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Featured Hostels in Kota Kinabalu

Borneo Venture Hostel
2 out of 5
1-1-11, 1st floor, api api center, jalan center point, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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The price is NT$152 per night

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is steps from Kompleks Asia City and Centre Point. Imago Shopping Mall and Anjung Samudera are also within 15 ...

Borneo Venture Hostel
TOOJOU Kota Kinabalu
2 out of 5
No 12, Jalan Masjid Lama, Bandaran Berjaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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The price is NT$1,057 per night

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Atkinson Clock Tower and Gaya Street Sunday Market. Signal Hill Observatory Platform ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Hotel stay which is value for money

"Pro : walking distance to Gaya Sunday street, at the last shop of the alley (quiet), boutique hotel design with built in Bluetooth speaker Con : can hear noise if ppl walk /chit chat at night"…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/12

TOOJOU Kota Kinabalu
Akinabalu Youth Hostel
1 out of 5
1st to 4th Floor, Lot 133 Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is NT$445 per night

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is steps from Atkinson Clock Tower and Gaya Street Sunday Market. Suria Sabah Shopping Mall and Centre Point are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (25 reviews)
Nice, and Cheap place to stay

"Nice and clean place to stay. It is easy to find and locate at lots of eatery place."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/24

Akinabalu Youth Hostel
Kinabalu Poring Vacation Lodge
2 out of 5
Kampung Poring, Ranau, Sabah
The price is NT$942 per night

Situated in Ranau, this hostel is 11.4 mi (18.3 km) from Sungai Moroli Fish Spa and 21.5 mi (34.7 km) from Desa Cattle Dairy Farm.

4.1/5Very Good! (22 reviews)

"This was a cool place to stay with fish ponds and animals all around. It was very close to the hot springs. The electricity went out on numerous occasions, to be expected, it did not dampen our stay here."…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/18

Kinabalu Poring Vacation Lodge
Vibrant Hostel
2 out of 5
Level 1 - 5, Unit 29, Building No E, KK Times Square, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$615 per night

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Wawasan, Imago Shopping Mall, and Anjung Samudera. Centre Point and Sutera Harbour ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)

"Comfortable and in a convenient location. Nice vibe."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/18

Vibrant Hostel
The Bunk - Hostel
2 out of 5
113, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Gaya Street Sunday Market and Suria Sabah Shopping Mall. Kota Kinabalu Central Market ...

4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)
Barely Ok hostel, but in a very good location.

"I have stayed in many hostels around the world, so this hostel comes up as just ok. Nothing really impressive, nothing really horrible to complain about. However, i don't think it is suitable for someone without hostel experience to try it out for the 1st time."…"

Reviewed on 2018/5/5

The Bunk - Hostel
HOOD - Hostel
2 out of 5
50, Jalan Pantai, 1st Floor ( Back Entrance ), Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Gaya Street Sunday Market, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, and Centre Point. Kota Kinabalu ...

4/5Very Good! (8 reviews)

"It's acceptable for its price point, with good airconditioning and (somewhat) clean toilets. Wifi is slightly weak. And the room door lock is too flimsy so security is definitely a concern"…"

Reviewed on 2019/6/15

HOOD - Hostel
Dock In - Hostel
2 out of 5
House 35, Jalan Setesen Jalan Mat Salleh, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$659 per night

Located in Tanjung Aru, this hostel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Tanjung Aru Perdana Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Imago Shopping Mall and Sutera Harbour. Centre ...

4.4/5Excellent! (15 reviews)

"Very good hostel with excellent and thoughtful amenities."…"

Reviewed on 2018/10/30

Dock In - Hostel
Signel Hostel
2 out of 5
No. 20-1, Lot 1, 1st Floor, Block G, Jalan Sinsuran 3, Sinsuran Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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The price is NT$398 per night

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Local Fruits Market and Centre Point. Kota Kinabalu Central Market and Anjung Samudera ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)

"Just perfect....my best hostel ever!! Clean and cozy, friendly staff also"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/3

Signel Hostel
B&B21 - Hostel
2 out of 5
Lot 21, Lorong Dewan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is NT$642 per night

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is steps from Atkinson Clock Tower and Gaya Street Sunday Market. Suria Sabah Shopping Mall and Jesselton Point ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)

"Great location, gaya street just across the road and Sinsuran Market aka Philipin Market around 10mins walk. within half an hour you can walk all around kota kinabalu ! The place, the receptionist, the environment everything is great ! facilities and amenities are in good condition. 100% recommended ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/16

B&B21 - Hostel
Borneo Backpackers
2 out of 5
No. 24 Lorong Dewan, Pusat Bandar, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$387 per night

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Gaya Street Sunday Market, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, and Jesselton Point Ferry ...

