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The Jungalow

5 best cozy hotels in Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu for only around $35 a night

Gaya Street is probably the most centralized area in Kota Kinabalu. Famous for its Sunday Market, this historical little China Town has long been recognized as a tourist spot.

Gaya Street is pretty heaved with backpackers hostels and hotels. There are plenty of nice coffee shops offering nice different dishes too. Banks, clinics, police station, tourism offices and malls are also adjacent so it’s literally a very convenient location.

If you feel like resting on a good comfy bed where you can sleep all day, check out these 5 best pocket-friendly hotels in Gaya Street that pretty much live up to that coziness.

1) The Jungalow

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The Jungalow

The Jungalow is a stylish, relaxing and light-filled jungalow-concept accommodation in Australia Place, which is just across the road opposite Gaya Street.

The lot was previously a shop that has now been transformed into a lovely living space. A charming decor with thoughtful touches, The Jungalow has a uniqueness of its own. The bedrooms are spacious, the beds are comfortable and the work spaces are accommodating.

Book a stay at The Jungalow →

2) Hotel Eden 54

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Hotel Eden54

Eye-soothing dusky tones, minimalist decor and ambient undertones, the homely Hotel Eden54 that nestled on a quiet commercial block in Gaya Street is really an ideal place even for longer night stays.

Comfort by design and luxury for less, staying in Hotel Eden54 is basically traveling in style without the expensive price tag. The nightly rate is as low as $30 and less than $50 for a perfect studio unit with free Wi-Fi available in all rooms.

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3) Dreamtel Hotel

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Dreamtel Hotel Kota Kinabalu

The Dreamtel Hotel in Bandaran Berjaya is only a short 5 minutes walk from Gaya Street. This 3-star hotel has over 150 rooms in total. The rates are as low as $40 a night, perfect for those on holidays or business trips.

Dreamtel Hotel is a popular pick among the local travel agencies for its reasonable pricing for great comfortable rooms, nice food, strategic location and friendly helpful staffs.

Book a stay at Dreamtel Hotel →

4) Little Gaya Hotel

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Little Gaya Hotel

Little Gaya Hotel sits at the quieter end of Gaya Street. It is very close to the Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal if you feel like taking a 15-minute boat ride to the closest tropical islands.

The accommodation is featured with thoughtful amenities to ensure quality comfort for all its guests. Little Gaya Hotel is perfect enough for travelers who are on a quick sojourn and those on a business trip.

Book a stay at Little Gaya Hotel →

5) Hotel Gaia 95

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Hotel Gaia 95

Hotel Gaia 95 is a nice modern hotel right at the heart of Gaya Street. It sits on a great location next to many restaurants. In Greek, “Gaia” means Mother Earth. And the hotel’s earthy tones live up to the name.

Book a stay at Hotel Gaia 95 →


If you feel like staying or day-tripping in a rustic village homestead next to a mountain-fresh clear water river, then come over to our place at Kamagi Riverside Retreat. We are located in a Dusun native countryside only 30 to 40 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu.

Do let us know if you’re coming. See you here!

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