Looking for a nice and convenient hotel in Kota Kinabalu? Well, you don’t have to look further from here. We will list out several hotels that we highly recommend and we hope that your visit to Kota Kinabalu will be enjoyable and worthwhile.
5-Star Hotel & Resort
If you have a big budget and are looking for a nice and relaxing holiday with your family, we suggest you take a look at these hotels and book via Booking.Com. These are the top hotels & resorts in Kota Kinabalu with beautiful beaches and landscape.
Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
20 Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Located in Kota Kinabalu, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa is an easy drive from the Sabah Museum and Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre. It features a 9-hole golf course, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a swimming pool. Read more HERE.
Gayana Eco Resort
Malohom Bay Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Featuring free Wi-Fi and a Jacuzzi, Gayana Eco Resort is located in Kota Kinabalu and provides comfortable accommodation. It is steps from the beach and offers comfortable 5-star accommodation. Read more HERE.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Pantai Dalit, Tuaran, 89208 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Situated on Kota Kinabalu’s Dalit Bay, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa is set amidst a nature reserve whole overlooking the idyllic beach and surrounded by a large tropical rainforest ensuring the feeling of privacy and seclusion. Read more HERE.
The Magellan Sutera
No 1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Part of the luxurious Sutera Harbour Resort, The Magellan Sutera offers a 27-hole golf course, Olympic-sized and free-form pools, 14 dining options with international and Chinese cuisine, and 2 pampering spas. Read more HERE.
Luxury Hotel In Downtown Kota Kinabalu
For those with big budgets but are in KK for business matters rather than pleasure, there are several luxury hotels where you can rest comfortably and concentrate on your work. The location is in downtown KK with easy access to public transportation, shopping complex, etc.
Limousines are provided upon request.
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Offering views of Kota Kinabalu, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu is located in a well-known shopping area, plus boasts an outdoor pool. It is a 10-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre and has free private parking on site. Read more HERE.
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Situated in Kota Kinabalu, Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu is a 10-minute walk from KK Esplanade and provides an outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi and a sauna. It is moments from the beach and offers chic 5-star accommodation. Read more HERE.
If you come with family and require more than one rooms, why not check-in at Apartment Hotels in KK? It is cheaper than the family room in 5-Star or 4-Star hotel/resort but quite comfortable and convenient too.
KK’s Marina Court Condominium
Located in Kota Kinabalu, KK’s Marina Court Condominium offers an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Free WiFi is available. The self-catering property is 900 m from Gaya Street (Sunday Market) and 1.3 km from Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Read more HERE.
Likas Square Apartment Hotel
Likas Square Apartment Hotel offers you a home away from home in the quaint city of Sabah. It offers spacious and well-appointed accommodation with the scenic Likas Bay and Mount Kinabalu as backdrop. Read more HERE.
Quality/Comfortable 3 – 4 Star Hotels
Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu
No 4 Lorong Api-Api3 Api-Api Centre, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Modern and cosy, Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu is situated in Kota Kinabalu and provides a Jacuzzi, a sauna and an outdoor pool. It offers 4-star accommodation and views of the sea. Read more HERE.
Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu
No. 1 Jalan Singgah Mata 1, Asia City,, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
A 10-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Cititel Express houses a café and offers boutique accommodation with a flat-screen TV in central Kota Kinabalu. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Read more HERE.
Boutique hotel is a term used initially in North America and the United Kingdom to describe small hotels which have typically between 10 and 100 rooms in unique settings with upscale accommodations. Many are furnished in a themed, stylish and/or inspirational manner.
This type of hotel is still less popular in KK but is slowly growing up in numbers. We list here the recommended ones:
Zara’s Boutique Hotel @ Harbour City
Jalan Pantai Baru Sembulan, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, Zara’s Boutique Hotel @ Harbour City features a 24-hour front desk and rooms with a flat-screen TV. Guests enjoy free WiFi and parking. Read more HERE.
Avangio Hotel Kota Kinabalu Managed by Accor
Jalan Metro 2, Metro Town Off Jalan Lintas, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Located in the picturesque Sabah capital state of Kota Kinabalu, Avangio Hotel Kota Kinabalu Managed by Accor features both a restaurant, as well as a bar for guests to enjoy their meals and drinks at. It also offers an outdoor pool, sauna and fitness centre. Read more HERE.
Lodge/Backpacker In Kota Kinabalu City
We notice many tourists who come to Kota Kinabalu prefer to stay in backpacker/lodge. Obviously, comfort and luxury are secondary to budget and all that is required is a nice place to stay and rest at night. Day time will be filled with adventure and travelling.
Well, no worries, as there are many backpacker lodges in Kota Kinabalu. Some can be booked online. It is advisable to book before you come especially during the busy holiday period/end of the year. Otherwise, you might end up paying more at those 4-star and above hotels.
Block F, Lot 2, 1st Floor, Segama Jln Tun Razak, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Featuring free WiFi and air-conditioning, H2 Backpacker offers accommodation in Kota Kinabalu. Conveniently located within the central commercial district, it is 200 m away from the famous Gaya Street (Sunday Market) and 2.1 km from Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Read more HERE.
Outside The City
To those who prefer peace and quiet and surrounded by nature but not too far from the city, you can choose one of the resorts/hotels here. The price is affordable, the service excellent and the view is enchanting.
Kasih Sayang Health Resort
Kampung Sinagang, Bukit Kokol Menggatal, Kota Kinabalu, 88450 Sabah, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
The resort is a 10-minute drive to Kiansom Waterfall and a convenient 15-minute drive to Mari-Mari Cultural Village, the amazing living museum. 1Borneo Hypermall is a 30-minute drive, while Kota Kinabalu International Airport is a 45-minute drive away. Read more HERE.