Family hotels in Kota Kinabalu

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Kota Kinabalu, graced with vibrant culture, scenic islands and abundant wildlife, is a tropical paradise perfect for family adventures. This Malaysian gem offers a perfect blend of bustling city life and tranquil nature, making it an alluring destination for both young and old.

So, whether you're seeking a centrally located high-rise hotel for convenience, a secluded eco-lodge for a tranquil retreat, or an affordable yet comfortable family room, Kota Kinabalu has plenty to offer. Read on to discover the best family-friendly hotels in this fantastic city and make your family holiday truly memorable.

Things to do

Gifted with natural beauty, unique cultural insights and a wealth of learning opportunities, Kota Kinabalu is an ideal destination brimming with family-friendly activities.

Enthrall your little ones with a voyage under the sea at the Aquarium & Marine Museum or soak in the city's history and charm as you wander through its lively streets and vibrant markets. A trip to the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is sure to fascinate both kids and adults with its diverse marine life and lush landscapes.

The Prince Philip Park offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle where your family can enjoy casual strolls amidst blooming flora and fauna. For a bit of an adventure, embark on a boat tour to Gaya Island and spend a day exploring its enriched biodiversity.

Kota Kinabalu offers a blend of experiential learning, active experiences, and leisurely family bonding opportunities — ensuring your holiday will be filled with joyous memories.

When to visit

Though Kota Kinabalu is a year-round destination, if you're planning a family trip, there are a few things to consider. Families often find the months of December through March most comfortable, with milder weather and less rainfall, making it more manageable to explore the city and nearby attractions.

While booking during other months may be cheaper, do be mindful of the hotter temperatures in May and the frequent rain in monsoon season. But regardless of when you choose to visit, this versatile city guarantees enriching experiences for the entire family - from its idyllic beaches to its lively city centre, there's never a dull moment in Kota Kinabalu.

JAN
28.4°
24.1°
219mm
19 days
FEB
28.8°
24°
99mm
13 days
MAR
29.2°
24.3°
94mm
15 days
APR
29.7°
24.9°
128mm
20 days
MAY
30°
25.3°
186mm
23 days
JUN
29.8°
24.9°
172mm
17 days
JUL
29.9°
24.7°
151mm
17 days
AUG
29.8°
24.6°
172mm
16 days
SEP
29.6°
24.6°
169mm
18 days
OCT
29°
24.4°
234mm
24 days
NOV
28.8°
24.3°
241mm
25 days
DEC
28.7°
24.3°
260mm
24 days

Things you'll love...

  • Discover Kota Kinabalu's vibrant culture and rich history with your little ones
  • Embark on an adventure in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park and Mount Kinabalu
  • Take a boat trip to Gaya Island, the largest island off the coast of the city
  • Indulge in the city's unique and delicious Malaysian cuisine
  • Explore the Aquarium and Marine Museum for an educational, family-friendly day out
Airplane

Main airport

    • Kota Kinabalu International Airport
kinabalu mountain view (king) | down duvets, in-room safe, individually decorated
combined shower/bathtub, hydromassage showerhead, free toiletries
tanjung deluxe seaview suite (king) | down duvets, in-room safe, individually decorated
down duvets, in-room safe, individually decorated
horizon club, twin room, terrace, sea view | down duvets, in-room safe, individually decorated
family suite (kinabalu jungle themed) | view from room

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

61
Catch some rays at the beach or spend the day relaxing at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu's full-service spa. Then enjoy a meal at one of the resort's 3 restaurants.
Kids stay free
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hypo-allergenic bedding, minibar, in-room safe, desk
executive suite, 1 king bed, business lounge access | view from room
executive suite, 1 king bed, business lounge access | bathroom | designer toiletries, hair dryer, slippers, bidet
presidential suite | living area | lcd tv
hypo-allergenic bedding, minibar, in-room safe, desk
executive suite, 1 king bed, business lounge access | hypo-allergenic bedding, minibar, in-room safe, desk

Hilton Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

60
2 restaurants, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center are available at this hotel. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a poolside bar, and a snack bar/deli are onsite.
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separate bathtub and shower, free toiletries, hair dryer, dressing gowns
minibar, in-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board
minibar, in-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board
view from room
deluxe garden view fun4family (residence of malaysia only) | minibar, in-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board
in-room dining

