The Best Hotels to Book in Kuching, Malaysia

The best hotels in Kuching range from five-star beachside resorts to design-forward boutique hotels
The best hotels in Kuching range from five-star beachside resorts to design-forward boutique hotels | Courtesy of the Culvert Hotel Resort / Expedia
Sam Bedford

Sarawak’s “City of Cats” attracts tourists with its cuisine, colonial architecture and proximity to Bako National Park. With a healthy mix of backpackers, mid-range travellers and those looking to splurge, Kuching offers plenty of accommodation choices. Here are the best hotels in Kuching to suit all needs and budgets.

1. The Marian Boutique Lodging House

Lodge

A room at The Marian Boutique Lodging House with a coffee table and two yellow chairs on a monochrome rug and large windows
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With vaulted ceilings, dark beams and whitewashed walls, the Marian exudes colonial-style charm. Numerous family rooms mean large parties are well catered for – and everyone will love the garden pool. The hotel is half a kilometre (0.3mi) from the Sarawak River and the surrounding attractions, including the waterfront bazaar and the Darul Hana Bridge.

2. Nanga Damai Homestay

Guesthouse

A light bedroom at Nanga Damai Homestay with a navy blue and white striped bed next to a large window, bedside table and lamp
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Friendly hosts Polycarp, Ping and Dario (plus their dog and three cats) will make you feel right at home here. Their cosy jungle hideaway sits in the foothills of Mount Santubong, so hiking trails and wildlife-spotting opportunities abound. Damai Beach is just 2km (1.2mi) away, and there’s a pool and private waterfall (during monsoon season) on the grounds.

3. The Culvert Hotel Resort

Resort, Hotel

A cosy bedroom at The Culvert Hotel Resort, with a curved ceiling over a white bed and ensuite bathroom with a window
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Made from refurbished concrete culverts (large water pipes), the snug rooms here are surprisingly comfortable – ideal for resting after a day of jungle trekking in Santubong National Park. Here to chill? Choose from two pools (one supposedly emits healing vibrations), the barrel sauna or the private beach, before watching the sky turn shades of violet and red over the South China Sea from the sunset deck.

4. Damai Beach Resort

Resort, Hotel

A spacious bedroom at Damai Beach Resort, with a white cushioned bed against a brown wall, a TV, chairs and a large window
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The luxurious Damai Beach Resort provides the highest standards of accommodation. Popular with both couples and honeymooners, this hotel in Kuching sits on a stretch of white-sand beach overlooking the South China Sea. Expect modern rooms, landscaped gardens and all the amenities of a five-star resort, including a sports and recreation centre and spa services. The foothills of Mount Santubong surround the resort, while the Sarawak Culture Village is a short drive away.

5. Hilton Kuching

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel

A bedroom at Hilton Kuching with a large white cushioned bed against a grey wall, wide windows, an armchair and desk table
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Located next to the Sarawak River, the Hilton Kuching provides incredible views and world-class service. Spacious rooms overlook the river, while facilities include a fitness centre, outdoor pool and spa. Expect a decent buffet breakfast and access to a range of amenities at a surprisingly affordable price. This is among the best hotels in Kuching for anyone looking for a slice of luxury without spending hundreds of dollars per night.

6. Riverside Majestic Hotel

Hotel

An outside view of the tall Riverside Majestic Hotel, with palm trees around building and flags outside the hotel
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With a stellar location near Kuching Waterfront and a few minutes from the city’s main attractions and bars, Riverside Majestic Hotel is a favourite among mid-range travellers. Each room features contemporary, yet unpretentious, design. Shopaholics enjoy its convenient spot next to the Riverside Shopping Complex, while almost everyone can savour the spectacular views of the Sarawak River. Culture Trip recommends the rooms in the recently renovated New Wing.

