Budget conscious travellers should check out the Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu Hotel. It is a ten minute drive from the International Airport, in an area surrounded by shops and restaurants.
Rooms are basic but comfortable, and there are a few studio apartments available for short term lets. The hotel includes two small meeting rooms for corporate guests.
The hotel is nearby to the Filipino Market. Here, visitors will find lovely handcrafted souvenirs of their trip, locally sourced pearls and delicious fruits.
There are many street food stalls selling local delicacies. Also worth a look is the Weston Wetland Centre, famous for its native monkeys. A literal highlight of the Centre is its firefly display, which several Trip Advisor Reviewers likened to a giant sparkling Christmas Tree.
Hotel: Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu Hotel
Price from: RM144 per night
Address: Jalan Singgah Mata, Pusat Bandar, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +60 88-521 188