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10 Best Hotels in Kota Kinabalu

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
AU$325
per night
Jan 11 - Jan 12
4.4/5Excellent! (1,643 reviews)

"I really like this property. Rooms are comfortable and spacious. Love the balcony! Breakfast is great with lots of options. My daughter spends a lot of time at the kids club. Like the variety of restaurants but missed the Italian this time (closed recently). Staff is very helpful. Some places could ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct. 2019

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free Cancellation
AU$132
per night
Jan 4 - Jan 5
4.1/5Very Good! (1,159 reviews)

"Service level has been consistent all the time"…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Lot G-23A, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$175
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6
4.2/5Excellent! (275 reviews)

"Clean and friendly staff. Enjoying my stay with the sea view"…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2019

Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Pantai Dalit, Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Sabah
AU$277
per night
Jan 6 - Jan 7
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,056 reviews)

"This resort has nailed everything a holiday destination should have. Everything is available in the resort and the service is top notch. Well done, Shangri-la!"…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2019

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$139
per night
Jan 2 - Jan 3
4.3/5Excellent! (1,148 reviews)

"Staff very friendly and efficient . Good idea for the club floor . Liked the location"…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2019

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Hilton Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Asia City, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$131
per night
Jan 7 - Jan 8
4.5/5Wonderful! (551 reviews)

"Christina and her team were very helpful with all our requirements whilst staying at Hilton. Christina even helped to wrap a gift as we arrived at hotel Not equipped - thank you Hilton. Good selection of food at breakfast, hotel room was very quiet and modernity nice, the house keeping team was also ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2019

Hilton Kota Kinabalu
The Klagan Hotel
3 out of 5
Unit 25-28, Ground Floor, Block D, Warisan Square Jalan Tun Fuad Step, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$60
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20
4.1/5Very Good! (895 reviews)

"It's nice, cosy and clean. It's close to the shopping mall.."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec. 2019

The Klagan Hotel
Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre
4 out of 5
41, Jalan Gaya, Pusat Bandar, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$83
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
3.9/5Very Good! (468 reviews)

"The staffs are all very welcoming and friendly.They smile and greet you whenever they saw you."…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2019

Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre
Hotel Shangri-La Kota Kinabalu
3 out of 5
75, Bandaran Berjaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$47
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18
3.7/5Good! (264 reviews)

"Like - free parking Don’t like - the back alleyways to the hotel .. kind of creepy at night"…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2019

Hotel Shangri-La Kota Kinabalu
The Magellan Sutera Resort
5 out of 5
1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
AU$248
per night
Jan 6 - Jan 7
4.2/5Excellent! (1,001 reviews)

"Very good :)"…"

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2019

The Magellan Sutera Resort
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Visiting Kota Kinabalu

Nature enthusiasts will enjoy exploring Kota Kinabalu, and visitors give high marks for the bustling marina. This city also attracts tourists with its parks. Top sights in the city include Sabah State Mosque, Likas Stadium, and 1 Borneo Hypermall.

  • There are 321 hotels and other accommodations in Kota Kinabalu
  • The closest major airport is in Kota Kinabalu (BKI-Kota Kinabalu Intl.) 6.6 from the city center

Sightseeing and Staying in Kota Kinabalu

The city's natural setting is picturesque, including the parks and these places to visit: KK Esplanade, Signal Hill Observatory Platform, and Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Centre. Boating is one of the top activities, while Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal, Sutera Harbour, and Borneo Golf and Country Club are favorite sights to visit. Other notable sights to explore include Sabah State Mosque and Likas Stadium.

In Kota Kinabalu, there are 321 hotels and other lodging accommodations so you'll have a variety of choices for your holiday getaway. Here are highly ranked ones based on Expedia user reviews:

  • Hilton Kota Kinabalu - This 4.5-star hotel in Downtown Kota Kinabalu features 2 restaurants, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its breakfast and pool.
  • SKYPOD Hostel - Our customers like the breakfast and helpful staff at this hostel. With a stay at this 2-star hostel, guests can enjoy access to 5 restaurants and free breakfast, along with free WiFi.
  • Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa - This 5-star resort features 2 outdoor pools, a full-service spa, and a golf course. Expedia customers like its family-friendly amenities and breakfast.

Other top sights in Kota Kinabalu include 1 Borneo Hypermall and Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

Getting Around Kota Kinabalu

With so many transportation options, seeing Kota Kinabalu is a breeze. If you want to venture outside of the area, hop aboard a train at Tanjung Aru Station. You can explore your water travel options at the marina.

Dressing for Kota Kinabalu

  • Between January and March, you can expect the daytime average to be around 87°F and the nighttime average to be 76°F
  • From April to June, temperatures average about 89°F during the day and 76°F at night
  • July through September averages 88°F during the day and 76°F at night
  • In October-December, the average temperature is 87°F during the day and 76°F at night
  • Average annual rainfall for Kota Kinabalu is 3.66 inches
  • Hottest months are usually April and May with an average temperature of 89°F, while the coldest months are June and January with an average of 76°F

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