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Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu

Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu

5, Jalan Padang, Kota Kinabalu 88000

3.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (951 reviews)

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Atkinson Clock Tower and Gaya Street Sunday Market …

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Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

No. 20, Jalan Aru, Kota Kinabalu 88100

5.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (751 reviews)

This Malaysia beachfront resort on Borneo's northern coast is a 10-minute drive from downtown Kota Kinabalu and Kota Kinabalu …

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Promenade Service Apartments

Promenade Service Apartments

3-G-17, Lorong Api-Api 2, Kota Kinabalu 88000

2.5 out of 5.0
2.8 out of 5 (215 reviews)

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Warisan Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sabah State …

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KK Marina Court Resort Vacation Condos

KK Marina Court Resort Vacation Condos

Marina Court Resort Condominiums, Kota Kinabalu 88000

3.0 out of 5.0
3.2 out of 5 (100 reviews)

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Warisan Square and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Sabah Stat …

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Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu

Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu

No 4, Lorong Api-Api 3, Kota Kinabalu 88000

4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (144 reviews)

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Warisan Square and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Sabah State …

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Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Kota Kinabalu 88991

5.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (655 reviews)

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this luxury hotel is steps from KK Esplanade and Wisma Merdeka. Suria Sabah Shopping Mal …

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The Magellan Sutera Resort

The Magellan Sutera Resort

1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Kota Kinabalu 88100

5.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (534 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Downtown Kota Kinabalu hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sutera Harbour and Sabah State Mosque. Plaza …

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KK Times Square Hotel

KK Times Square Hotel

C-16-G, Signature Office, Kota Kinabalu 88100

2.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (31 reviews)

Located in Downtown Kota Kinabalu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Imago Shopping Mall and Sabah State Mosque. Plaza …

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The Pacific Sutera Hotel

The Pacific Sutera Hotel

1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Kota Kinabalu 88100

5.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (994 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Downtown Kota Kinabalu hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sutera Harbour and Sabah State Mosque. Plaza …

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Horizon Hotel

Horizon Hotel

Jalan Pantai, Locked Bag 2084, Kota Kinabalu 88999

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (692 reviews)

Located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, this family-friendly hotel is steps from South Sea Sanctuary, KK Plaza, and Atkinson …

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About Kota Kinabalu

Standing as the commercial, economic, administrative and transport hub of Borneo, Kota Kinabalu (or KK) has enjoyed vast development in the last decade. It is the main gateway to Sabah, from where the entire Malay insular region can be effortlessly explored. From scaling the dizzying heights of Mount Kinabalu to uncovering the majestic coral islands off its coastline, KK is one of the most appealing destinations in Malaysia.

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Kota Kinabalu is a treasure chest of natural and man-made sites that demand the attention of tourists.

The city is only a short distance from numerous fascinating dive and snorkel sites in Malaysia. Tour operators offer trips to the nearby islands daily, including spots like the beautiful Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and Usuku Bay. While island-hopping, tourists can also absorb the stunning beauty of the sun-drenched cays, some of which are completely secluded, offering an unrivalled tranquillity.

The built environment of Kota Kinabalu is also intriguing. From the bustling Chinatown to the state museums, religious structures and old colonial landmarks that dot the city, KK is bursting with architectural highlights.

Several parks make fantastic places for tourists to explore. Kids will fall in love with the water park at Tun Fuad Park, which is located just 15 minutes from the downtown area. South of KK is Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. This magnificent zoological reserve contains a host of local and international animal species, making it great for the whole family.

Restaurants and Bars

One of the city’s most important features is its wide culinary culture. There are plenty of international influences to accompany local Malay cuisine, including Indian Chinese, European and even Western. Tourists are advised to try the kedai kopi buffet chain, which offers plenty of local specialities. For a true KK experience, dining along the seafront at one of the make-shift stalls is recommended. Of course, for a grander experience, eating along the pier is a must. After hours, the best places to enjoy a drink are the Waterfront and Times Square. However, bars and clubs can be found along Beach Street and Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong.

Shopping in Kota Kinabalu

Several major shopping malls reside within Kota Kinabalu, so shopaholics will feel satisfied. Centre Point Sabah, 1Borneo Hypermall and Suria Sabah are the largest and most visited retail department stores in the city. Of course, the Handicraft Market is also quite popular, offering pearls, crystals, hand-made crafts and other lovely souvenir options.

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