The Best Hotels in Miri, Malaysia, for Every Traveller

The Pullman dominates Miri’s Baong riverside stretch – the Seahorse is the official town mascot
The Pullman dominates Miri’s Baong riverside stretch – the Seahorse is the official town mascot | © Uwe Aranas / Alamy Stock Photo
Austin Bush

The Malaysian city of Miri, which dates back to the beginning of the previous century, is often regarded as a jumping-off point for Borneo’s Unesco World Heritage-recognised protected areas and national parks. Which means, after getting your boots muddy, you’ll want a clean, cosy, convenient place to crash – something this city on the Sarawak coastline is more than capable of providing.

1. Kingwood Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

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With heaps of flair and a location right in the centre of Miri, the Kingwood Boutique Hotel is a no-brainer. The 49 rooms blend contemporary and classic design elements, and bathrooms boast spa-inspired amenities and rain showers. There’s a rooftop bar, or simply wander the blocks surrounding the hotel for the type of street food that makes Malaysia such a beloved destination.

2. Jinhold Hotel & Serviced Apartment

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The lobby of Miri’s Jinhold Hotel flaunts an edgy, modern, almost industrial design theme. This provides a stark contrast with the rooms, which exude a Scandinavian-esque minimalism that blends light woods and warm lighting. If you’re not pursuing Borneo’s more famous adventurous pursuits, a pool, sauna and steam room, and even a putting green should scratch the activity itch.

3. Pullman Miri Waterfront

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The Pullman hotel dominates Miri’s Baong riverside stretch. The more than 300 rooms provide a distinct sense of openness, and style-wise are dominated by calming greys, whites and creams, with splashes of turquoise that serve as reminders of the waters below. A location only a few blocks from the centre of Miri is a plus, especially for those who are tempted to dig into Malaysia’s lauded street food scene.

4. Chemara Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

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With a location 12km (7.4mi) north of Miri, the Chemara Boutique Hotel is an option for those who would rather not be right in the thick of it. The 25 rooms feel more home than hotel, and although you’re not downtown, they are within walking distance of shopping centres and eating options. Friendly, service-minded staff provide the feel of a homecoming.

5. Borneo Rainforest Resort

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Located south of Miri, at the edge of a national park, the Borneo Rainforest Resort fits most people’s preconceived notion of the Asian jungle paradise. The 18 chalets are interspersed across a patch of jungly terrain, which also functions as the jumping-off point for activities that include archery, swimming, kayaking and an obstacle course. A smart choice for families with kids – or particularly active adults.

6. Mega Hotel


Boasting one of the largest footprints of any hotel in Miri, the Mega Hotel lives up to the name. Spanning 293 spacious, contemporary rooms, many fitted with trippy carpets and great views, it’s the perfect place to recover after an excursion into Borneo’s fabled jungle. It’s also in a convenient location in the centre of downtown Miri.

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