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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

18678 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 54
Tune Hotel – 1Borneo Kota Kinabalu
1 Borneo,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. Contactless check-in/out
  7. Shops
  8. Coffee shop
"My stay at Tune Hotel 1Borneo Kota Kinabalu is very positive. This is my second visit to the same hotel after a couple of years. But this is my first stay through Agoda.com and I find the service from both the online booking to actual staying very good. Room is small but equipped with all the essentials. I am glad that I had the air-conditioning as it is a bit tough without it. But still, it is reasonable in pricing. I was here for a seminar and having the hotel located right in the shopping mall itself made it feel integrated and easy to find things that I need."
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7.7

Very good

7263 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 25
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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8.4

Excellent

14840 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 120
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

11809 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 48
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

7420 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 44
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

20790 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 42
The Magellan Sutera Resort
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Airport transfer
  2. Bicycle rental
  3. Valet parking
  4. Shuttle service
  5. Hot tub
  6. Kids club
  7. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  8. Front desk [24-hour]
"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

11209 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 190
Hotel Capital Kota Kinabalu
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  2. Front desk [24-hour]
  3. Check-in/out [express]
  4. Luggage storage
  5. Laundry service
  6. Safety deposit boxes
  7. Concierge
  8. Wi-Fi in public areas
"We as a family went to Kota Kinabalu. The hotel is not bad. It has a big room. So, enough for me and my family. The hotel staffs are very friendly and helpful. We are not really familiar with this area and the staffs showed us the direction. Food surrounding this area is not bad. There are quite a number of local food stalls. I would recommend this hotel to my friends and relatives. It is perfectly good for a family trip and all fun experiences in Kota Kinabalu."
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8.6

Excellent

5741 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 47
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

10667 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 103
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

8904 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 62

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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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 38. The average price for a 4-star property in Kota Kinabalu tonight is USD 55. The average price for a 5-star hotel in Kota Kinabalu tonight is USD 64.

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, The Shore - JJ's Unit with City View and ZEN Rooms Kampung Air.

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.

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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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.