The capital of the enigmatic Malaysian state of Sarawak, Kuching is the place to go if you want access to rainforests, national parks – and to catch a glimpse of the incredible orangutans, either in the wild or at a sanctuary.
But stay in Kuching for just a little longer than it takes to book a tour, and you’ll find a fascinating city – a mix of Chinese culture, multiple native ethnicities, and an unusual British past. The food, the feeling, the shopping – it’s all awesome in Kuching.
If you are wondering how easy it is to stay in such a seemingly far-flung place, don’t worry; it’s actually very straightforward. There are a host of hotels to choose from, ranging from elegant simplicity to outright elegance – polished hotels that jostle with shopping malls, or towers that overlook the tranquil river. Whatever you’re looking for, you are going to find something for you in this wonderful city.
8. Abell Hotel
This hotel is located right in the middle of the most historic part of Kuching, within walking distance of the Kuching Waterfront Bazaar and the Sarawak Museum. This large hotel is clean and modern, with a gleaming tiled lobby and simple rooms boasting neutral color palettes, white linen, and en suite bathrooms.
The Abell Hotel has a large restaurant where you can enjoy a buffet breakfast every morning. There is a bar for evening drinks, too. A 24-hour front desk, concierge, and laundry service mean you will be made to feel as comfortable as possible during your stay.
7. Imperial Hotel Kuching
This impressively sized hotel stands out in the city of Kuching. There is a swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers lying on a rooftop with views out over the city. Guests will find a fitness center onsite, as well as an elegant restaurant.
The rooms at the Imperial Hotel Kuching provide a touch of luxury, with swanky carpets and warming colors; there’s the option of larger suites with even better views, too. Located right next to the Boulevard Shopping Mall, it’s convenient for a spot of retail therapy or checking out the food court on the top floor.
The Chinatown of Petaling Street is just close by for some fantastic food, too.
6. Harbour View Hotel Kuching
The Harbour View Hotel is situated very close to the waterfront in Kuching. It is just steps from the compact Chinese History Museum and the food and shops of Hills Shopping Mall. The rooms at this hotel are comfortable and cozy, decorated in warm, earthy tones – some even come with amazing views of the river.
There is a cafe on site where guests can sip on a kopi, plus there is a fun karaoke lounge serving drinks. This hotel is no stranger to holding special events – marriages and receptions, for example, can be easily arranged. Trips to nearby national parks can also be organized.
5. Pullman Kuching
Part of an international hotel chain, Pullman Kuching is sharp and stylish. It contains no less than five options for dining, so you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to your evening meal.
There is also a stylish outdoor pool where you can sun yourself or take a refreshing dip. The rooms are an exquisite mix of easygoing aesthetics and contemporary cool, all done in chocolate tones and featuring views across the city.
You can take some time out at the spa or try a fitness class at the gym. You’ll find this hotel right on top of the Hills Shopping Mall.
4. Grand Margherita Hotel
With exceedingly beautiful river views, Grand Margherita Hotel is situated next door to the Sarawak Plaza Shopping Complex along the riverside boulevard. The entertainment and energy of the city are never far from this hotel.
Even the iconic Cat Statue is located almost outside for an easy photo op. There is an outdoor swimming pool along the water’s edge, plus four options for dining, meaning you’ll never go hungry.
For children, there is a playground, while adults can work out at the gym. Here, you can simply head back to your fancy traditional-meets-modern room after a day of exploring.
3. Hilton Kuching Hotel
The Kuching branch of the famous hotel brand, the Hilton is located within walking distance of almost everything – the Chinese Temple, the Chinese History Museum, and even the Waterfront Bazaar.
The hotel boasts an outdoor pool edged with palms and sun loungers, while inside, there is a choice of restaurants – from the Waterfront Cafe to the elegant cocktail bar. The rooms at the Hilton Kuching, with their plush carpets and soft furnishings, make for a classic and stylish stay in the city and boast views of the river.
There is even a laundry service on offer and friendly staff who’ll help you plan tours around Sarawak.
2. Imperial Riverbank Hotel
The Imperial Riverbank Hotel is situated on the banks of the river in Kuching, just steps away from the Cat Statue, as well as the kooky Upside Down House Kuching. The rooms are compact but cozy, with high ceilings and traditional fabrics, offering a simple but stylish place to call home while staying in this city.
Each morning, there is a continental breakfast served (with halal options), but the food stalls along the riverfront – as well as restaurants – are within easy walking distance of the hotel. Room service is also an option.
1. Puteri Wing
Boasting a tennis court and fitness center, as well as a large outdoor pool, there is a multitude of dining options at Puteri Wing – from Chinese and Thai to Western and more local dishes. There’s even a lobby lounge where you can have an evening drink.
Live entertainment and a babysitting service are also on offer, making this a good option for young families. Rooms have a homely but traditional feeling, making them a familiar and comfortable place to stay; some come with large floor to ceiling windows.
Located right on the riverfront, Puteri Wing is near to attractions like Sarawak Museum and St Thomas’s Cathedral.