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Hilton Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Asia City, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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The price is $59 per night
0.29 mi from city center
4.5/5Wonderful! (695 reviews)

"All was good but would like to suggest to include basic amenities like shaver kit."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Hilton Kota Kinabalu
The Magellan Sutera Resort
5 out of 5
1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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The price is $154 per night
1.16 mi from city center
4.2/5Excellent! (999 reviews)
KK1

"Had a great time here...apart from the whistle blowing life guards. I felt they were a bit over the top. I also had an allergic reaction to jelly fish larvae bites(jelly bugs) that I got on a snorkeling trip booked through the hotel. The guide advised there were stingers but I reacted badly. The ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

The Magellan Sutera Resort
Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre
4 out of 5
41, Jalan Gaya, Pusat Bandar, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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The price is $38 per night
0.8 mi from city center
3.9/5Good! (557 reviews)

"It's located at the central region of the city and walking distance to most tourists places. Hotel is clean and the staffs are all kind and friendly"…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre
Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
3.5 out of 5
PV 139, Pecinct Dillenia, Nexus Residence, Karambunai, Kota Kinabalu
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The price is $47 per night
10.66 mi from city center
4.2/5Excellent! (169 reviews)

"It is good and I enjoyed the sunset"…"

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
Avangio Hotel Kota Kinabalu Managed By AccorHotels
4 out of 5
Jalan Metro 2, Metro Town, Off Jalan Lintas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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The price is $41 per night
2.77 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (142 reviews)

"Aircond take time to cool the room. Initially we choose this hotel to spend time at swimming pool. Unfortunately, swimming pool is under maintainance. Bfast menu is ok."…"

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

Avangio Hotel Kota Kinabalu Managed By AccorHotels
CJ Residence
2.5 out of 5
#4, 2nd Floor, Block J, Sinsuran Shopping Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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The price is $16 per night
0.04 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)

"Soooo comfortable , the host are very friendly ! ❤️ Highly recommend , the location issss perfect 👌🏻💯"…"

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

CJ Residence
Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Lot G-23A, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is $110 per night
0.37 mi from city center
4.2/5Very Good! (399 reviews)

"The people working here are so nice and friendly. They let us check in early and even let us have late check out. The property is quite new and so high quality. Breakfast spread is amazing. Would love to stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free Cancellation
The price is $82 per night
0.47 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"This hotel have beautiful ocean view,is close to shopping center and eateries...Staff are friendly and helpful..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is $98 per night
0.15 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (998 reviews)

"The location is excellent. It is close walking distance to night market, wet market where we get inexpensive seafood, mosque plus shopping malls and restaurants. It is good that the hotel has freezer to store our freshly bought seafood. Unfortunately it was not good. Our fresh seafood was not frozen ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Ibis Styles Kota Kinabalu Inanam Hotel
3 out of 5
No 1 Jalan Taipan 28 Inanam, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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The price is $32 per night
4.66 mi from city center
4.4/5Excellent! (47 reviews)

"nice and good"…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2020

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Visiting Kota Kinabalu

Couples looking to get away will find a romantic atmosphere in Kota Kinabalu, and visitors give high marks for the bustling marina and shopping. This city also attracts tourists with its parks. Top sights in the city include Imago Shopping Mall, Sabah State Mosque, and Likas Stadium.

  • There are 416 hotels and other accommodations in Kota Kinabalu
  • The closest major airport is in Kota Kinabalu (BKI-Kota Kinabalu Intl.), 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from the city center

Sightseeing and Staying in Kota Kinabalu

Cultural venues in the city include Sabah State Museum, Mari Mari Cultural Village, and Museum of Islamic Civilisation. Attractions like Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Sedco Square, and Water World Theme Park are fun for kids of all ages. The city is notable for landmarks like Sabah State Mosque, Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, and Mount Kinabalu Park Entrance.

In Kota Kinabalu, there are 416 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have plenty of choices for a perfect holiday retreat. Below are highly ranked ones based on our user reviews:

  • Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa - This 5-star resort features 2 outdoor pools, a private beach, and 6 restaurants. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its family-friendly amenities and clean, comfortable rooms.
  • Gaya Island Resort - Our customers like the beach locale and helpful staff at this resort. With a stay at this 5-star resort, guests can enjoy access to a full-service spa and free breakfast, along with a private balcony.
  • SKYPOD Hostel - With a stay at this 2-star hostel, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and a restaurant, along with free WiFi. Expedia customers like its breakfast and quiet location.

