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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.