Hostels in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

18 hostels available. Prices start from $3 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Kota Kinabalu

Youth Hostel
"…We are proud to be the first hostel in Kota Kinabalu to adopt sustainable and Go Green approach. To support and promote healthy living at Signel, we have opted alternate Fridays as our Go Green … More
"…It's helpful if you can share your flight number or bus schedule with us. 5. When necessary, we can arrange self-check-in for late arrivals. 6. Check-in time is at 15:00 (3:00 PM). 7. Check-out … More
Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…This humble home of ours has three (two dorms with windows) quiet and comfortable mixed gender and female only dorms, all air-conditioned. Each bed has a private space with a locker, a … More

Homy Seafront Hostel

Free Breakfast
Youth Hostel
"…10 minutes to walk to our largest shopping mall in Sabah, Imago Shopping Mall. Thus, any other tourist attraction place only takes a few minutes’ drive from our hostel, like Jesselton Point, the … More
Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…5. Smoking inside the house is prohibited. 6. Please take note that we are a backpacker hostel, all the facilities are on a sharing basis. 7. reception is open from 8am to 10pm.However, early … More
"…Check-in time: from 15:00 2. Check-out time: by 12:00 3. Reception hour: 24Hrs 4. Payment: cash or credit cards (Visa, Master, and Amex) 5. Cancellation policy: Any cancellation received … More
Adventure Hostels Female Solo Traveller Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…So come on over and let us share with you the beauty of Borneo hospitality! **Things to note & policies** Free cancellation: 3 days before the arrival Check in from: 15:00 PM onwards Check … More
Youth Hostel
"…Reception Working Hours: from 07:00 to 21:00. 10. Age Restriction: (1) The minimum age to check in is 18 years old. (2) No children below 12 years old. (3) Children between 12 to 18 years old … More
Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Great place. The very best location. Wonderful place to meet others. - Akinabalu is located directly on Gaya Street -- the street where the Sunday market is held. Everything else is within … More
1, Lorong Centre Point, Sinsuran Kompleks, 3rd floor More

Jesselton Cabin

Free Breakfast
"This place was extremely clean and comfortable. This place is extremely clean, has good character and friendly staff." …"…they got into our luggage. the staff didn't even have the descency to wash … More
Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller
"…•Iron and ironing board •Microwave and toaster •Instant noodles and soft drinks for sale •Outdoor wooden patio •Map and brochure rack Special Tour Arrangements Speak with your friendly attendants … More
Family-Friendly Hostel
"…Clients within the lodge are here to climb Mount Kinabalu, scuba dive, learn to dive, join us for snorkeling adventures to name but a few activities so a good nights rest is fundamental to that … More

H2 Segama Backpacker

Free Breakfast
Party Hostel Solo Traveller
"…Our location is situated in the city of Kota Kinabalu area with buses plying to and forth. Tourists are able to reach shops within walking distance, such as Bank, Government Offices, Tour Agent … More

Sarang Hostel

Free Breakfast
Family-Friendly Hostel Youth Hostel
"…Tax included Breakfast included Child Friendly: Children need to book with parents/guardians into Private Room No curfew Strictly non-smoking in whole place." …"From Kota Kinabalu … More

Trekkers Lodge

Free Breakfast
"…Be sure to check out the Sipadan diving rates when you're here. Nice staff and very informed. It has a good location and is highly recommended. 2 thumbs up!!!" …"Kota Kinabalu's original hostel … More
Lot 25, Lorong Dewan ... More

Stay In Lodge

Free Breakfast
Digital Nomads Family-Friendly Hostel Older travelers (+50) Solo Traveller
"…When I returned they put me in a room on an upper floor, which was a bit quieter except when the oil rig workers came into town ... then really noisy in the public area to very early in the AM. … More

Hotels in Kota Kinabalu

Space Cap Hotel

Free Breakfast
"…Check in from 2:00 pm to 23:00. 3. Check out before 12.00 noon. 4. Payment upon arrival by cash and Card. 5. Age restriction: 18+. 6. Reception working hours 08:00-23:00." …"By Taxi or Grab/ … More

Mile 36 Lodge

Free Breakfast
"…It is: * clean and pleasant surroundings. You can choose to stay in any of the 4 buildings in various designs. Choose either the European, Contemporary or Local kampong styled rooms. * Very … More

Hostels in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

18 hostels available. Prices start from $7 for a dorm bed.

Get to know Kota Kinabalu (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kota Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu (often called KK) is a beautiful city in Malaysia and the capital of Sabah region. Kota Kinabalu is well known for its beautiful scenery (Mount Kinabalu and Pulau Sipadan), shopping malls, budget accommodation, good nightlife, and a lot of restaurants with amazing fresh seafood. Kota Kinabalu is easily reachable by all transports (flight, boat, bus, and train), but probably the best way is by air –- there are a lot of low cost companies that fly here from different parts of Southeast Asia. The airport is located only about six kilometers from the city center –- you can take a taxi or minibus.

Kota Kinabalu has a lot to offer, depending your tastes and budget. During your stay in Kota Kinabalu city, you should visit the old area to see the remains of its colonial past, including the Sabah State Museum and Heritage Garden and the Waterfront Markets. If you are into more outdoor activities, you should try to do water rafting (do a one-day tour that can be easily arranged in every tour agency in the city), dive in Pulau Sipadan (recognized as one of the best places in the world to do dive -– here you can see barracudas, sharks, turtles, and amazing reefs), or climb the huge Mount Kinabalu (more than four thousand meters high). There are a lot of tours operated by different agencies in Kota Kinabalu organizing trips to the summit (the average is two days/one night).

Kota Kinabalu has a lot of hostels available, where you can have a good time, and in most of them you can also organize your tours. Kota Kinabalu hostels are on a budget, but clean, friendly, and in a relaxed environment.

Written by local enthusiast for Kota Kinabalu hostels

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Kota Kinabalu Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Kota Kinabalu, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
Total number of hostels 18
Average dorm price $10
Average private room price $30
Cheapest hostel in Kota Kinabalu H2 Segama Backpacker with $6.5
Party hostels in Kota Kinabalu Faloe Hostel (4 in total)
Average rating of all hostels 8

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