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Featured Hostels in Kota Kinabalu

HOOD - Hostel
2 out of 5
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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! (9 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
SPOT ON 90078 NAVITA LODGE
The price is P664 per night from 14 Dec to 15 Dec

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 ...

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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! (6 reviews)

"Excellent, clean, modern, affordable and chic hostel. Hostel workers are very friendly and helpful. I have nothing to complaint. Make sure to say hi and pet the hostel's cat (Pablo)"…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2020

TOOJOU Kota Kinabalu
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Dock In - Hostel
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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
Akinabalu Youth Hostel
The price is P789 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec

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

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 Jan 24, 2020

Akinabalu Youth 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
Life Sabah Hostel
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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

Life Sabah Hostel
Jesselton Cabin
2 out of 5
The price is P525 per night from 27 Dec to 28 Dec

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is steps away from Wisma Merdeka and Gaya Street Sunday Market. Suria Sabah Shopping Mall and Kota Kinabalu Central ...

3.8/5Good! (56 reviews)

"good ,clean & Best 👍👍😍😍😍😍"…"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Jesselton Cabin
Masada Bed & Breakfast - Hostel
2 out of 5
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Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Atkinson Clock Tower, Centre Point and Gaya Street Sunday Market. Kota Kinabalu ...

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 Nov 14, 2019

Masada Bed & Breakfast - Hostel
Victoria Hotel & Hostel
2 out of 5
No. 17, Jalan Sentosa, Kampung Air, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P943 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Sedco Square and Centre Point. Atkinson Clock Tower and KK Plaza are also within ...

3.3/5 (48 reviews)

"Okay but not so nice"…"

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2019

Victoria Hotel & Hostel
Dimple.Life - Hostel
2 out of 5
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The price is P803 per night from 8 Dec to 9 Dec

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
LOVELY STAY

"Just amazing. Ms. Rose was the kindest ever <3"…"

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

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Lot 52 - Hostel
1.5 out of 5
The price is P1,508 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is steps away from Wisma Merdeka, Gaya Street Sunday Market and Suria Sabah Shopping Mall. Kota Kinabalu Central ...

Lot 52 - Hostel
Borneo Backpackers
2 out of 5
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The price is P942 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec

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 Terminal. ...

3.7/5Good! (12 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2019

Borneo Backpackers
X-Plorer Backpackers - Hostel
2 out of 5
1st Floor, 106/108, Jalan Gaya, 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 Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. Centre Point and Anjung ...

2.8/5 (8 reviews)
Locked out of room after shower

"The lock on the 8-bedded doem room was damaged & it took 10 mins to ooen the door on 2 occassions. The technician or employee was away for 2 days. On the 3rd day the lock failed & lock had to be broken in after 3 different people tried for over 1 hour to ooen the door using the key."…"

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2018

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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. Centre Point and Kota Kinabalu ...

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

Mari Jari SpaStay - Hostel
Halo Hostel
2 out of 5
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Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Sedco Square and Gaya Street Sunday Market. Suria Sabah Shopping Mall and Kota Kinabalu ...

3.7/5Good! (10 reviews)
Inexpensive Private Room for Couples

"Halo hostel is a good option for couples travelling. The rooms are small, but have storage space, individual bathrooms and are clean. The area is really good if you want convenience. Walkable to the downtown area and jetty. Breakfast is made to order eggs, toast, fruit and coffee. My only con is ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2018

Halo Hostel
Good View Lodge
2 out of 5
2nd & 3rd Floor, Block L, Jalan Labuk, Segama, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu
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Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of KK Plaza and Gaya Street Sunday Market. Kota Kinabalu Central Market and Suria Sabah ...

3.9/5Good! (9 reviews)

"Pros: -Cheap -Nice staff, good at english Cons: -Not effective air conditioning -Quite dirty toilet, unlockable door, water doesn’t run well FIY: -Tax is not included 10 RM/Room/Night I booked the room for 6 pax. I got 1 keycard and 1 key. We booked in a separate day but we can leave the luggages ..."…"

Reviewed on May 13, 2019

Good View Lodge
Vibrant Hostel
2 out of 5
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The price is P1,050 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

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
Sarang Hostel Kota Kinabalu
2 out of 5
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The price is P848 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov

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 ...

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H2 Backpacker - Hostel
2 out of 5
1st Floor, Block F Lot 2, Lorong Segama, Kota Kinabalu
The price is P782 per night from 26 Dec to 27 Dec

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of KK Plaza and Gaya Street Sunday Market. Suria Sabah Shopping Mall and Kota Kinabalu ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)

"Strategic place , good hospitality , cheap and reasonable . Extremely friendly staff. Internet was running super good 24-7. I’ll definitely put up here again on my next trip to KK."…"

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019

H2 Backpacker - Hostel
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Borneo Beach Villas

Borneo Beach Villas

4 out of 5
The price is P2,323 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec
4/5Very Good! (304 reviews)

"Nice location, next to the beach with water sport equipment for rent"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

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Ming Garden Hotel and Residences

Ming Garden Hotel and Residences

4 out of 5
The price is P1,542 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec
3.7/5Good! (728 reviews)

"Nice hotel,love the hotel, great service, clean room.."…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

Ming Garden Hotel and Residences
Dock In - Hostel

Dock In - Hostel

2 out of 5
4.4/5Excellent! (15 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

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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: Dock In - Hostel - Guests can enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a shared/communal kitchen. You’ll find towels and showers in all rooms. H2 Backpacker - Hostel - Located steps from Gaya Street Sunday Market. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, tour/ticket assistance, and laundry facilities. Rooms come with showers and desks. Akinabalu Youth Hostel - Located steps from Gaya Street Sunday Market. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and a 24-hour front desk. You’ll find showers and TVs in all rooms. Masada Bed & Breakfast - Hostel - Located within a 10-minute walk of Centre Point and Gaya Street Sunday Market. You can take advantage of free breakfast and free WiFi, as well as a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with towels, showers, and lockers. Lot 52 - Hostel - Located steps from Gaya Street Sunday Market. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and air conditioning. You’ll find showers 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 30 hostels might be a great option for you.
When is the best time of year to stay in a hostel in Kota Kinabalu?
The weather is important 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. The rainiest months in Kota Kinabalu are October, June, September, and November, with each month seeing an average of 13 inches of rainfall.
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 to and around Kota Kinabalu while staying at a hostel?
Keep this information about transit options in and around Kota Kinabalu in your back pocket to make the most of your stay: 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.