Hostels in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Explore Kota Kinabalu on a Budget by Crashing in a Local Hostel

Visitors to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia will be spoiled for choice where budget accommodations are concerned - the hostels listed here lie mostly within walking distance from key tourist areas like the Jetty, Jalan Gaya, and its Sunday Market, and bus lines headed to Mount Kinabalu, among others.

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    Hotel Holiday

    Hotel Holiday provides 24 rooms within walking distance of most of Kota Kinabalu's city sights; visitors seeking to go further afield will find that the city bus stops very close to the hotel. Basic accommodations include air conditioning, mini-fridge, and television. No lift to the upper floors. Free WiFi available.

    • Star rating: ★★☆☆☆
    • Address: Lot 1 & 2, Block F, Segama Shopping Complex, Kota Kinabalu, MY
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    The Borneo Global Backpackers hostel is actually located in a warehouse building, converted into budget accommodations. Due to the conversion, some of the rooms - particularly the 2- and 4-person bunker rooms - have no windows; the place can get really stuffy during the summer months.

    Private rooms are available, with air-conditioning included. Complimentary breakfast included in stay. WiFi included. The hostel offers comprehensive tour services through its sister company. The State Museum is only ten minutes away on foot, and the Tanjung Aru Beach is an eight-minute walk away.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: Ground & 1st Floor, Lot No.29 Karamunsing Godown, Kota Kinabalu, MY
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    Bunibon Lodge

    An 11-room hostel within sight of the Atkinson Clock Tower, the Bunibon Lodge promises no more than backpacker comfort, but delivers nonetheless. Dorm rooms comfortable, but comparatively small. Air conditioning and access to bathrooms with hot running water available in all rooms.

    Free WiFi available. A terrace in the rear provides a cozy place to eat, watch TV, or socialize with the other guests. Scooter rentals available upon request.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: Lot 21, Australian Place,Jalan Dewan, 88000,Kota Kinabalu,Sabah, MY
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    Akinabalu Youth Hostel

    The Akinabalu Youth Hostel offers 20 rooms, with a number of dorm rooms for budget travelers. The common areas are designed to help you socialize: from the friendly employees to the cozy lobby with TV and two Internet-connected PCs to the dining area that serves simple breakfasts with coffee to guests. Free WiFi available to guests.

    The Hostel's location on Jalan Gaya places guests right next to the Sunday street market, and within walking distance to Kota Kinabalu's major tourist sites.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: 1st, 2nd, 3rd 4th Floor, Lot 133, Jalan Gaya, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, MY
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    Another cheap hostel on Jalan Gaya, the Borneo Gaya Lodge provides access to the street's cheap shopping and dining; the Sunday market on this street is a must-see. The lodge's 6-bed mixed dorm provides the best value-for-money stay, with air conditioning, hot running water, and towels (not free to use; you will be charged for using the house towels).

    Free WiFi available; tour services available upon request. Breakfast is free, but the basic toast-and-jam kind you get in ​hostels. Airport transfer available upon request.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: No 78, 1St Floor, Jalan Gaya, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, MY
    • Phone: +60 8824 2477
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    Summer Lodge

    A 16-room hostel in Kota Kinabalu's town core, Summer Lodge provides inexpensive private and dorm style rooms. Free WiFi signal reaches into the rooms and the common areas - the rooftop garden and the main lobby. No lift, though - you'll need to carry your luggage up a series of stairs before you even get to the main reception!

    Tour services available upon request. Breakfast is free, but basic - all the bread, jam, and butter you can eat.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: Lot 120, Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, MY
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    Borneo Adventure Center

    Located in one of the older neighborhoods of the city, the Borneo Adventure Center provides cheap accommodations ideal for travelers with low expectations. The location is perhaps the best part of the place: visitors can simply walk to Sedco Square for seafood, or to the bus station for your ride to Mount Kinabalu. WiFi is available, but only in public areas. Guests without tablets or laptops can use the computer in the common room. For added security, the rooms are opened using electronic keys.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: No. 1 Jalan Haji Yaccub, Kampung Air, Kota Kinabalu, MY
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    Lavender Lodge Kota Kinabalu

    This 20-room budget hotel provides both private and dorm rooms in Kota Kinabalu's retail district, just five minutes' walk from Center Point Mall and Warisan Square, not far from the waterfront. Hostel rooms are clean and rather spacious, with air conditioning and attached bathroom. The pool table features a flatscreen TV and a pool table.

    Flat-iron, hair dryer, laundry, car rental, and sightseeing services available upon request. Free WiFi available in public areas.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: 6, Jalan Laiman Diki, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, MY
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    If you're looking for cheap accommodations near Tanjung Aru beach, then Borneo BeacHouse ought to fit the bill: a five-minute walk away from the beach and right next door to the Perdana Park. 10 rooms available; guests get access to a self-cook kitchen, common bathroom with hot running water, garden and barbecue area, and 10 rooms to choose from. Free WiFi available in public areas.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: House No 122, Lorong Ikan Lais, Jalan Mat Salleh, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, MY
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    This 14-room hostel gives its guests a healthy helping of history: the site was a former Australian army camp during World War II, then a printing building, before it was converted into a hostel and a ground-floor coffee shop. The walls are festooned with mementos from World War II, as well as images of the soldiers and local heroes who used to frequent Kota Kinabalu.

    From the hostel, guests can walk a few minutes to reach the Jetty and the bus stop for Kota Kinabalu. Air-conditioned and fan-cooled dormitory rooms (as well as private rooms) are available for guests. Comfy roof garden deck and lounge area open to guests. Free WiFi available throughout the property.

    • Star rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    • Address: No 24, Lorong Dewan, 88801 Kota Kinabalu, MY