Kota Kinabalu sits to the west of the mountain that gave it its name (Mount Kinabalu) and has a population of over 450,000. Kota Kinabalu is the state of Sabah's capital city, and has seen several empires hold influence during its long and rich history.

Tourism in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Museums, art galleries, botanical gardens, and seasonal festivals all draw visitors to the city of Kota Kinabalu and the surrounding areas.

Hotels in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Hotels throughout the city are located in the busy city central as well along the beachfront, giving travelers a lot of options when it comes to accommodations in this popular area of Malaysia.

Where Can I Book a Hotel in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia?

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Are there Unique Boutique Hotels in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia?

Some of the attractions of this naturally beautiful region include a waterfront entertainment area featuring restaurants, pubs, and other nightlife venues and there are great hotel choices nearby.  If you love boutique hotels and want to stay at a property on your romantic or family trip to this beautiful coastal locale, there are many to choose from with a wide variety of amenities. Take a look at these boutique hotels in Kota Kinabalu:

  • Hotel Sixty3
  • Hotel Grandis
  • The Klagan Hotel

Can I find 4 or 5 star Hotels in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia?

Without a doubt you can; when choosing to travel to Kota Kinabalu you will have a selection of 4 and 5-star hotels to choose from with great locations in areas of the city from the boardwalk near the waterfront to the bustling city center with amazing grounds to go with great amenities. Here are some amazing 5-star hotels in Kota Kinabalu:

  • Le Meridian Kota Kinabalu
  • Shangi- La's Tangjung Aru Resort& Spa
  • Sutera Harbour Resort
  • Hilton Kota Kinabalu

Can I find hotels for Families in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia?

In a large city like Kota Kinabalu with a lot of attractions for visitors of all ages, there are plenty of hotels available that cater to families. There are hotels with plenty for kids to do, hotels that come with one or more meals included to help you keep your visit carefree, and available items and features like cribs and adjoining rooms.  Here are some great examples of family hotels in Kota Kinabalu:

  • Promenade Hotel
  • Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
  • Horizon Hotel
  • Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu

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Leow Cheng Lam
Leow Cheng LamKlang, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu is situated in East Malaysia. Sabah' capital perfectly positioned on a bay protected by islands, and backed by forested ranges. Beautiful islands and white sands baeaches.

Juno Kim
Juno KimAnchorage, Alaska, USA

Waterfront of Kota Kinabalu is beautiful. Don't forget to stay near the water front near the time of sunset. Borneo offers one of the best sunsets in the world. Kota Kinabalu is the center of tourism in Borneo island. Easy place to catch local flights to other parts of the island as well. If you are looking for some day trips near the town, there are multiple choices to the nearby islands. Excellent places to snorkel and enjoy the sun.

Tony V
Tony VSeattle, Washington, USA

You can walk the full length of the downtown area in about 30 minutes, but the city and Sabah have a lot to offer. From boardwalk bars overlooking the water/fisherman's boats, to local fish markets with tons of grilled seafood, to shopping malls, to tourist sites such as signal hill...there's a lot to experience in the city. However we stayed for three days and felt that we were able to experience a lot of what the city had to offer. Highly recommend for a unique experience, but not sure if I'd go back a second time

Nomadic by Nature
Nomadic by NatureNairobi, Kenya

A tropical coastal city, developing at the pace of a East Asian city. It has some wonderful seafood, great Asian spices, and tropical fruit flavors. To find great places to eat definitely check out this foodie blog: http://www.sabaheats.com/ There is a hip district on the waterfront next to the new Oceanus Mall to get drinks at night, or head to Tanjung Aru Beach for sundowners and a dip in the ocean. The Jalan Gaya street has a concentration of backpacker hotels and is centrally located. It also has a great mix of new trendy restaurants, and cheap local eats. Pretty much everything is walkable in KK if you can bear the hear, and/or the rain. Unfortunately the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park consisting of four main islands just off-shore is not much of a marine reserve at all. Think of it more as a marine Disneyland for people who have never done much of anything "marine" before. There are speed boats crossing it constantly, you cannot swim anywhere outside of some restrictive floating buoys, three of the islands, offer all you can eat stale buffets, and most visitors fail around in the water in life jackets because they cannot swim. Watch out for glass on the beach, and jellyfish in the water. Most of the coral is also dead out here. Anyways, if you know what to expect, the beach at Manukan Island is nice. Just do not expect a national park, or the serenity of the pictures used to book it.


The least expensive month is July, with an average of $38 per night. The most expensive month to stay in Kota Kinabalu is January, with an average price of $48 per night.
The average price of a hotel in May last year was $41 per night. This is 3% less than the average nightly price of $43 seen over the previous 12 months.
In Kota Kinabalu, the expected average temperature in May is 28.7°C/83.6°F. The warmest month is typically April, which averages 32.0°C/89.6°F. The coolest month is October, with temperatures averaging 24.5°C/76.1°F.
The nearest airport to Kota Kinabalu is Kota Kinabalu (BKI) (5.15 miles).

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