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Ariva Gateway Kuching
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No 9 Jalan Bukit Mata, Kuching 93100, Malaysia (Formerly Somerset Gateway Kuching)   |  
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Ranked #25 of 46 hotels in Kuching
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Comfortable stay though ......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Stayed 3 nights in Nov in a 2 bedroom apt with my family. Overall it is comfortable with plenty space for the kids to move around. Breakfast provided is basic. Location wise is ok as the riverside and few shopping centres as well as Chinatown are within walking distance. We will come back again if a renovation is done.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edmund L, General Manager at Ariva Gateway Kuching, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Thank you very much for posting your review following your stay at Ariva Gateway Kuching.

We appreciate your kind comment on our spacious rooms, and delighted to know that you have had a comfortable stay with us. Our Hotel situated on the prime location with many amenities nearby brings about great convenience to all our guests.

Please be assured that we will continually strive to improve ourselves to serve you better.

Once again thank you for your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Yours sincerely,

Edmund Lim
General Manager
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We were stay here for 1 nite, 2 rooms apartment overall is clean and tidy, dryer and washing machine is provided but unfournately washing machine is spoiled. We could smell something when is sleeping , should be wet carpet smell. The front counter staff are polite and provide us a nice baby cot for us and guided us for nice seafood store just behind the hotel car park by walking distance within 3 min.
From airport to hotel rm26.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edmund L, General Manager at Ariva Gateway Kuching, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Thank you very much for posting your review following your stay at Ariva Gateway Kuching.

We are delighted that you found our Hotel to be nice and affordable in Kuching city. Our apartments are clean and spacious and the location of our Hotel is excellent as we are nearby many places of attraction.

We sincerely apologise for the odour and the breakdown of the washing machine in your apartment. We appreciate your feedback and will look into the matters immediately.

We are glad that our Guest Service Officer guided you to our ever famous TopSpot Seafood Centre which is located adjacent right next to Ariva Gateway Kuching. In fact, most of the necessary amenities are merely short walks away.

Once again thank you for your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Yours sincerely,

Edmund Lim
General Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012 via mobile

Arriva Gateway feels more like an apartment complex, you enter a building and go up to the 4th floor and the rooms from there up make up the hotel. The room was rather run down and smelled really damp. It was adequate but based on other reviews i was expecting something slightly better. I did manage to glimpse in another room later which looked much more impressive so it might be worth upgrading.

Good things:
Edmond the manager is great, really helpful about things to do, places to eat
Swimming pool on the roof is nice, sheltered with great 360 view
Great location
Breakfast is basic but totally fine - coffee, toast, cereal, fruit, pastries.
Friendly and helpful staff

Bad things:
Run down room, shower leaked and only way to shower was to hold it steady
Our roof safe kept breaking down repeatedly to the point where it was less time consuming to risk take our valuables with us
The gym is awful.. dont pick this place if you're basing it on having a gym, 1 treadmill out of 3 worked, 2 of the other 4 gym machines were out of order and one of the freeweights was faulty (loose) and fell off narrowly missing my foot (would probably have broken my foot).

All in all not a bad place but could be a great place if it renervated the rooms, sorted the gym out and maybe some sun loungers on the top floor?

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edmund L, General Manager at Ariva Gateway Kuching, responded to this review, December 27, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time posting your review on Tripadvisor following your stay at Ariva Gateway Kuching.

Ariva Gateway Kuching is located within Gateway Kuching which is a well-appointed twin tower complex integrating modern office and luxurious serviced residences, with the smallest room size at 30sqm for Superior room, 76-101sqm for 2 bedroom apartments.

We appreciate for your commendation on our rooftop swimming pool. The view from the pool overseeing the beautiful Kuching city is indeed spectacular.

Thank you for your generous compliment, you are most welcome. It is our pleasure serving all our guests.

We have taken remedy actions on your comments for the leak and room safe, we also noted on the comments of our fitness room during your visit, the treadmills are working fine, and the 2 cabling line of the 4 stations gym machine has been fixed. The weights are checked constantly.

Once again thank you for your kind feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Yours sincerely,

Edmund Lim
General Manager
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Kuching, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

Convenient place to stay because it is in the centre of town and close to some really good eating places. It's mid range in prices, pretty safe and clean; and near to major banks and shopping areas. Most people stay there while in Kuching for business. There're also service apartments for longer term stays. The lobby is on the 4th floor of the building. Security is very very good. You get some pretty good views of fireworks during festive season.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edmund L, General Manager at Ariva Gateway Kuching, responded to this review, December 27, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time posting your review on Tripadvisor following your stay at Ariva Gateway Kuching.

We appreciate your kind comments on finding our room rates to be of Value for Money and our locality is centrally located with all conveniences within reach. We place the interest of our guests first therefore we always maintain tight security in our premises.

