Meritin Hotel, your Perfect Abode in Kuching

December 5, 2017 by  
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If you are planning to discover Kuching and staying at the heart of the city, Meritin Hotel is the place for you!

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The newly constructed Meritin Hotel is located within the “Golden Triangle” on Padungan Street. You could not miss it as it is the only tall building there and it clearly outshines the other buildings at either side of it. Its architectural design weaves together Asian elegance with modern layout.

The hotel is located right smack in the centre of the city for business, leisure or shopping.

The hotel logo is symbolic of the Chinese character “??” which means “People”. They intend to deliver the best experience to every person, every reservation, every time.

You could spend a day cycling around the city along Padungan Street, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and The Main Bazaar just to take in the daily life of Kuching city and the people in Kuching. You could also opt to take a sampan across the Sarawak River to visit the State Legislative Assembly (DUN Complex), Fort Margherita, The Astana, or simply enjoy a leisurely walk around traditional villages and colonial shops dating as far back as 1900s.

The hotel is just steps away from supermarkets, currency exchange and popular eateries. The popular eateries serve a wide selection of seafood and local delicacies such as Top Spot Seafood Centre, Pork Noodles (Noodle Descendants), Dim Sum (Hong Kong Noodle House) and traditional coffee shops that brew local coffee. There are also hawker stalls that serve local specialties such as Laksa, Ayam Penyet, Nasi Lemak, Mee Jawa, and more good food.

If you feel like having Western gourmet instead, there is a Western restaurant called Tom’s Steak House that is ready to serve you with menus like steaks and wine as well as providing local gracious hospitality, while cafes such as Bing! Café and Life Café, can serve you freshly brewed coffee, delightful sandwiches and light meals.

There is a total of 65 rooms in the hotel and are furnished with fine parquet flooring. The rooms are sufficiently bright, spacious, clean and comfortable. It is well equipped with basic amenities to meet every traveller’s needs, which includes a high speed Internet access, a writing desk and a tea and coffee making facility.

Meritin Hotel Cafeteria

Meritin Hotel Cafeteria

Meritin Hotel Cafeteria

Here are some of the facilities provided by Meritin Hotel:

  • Free high speed internet WIFI
  • 32? and 40? LED flat-screen TV
  • 1 IDD enabled LCD telephone
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Complimentary drinking water
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Mini fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Safety deposit box
  • Room slippers

The free Wi-Fi is accessible in all public areas. Transport is easily available via GrabCar mobile apps.

Here are the types of room that the hotel offers:

  1. Standard Room

Standard Room

There are only 4 Standard Rooms in the hotel and it is the most popular among backpackers. The standard room is 20 sq. metres wide and comes with 1 queen bed without windows.

  1. Studio Room

Studio Room

This room is highly picked by solo traveller and there are 8 Studio Rooms available as of now. The rooms are 15 sq. metres wide, come with 1 queen bed and face either the street or the rear of the building. The soundproof floor-to-ceiling-windows ensure a good night’s sleep after a long day exploring the vibrant atmosphere of Kuching.

  1. Superior Room

Superior Room

There are 40 Superior Rooms and this room is a target for people who are travelling in groups. The superior rooms are 23 sq. metres wide and come in two types; 1 queen bed or twin single beds. The rooms are all inspired by classical elegance and are more spacious than Studio rooms. The combination of extra space and modern facilities ensure a perfect stay, no matter if you are on holiday or a weekend break. Almost all the rooms face the city centre and are soundproof from the floor-to-ceiling-windows.

  1. Premier Room

Premier Room

There are 10 Premier Rooms in the hotel. The rooms are 23 sq. metres wide. There two types of beds for the rooms; King bed or Queen bed. You get nice city view from the windows.

  1. Family Room

Family Room

The rooms are 23 sq. metres wide and come with twin double beds, as well as a view of the city from the windows. Perfect for travellers with families.

  1. Executive Suite

Executive Suite or Meritin Suite

There are only 2 suites in the hotel. The rooms are 38 sq. metres and 50 sq. metres respectively and have a sofa as well as big LCD TVs being provided. You can sleep comfortably on the King beds and enjoy the city view from the window.

