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Featured Hostels in Kota Kinabalu

SPOT ON 90078 NAVITA LODGE
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Situated in Tuaran, this hostel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Tamparuli Suspension Bridge and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Upside Down House. Tuaran Crocodile Farm and Dalit ...

SPOT ON 90078 NAVITA LODGE
HOOD - Hostel
2 out of 5
The price is P637 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 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 Jun 15, 2019

HOOD - Hostel
Get Inn Backpackers
2 out of 5
Block 3, 3-F1-11, Jalan, Api-api Centre, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Warisan Square and Centre Point. Imago Shopping Mall and Kota Kinabalu Central Market ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)

"Excellent example"…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

Get Inn Backpackers
Happy Garden Resort - Hostel
The price is P990 per night

Situated in Ranau, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Kinabalu Park Entrance and Mount Kinabalu National Park. Desa Cattle Dairy Farm and Kundasang War ...

3.8/5Good! (5 reviews)

"Sorry to say that the walls were so paper-thin that the guy snoring next door kept me awake for hours. Apart from that it’s good value for money and great access to the park and kundasang"…"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2019

Happy Garden Resort - Hostel
Dock In - Hostel
2 out of 5
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The price is P1,114 per night

Located in Tanjung Aru, this hostel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Tanjung Aru Perdana Park and within 3 miles (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 Oct 30, 2018

Dock In - Hostel
TOOJOU Kota Kinabalu
2 out of 5
No 12, Jalan Masjid Lama, Bandaran Berjaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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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 Sep 12, 2019

TOOJOU Kota Kinabalu
Vibrant Hostel
2 out of 5
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Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Plaza Wawasan, Imago Shopping Mall and Centre Point. Sutera Harbour and Kota Kinabalu ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Vibrant 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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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 Gaya Street ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

Signel Hostel
Mari Jari SpaStay - Hostel
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Located in Tanjung Aru, this hostel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Tanjung Aru Perdana Park, Imago Shopping Mall and Sutera Harbour. Sapi Island and Centre Point ...

2.5/5 (2 reviews)
No Room. Just Plastic Massage Table & Curtain

"I booked a single room. What I got was a plastic massage table behind a curtain in a women's day spa! Bathroom had cockroaches (plural). Hair on toilet seat. Very hard to find: taxi driver tried two locations, finally phoned spa admin. I had been in touch with spa by text, and asked about room location ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2019

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Borneo Venture Hostel
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Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is steps away from Kompleks Asia City and Centre Point. Imago Shopping Mall and Kota Kinabalu Central Market are ...

Borneo Venture Hostel
Zoku Lifestyle
2 out of 5
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Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Plaza Wawasan, Imago Shopping Mall and Centre Point. Sutera Harbour and Kota Kinabalu ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)

"Unique place but for free breakfast is not satisfactory"…"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2019

Zoku Lifestyle
Step-In Lodge
2.5 out of 5
6 Jalan Kamunta, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Local Fruits Market and Kota Kinabalu Central Market. Centre Point and Gaya Street ...

3.3/5 (6 reviews)

"This was most likely one of worst hostels/guesthouses I have stayed in since I travel in Asia... and that must be at least more than hundred. The staff was totally bored when I arrive. He was close to ignore me. No welcome, no nothing. The room was totally scuffed and done without any passion. I ..."…"

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

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Other property types in Kota Kinabalu

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P6,564 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (1,128 reviews)

"Great location for the beach and sunset, extremely friendly and helpful staff. Great amenities. Would definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
The price is P5,951 per night
4.6/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)

"Love the hospitality and the friendly staff at Rasa Ria Resort! Will surely come again.."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
CJ Residence
CJ Residence
2.5 out of 5
#4, 2nd Floor, Block J, Sinsuran Shopping Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P898 per night
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"Good service... Next time i stay again at Cj residence"…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

CJ Residence
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What Is a Hostel?

If you're searching for an affordable place to stay in Kota Kinabalu, one of its 34 hostels could be a great option. These dorm-style accommodation options come in lots of shapes and sizes, but they all have a few qualities in common:

  • Low prices
  • A social environment
  • Shared rooms (though many hostels offer private room options too)

By going with a hostel in Kota Kinabalu, you can spend less on accommodation and save more of your budget for sightseeing during your holiday. We've heard good things about the marina and other attractions in this destination, as well as activities like boating.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Kota Kinabalu?

The weather can be important when you want to venture out and explore, so here's a little information that might be helpful:

  • The hottest months are typically April and May, while June and January are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 31° C and night-time temperatures average 24° C
  • April-June: 32° C is the daytime average and 24° C is the night-time average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 31° C and night-time averages are around 24° C
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 31° C during the day and 24° C at night
  • Average rainfall is 93 inches in a year

What Can I Do in Kota Kinabalu?

Depending on your interests, you might like these places to visit:

Top Sights
  • Sabah State Mosque
  • Likas Stadium
  • 1 Borneo Hypermall
Natural Features
  • KK Esplanade
  • Signal Hill Observatory Platform
  • Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Centre
Cultural Attractions
  • Museum of Islamic Civilisation
  • Sabah State Museum
  • Monsopiad Cultural Village

Overall, Kota Kinabalu is known for its:

  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Marina
  • Parks
  • Shopping

How to Get to Kota Kinabalu and Around the Area

You can find the closest airport in Kota Kinabalu (BKI-Kota Kinabalu Intl.), 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from the city centre. Once you've arrived, you might want to use public transport to get around. If you're hoping to check out more of the area, make your way to Tanjung Aru Station to take a train.

Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in Kota Kinabalu?
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: HOOD - Hostel - Located steps from Gaya Street Sunday Market. You can take advantage of free WiFi and a shared/communal kitchen, as well as tour/ticket assistance. Rooms come with showers, free toiletries, and lockers. 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. TOOJOU Kota Kinabalu - Located within a 10-minute walk of Gaya Street Sunday Market. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant, and a bar. Rooms come with towels, 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.
How many hostels can I expect to find in Kota Kinabalu?
If you’re in the market for somewhere affordable to stay in Kota Kinabalu, one of Expedia’s 34 hostels might be a great option for you.
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, Sapi Island, and Poring Hot Spring. Cultural attractions include Mari Mari Cultural Village and Sabah State Museum.
What's the best way to get around Kota Kinabalu?
You can search for flights to the nearest airport, which is Kota Kinabalu Intl. Airport (BKI), 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.