Our serviced apartment is popular among family travelers as well as long term stay guests who are on business trips or work here. Being one of the tallest buildings in Kuching, getting a good view of the fireworks during festive seasons is assured.

Once again thank you for your kind feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Yours sincerely,

Edmund Lim
General Manager
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Sibu, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Me and my friends got welcomed by the unfriendly front-liner but we managed to check-in after all the sighed we heard. Overall it is very nice and comfy apartment to stay. Great location, spacious and comfortable. It would be perfect if there's a water hose near the toilet.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Edmund L, General Manager at Ariva Gateway Kuching, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time posting your review on Tripadvisor following your stay at Ariva Gateway Kuching.

We apologise for your unpleasant experience at our front desk, your feedback is important to us. We have dealt with this matter and we assure this will not happen again. All our guests are warmly welcome by us at all times. Ariva Gateway Kuching has always upheld warm and friendly hospitality.

We appreciate all your wonderful comments about our Hotel. We are delighted that you have enjoyed your stay tremendously. We have taken note on your suggestion and we will look into it.

Once again thank you for your kind feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Yours sincerely,

Edmund Lim
General Manager
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

I stayed here with my family and booked two bedroom apartment for 2 night. The bedroom was furnished with king size and queen size bed. The room was spacious and fully equip kitchenette. We can cooked and that save us from going outside. However, a popular seafood centre was just adjacent to the hotel, and that was a plus point. Washing machine was also another plus point for this apartment.
The room was clean and housekeeping was very attentive to our needs.
There were few shopping complexs nearby, banks and the waterfront was just few minutes walks. High speed internet was available for free at our room.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay here and recommend this apartment to friends for their great service.
The only obstacle that we have is that, there was no direct access from the car park to our room, as we have to stop at level 4 and get another lift to our room. Probably the management did that for security, i guess.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Edmund L, General Manager at Ariva Gateway Kuching, responded to this review, December 27, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time posting your review on Tripadvisor following your stay at Ariva Gateway Kuching.

We are delighted to know that you feel at home while staying with us and making full use of our spacious kitchenette which saved you the trouble from going out to have meals.

Ariva Gateway Kuching is located at an ideal location with plenty of attractions and amenities nearby. We always encourage our guests to explore and experience Kuching simply by taking a short walk around the Hotel.

Your kind comment on the housekeeping service being attentive to your needs has been shared. We are always here to meet our guests’ expectations and to make our guests happy.

We do not have direct access from the car park to the rooms due to security reasons. Our guests are required to use the security door at Level 4 to access to their rooms through another set of lift.

Once again thank you for your kind feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Yours sincerely,

Edmund Lim
General Manager
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Newcastle
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Stayed for 5 nights at Ariva Gateway Kuching in late September after we stayed there a few years ago when it Was Somerset managed. Overall experience was still good, however it was slightly lower than last time.
Good Points - Location, Access to Top Spot eatery, large spacious rooms, Clean, Upgrade to Premier Room, Excellent value for money.
Bad Points - Breakfast average at best, No towels in pool area, Maintenance of building could be better, Flimsy apartment fit out.
Previously our fridge was loaded with soft drink, this time it was empy. No supply of washing powder or washing up liquid. Staff were all great, especially Nicole on the front desk. Would have no hestitaion in staying there again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edmund L, General Manager at Ariva Gateway Kuching, responded to this review, December 27, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time posting your review on Tripadvisor following your stay at Ariva Gateway Kuching.

We are delighted to hear that you are a returning guest, thank you for your continuous support. We are glad that you found our rooms to be clean, spacious and Value for Money. It is our top priority to keep our guests satisfied at all times. Indeed, Ariva Gateway Kuching is strategically located among the amenities and places of interest.

We are always seeking ways to improve our service and delivery to our guests. The fridge is intended to be left empty for guests to stock their preferred food and beverage. Our Guest Service counter may provide you with shopping assistance, either directing you where to make the purchases or even shop for you.

We appreciate your kind comments on our Hotel’s service to you. We are always here to meet our guests’ expectations and to make our guests happy. We are glad you had enjoyed your stay with us. As the most important aspect of our work, it was indeed our pleasure serving you.

Once again thank you for your kind feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Yours sincerely,

Edmund Lim
General Manager
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Additional Information about Ariva Gateway Kuching

Address: No 9 Jalan Bukit Mata, Kuching 93100, Malaysia (Formerly Somerset Gateway Kuching)
Location: Malaysia > Sarawak > Kuching
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Kuching
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Ariva Gateway Kuching 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ariva Gateway is nestled in the heart of Sarawak's Golden Triangle. It is a well appointed twin tower complex integrating modern offices and luxurious serviced residences within the Central Business District. It is centrally located within a myriad of major shops, international restaurants and entertainment centre. ... more   less 
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