All of the rooms are non-smoking rooms. The hotel support local talented artists and photographers as you could see the paintings or photographs framed up tastefully in each room.

Transport services are within easy reach of phone call or just mobile apps; taxi, Uber and GrabCar.

The hotel is also in the process of upgrading their service and facilities, so expect a gym and a mini bar being provided to the guests soon.

Mini gym coming soon!

For more information, visit their website at The Meritin Hotel or contact them at 082-550 800 for bookings.

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Pine Garden Hotel, your choice for affordable stay in Kuching

November 1, 2017 by  
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Pine Garden Hotel is among the newest hotel that opened up in Kuching recently. You cannot miss it because of its unique, bright colour in the heart of Kuching as you breeze through the flyover from airport to the city. The hotel is a 3-star boutique concept hotel.

Image courtesy to Pine Garden Hotel

The hotel is located at Lorong Seladah 1H, Taman Phoning, Kuching, which is within 3 km or 10 minutes drive from Kuching International Airport and Kuching Sentral. It is located just next to CityONE Megamall. In case of any emergency, Borneo Medical Centre is just 2km away from the hotel, or less than a 5 minutes’ drive away.

Image courtesy to Pine Garden Hotel

There are a total of 104 rooms in the hotel and are furnished with wooden or parquet flooring. The rooms are sufficiently bright, spacious, clean and comfortable. It is well equipped with basic amenities to meet every traveller’s needs, which includes a high speed Internet access, a writing desk and a tea and coffee making facility.

Here are some of the hotel facilities provided by Pine Garden Hotel:

  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Parking Space in hotel area / handicapped parking space
  • Coffee / Tea making facilities
  • Free mineral water
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Satellite TV
  • In-Room Safe Box
  • Minibar Fridge
  • Air conditioning
  • Luggage storage area
  • 24-hour reception
  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Prayer Mat / Sejadah (on request)
  • Iron & Ironing Board (on request)
  • Hotel Shuttle Service (chargeable)

The free Wi-Fi is accessible in all public areas as well and the shuttle services are available daily upon your request for a fee.

Here are the types of room that the hotel offers:

  1. Deluxe King or Queen Room
Deluxe King or Queen Room (Pine Garden Hotel)

Image courtesy to Pine Garden Hotel

The room is designed slightly larger than the usual deluxe room with the goal to satisfy your need of comfort. Go ahead and read a book, or if you are a business traveler, get some work done at the writing desk as they provide you with an ergonomic chair and free high speed internet access.

  1. Deluxe Triple Room with 3 Super Single Bed
Deluxe Triple Room with 3 Super Single Bed (Pine Garden Hotel)

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Deluxe triple room comes with three super single beds.

  1. Double Deluxe Room with 1 Queen Bed + 1 Single Bed

Image courtesy to Pine Garden Hotel

Double deluxe room is furnished with one Queen bed and one super single bed. This room is undeniably perfect for families with children!

  1. Superior Twin Room

Image courtesy to Pine Garden Hotel

Twin room comes with two super single beds and are nicely arranged in the room. The room is a bit smaller than the others.

Other than that, you can take your time in the spacious bathroom, complete with a rainforest shower head to give you full body shower experience. After your shower, sink into the comfort of the bed, which are the King and Queen sized beds while you enjoy your favourite TV show on the wall-mounted 32-inch flat screen LCD TV.

Image courtesy to Pine Garden Hotel

Due to the strategic location of Pine Garden Hotel, it is easy for you to move around. For example if you are to attend an appointment to go see the doctor at Borneo Medical Centre, it would only take about 10 minutes’ drive from the hotel. If you need to register at Swinburne University, this is a good hotel for you.

Besides that, you could also go for shopping trip as there are about 3 different shopping malls near to where the hotel is located, which are The Spring Shopping Mall, Vivacity Megamall and CityONE Megamall. Even MYDIN Supermarket is located inside CityONE Megamall! Then, you could maybe have a meal at Premier 101, where there are over 80 hawker stalls to choose from, which might just fit your taste bud. The stalls are usually open in the evenings.

For more information, visit their website at Pine Garden Hotel Kuching or contact them at 082-532789 for quick response.

