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Best Hotel in Kota Kinabalu

By [email protected] - Oct 18, 2018 (Last Updated Jun 30, 2023)

On the eastern part of Malaysia is two states on the Borneo Island; Sabah and Sarawak. On the northern region of the island is Sabah, home to an approximate 3.54million citizens (2014). Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Sabah and a famous tourist destination for both locals and foreigners. So the question is, what makes Kota Kinabalu a favourite tourism spot?

It is a coastal city surrounded substantially by rainforests commonly known for its' buzzing marketplace, beaches, waterfront Kota Kinabalu City Mosque and Kinabalu National Park where Mount Kinabalu is located. There is much to do in this modern city that also has a rich historical background from diving to wildlife watching to trekking Mount Kinabalu and the list goes on. 

Kota Kinabalu is the perfect mixture for those who seek thrill doing water spots, climbing and trekking the mountain and the lush green Borneo rainforest together and a stroll along the city.

So, after spending a fun-filled day of swimming, island hopping, snorkelling, shopping and sightseeing, your body seriously deserve a little TLC in a first-rate Kota Kinabalu hotel (treat yourself!).

Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of the best hotels in Kota Kinabalu that you should be looking at. 

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

This is another special hotel in the heart of Kota Kinabalu that offers excellent service, modern rooms and fantastic South China Sea view. The distance from the hotel to the airport is only 15 minutes drive and there are many attractions and shops around the hotel.

However, don't be fooled by the old looking exterior of the hotel; as soon as you check in, you will feel as if you are in a luxurious place. The staffs will make sure all your needs and expectations meet and you'll like home in no time. 


WebsiteHyatt Regency Kinabalu

Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Shangri-La Hotel and Resort is the perfect mixture of high quality yet affordable resort. The location is close proximity to Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

You can book their sea view or mountain view room as every room has its own balcony that offers the best sunrises and sunsets; perfect for any type of customer.

You will also be spoilt with choices as the hotel provide restaurants with different cuisines, fully equipped gym, and swimming pool. However, the most important thing that will make your stay memorable is the staff's hospitality.


Website: Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu

Want to feel fancy? Then head over to Le Meridien Hotel. It is a high-class hotel that offers free parking, a fitness centre, an outdoor pool with astonishing view, sauna and restaurants that serve worldwide cuisine. 

This is definitely the perfect choice for tourists as they offer rooms ranging from Single to Suite. The hotel is located next to the famous Philippines market, night market and malls.

Shuttle bus is also provided to 1 Borneo.


Website: Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu

Prefer homestay instead? We have got that covered.

The Jesselton Hotel

The Jesselton Hotel is a beautifully restored hotel with colonial-inspired decor that has a nice and likable doormat in a white suit and pith hat housekeepers who ear traditional English maid uniforms. It was the first hotel in Kota Kinabalu opened since 1954. Old they may be, but their interiors are well-maintained and the rooms are very clean, air conditioned, provide hot showers and fast WiFi too.

Come and experience for yourself. 


Website: The Jesselton Hotel

Hotel Sixty3

Hotel Sixty3 is a five-star resort located right amongst the action of the Kota Kinabalu Downtown - just next to the Gaya Street Sunday Market. It is situated across the street from Sabah Tourism Board. 

They offer spacious rooms with comfortable beds, clean baths and modern facilities, friendly staffs, 24/7 luggage storage and currency exchange service. 

Even though they do not provide free breakfast, there is simply no excuse for you not to be adventurous and try out local delicacies. Restaurants are within a 2-minute walk, malls, coffee houses and convenient stores are nearby!


Website: Hotel Sixty3

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