Kuching seems to be most backpackers first stop for touring southern Borneo, used as a base for many day trips & easy access to Bako National Park. When staying here I'd highly recommend using Lodge 121 as your 'home away from home’.
I’d already spent a few months backpacking & was secretly looking forward to a few luxuries - especially between mosquito infested National Park dorms. Lodge 121 really does offer it all for a reasonable price. The hostel (or B&B as they call it) has a funky vibe spread across three open planned levels with varying room types (all with A/C included) & super comfy beds!! Free Wi-Fi /phone & computer access - a necessity here as everything in Borneo needs to be booked ahead. Super clean common areas with free tea/coffee all day, free toasts and spreads for breakfast, canteen of drinks/beer/rice wine for sale. Offer free secure luggage storage, their own escorted day tours (which I’d heard great review of) & the team love love love to offer their knowledge of the area! Henry the Manager seems to be bursting with excitement to help anyone that asks.
Kuching is a surprisingly small city, this hostel is just 3 mins away from a very popular restaurant called Junk, a supermarket (best of seen in Asia so far!! probably because it sells Vegimite), a few bars, shops and just 5 mins from the waterfront.
I actually feel ill from a tummy bug picked up in Indonesia & had to spend 2 weeks recovering when I first arrived. What you’d imagine to be a very frustrating situation turned out to be quite bearable because of my stay here & the oh so helpful staff! The team (Rajesh, Jair & Zul) offered me; transportation to the hospital/doctors, information on the local clinics, to collect lunch/dinners to ensure I was eating & even checked in on me throughout the day to see if they could help in anyway. Top knotch customer service.
If you are looking for a roudy/boozy hostel then this probably isn’t the ideal place. Seems most people’s itineraries are for full day activities, so if you want to ensure a good night’s sleep this is your place. Enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lodge 121 offers double private en-suite, common shared bathrooms & toilets for private single, double, triple and quad sharing rooms. We also have a dormitory unit for group of 10 persons, attractively priced to fit your budget.We are strategically located in the heart of Kuching City. LODGE 121 is just a stone's throw away from the famous Kuching Waterfront, Main Bazaar, India Street, Sarawak Museum, Visitors' Information Centre, main shopping centers, Supermarkets, main bus stops, Cineplex and trendy eating & entertainment outlets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lodge 121 Kuching, Sarawak