Spa
"Having stayed in quite a few different hotels in Kota Kinabalu from 2 to 5 star we thought we would give Hyatt a try this time, Overall we were not disappointed although a few things needs updating like the TV which was quite old and not much to choose from program wise, As i have a business back home i needed access to the internet for checking my emails when i called reception to find out about getting free Wi-fi i was told it was charged my the min or £12 a day which i thought was a bit mean as most hotels in K,Kinabalu, give free wi-fi. We used the restaurant a few times the service was very good and the food well presented. We took our breakfast in our room which was delivered very quickly on a table beautifully presented with a flower vase and a excellent selection. The young man who brought us our breakfast was very friendly and efficient. As for the other staff working at the Hyatt i could not fault them they were wonderful nothing was to much trouble. its not a cheap hotel to stay at and you could probably find an equivalent hotel with free internet for around the same price but overall it was the staff that made it so pleasurable for us. "
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8.7

Excellent

5659 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 181
ITCC Manhattan Suites by Pinstay
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Luggage storage
  4. Cash withdrawal
  5. Kids club
  6. Fitness center
  7. Contactless check-in/out
  8. Game room
"The thing I loved the most about this listing is the staff."
8.5

Excellent

774 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 29

Fast facts about Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Accommodations3,417 properties
Popular hotelMing Garden Hotel and Residences
Popular areaCentral Business District
Nightly rates from$5
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 56. The average price for a 5-star hotel in Kota Kinabalu tonight is USD 78.

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.

Explore the Fun and Exciting Things to Do in Kota Kinabalu

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.

The Ultimate Guide on How to Travel Around Kota Kinabalu with Ease

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.