3.8/5Good! (11 reviews)

"I love it. This is a really nice backpackers’ hostel and very clean indeed. The price is also very affordable"…"

Reviewed on 2019/8/3

Borneo Backpackers
Masada Bed & Breakfast - Hostel
2 out of 5
9 Jalan Masjid Lama, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$731 per night

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Atkinson Clock Tower, Centre Point, and Gaya Street Sunday Market. Anjung Samudera ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Masada is good for friends or groups

"It was a nice stay because it was close to most night markets. A very affordable place to stay with friendly staff and FREE breakfast, amazing!"…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/14

Masada Bed & Breakfast - Hostel
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Other property types in Kota Kinabalu

Promenade Service Apartments
Promenade Service Apartments
2 out of 5
3-G-17, Lorong Api-Api 2, Api-Api Centre, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is NT$624 per night
3.1/5 (417 reviews)

"Nice room, so clean, they provide all needed facilities for me. Sortly, i'm satisfied with their service..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/8

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CJ Residence
CJ Residence
2.5 out of 5
#4, 2nd Floor, Block J, Sinsuran Shopping Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is NT$469 per night
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 2020/5/20

CJ Residence
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is NT$2,416 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (1,264 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 2020/2/13

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
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Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in Kota Kinabalu?
If you’re looking for a low-cost place to stay in Kota Kinabalu, one of the 36 hostels here might be a great choice. Hostels are a great way to stay for a lower cost, so you can save more for fun things to do. We’ve heard good things about this destination’s natural setting, including its island views and natural parks.
What is a hostel?
These dorm-style accommodations come in quite a few forms, but all of them have three main things in common, including low prices, a social setting, and shared rooms (though many have private options too).
What are the best hostels in Kota Kinabalu?
Based on our customers’ reviews, these Kota Kinabalu hostels have the best ratings: SPOT ON 90078 NAVITA LODGE - You can take advantage of free WiFi and free parking, as well as air conditioning. You’ll find towels, showers, and desks in all rooms. HOOD - Hostel - Located steps from Gaya Street Sunday Market. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and tour/ticket assistance. Rooms come with showers, free toiletries, and lockers. Get Inn Backpackers - Located within a 10-minute walk of Anjung Samudera and Centre Point. You can take advantage of free breakfast and free WiFi, as well as a restaurant. Rooms come with showers and free toiletries. Dock In - Hostel - Guests can enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a shared/communal kitchen. Rooms come with towels and showers. Signel Hostel - Located within a 5-minute walk of Centre Point. You can take advantage of free breakfast and free WiFi, as well as a 24-hour front desk. You’ll find towels, showers, and free toiletries in all rooms.
What's the weather like in Kota Kinabalu?
The weather can be a big factor when you want to venture out and explore, so here are some stats about the local climate: The hottest months are usually April and May with an average temp of 82°F, while the coldest months are January and February with an average of 81°F. Average annual rainfall for Kota Kinabalu is 106 inches.
What is there to see and do in Kota Kinabalu?
Overall, Kota Kinabalu is known for its boating opportunities, snorkeling, and marina. Major attractions include Imago Shopping Mall, 1Borneo Hypermall, and Centre Point. Get out into nature with places like Mount Kinabalu National Park, Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Centre, and Sapi Island. Cultural attractions include Sabah State Museum, Mari Mari Cultural Village, and Museum of Islamic Civilisation.
What's the best way to get around Kota Kinabalu?
You can search for flights to the nearest airport, which is Kota Kinabalu (BKI-Kota Kinabalu Intl.), 4.1 mi (6.6 km) away. When you’re out and about, you may want to make use of public transit. If you’re looking to explore more of the area, make your way to Tanjung Aru Station to hop on a train.