The Best Hotels in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Sunset in Tanjung Aru Beach, Sabah
Sunset in Tanjung Aru Beach, Sabah | © Nokuro / Shutterstock
After a fun-filled day of snorkelling, sight-seeing, and shopping, the last thing you want is a second-rate hotel. Luckily, in KK, the hotels will make sure your stay is a-okay! Here are the top places you should be looking at.
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Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, Kota Kinabalu

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At over RM1,000 ($250) a night, this is not for the faint of heart (or wallet). With a private jetty, a healing spa, and several trendy restaurants and bars, you might be tempted to spend your entire vacation within the resort. Be sure to venture out into the city though, which is only 10 minutes away.

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Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu


Travelers rave about Le Méridien, and for good reason — the rooms are cosy, the restaurants are fancy, and when the sun sets, it’s like red and gold ribbons have been set wild on your window. Centrally located on Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, this hotel is close to the night food market, the handicraft market, and the Waterfront.

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The Magellan Sutera Resort, Kota Kinabalu

Resort, Hotel

If you’ve got money, this is where to spend it. The Magellan boasts an exclusive beach front with fine, pale sand, artistically landscaped swimming pools, and the largest convention facility in Kota Kinabalu. For a relaxing treat, book yourself a Balinese massage at the spa, where you get to unwind under an open-air pavilion or in a private room.

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Zara’s Boutique Hotel, Kota Kinabalu

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The fun-colored exteriors hint at the vibrant feel of Zara’s rooms and suites. With striped carpets (not unlike the Thousand Layer Cake) and silken cushion-pillows, this hotel is the perfect place to rest your feet (and arms) after shopping at Imago. Hotel facilities are basic (no gym), but the breakfast selection more than makes up for it.

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Hotel Eden54, Kota Kinabalu

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

This no-frills hotel marries the best of value and service. At less than RM150 ($38.70) a night, you’ll get friendly, accommodating staff and a central location close to bars, eateries, and Suria Sabah (a busy shopping mall). Hotel vibe is young, with an interesting palette of colours.

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