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Sunset in Tanjung Aru Beach, Sabah
Sunset in Tanjung Aru Beach, Sabah | © Nokuro / Shutterstock
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The Best Hotels in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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Updated: 1 February 2018
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.

Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort

Resort, Spa Hotel
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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.

Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Spa
Gym
Business facilities
Child activities
Childcare
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All-inclusive, Beach, Modern

Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu

Suite Hotel, Chain Hotel
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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.

Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Spa
Gym
Hot tub
Airport transfers
Business facilities
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Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Chain Hotel
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The Hyatt is exactly what you’d expect upscale hotels to be — spacious, stylish, and well-serviced. Street markets and shopping malls are within walking distance, and if you request for a room on the higher floors, the sea view is breathtaking.

Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Spa
Gym
Crib
Childcare
Connecting rooms available
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The Magellan Sutera Resort

Resort, Spa Hotel
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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.

Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Spa
Hot tub
Bathtub in
Business facilities
Childcare
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Zara’s Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel
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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.

Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Business facilities
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Hotel Eden54

Boutique Hotel, Airport Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
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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.

Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Non smoking
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Budget, Casual, Relaxed, Boutique, Shopping

Little Gaya Hotel

Independent Hotel
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Little Gaya has some gaya (style)! Wooden floorboards, standing lamps, and even a faux fur rug (for selected suites) help inject this budget-friendly hotel with chi-chi glamour. Facilities are basic, but breakfast is included. Local eateries are close by.

Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Non smoking
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Sky Hotel

Independent Hotel
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If you want to touch the sky, make sure you’ve got a rooftop pool to catch you if you fall. So check in at the Sky Hotel, which features LED TVs, vegetarian cuisine, and an open deck at the topmost floor — all the better to catch you with!

Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Gym
Kitchen
Business facilities
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