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Kuching Waterfront Lodge
No. 15, Main Bazaar, Kuching 93000, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #14 of 45 hotels in Kuching
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stayed here for a few nights on and off. Room we had was basic and fairly big. Agree that it smells stuffy when you first go in but this goes away in a few minutes. I found the place to be really good value, nice location on the river front and the place has very friendly, helpful staff. It's safe and secure and although I never stayed anywhere else in Kuching, I would stay here again if I went back. The building itself has plenty of charm and character.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I was very happy about the incredibly friendly staff. They helped me with every little question I asked. They planned every trip for me, called the taxis I needed, even bargained with the taxi drievers about the prices. No charges for putting my valuables into the safe!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

It's worth going to this hotel just to see the building! It's in the old Chinese quarter, on the riverside, a traditional place that people have been staying in for generations! There is a central, internal courtyard with rooms on several stories. They range from dorms to double rooms with ensuite bathrooms, but all the rooms are simple and basic. They are really good value, but the breakfasts are basic - make yourself tea and toast, but they are many places to eat nearby. The only downside we found was that the rooms can be a bit smelly when it rains - something to do with the drains, I think. So, go outside of the rainy season!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Arrived at this place at 8 in the morning without booking, after travelling overnight by bus from Brunei so we were ready to fall into any room, anywhere. Although check in wasn’t till 2pm, as the room was available we were given our keys, signed in and in our room within 10 minutes. This place has a lot of character the downstairs area of the reception area, has the feel of a ‘going out of business antique shop’ (I mean that in the nicest way), the roofless open areas inside the building give this building a lot of charm. There’s a really nice balcony at the front of the building looking out onto the river. We sat there with a cup of tea doing some people watching. For 115MYR we got a double room with huge double bed, nice and clean with aircon and with what looked like a new tiled bathroom. A basic breakfast, wifi available in public areas and staff that didn’t stop smiling. Near shops, restaurants and the waterfront. The only drawback was our room 113 had a particularly pungent smell about it like damp carpets, which the carpets weren’t. Which is a shame because this is a lovely little place to stay. Apart from that, a really good stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

We stayed here 3 times during our trip to Sarawak - two nights each time. When I booked it I was looking for something with a bit of local character rather than a run of the mill hotel. Its ideally located, being on the waterfront by the river and is an interesting old building. The staff were very friendly and the rooms quite basic but fine - the aircon worked, the shower hot and the bed comfortable. The first time we were here we were at the very back of the building, which was a bit noisy from other properties. The other 2 times we were in the middle of the building and these were quiet. The breakfast is just toast, but we cooked our own eggs in the microwave. I'd stay here again.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

If you are trying to save some cash, and just looking for a place to crash as you might be out and about, this is the place for you. Facilities are basic including he breakfast.

The staff are warm and friendly and welcoming. There is free Wifi at the lobby. Affordable laundry service etc available.

The location is superb, being just by the waterfront and near all the tourist attractions.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

not good at all,
yes their are friendly
but total impression when im stay there is low.

Room Tip: fine other budget hotel..this budget is expensive then their look.. if your flight in early mornng...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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KWFL_15, Manager at Kuching Waterfront Lodge, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
We're after all a "Lodging" house and would provide as much good service as possible we could. Our breakfast is indeed very simple - it is a complimentary and it's especially for our guests who would like to check-out early in the morning. Moreover, there are a lot of eateries around our Lodge and won't it be more sensible to try out the local delicacies instead of the so-called "Hotel Food" ??? or better still - go to a nearby restaurant and I am sure their offers are better than any of the 5 stars hotels are offering !!
Unless you're in a resort where - you can't even have a decent cup of coffee then the scenario is different and indeed you are forced to stay in and have whatever the hotel have to offer.

Our rates are competitive and our standard is above the normal lodging houses (locally) and below the the hotel standards.
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Additional Information about Kuching Waterfront Lodge

Address: No. 15, Main Bazaar, Kuching 93000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sarawak > Kuching
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Kuching
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Kuching Waterfront Lodge, refurbished with Colonial, Nyonya & Baba decor. Kuching Waterfront Lodge is located at Main Bazaar, one of the oldest & busiest streets in Kuching, where trading took place since a long time ago in the era of James Brooke (The White Rajah). Today, the Main Bazaar is still buzzing with people, entertainment & business activities, with traditional spices, antiques, jewelries shops and cafes. ... more   less 
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