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Review of Lot 10 Boutique Hotel, Kuching

March 15, 2015 by  
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Lot 10 Hotel is the newest 3-star hotel in Kuching. The building was originally the Sarawak Co-Operative Central Bank that was officially opened by Sarawak’s 1st Chief Minister Dato Stephen Kalong Ningkan on Saturday 28th August 1965. After renovation, the building is converted into a hotel.

Exterior of Lot 10 Boutique Hotel at night

Exterior of Lot 10 Boutique Hotel at night

Image credit to Lot 10 Boutique Hotel

The location of the hotel is perfect for tourist. It is near to the famous huge Cat Statue of Kuching, and Padungan Street, also known as Chinatown, is within walking distance. There are plenty of restaurants and bar nearby. The hotel is just 4.4 km from the city center, which will take about 15 minutes’ walk. From there, you can go to Tun Jugah Shopping Mall, Sarawak Plaza, Riverside Shopping Complex and others.

Cat Statue not far from the hotel

Cat Statue not far from the hotel

The hotel has 68 guest rooms and suites. Each room is decorated with earth colors, creating a soothing and relaxing atmosphere for its occupants. Based on the photos of the rooms in their website, many rooms are decorated with colorful arts, and some of them are Marilyn Monroe’s portraits. As it is a new hotel, the exterior and the interior seems to satisfy each guests that had stayed there.

Deluxe King room

Deluxe King room

Image credit to Lot 10 Boutique Hotel

The room types are Standard Twin, Standard Queen and Deluxe King. For the standard rooms, the room size is about 11sq.m while Deluxe Room is more spacious at about 16sq.m.

Standard Twin room

Standard Twin room

Standard Queen room

Standard Queen room

Image credit to Lot 10 Boutique Hotel

The hotel’s bar & bistro, called The Pipe, offers fusion of Western & Asian dining. It is the perfect place to enjoy relaxing jazz music while sipping cocktails, beers or wines. The bar is open daily from 6:30pm to 12:00am.

The Pipe Bar & Bistro

The Pipe Bar & Bistro

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The facilities available there are restaurant and bistro, banquet and function rooms, key-card access security and high speed WI-FI. The additional facilities upon request are wake-up call service, laundry and dry cleaning, iron and ironing board, luggage storage, airport transfer service, car rental service and tour arrangement. There is also ready office for rent there.

Lot 10 Hotel provides plenty of free parking spaces on the hotel ground for guests. From the reviews, the guests had said that the hotel exceeded their expectation. Even rated as a 3-star hotel, the towels are fluffier than the ones at 5-star hotels one. The beds are comfortable, and some even said they slept better on the hotel’s bed than the one that they have in their own home.

The only downside of the hotel is that the hotel is a smoke-free hotel. They did not have rooms for smoker, and if the guests want to smoke, they need to step out of the hotel.

In conclusion, the hotel is the perfect place for travelers who desired a comfortable stay in Kuching. The price per night is also quite cheap.

Lot 10 Boutique Hotel will definitely make your stay in Kuching worthwhile.

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Abell Boutique Hotel Kuching

December 29, 2011 by  
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Abell Hotel Kuching
Looking for an affordable hotel located at the heart of town? Abell Boutique Hotel would be one of the choices, with just 11 km from the Kuching International Airport or a short 15 minutes’ drive, the central locality provides an ideal check point to explore nearby places of interest.

You will be able to tour the historical city of Kuching on foot as the hotel is placed smack in the middle of Kuching, everything within walking distance. A walking tour is the best way to really appreciate the city, soaking up the sights, the sounds and the atmosphere.

A newly renovated place, the hotel is a 5-minutes’ walk from Waterfront Promenade where you can board the “water taxis” across the Sarawak River to the Malay villages and sample local delicacies at the food stalls.

Most of the main attractions are close to the Waterfront. Opposite the waterfront is the Main Bazaar Road, bustling with “old” Chinese shop-houses where you can shop for local food, arts, crafts, antiques including jewelries.
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Further down the road, you can find historic colonial buildings such as the General Post Office and the Old Court House, which now houses the Tourist Information Centre and restaurants.
Round the corner, you will find the Spice and Textile Streets of Kuching aptly named Gambier and India Street. Spice and fabric lovers will be in for a surprise to the myriad of colours and choices available at an affordable price.