Other favorite sights in Kota Kinabalu include Imago Shopping Mall, Likas Stadium, and 1Borneo Hypermall.

Getting Around Kota Kinabalu

With so many ways to get around, exploring all of Kota Kinabalu is a breeze. To see more of the larger area, hop aboard a train at Tanjung Aru Station. You can find out about your water travel options at the local marina.

Dressing for Kota Kinabalu

  • Between January and March, daytime temperatures average 87°F, while nighttime temperatures stay around 76°F
  • From April to June, the average is 89°F during the day and 76°F at night
  • July through September sees average temperatures of 88°F during the day and 76°F at night
  • In October-December, you can expect 87°F as the daytime average and 76°F as the nighttime average
  • Kota Kinabalu gets about 3.66 inches of rain per year
  • April and May are usually the hottest months averaging 89°F, while June and January are usually the coldest with an average temperature of 76°F

Frequently asked questions

What's the best place for a stay in Kota Kinabalu?
SKYPOD Hostel is ranked highly by Expedia customers. This property offers free breakfast and free WiFi. Other favorite options based on reviews include Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Kinabalu Park and Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Kota Kinabalu, will I receive a refund?
Yes! The majority of hotel room reservations are fully refundable as long as you cancel before the hotel’s cancellation deadline, which often is within 24-48 hours of your scheduled arrival. If your reservation is non-refundable, you might be able to still cancel and get a refund within a 24-hour period of your booking. Put your dates in and click on “Search”, then filter by “free cancellation” to review the best options available in Kota Kinabalu.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to Kota Kinabalu?
For more information about rescheduling or cancelling your trip to Kota Kinabalu, go to https://www.expedia.com/service/.
What's the best budget-friendly accommodation in Kota Kinabalu?
Based on reviews, Grandis Hotel is a popular hotel for our travelers who want a more economical choice, and features free WiFi and a poolside bar. Other good choices to stay on the cheap include Le Hotel Kota Kinabalu and KK Waterfront Hotel.
What's the best place to stay in Penampang?
With 35 lodging options to choose from in this neighborhood, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for as you plan your trip. Based on Expedia customer reviews, Eminent Hotel is the highest ranked property in Penampang. This hotel offers free WiFi and free parking. Other favorite options in the area include Pan Borneo Hotel Kota Kinabalu and Napzone KKIA by Sovotel.
What's a favorite place to stay in Downtown Kota Kinabalu?
In this neighborhood, there are 205 lodging options for your stay, so you should find just want you want for your visit. Hilton Kota Kinabalu is a favorite with our customers staying in Downtown Kota Kinabalu. This 5-star hotel offers 2 restaurants and an outdoor pool. It is located a short 9-minute walk from Centre Point. Travelers also recommend Hotel Eden54 and Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu as top options in the area.
What's the best hotel for a family vacation in Kota Kinabalu?
Shangri La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa is a top 5-star resort on Expedia for families, and features a children’s pool and a free kids’ club. Other good options for your family trip include Mile 36 Lodge and Ming Garden Hotel and Residences. Attractions like Anjung Samudera and Lok Kawi Wildlife Park are also fun for kids of all ages.
What's the best accommodation for couples in Kota Kinabalu?
Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa is a favorite 5-star resort for couples, and features a full-service spa and a beachfront restaurant. Other good options for your romantic getaway include Pan Borneo Hotel Kota Kinabalu and The Magellan Sutera Resort.
What's the best pet-friendly accommodation in Kota Kinabalu?
Balada Hostel is a top property for people traveling with their pets, and offers a rooftop terrace and free WiFi for its human guests.
Where is the best hotel to stay near Desa Cattle Dairy Farm?
Rocky Mountain Lodge is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this hotel offers a restaurant and free WiFi. It’s located just a short 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. Other good choices within a short distance include Spring Garden and Kupi-Kupi & Stay.
What about the best place to stay close to Mount Kinabalu National Park?
One of the top choices for your stay is Spring Garden, located 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Mount Kinabalu National Park, and this 3-star hotel offers free parking and private balconies. Rocky Mountain Lodge and Wind Valley Farmstay are other good choices within a few miles.
What's the best place to stay for a beach vacation in Kota Kinabalu?
SKYPOD Hostel is a top 5-star beach resort with 2 outdoor pools and 6 restaurants. Other good options for your beach trip include Gaya Island Resort and Raintree Beach & Golf Resort. Head to Dalit Beach or Pantai Pulau Mamutik for some quality time by the water.

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