The staff were really friendly and helpful. The lobby was impressive, the rooms were comfortable. It was really a value for money. It is also quite convenient to get to the waterfront, museums and other tourist attractions from here.
The breakfast spread was good. I liked the pastries.
I was told by the locals that this is currently THE hotel to stay in.
Unique Quality: The hotel was only recently refurbished and its history actually stretched to pre-Independence days. I like the many black & white photos of old Kuching found in the lobby and the rooms as well. Maybe it's just me, I liked such nostalgic photos. Gives the city character.
Directions: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, next to the Sarawak Museum
The name Merdeka means independence. So, the hotel is like stepping into a time machine, bringing you back to post independence day of Sarawak. The hotel is like a museum, there's even a black and white photo of Sir James Brooke on a boat in Sarawak river in the toilet. Hmmmm.
Anyway, the staff is friendly, service is OK, buffet breakfast is just like any other hotel breakfast.
Unique Quality: I really like the old colonial style of the hotel. Its got the Victorian feel, with wall to wall wallpaper. Very cosy indeed.
At the time of my visit, i was informed that it was the best hotel Kuching had to offer. The grounds in front of the hotel is beautiful but inside, the hotel shows elegance of a bygone era. It wasn't a bad place but the decor seemed a little too dated.
Unique Quality: Convenient location in the city centre
We stayed for one night in the Merdeka. Our plan was to go to Holiday Inn, but it was booked. However, there is a little tourist office in the Holiday Inn in Kuching, who can book you a rate much lower than if you go straight to the Merdeka. Merdeka was good, we first got a room which was very moldy, so we got upgraded to the suite. What to say? Just look at the pictures, was great :)
Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites is a good choice for business and family vacation stays because of its location and level of services offered. I stayed in a 2-bedroom suite which overlooks Padang Merdeka or Independence Square. Apart from the 2 bedrooms, the suite had a small kitchenette & living room. Beds are comfortable and service is friendly. The suites are great for family vacations because there's plenty of room for everyone.
There are also single rooms & 3-bedroom suites available at attractive rates. Weekend rates are pretty good, from US$50 onwards.
Unique Quality: There's a Seattle Coffee & Tea cafe for coffee & freshly baked pastries. You can also go to one of the upscale restaurants or lounges in the building. One of the favorite hangouts is Victoria Arms, a traditional English themed nightspot where you can enjoy live band & drinks.
Location is great if you want to walk to the local attractions e.g the museum. The old part of Kuching & Sarawak River is a few minutes walk away and you can sample the local food in old coffee shops or stalls
Directions: This hotel faces the Merdeka Square in the city center
Most of the international hotel chains are present in Kuching, with impressive towers facing the waterfront. We opted, however, for a local brand, the Merdeka Palace, which, at the time, was the only five star hotel in town. The facilities and the service were exactly what you can expect from one establishment of this category in this part of the world, i.e., they were excellent.
Unique Quality: The hotel is not directly on the waterfront, but on Merdeka Square. It is, however, a short walk to all the happening places. Rooms in the upper floors have exceptional views over the river and the golden domes of Kuching's mosque.
i stayed here in August 2005 and found our stay rather different. The rooms themselves were lovely, I can not fault the rooms, although we never seemed to get fresh towels when they made the room up each day , not until we asked for them.
Beware.... the green and orange icecream they have in their breakfast buffet..... its not spearmint or orange....... try peas and carrots. My sister found this out the hard way, which amused me greatly! hehe Once again the food was more orientated to the Asians and not cheap either. Dont ask for bacon for breakfast.... it wont be anywhere to be found being Muslims.
We also had an issue with mum's credit card being swiped twice. Their bank back home notified my father straight away and he then contacted us. Being an ex-bank employee myself who used to work in this area went down and sorted it out straight away. It was ok in the end and there was nothing malice about it. It was just concerning.
Directions: Adjacent to Merdeka Square
Definitely not for the discerning person. Typical of Government Service, not welcoming, somewhat unhappy that you give them more work !
How do they manage to survive ? On Government patronage ?
Quite unexpected, for the amount one has to pay. Can be described as cold, even arrogant attitude to guests.
What more should I say ? Just, no second time for me.
Good luck to them !
Unique Quality: Well, the building and the interior design are impressive ! But that's not what a hotel should be. It's about hospitality, making the traveller feel at home.
Directions: The most conspicuous building in Kuching ! Beside the Merdeka Padang, near the Sarawak Museum. How could you miss it ! ?
The three bedroom apartment is spacious and idea for a big family. It has it's own lounge room, dining room and kitchnette.
The hotel staffs are very helpful and accommodating. The breakfast buffet is small but adequate. The view of Kuching from the pool deck on the 8th floor is spectacular.
Formerly known as the Aurora Hotel, this stately hotel overlooks the Padang Merdeka (loosely translated "Field of Independence"), which is a historical feature of Kuching City.
Accommodation takes the form of Deluxe Rooms, or Executive and 1, 2 or 3 BR Apartment Suites that are perfectly suited for families.
Facilities include a Swimming Pool and a Fitness Centre and some up-market F&B outlets.
Unique Quality: Its structure and building facade is old-style and unique. Walking distance to the Sarawak Museum and other major attractions.
When lit up at night, the hotel takes on a special glow, especially when viewed from across the Padang.
For that special night out, you might want to try Authentic Italian cuisine at the Ristorante Ceccari, followed by a malt whiskey, and a cigar at the La Habana.
This hotel reservation was made by a friend of mine who is originally from Kuching. I'm very thankful that he did since he got us a good hotel for the price and location. It is centrally located and within walking distance of the river. Since we had a higher floor we got a great view. The overall plus side was that we had a 2 bedroom suite for $60 USD (summer 2003).
Unique Quality: Good location, breakfast included which was a mix of malay and chinese style breakfast. It's rare to have congee for breakfast (yummy!). Good service.
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Address: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, P.O. Box A298, Kuching, Sarawak, 93000, Malaysia