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The Shore by The Sea Kota Kinabalu Perfect Host
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  2. Luggage storage
  3. Swimming pool [outdoor]
  4. Security [24-hour]
  5. Kitchen
  6. Car park [charges apply]
  7. CCTV outside property
  8. CCTV in common areas
"It is highly recommended and definitely will visit again"
8.1

Excellent

496 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 37
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
"All services, staffs, equipment, the room all perfect."
8.1

Excellent

19238 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 55
Deco Home @ Imago The Loft
Central Business District,Kota Kinabalu - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Check-in [24-hour]
  4. Swimming pool [outdoor]
  5. Wi-Fi in public areas
  6. Security [24-hour]
  7. Kitchen
  8. Smoke-free property
"The accomodation is superb, clean and super duper luxury"
9.1

Exceptional

1648 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 76
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

12928 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 160
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. Restaurants
  8. Wi-Fi in public areas
"Its by far the best staycation me & my friends experience..."
8.6

Excellent

3358 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 40
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

11459 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 202
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

12125 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 48
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."
8.4

Excellent

1253 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 27
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

3948 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 44
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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7.8

Very good

7520 reviews

Avg price per night
USD 28

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 37. The average price for a 4-star property in Kota Kinabalu tonight is USD 53. 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 TWILIGHT VISTA GUEST-HOUSE.

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.