The Magellan Sutera Resort
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

59
Pamper yourself with a visit to The Magellan Sutera Resort's full-service spa, practice your swing on the golf course, or catch some rays on the private beach.
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leisure double room (ac 6) | individually decorated, individually furnished, desk, laptop workspace
deluxe double room (ac 1) | individually decorated, individually furnished, desk, laptop workspace
city double room (ac 9) | individually decorated, individually furnished, desk, laptop workspace
deluxe double room (ac 1) | individually decorated, individually furnished, desk, laptop workspace
bathroom shower
bathroom shower

AC Residence
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

59
A restaurant, a bar/lounge, and dry cleaning are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, laundry facilities, express check-in, and express check-out are onsite.
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shower, rainfall showerhead, free toiletries, hair dryer
business double room (cj 3) | individually decorated, desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains
deluxe double room (cj 1) | individually decorated, desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains
family double room (cj 8) | individually decorated, desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains
individually decorated, desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains
couple double room (cj 2) | individually decorated, desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains

CJ Residence
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

59
Along with a restaurant, this hotel has a bar/lounge and dry cleaning. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, laundry facilities and ATM/banking services are onsite.
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minibar, in-room safe, individually furnished, desk
eco-friendly toiletries, hair dryer, dressing gowns, slippers
eco-friendly toiletries, hair dryer, dressing gowns, slippers
minibar, in-room safe, individually furnished, desk
minibar, in-room safe, individually furnished, desk
minibar, in-room safe, individually furnished, desk

The LUMA Hotel - A Member of Design Hotels
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

58
Along with 3 restaurants, this smoke-free hotel has a coffee shop/cafe and concierge services. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, dry cleaning, a 24-hour front desk, and express check-in are onsite.
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memory-foam beds, minibar, in-room safe, desk
separate bathtub and shower, deep-soaking bathtub, rainfall showerhead
memory-foam beds, minibar, in-room safe, desk
memory-foam beds, minibar, in-room safe, desk
memory-foam beds, minibar, in-room safe, desk
deluxe sea view (malaysian residents) | memory-foam beds, minibar, in-room safe, desk

The Pacific Sutera Hotel
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

57
Spend the day at The Pacific Sutera Hotel's private white sand beach, relax by one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools, or enjoy the onsite golf course and full-service spa.
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premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, desk
designer toiletries, hair dryer, bidet, towels
premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, desk
premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, desk
premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, desk
premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, desk

Ibis Styles Kota Kinabalu Inanam Hotel
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

56
A restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar/lounge are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free WiFi in public areas, free self parking, and a free manager's reception are also provided. Other amenities include a snack bar/deli, a business center, and conference space.
Kids stay free
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premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, desk
premier room, 1 king bed (executive premier) | premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, desk
shower, rainfall showerhead, free toiletries, hair dryer
premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, desk
premier room, 1 king bed (executive premier) | bathroom | shower, rainfall showerhead, free toiletries, hair dryer
premier room, 1 king bed (executive premier) | premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, desk

Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

56
3 restaurants, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a snack bar/deli, and a coffee shop/cafe are onsite.
Kids stay free
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premier suite | bathroom | shower, rainfall showerhead, free toiletries, hair dryer
in-room safe, blackout curtains, iron/ironing board
deluxe room, sea view | in-room safe, blackout curtains, iron/ironing board
deluxe room, sea view | in-room safe, blackout curtains, iron/ironing board
deluxe studio | bathroom | shower, rainfall showerhead, free toiletries, hair dryer
deluxe studio | bathroom | shower, rainfall showerhead, free toiletries, hair dryer

Grandis Hotel
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

56
An outdoor pool, a restaurant, and a fitness center are available at this smoke-free hotel. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a poolside bar, and a snack bar/deli are onsite.
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in-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds
shower, rainfall showerhead, free toiletries, hair dryer
in-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds
view from room
in-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds
room, 2 single beds, sea view | in-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

55
This hotel features 3 restaurants, an outdoor pool, and 2 bars/lounges. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, a 24-hour fitness center, a snack bar/deli, and a sauna are onsite.
Kids stay free
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standard room, 2 single beds | in-room safe, desk, soundproofing
standard room, 2 single beds | bathroom | shower, free toiletries, hair dryer, slippers
deluxe room, 1 king bed | living room | 40-inch lcd tv with digital channels, tv
deluxe room, 1 king bed | in-room safe, desk, soundproofing
standard room, 2 single beds | in-room safe, desk, soundproofing
bathroom shower

