My wife and I stayed here one night before heading to Batang Ai the next morning. This place has everything you would expect from a Hilton. Comfortable rooms with all the amenities, generous breakfast buffet, helpful staff. The location on the waterfront is excellent, near all the major attractions, and there are many dining options in the area. While relatively expensive for Malaysia, it's still a good bargain when compared to Hiltons in many other large cities.
Unique Quality: Ask for a room with a view of the river, which is very nice.
Directions: Along riverfront
This is an excellent hotel to base yourself at for a stay in the heart of Kuching.
The staff are friendly, informative & helpful. The hotel is what you'd expect of the Hilton brand i.e. 5* luxury. The rooms are of a good size and have amazing view over north Kuching & the Sarawak river (if you want a river view make sure you get an EVEN numbered room number).
There are two restaurants at the hotel, a Chinese & steak restaurant. Whilst I didn't eat in either other people in our party did & said the food was superb. Breakfast is served buffet style & there is wide variety of food to choose from, with a dedicated 'egg chef'.
There is a chocolate/cake stall in reception with most fantastic looking/smelling/tasting treats you could ever imagine.
There is a nice size pool & recreation area, there also two internet computers on the 12th floor. Although I would recommend you use the one of the cyber cafes in Kuching as the charge is 25MYR for 30mins.
Again buy your own water from one of the supermarkets (there is one opposite the main entrance) as the water from the mini bar is daylight robbery.
Unique Quality: Excellent friendly staff.
WOW - what views!
Good business hotel that attracts business travellers from every part of the world.
Well-maintained inside and out.
It has an interesting facade when viewed from across the river.
Unique Quality: Clean and spacious room and bathrooms.
Wall to ceiling windows in the rooms allow for excellent views of the Sarawak River and Kuching Waterfront.
It has an Executive Business Centre and a Clark Hatch Fitness Centre and Swimming Pool.
Excellent pastries are available at the Waterfront Cafe Coffee House and The Bakeshop (takeaway).
The Margherita Lounge is a great place for a drink.
Hilton Hotel, Kuching
We are going to spend 3-4 days in hotel Batang Ai Hilton resort at the end of September, and to see unique flora, fauna and traditions of local peoples.
Please, inform me about
- possible transfer to/from hotel
-if wee will arrive to Kucning airport at 9 p.m how we coul to get there
- price for available excursions,
- any special aspects (like weather at this time, dangerous insects and similar)
If it is difficult to carry out our plans independently, could you please recommend us a reliable tour operator.
Thank you in advansed
You might consider to stay in Santubong instead. We did and it proved an excellent solution, for there are tours departing from there and we visited Kuching, Bako and Semenggoh.
A taxi cab ride from Kuching airport to Santubong is easy and affordable.
Do you know how remote Batang Ai is? From Kuching you have to drive 4 hours and then get in a boat to cross a lake to get to the hotel. Once there there isn't much to do unless you take the river excursions.
If you arrive in Kuching at 9 p.m. there is no way you can get to Batang Ai that night. Travel arrangements are generally best made through the people at Kuching Hilton. But I think you might be better off staying in Kuching and just taking day trips from there . There is an abundance of travel agencies with whom you can make arrangemnts.
Hilton Batang Ai is 4 hours away by car. If you arrive at 9pm, you will need to stay in a city hotel first before making the journey the next day. If you stay with Hilton kuching, they will make all neccessary arrangements for you.
If you wish to experience culture and visit the Iban longhouses and community, Batang Ai will offer you that. However, besides nature walks and river excursions and visits to the longhouses, there is nothing else to do except to laze by the pool. It is too far away from the city to go shopping etc.
I would suggest you stay in a city hotel instead, or a beach resort. You can arrange your daytrips from the city and there are many tour operators in the city itself.
Pay a visit to Bako National Park, it's quite an interesting place for nature lovers. If you want a sample of culture, visit the Sarawak Cultural Village. It's not the real thing but is convenient and quite authentic.
Hilton Batang Ai Resort is located in the adventurous Interior of Sarawak. If adventure, nature and sightseeing is your intention - go for it. Its totally a different experience than the normal "Hotel in the City" and "Hotel By the Beaches" that you tend to get everywhere. During the 4 hours journey - the scenic untouched local houses and dwellings is a different experience. If you arrive in Kuching at 9 pm it is advisable to stay in the City first before making the 4 hrs ride to Hilton Batang Ai.
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