I stayed only one night (alas) in Kuching, as R&R on the way back to UK from a work trip to the Pacific. It was my colleague who did the research and chose the Ranee Boutique Suites - and how glad I am that he did!
We arrived pretty shattered, having done three flights from Solomon Islands to Brisbane to Singapore to Kuching, and appreciated the warm and efficient welcome. I managed to lock myself out of my room almost immediately, and the staff couldn't have been nicer! Our rooms (201 and 202) were lovely - well appointed, comfortable, and with a really wow-factor bathroom. And I simply can't believe that there is a better view to be had in Kuching than I had from my room, with the lovely old Steamship Co. building opposite, and a diagonal view from my bed across the river to the Astana. There was a little noise from the street during the night, but it didn't bother me
Our time in Kuching was very limited (only just over 24 hrs), so we were delighted to find the Ranee Suites so ideally located (from our point of view), right near all the old colonial administrative buildings, India Street and Carpenter Street, and a stone's throw from the river. It's a fascinating city, and we loved it.
I thought that the breakfast was superb, and also loved the room it was in, with all its mirrors, tiffin boxes, and living wall. And the work that is currently being done (to make a meeting area?) looks interesting. We loved all the wood, and the very East African (Zanzibari) looking big ornate doors. And the quirky 'library' area, with its old typewriter ... Whoever is responsible for the design has some very nice ideas.
I'm delighted that we chose the Ranee Boutique Suites. We had toyed with the idea of booking at the Merdeka Palace (as we'd heard that it is THE old colonial hotel), but - although the foyer is amazing, and really well worth a visit, it looked (from the outside at least) as though the rest of it might be pretty tired and more than a little depressed - and anyway it's not nearly so well located. If, like us, you're not a Hilton/big hotel chain sort of person, I don't think you could do better than the Ranee. I would certainly stay there again if I'm ever lucky enough to have the opportunity to revisit Kuching, and I thought that it was exceptionally good value.
PS Don't even try to work out the geography of the hotel - it's a real maze; thank goodness for the excellent signposting of room numbers at each of the many turns ...!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A true hidden gem right in the heart of Kuching's picturesque Old Town along the city's famous Waterfront Promenade, only 9km from the airport. The Ranee transports you to a point in history that celebrates the romance of travel, adventure and exploration of far and exotic lands. Lots of history are imbued in this cleverly rebuilt and restored 19th Century shoplot. The Ranee boasts of 24 elegant spacious suites and the design is modern contemporary with attractive accents of traditional Sarawakian artifacts. Facilities include MBar&Bistro, Cafe Trio's, The Reading Lounge. The Ranee is capable of hosting intimate cocktail receptions, product launches, team building, informal business functions, wedding parties for up to 50 pax. Here you will be treated like royalties while taking you on a journey that celebrates the charm and romance of a bygone era. ... more less
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