Marco Polo's excellent reviews are definitely well-deserved.
Our room and the facilities were impeccably clean, and I think that there are more than enough toilets/shower stalls for the guests. We were free to use the kitchen, the fridge and the utensils as we please. Breakfast was self-serve (toast, jam, sweet breads, local fruits, hot beverage). You can purchase soft drinks and bottled water in the reception area for a reasonable price, but they also offer complimentary filtered water in the kitchen as well as hot water.
Check-in was a breeze, just make sure to notify the staff about your arrival time at the hostel. Samuel and his darling wife really go far and beyond to ensure that your vacation in Kuching is as pleasant and as stress-free as possible. They offered us a detailed pamphlet about the various places of interest that we wanted to visit such as Bako National Park & Semenggoh Nature Reserve, containing info on transportation options, costs and schedules.
The bus stops were close to Marco Polo and the terminal (10-15 minutes drive) was also easy to get to because of the white mini-vans that pick you up at the Gate close to Marco Polo for 1 ringgit (or something ridiculously cheap like that) that stop at the terminal. We have taken public transport with ease, but we have also used the taxi services of Harold for airport transfer and a full-day tour. He's very friendly, speaks English well and charges reasonable prices. We highly recommend him, so ask Samuel to book him for you if his schedule allows it.
The hostel is also very close to numerous restaurants, cheap eateries and fruit stands. Laundry services are also offered for a very reasonable price. Salamat Ate G. for doing our laundry!
Overall, it was a wonderful experience, especially for two-first timers in a hostel. Thanks Marco Polo!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marco Polo Travellers run 3 properties in Kuching. Our award winning guesthouse in the Padungan district (Chinatown) has a combination of dorm accommodation and private rooms and is within easy access to local restaurants and the famous Riverside Waterfront. Our guesthouse in Kenyalang offers private rooms in a quiet residential area near the Spring and Viva Shopping Malls, Kuching Airport (10 mins by car) and Swinburne University. Our third property, Marco Polo Residence, is a single story, 3 double bedroomed, semi detached property in the Stakan district. This property can be rented as a whole residence and can accommodate 8 people. It is near the Sentosa shopping area, the airport (10 mins drive) and is 15 minutes from the Semenggoh Orangutan Reserve. The Unimas University is also closeby. ... more less
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- Marco Polo Travellers Kuching, Sarawak