While there are the 5 star luxury hotels in Kota Kinablau, like the Sutera Harbour, I'll just share some info on the budget accommodation.
One of the hotels I stayed is this: Lavendar Lodge, Jalan Laiman Diki, which is located quite in the heart of the city.
It is located in the upstairs of a shoplot. This is the living room cum reception area.My room is located upstairs. When I first entered, well, I got a lil surprised for the room is rather basic - with a bed & side table.
Beside it, and on the same level is the pantry where free breakfast of bread & spreads are served. They also serve free drinking water.
But I guess, for the price I'm paying, it's ok - RM65/ night.
Actually, there are other budget hostels all around the city, some even more central than this - located in the Gaya Street area. But this hostel has had good reviews online (see, it's fully booked the night I stayed!).
Anyway, what I like about this hostel is that they provide internet connection throughout all rooms. And that the owner actually picks up passengers from the airport free of charge.
After checking in, I did do a quick check with some other hostels as well - and most of them come at the same price of RM65/ night - though some don't come with Wifi in the rooms.
Walk. Yes, the heart of the city can be covered by walking. But if one wants to visit the other areas in KK, one can take the taxi - which I think some bargaining is required.
As my time was short, I didn't explore much beyond this part of the city.
Btw, the taxi rate from the airport to the city is a standard RM20.
Getting There: KK International Airport
I must say that the KK International Airport is quite impressive with flights from many parts of Asia - even from China, Indonesia, Philippines, Macau, Singapore & Korea (and maybe even Japan).
It's no wonder I see so many different nationality tourists. I've even met a bunch of friends who came from Shanghai via Shenzhen!
Well, that wraps up my KK travel. It was only 4 days & 3 nights, but what good experience I had! Btw, the fun didn't stop... as I actually continued my journey to neighbouring Kuching! And that series is up next! :)