Island delights

Kota Kinabalu has been steadily growing into a popular resort area, thanks to its close proximity to tropical islands and stunning beaches. With that in mind, there are few better places to stay in Kota Kinabalu than right on the beach, close to its main attraction.

You can step out of your hotel and into a wetsuit for snorkelling and scuba diving, or sail across to one of the picturesque islands. The award-winning Le Meridien is within minutes of the water, but also leaves you wanting to stay inside to enjoy the plush bedding, pool bar and other luxurious facilities.

Kota Kinabalu Hotel Beachside

Can you believe that price?

If you’re young, travelling solo or have a really tight budget, you might want to consider bunking in a hostel during your time in Kota Kinabalu. Hostels in Kota Kinabalu not only house you close to the city centre, they also provide safe and comfortable rooms for less than $15!

The Masada Backpackers is located close to a lot of the city’s popular attractions and provides a complimentary daily breakfast to kick your day off. Choose from dorm-style and private rooms at the North Borneo Cabin, situated near the Sunday markets; or stay at the Akinabalu Youth Hostel.

Harvest Festival accommodation sorted

The Harvest Festival is one of the biggest annual events in Borneo and is celebrated right near Kota Kinabalu. Held during the end of May, you can experience true Malaysian culture by seeing a beauty pageant, watching traditional dances, eating local food and drinking with the friendly residents. A popular place to enjoy the celebration is at the Kadazandusun Cultural Association.

A range of accommodation is available nearby including the 3-star Asia Hotel, which provides simple and enjoyable rooms for an affordable price. You can also stay at the Tang Dynasty Park Hotel to revel in peaceful surrounds and modern rooms. 

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