Modern shopping malls are just a stone’s throw away, whilst numerous pubs, trendy cafes and local eateries are aplenty surrounding the hotel.

There are 80 well-appointed guest rooms, but the rooms offered may be too small for some but it comes fully equipped. A flat-screen TV is featured in each of Abell’s non-smoking rooms. In addition, a tea/coffee maker and minibar are included. Attached bathrooms come with shower facilities and a hairdryer.

A business centre and tour desk is available to assist guests with their communication needs and sightseeing arrangements. A laundry service is offered.
Premium meats and a seafood selection can be enjoyed at Carvery Restaurant and Bar, which also serves a variety of drinks.

Go here to make your booking: bestkuchinghotels@gmail.com

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What do Kuchingnites do on a lazy weekend?

August 16, 2010 by  
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Having stayed in big city for several years, the weekend was always spent either shopping, watching a movie or just napping, I was curious how Kuching folks spent their Saturday afternoon. So I asked a few friends and here is what I found out and here was what I did.

Sarawakians have so much more advantange than city folks as they have the choice to do some of the activities below:

1) Go shopping at Spring Mall, Boulevard or the few shopping centre near Waterfront. Go window shopping, enjoy the FREE air-cond and watch cinema at the top floor.

spring mall Kuching

spring mall Kuching

2) Go outskirt where they probably own a piece of land and tend to their plantation or fruit orchard. My late father used to do that bringing with him a few workers and tend to our hundreds of rambutan trees and pepper crop there.

3) Sleep to distress after a stressful work week which is a universal hobby

4) If you are a “tai-tai” of the rich, have high tea at the Kuching hotels in the city and gossip about the week’s happenings.

5) Go do some outdoor activity like go fishing near Muara Tebas or angling at the bridge heading towards Sejingkat.

6) Go rock climbing somewhere.

7) Go trekking at Borneo Highland

Go Deep sea fishing

Wow! What a big Fish!

Wow! What a big Fish!

8) Head on to the huge state library across the river and either read some interesting books there.

9) Or just simply go eat rojak, prawn fritters, ABC at the very popular coffee shop off Rubber Road in the city. The stall used to be located beside Old Rex cinema. They close at around 5pm.

Kuching desserts

Kuching desserts

What did I do over the lazy weekend? Well, I was driving towards Spring Mall and I found the place jammed and I figured that my time is well worth more than getting stuck for an hour in a jam, I decided to head on to Old Rex coffee shop and tucked in on some ice cold ABC/cendol and some fried tibits. Get lazy and just purrrrr…. away

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Batik Boutique Hotel, the new Kid

July 20, 2010 by  
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coz purple bedroom
cozy purple bedroom

Batik Boutique Hotel is the latest kid around the block. She is from a different “genre” however in all aspects from checking in right up to room decoration.

Upon arrival at the hotel, do not bother to look for the hotel reception counter because there is not any available. Instead, you will be greeted by a coffee bar, have a coffee and relax at the sofa. The front desk will come greet you and at same time will serve you a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Dont you FEEL VERY WELCOME already? The officer will process your checking in. Then you will proceed to your room thereafter.

What I like about this hotel is the owner’s generosity. Request for an extra bed is “FOR NOW” FREE of charge, and this includes breakfasts too. This is their current promotion for the meantime.

They have also built a jacuzzi right at the backyard of the hotel. Go and have a dip and have the sun set over you.

For a nice dinner, you may consider checking out their inhouse Japanese Restaurant. Being a lover of Unagi, I give thumbs up for their Unagi. There are other dishes like sushi, tempura and many others. I was informed that a group of Japanese expatriates frequent the restaurant so the food must have passed their taste. The food is not too pricey either.

jacuzzi in courtyard
jacuzzi in courtyard

The hotel only has 15 rooms and because rooms are limited, the staff there is able to give you personal attention of your needs. When you come to Kuching, go check out the hotel. It is quite economical for you too if you have a third person coming in terms of the costs since an extra bed is FREE of Charge. The rate per room per night is only rm250 nett with 2 breakfasts or 3 breakfasts if there is a third person be it adult or child.

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