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【Homesuite' Hotel】|King-Bed|Fast WiFi

[DEEP CLEANING] Our team is taking extra precaution to enhance our cleaning routine. We disinfect frequently touched surfaces (i.e. door knobs, table top, keypad button) between reservations just to ensure our guests have the safest and best stay experience with us. HOMESUITE’ HOTEL is strategically located at Sutera Avenue, city center of Kota Kinabalu, which is only 5 minutes walk to KK greatest mall, Imago Shopping Mall.

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SquareSuites at SOVO Aeropod@Tanjung Aru (a)

Square Suites @ SOVO Aeropod. Our rooms are spacious and bright ideally for couples or solo travellers. 5 Minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. 5 Minutes drive to the Famous Tanjung Aru Beach. 10 Minutes drive to Kota Kinabalu Town. Any inquiries, you may contact me at 0168369329

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Riverson 1BR Suite 6 - Mt. Kinabalu view 神山景公寓

Our 1 bed room apartment offers a stunning Mt Kinabalu view from its balcony. Airport is 15 min drive, 2 min walk to IMAGO, the largest modern shopping mall in KK (no need to cross the busy highway). Waterfront, Jetty to Island, Handicraft Market are all within 10 min by Grab. Stay at our comfortable apartment and indulge yourselves in the sunshine and Sabah's exotic food. 从公寓阳台,您可以远望壮观雄伟的神山。机场是15分钟的车程。 2 分钟步行到Imago, 亚庇 最受欢迎的购物中心(毋需横跨高速公路)。海滨, 离岛码头 , 工艺品市场都在10分钟内车程。欢迎入住我们舒适的公寓 , 享受沙巴的阳光和地道美食。

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Stay near Kota Kinabalu's top sights

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Jesselton Point22 locals recommend
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Tanjung Aru Beach24 locals recommend
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filipino market10 locals recommend
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Oceanus Waterfront Mall7 locals recommend
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Suria Sabah Shopping Mall24 locals recommend
Photo of Tanjung Aru Perdana Park
Tanjung Aru Perdana Park3 locals recommend

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Imago Loft A Studio Unit @ C&R 依玛歌亚庇时代广场一室高级公寓
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Thirteen Residence [TR05] @ SOVO Aeropod
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Aeropod Sovo. Convenient, near City Kota Kinabalu
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【JIA by Homesuite'】|King Bed+|Netflix|WiFi|IMAGO
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Homesuite'【AS20】|Aeropod|Couple Swing|Kitchen|WiFi
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Cloud 9-2 Studio@Aeropod Two single beds room
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Aeropod5.0 @Private Studio with Balcony near KKIA
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Imago Loft E 2BR Sea&City View@C&R 依玛歌亚庇时代广场两房高级公寓
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RV#01 -1 BR Suite @ Riverson SOHO (Beside Imago)
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SquareSuites at SOVO Aeropod@Tanjung Aru (b)
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D6 IMAGO MALL UPSTAIR-2 BEDROOMS IMAGO商场楼上-两房城市公寓
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Your guide to Kota Kinabalu

All About Kota Kinabalu

Featuring stunning islands set in cerulean waters, a bustling coastline, and Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of the state of Sabah. Partly surrounded by rainforest, the town itself is home to vibrant markets, a modern boardwalk, and a waterfront mosque. Despite being a rapidly modernizing city, the past is preserved here through historical sites like the Petagas War Memorial Garden, which honors fallen resistors of Japanese occupation during WWII, and the Double Six Monument — a striking white arch that commemorates Sabah’s late Chief Minister. The city also houses several art galleries along with the Sabah Islamic Civilization Museum, where you’ll find intricate brass antiques under its five domes, and the Sabah State Museum, which is home to galleries focusing on archaeology and natural history. There are plenty of restaurants and bars offering a wide array of cuisines at the waterfront, where you can enjoy dinner with a spectacular view.

Just outside the city, you’ll find white-sand beaches leading to calm, clear water, hot springs where you can soak after a long day of hiking, and wetlands where you can take a river cruise through the mangrove forests. There are several unspoiled islands off Kota Kinabalu’s coast, and you can reach them by ferry or boat for a day of tranquil sunbathing and watersports.

Kota Kinabalu is also known as the gateway to Borneo, the third-largest island in the world that is almost entirely overrun by rainforest and features incredible biodiversity.


How do I get around Kota Kinabalu?

The Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) is just 25 minutes away from the city center. There are frequent buses that will bring you to the city center in under half an hour, and shuttles, taxis, ride-hailing services, and rental cars are also all available.

Kota Kinabalu itself has a well-managed public transport system that links several parts of the city. The buses also connect to ferries if you want to explore nearby islands. Alternatively, you can rent a car if you would like the convenience of exploring the city at your own pace.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Kota Kinabalu?

Kota Kinabalu has great hiking trails and stunning beaches, making this city attractive all year round. Given its tropical location, the weather in Kota Kinabalu remains hot and humid all year, and there is a chance of rain at any time, so always be prepared with an umbrella and be sure to pack proper shoes.

If you are an experienced hiker and want to have a better chance of spotting orangutans out in the wild, you should book a trip between March and October. This period also offers clear weather, blooming flowers, and minimal rainfall, creating a beautiful atmosphere for outdoor recreation.

Alternatively, if you are hoping to spend your days on the beach, renting a house in Kota Kinabalu anytime between April and December is ideal. During this time, the waterfront comes alive, with art and music festivals and cultural programs happening along the coast. Sabah’s Harvest Festival runs for the whole month of May with rice wine and traditional dances.


What are the top things to do in Kota Kinabalu?

Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia, stands over 13,000 feet tall at the center of Kinabalu National Park. A trek to the top of Mount Kinabalu is a two-day adventure with mountain accommodations along the way where you can stop for rest and food. From the summit, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts by exquisite views of the Sabah region.

Kinabalu Handicraft Market

Kinabalu’s Handicraft Market, located along the scenic waterfront, is a popular place to pick up handmade souvenirs and gifts. You’ll find signature items, such as sarongs, pearl jewelry, and traditional instruments like the sompoton alongside one-of-a-kind handmade gifts.

Tanjung Aru Beach

Between the peaceful pockets of Tanjung Aru Perdana Park and Prince Philip Park in the south of town, this 1.3-mile expanse of coastline is fringed by aru and palm trees. Bring a frisbee and join the locals in the late afternoon sun or grab some satay at a street food stall and watch kites and blue-naped parrots zig zag across the sky.