7. Pullman Kuching

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel

Green sun loungers reflected in the outdoor swimming pool at Pullman Kuching and small green trees against a white wall
Courtesy of Pullman Kuching / Expedia

Looking to splash out (without spending a fortune)? Consider Pullman, one of the best value-for-money hotels in Kuching. The hotel sits in Kuching’s Golden Triangle, within walking distance of most restaurants and bars. Rooms have an ultra-comfy bed, floor-to-ceiling windows and a rain shower. Other highlights include the international buffet-style restaurant, Chinese food on demand, poolside bars and live DJ sets. And as a bonus, staff consistently go above and beyond expectations when it comes to service.

8. Grand Margherita Hotel

Independent Hotel

A stylish bedroom at Grand Margherita Hotel, with two beds next to large windows and opposite a square mirror and TV
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Guests at the Grand Margherita Hotel along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman appreciate its location, attentive staff and views. Step into the vibrant reception and public areas, and anticipate spacious and elegant rooms fit for movie stars. At relatively rock-bottom prices for this level of comfort, guests get views of the Kuching Waterfront, access to an on-site café, restaurant and bar, as well as friendly and welcoming staff. Those looking for a piece of luxury at mid-range prices (by local standards) should consider this hotel in Kuching.

9. Imperial Riverbank Hotel Kuching

Chain Hotel

A cosy bedroom at Imperial Riverbank Hotel Kuching with two single beds, a window and a patterned grey carpet
Courtesy of Imperial Riverbank Hotel Kuching / Expedia

Imperial Riverbank sits on the banks of the Sarawak River overlooking Astana and Fort Margherita. Popular with budget travellers and couples, the hotel provides great value for money. Spacious carpeted rooms have a minimalistic design, while guests can enjoy the provided continental breakfast and dine at the in-house restaurant. Apart from its central location, Imperial Riverbank is within walking distance of the Sarawak Waterfront, Cat Statue and Upside Down House. Expect luxury and exclusivity and prices more conducive to the budget traveller.

10. Lot 10 Boutique Hotel Kuching

Boutique Hotel

A light bedroom Lot 10 Boutique Hotel Kuching, a colourful print above two single beds, large windows and a TV
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This former bank building transformed into the chic Lot 10 Boutique quickly became one of the hottest hotels in Kuching. In the city’s commercial centre and near the main attractions, the hotel is popular among both business and leisure travellers. Spacious and modern rooms provide city views, while an on-site bar, restaurant and lounge cater for every guest’s needs at any time of the day. Guests rate this hotel for its location, convenience and boutique style.

11. The Waterfront Hotel

Hotel

A bedroom at The Waterfront Hotel with two single beds, grey headboards, lamps, a bedside table and a patterned carpet
Courtesy of the Waterfront Hotel / Hotels.com

Occupying Plaza Merdeka Shopping Centre’s top floor, the Waterfront Hotel lives up to its namesake. Offering both a central position and incredible views, the hotel acts as a magnet for couples. Relaxing in the infinity pool overlooking the architectural masterpiece Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building in the early evening is a particular highlight. Comfortable rooms come with essential amenities, as well as a bathtub and city view. Café Via Mare serves a highly rated buffet breakfast, while Kilig Bar Lounge provides live entertainment in the evening. Culture Trip recommends the Waterfront Hotel for couples spending 48 hours in Kuching.

12. The Ranee Boutique Suites

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Suite Hotel, Business Hotel

A bedroom at The Ranee Boutique Suites with a bed, a monochrome patterned wall and an outdoor area with decking and plants
Courtesy of the Ranee Boutique Suites / Expedia

From the outside, the building looks like a shophouse that’s slightly taller than its neighbours. But step inside and you’ll find a stylish boutique offering some of the most comfortable accommodation in the city. Spacious suites with laminated flooring and elegantly decorated interiors attract both local and international couples. Sat in the heart of the city and less than a minute on foot from the Waterfront and China Street, there’s little wonder why Ranee Boutique is among the top rated hotels in Kuching for easy access to attractions.

Emma Sparks contributed additional reporting to this article.

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