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“Very reasonably priced Kuching hotel option” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Grand Continental Kuching

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Hotel Grand Continental Kuching
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Jalan Ban Hock, Kuching 93100, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #11 of 47 Hotels in Kuching
Manila, Philippines
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“Very reasonably priced Kuching hotel option”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised to be honest, some of the reviews led me to believe this would be something of a bad experience, but not at all.

Its true to say the hotel has seen better days, and in parts is somewhat run down, but in general I found most aspects very acceptable, though fact is if the room is clean and liveable I'm happy enough.

The hotel was notably cheaper than some of the other options available in Kuching, so I took a gamble, and decided to upgrade to the executive room (only around GBP30 a night & still a lot cheaper than standard/basic rooms in some of the other hotels).

The room (14th floor) was a very good size, good size comfy bed, good size/clean bathroom with hot water, a fridge (always very handy in my opinion), a/c, free wifi with good connection speed, and a sat tv (large widescreen), though only about 6 channels.

(A free local newspaper was delivered to my room each day also, which was a nice albeit small touch).

The pool (though fairly small) was nice, clean, and the surroundings equally so.

Breakfast was nothing more than reasonable, but no complaints. It caters for western and Asian tastes, incl' fruit, coffee, OJ, and eggs cooked to your liking, various breads (toasters provided). Whilst it wasn't mind blowing it served the purpose each day (cost was included with my room).

I only ate in the hotel at breakfast so I can't comment on other meals. The room service menu was limited, and from what I saw the restaurant area was basically deserted much of the time once breakfast was finished although staff were there incase needed.

The hotel staff I encountered were very friendly and very helpful. The 2 gents on the door were both particularly helpful when it came to organising taxis, directing me to various places etc.

I thought the hotel was reasonably positioned, only a 10 to 15 minute walk to the cat statue and a further 5 mins to the river (to give you an idea geographically - most of the larger western hotels were in that area, aswell as malls, and fast food rubbish, Macs, KFC etc).

There were several small bars and restaurants closer than that to the hotel, although nothing western that I was aware of, but lots of local options (and unless you are of a particularly 'soft' disposition the local food in local restaurants is fine, and very tasty).

The staff in one local bar I visited ('the Loft' - Kenny & Lex) were extremely friendly and provided some vital tourist information, incl recommending a local Malay open air food court/restaurant (Seegood - 10mins max from the hotel) which was very very good (Asian style food only, notably sea food but chicken & beef dishes available also - basically tell the waiter what you like and how you want it cooked and they'll cook it for you, I had 2 greats meals washed down with a few Tigers)

In summary I'm very pleased I took what I believed to be something of a gamble. I paid around GBP100 for 3 days, which incl 24/7 wifi and breakfast, and found the hotel to be ideal for many reasons.

It does though seem that some of the comments already made by other reviewers are correct in that it doesn't appear management are addressing any of the ageing issues of the hotel (or maybe they are oblivious). I'd actually not be too suprised if the hotel is basically being run down to be closed in the not too distant future. But for the time being I would recommend to fellow travelers, unless of course faded carpets in the hallway are the type of issue likely to ruin your holiday!

NB: In truth I think this hotel warrants a 'Good' ranking, as average seems harsh. But in the absence of good as an option it has to be average.

Room Tip: I would recommend paying the few GBP/$'s more to get an executive room on the 14th floor. Whilst...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

My client paid for the room hence i have no idea how much was it.
It is an very old hotel, looked like more than 20 years old? Room was simple and spacious, that's hot water for shower, carpet was old and worn out. Location was not that good, not in walking distance to the new shopping mall, " Hill". I can see the mall from my hotel window here, I just wish i could stay at Hilton Hotel, alas, my client was the one who booked this.

Breakfast was simple, but i kinda of liked their curry mutton. Quite tasty.

Toothbrush was not provided, but i asked for it at the reception, they gave me two within 5 mins. Very good.

Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

After reading reviews of the 'Grand Hotels' chain, I decided to take a gamble and booked a family room for 2 nights at the Grand Continental Kuching. Some reviews on Grand Hotels in other parts of Malaysia left an unsavoury impression (eg. bedbug-infested rooms and poor staff attitude at the Malacca property) and reviews on the Kuching hotle itself seemed a hit-and-miss affair. With several days left before deprture, I paid for the rooms via credit card in full. And indeed, any apprehensions I may have had were unfounded.

