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Hotels in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu

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Top 10 Hotels in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu

Promenade Service Apartments
2 out of 5
3-G-17, Lorong Api-Api 2, Api-Api Centre, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellation
The price is RM90 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 8 Jan 2020

Promenade Service Apartments
CJ Residence
2.5 out of 5
#4, 2nd Floor, Block J, Sinsuran Shopping Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM68 per night
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 20 May 2020

CJ Residence
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellation
The price is RM350 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (1,265 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Hotel 7 Suria
Suria, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM79 per night
4/5Very Good! (5 reviews)

"Well-located on top of the Suria Mall. This is a brand new hotel. It very was clean and modern and the staff were very nice."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Hotel 7 Suria
Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre
4 out of 5
41, Jalan Gaya, Pusat Bandar, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM162 per night
3.9/5Good! (556 reviews)

"It's located at the central region of the city and walking distance to most tourists places. Hotel is clean and the staffs are all kind and friendly"…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre
Hilton Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Asia City, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM250 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (695 reviews)

"All was good but would like to suggest to include basic amenities like shaver kit."…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020

Hilton Kota Kinabalu
The Magellan Sutera Resort
5 out of 5
1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM322 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (999 reviews)

"Had a great time here...apart from the whistle blowing life guards. I felt they were a bit over the top. I also had an allergic reaction to jelly fish larvae bites(jelly bugs) that I got on a snorkeling trip booked through the hotel. The guide advised there were stingers but I reacted badly. The ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2019

The Magellan Sutera Resort
Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Lot G-23A, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is RM469 per night
4.2/5Very Good! (398 reviews)

"The people working here are so nice and friendly. They let us check in early and even let us have late check out. The property is quite new and so high quality. Breakfast spread is amazing. Would love to stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020

Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is RM420 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (1,235 reviews)

"The location is excellent. It is close walking distance to night market, wet market where we get inexpensive seafood, mosque plus shopping malls and restaurants. It is good that the hotel has freezer to store our freshly bought seafood. Unfortunately it was not good. Our fresh seafood was not frozen ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Sky Hotel Kota Kinabalu
3.5 out of 5
Lorong Kemajuan Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM179 per night
4/5Very Good! (397 reviews)

"Swimming pool"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Sky Hotel Kota Kinabalu
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Downtown Kota Kinabalu

Most overseas visitors travelling to the East Malaysian region of Borneo arrive in Kota Kinabalu. Downtown Kota Kinabalu is just seven kilometres from the city’s international airport and even when roads are busy the taxi journey rarely takes longer than 10 minutes. The downtown district has been built on reclaimed land and faces across the city’s harbour towards Gaya Island. Find your Kota Kinabalu hotel online with Expedia.

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The downtown area of Kota Kinabalu mostly comprises modern buildings with the occasional colonial era structure. The area referred to nowadays as Chinatown is centred on Gaya Street. It hosts a popular Sunday market and is home to a good assortment of Chinese eateries and cheap accommodation options. The Atkinson Clock Tower is perched on a hill behind the centre.

On the southern edges of downtown the Sabah State Mosque and Museum are among the attractions. As the major city in northern Borneo, Kota Kinabalu has lots of nearby tourism sights and among these are Likas and Tanjung Aru beaches, the Green Connection Aquarium and Tambalang Racecourse. Mt Kinabalu is one of Borneo’s key attractions and is only 100kms away by road.

Restaurants and Bars in Kota Kinabalu

There is an exciting array of restaurants, cafés and bars in downtown Kota Kinabalu. The food is a mix of Malay, Indonesian, Indian and Chinese and dishes served include dim-sum, nasi lemak, rotis and biriyani rice. Some restaurants specialise in fresh seafood dishes and for those looking for something different, Italian and Thai eateries are two of the alternatives. A night out in Kota Kinabalu is a delight as there are dedicated bar areas like KK Waterfront, while the Shamrock is one of a number of themed bars.

Shopping in Kota Kinabalu

Shoppers will enjoy Kota Kinabalu as it has a big choice of shops, markets and malls. The handicraft market is a few minutes’ walk from the ferry port and vendors here sell everything from pearls and jewellery to hand-carved statuettes and souvenirs such as Sabah keyrings and T-shirts. The Chinatown Market is another unmissable destination for shoppers in downtown on a Sunday. Free shuttles operate between downtown and the huge, modern 1Borneo Mall.

Frequently asked questions

What's it like in Downtown Kota Kinabalu?
Travellers love the Downtown Kota Kinabalu neighbourhood for its beautiful island views, top seafood restaurants and major shopping area. Experience the best of Downtown Kota Kinabalu with a visit to Imago Shopping Mall, Anjung Samudera and Centre Point. You’ll find 241 hotels and other types of accommodation in Downtown Kota Kinabalu to choose from, making this an ideal base for exploring the greater Kota Kinabalu area.
Where is the best hotel for a stay in Downtown Kota Kinabalu?
Based on Expedia customer reviews, Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu is the highest ranked property in Downtown Kota Kinabalu. This 5-star hotel offers a full-service spa and 4 restaurants. It’s located steps from Anjung Samudera. Other top choices in the neighbourhood include The Jesselton Hotel and Hilton Kota Kinabalu.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, will I receive a refund?
Yes, you’ll find most hotel bookings are fully refundable provided that you cancel prior to the accommodation’s cancellation deadline, which is usually within 24-48 hours of check in. If your reservation is non-refundable, it might still be possible to cancel it and be given a refund within 24 hours of your booking. Add your dates and click on “Search”, then you can use the “free cancellation” filter to get top deals in Downtown Kota Kinabalu.
What is there to do around this Kota Kinabalu neighbourhood?
Planning to do some shopping while in Downtown Kota Kinabalu? Consider Imago Shopping Mall, Centre Point and Kota Kinabalu Central Market. You could also plan a visit to Anjung Samudera or Gaya Street Sunday Market while you’re in the neighbourhood. Favourite places to visit in the surrounding area include Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, Sutera Harbour and Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. While you’re out sightseeing, Oceanus Waterfront Mall and Warisan Square are a couple of additional sights to visit in Kota Kinabalu.

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