Api-Api Guest House
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

55
This smoke-free hotel features 2 restaurants, 3 coffee shops/cafes, and a snack bar/deli. Free WiFi in public areas, free self parking, and a free manager's reception are also provided. Other amenities include coffee/tea in a common area, dry cleaning, and laundry facilities.
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standard room, 1 queen bed with sofa bed | premium bedding, in-room safe, desk, laptop workspace
premium bedding, in-room safe, desk, laptop workspace
shower, free toiletries, hair dryer, slippers
standard room, 1 queen bed | premium bedding, in-room safe, desk, laptop workspace
premium bedding, in-room safe, desk, laptop workspace
premium bedding, in-room safe, desk, laptop workspace

Holiday Inn Express Kota Kinabalu City Centre, an IHG Hotel
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

55
Along with a restaurant, this smoke-free hotel has a bar/lounge and a snack bar/deli. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a 24-hour business center, a coffee shop/cafe, and coffee/tea in a common area.
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in-room dining

AR Residence
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

55
This hotel features concierge services, a front-desk safe, and free self parking. WiFi in public areas is free. Housekeeping is available once per stay.
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presidential suite, 2 bedrooms | premium bedding, pillow-top beds, in-room safe, desk
premium bedding, pillow-top beds, in-room safe, desk
presidential suite, 2 bedrooms | premium bedding, pillow-top beds, in-room safe, desk
club suite, 2 bedrooms, non smoking, sea view (le meridien club lounge access) | premium bedding, pillow-top beds, in-room safe, desk
premium bedding, pillow-top beds, in-room safe, desk
premium bedding, pillow-top beds, in-room safe, desk

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

55
4 restaurants, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool are available at this hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include 2 bars/lounges, a fitness center, and a snack bar/deli.
Kids stay free
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hair dryer, towels
suite | in-room safe, individually furnished, desk, laptop workspace
suite | in-room safe, individually furnished, desk, laptop workspace
executive suite | bathroom | hair dryer, towels
hair dryer, towels
hair dryer, towels

Hotel Sixty3
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

55
Along with a business center, this smoke-free hotel has concierge services and dry cleaning. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, laundry facilities, a 24-hour front desk, and free newspapers are onsite.
Kids stay free
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studio suite, 1 bedroom | view from room
premier suite, 3 bedrooms | view from room
shower, free toiletries, hair dryer, slippers
premier suite, 3 bedrooms | in-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board, rollaway beds
in-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board, rollaway beds
deluxe suite, 2 bedrooms | in-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board, rollaway beds

Sky Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

53
This smoke-free hotel features an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and a fitness center. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a bar/lounge, a business center, and a children's pool.
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suite, 1 king bed, bathtub | bathroom | shower, free toiletries, hair dryer, slippers
desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains, soundproofing
superior twin room | desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains, soundproofing
family room | desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains, soundproofing
superior twin room | desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains, soundproofing
family room | bathroom | shower, free toiletries, hair dryer, slippers

3-Plus Hotel
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

52
Along with a 24-hour front desk, this smoke-free hotel has a front-desk safe and free self parking. WiFi in public areas is free.
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deluxe room | terrace/patio
minibar, in-room safe, desk, soundproofing
deluxe room | bathroom | shower, rainfall showerhead, free toiletries, hair dryer
shower, rainfall showerhead, free toiletries, hair dryer
ceo suite, 1 king bed | deep-soaking bathtub
deluxe suite (grand) | minibar, in-room safe, desk, soundproofing

Horizon Hotel
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

52
This smoke-free hotel features 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a fitness center, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar are onsite.
Kids stay free
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superior queen room | in-room safe, desk, soundproofing, iron/ironing board
superior queen room | bathroom | rainfall showerhead, free toiletries, hair dryer, slippers
deluxe twin room | in-room safe, desk, soundproofing, iron/ironing board
deluxe queen room | in-room safe, desk, soundproofing, iron/ironing board
superior queen room | in-room safe, desk, soundproofing, iron/ironing board
deluxe twin room | in-room safe, desk, soundproofing, iron/ironing board

Avangio Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

51
Along with an outdoor pool, this hotel has a restaurant and a fitness center. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a poolside bar, and a coffee shop/cafe are onsite. Housekeeping is available on request.
Kids stay free
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