A short taxi ride from the airport to the hotel cost RM26 and the coupon can be purchased at the arrival hall. Upon arrival at the Grand Continental, the doorman greeted us with a smile and we walked over to the reception area. The hotel lobby is small, with minimal seats and is right across the hotel restaurant. Although it was only 11am (official check-in is at 2pm), our check-in was processed quickly. I was asked for the hotel booking reference / online receipt, identification and requested to place a refundable RM100 deposit for the duration of the stay. We were allocated a room on the 11th floor and handed the room key. We were asked to wait for a while as the room was still being cleaned.

The family room had a queen + single bed configuration and was spacious. There are the usual amenities like the fridge, large closet, small sofa, writing table and coffee/tea making facilities. Some of the furniture seemed a little dated as was the television, but not to the extent of making our stay less comfortable. I did not notice any 'musty' odour in the room and in general the room was clean. The bathroom was also clean and I did not find the walls to be mouldy as claimed in previous reviews. The bath tub however was showing its age and seemed a little discoloured. Hot water and the water pressure was fine.

At a high floor, you will get a good view of the city as there are no high-rise buildings in the vicinity of the Grand Continental Kuching. However, you are not likely to see the Sarawak river from any room in the hotel as it is a 10-15 minute walk away and there are other tall hotels near the riverfront which would have obscured the view.

The daily buffet breakfast offers a decent spread. It is certainly not outstanding but offers 2 - 3 main dishes which are varied slightly with each day and a standard selection of fruits, salads, cereals and bread. Most of the guests are in the restaurant at around 8 am and the resturant is usually empty by 9:30am. The staff checked on the quantity of food regularly but it seems that after the 'busy hours' refills are not carried out. There is an ala carte menu for lunch and dinner though occassionally there are buffet dinners (check with staff). Otherwise there are good eating outlets nearby (eg Chillippers at the Liwah Hotel across the street).

The hotel is a 3 star property and its facilities are limited. Apart from a conference hall, the restaurant and a small pool (one really wonders whether the pool is necessary, judging by its size which would be comfortable only for a couple of kids to wade around in) there are no other noteworthy facilities or amenities. There is no free wifi (which even the cheap guesthouses provide).

I would recommned this hotel as an in-between among a guesthouse (there are many near the waterfront) or budget hotels and an upmarket hotel like the Hilton or the Pullman Suites. The room rates for the Grand Continental are relatively low, the staff friendly and importantly, the rooms are clean. On the downside, the hotel is a slight walk away from the main tourist area.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

Stayed during my outstation travel. Comfortable accommodation in beautiful surroundings and their staff also friendly.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

First of all the hotel is really old. The room I stayed leaked heavily during a downpour and left a very bad odour the next day. The hotel itself is 10 minutes away from the river front shops and that is the reason it is slightly cheaper. The rooms however are well kept and very clean. I had buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant and the food was not bad. The staffs are very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Pringle Bay, South Africa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

We stayed for 5 nights in August and found the hotel to be a little dated, however very good value for money. The location was excellent, 10 min walk to the riverfront and restaurants in the area. We stayed on the 7th floor which obviously was not high enough as every early evening the Indian Temple next door would start ringing bells and blowing trumpets for approx an hour which was very disturbing after a long hot day out on day trips. On our last night we had a 4am start to next day and from 10.30pm to midnight they celebrated even more with firecrackers and singing! Very annoying when trying to sleep.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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58 hotel reviews
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

We booked a package with the local airlines and selected this hotel. it didnt live up to my expectation as a Grand Hotel. Room is old and shabby. But it is big & comfortable. Room has wifi facility but internet is slow & cuts off intermittenly, it was lucky we brought along our Broadband connection. The Hotel lobby smells musty .Hotel was very busy and the Receptionists seemed too busy to acknowledge any of hotel guests !!!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jalan Ban Hock, Kuching 93100, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Sarawak > Kuching
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #11 of 47 Hotels in Kuching
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Grand Continental Kuching 3*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located within the central business and shopping district of Kuching,this business-class hotel offers well-appointed, spacious and comfortable Borneo-styled rooms for the discerning traveller. Banquet and Conference facilities able to accommodate up to 500 persons, Gala Dinner. Resort-feel Poolside to unwind after a long day at the Office or sightseeing in Kuching. International & Ethnic Sarawak Cuisine offered at the 24-hour Coffee House and In-Room Dining. ... more   less 
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