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“The Best Damn to Stay! Period.”
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Wo Jia Lodge
Ranked #22 of 73 Specialty Lodging in Kuching
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 reviews
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“The Best Damn to Stay! Period.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2011

Where to begin with this place!

Ill cut straight to it: Its affordable, its friendly, its clean, its near accessible, its warmly and thoughtfully decorated.

This is easily one of the best hostels you could find anywhere. The staff, Zaki, Wi Ming are helpful in the extreme, their local knowledge is rich and they never act as if they're doing you an unwanted favor. They're sociable and some of the best conversations Ive had while traveling have been with them. When you need to book something, trip, guide, taxi they'll do so, lead you through with no extra worry or charge and they're honest! They will be frank about whats worth visit and what may not aline with what you want to see in Sarawak and Kuching!

The staff at the Wo Jia are always eager to help.

Also the prices are extremely reasonable, and compared through word of mouth with other travelers the Wo Jia was one of the cheapest but highest quality lodges in Kuching. And with the prices so low they do not cut corners on maintenance or cleaning. Your sheets are clean, your blankets are clean, and yes the toilets are clean.

Also whats great about the Wo Jia is that its not tucked away on some dodgy or dingy side street but its right on the waterfront, the main bazaar so you are always under ten minutes away from restaurants, shops and buses to many of the destinations around Sarawak. And again the staff will always help you finding the right one.

Another thing is the building, Wi Ming chose the place because it simply works. When you go upstairs you're not crammed into hallways where the owner blatantly has tried to stuff in as many rooms as possible. There's a sitting and socializing area facing out on the street and the water which gives the Wo Jia a relaxed and welcoming feel. There's a small plaza in the middle which stops the building from feeling too congested so the place breathes a little and if you're so inclined there is a communal kitchen at the back which anyone can use.

After my one week stay at the Wo Jia I personally regard all the staff as friends, I absolutely loved the place. And the way Wi Ming has cultivated the place is reflected in the name, Wo Jia, Mandarin for My Family because that what it feels like. I only wished there was a Wo Jia in every city.

Now with any review I have to give some token so called neutral or negatives, they're, token, small and only done out of principle.

The some toilets can look a little old, like before the 90s, apparently that bothers some people but they're cleaned everyday. What do you prefer, a filthy toilet installed last year or a clean one?

This one is so petty but there's no hand soap near some the basins, again personally I couldn't give a damn but I guess I have to throw in something, its a review? But I really had to spent time thinking these two up.

This place is wonderful and I will personally vouch for this lodge. I miss the place! Seriously you cannot ask for a better place. And you'll notice is that they put thought and proper care into the place. Even little things Ive seen them make like a jokey welcoming posters for some of the groups coming in.

Also I may have traveled solo but Ive seen them accommodate a family during my stay. And as you'd expect they very patient and understanding knowing that had a different pace, they simply cared. So if you're coming as a family there's nothing to be anxious about.

I even saw groups of teenagers on something akin to a organized exchange program and the staff will guide them, so if teenagers or inexperienced travelers come through here, the Wo Jia will take care of you.

There's nothing bad about this place. This may be an internet review but its true, all positive.

Stay at the Wo Jia!!!

One thing, there's no fitness center. So never mind that rating, I mean, its a lodge!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2011

This could be your 2nd home, your new home in Kuching. Not to mention the friendly owner and staffs will make u feel like you are one of their family members/ close friends. I reckon this is what every travelers want. Come here and feel it yourself and you will not regret! A place where you will not forget :)

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2011

Loved this place. Its really fun but not clique-y, no weirdos just friendly nice people. Staff are nice and give good tips and advice. They are quite funny too and we had some good times sitting about and chatting away and strumming on the guitar.

Location is great and in the middle of a lot of things. The building itself looks good and inside is clean and tidy. The rooms do have a sense of 'shabby chique' which I didn't mind. Simple bare walls, a bed and some nice coloured pillows and sheets. I was in the room on the 2nd floor near the door and it did get a little noisy as the walls are thin. On another visit we were in the basement and it was a lot quieter (but slightly more 'shabby-chique').

Price is great. You cant ask for too much more. I would stay again (and did!).

Yay!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2011

My friend and I stayed at Wo Jia Lodge in December 2010 during our winter vacation in Kuching. It's not the fanciest place on earth, but it's got a lot of character. The staff was friendly to the point that we now consider a few of them 'friends,' and they are always willing to help you without trying to sell you to pre-arranged tour agencies, as other guesthouses I've stayed at have. It's obvious that Ming and his staff have the interests of their guests in mind! The modern Chinese decor adds a flavor that is lost at many budget places, and the location is perfectly right on the main street in Kuching. You really can't beat the location, price, comfort, or friendliness of Wo Jia Lodge.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Arles, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2011

1 year after our first stay at wo jia,we came back and nothing changed,all the best,kidness,location,room,and any informations you need to travel in borneo.
and the cheapest drinks in town ( water ,tea and coffee are free)
staff always ready to help you in any case,even if you want to make a cooking party in the guesthouse kitchen !!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2011

I originally just wanted to stay for 1month at the Wo Jia Lodge and ended up staying over 6 months. Staff were so wonderful and it really felt like home at Wo Jia . Would highly recommend this sweet lodge to anyone who wants a perfect location and warm, friendly atmosphere.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2011

I've been travelling 3 months throughout South-East-Asia and Wo Jia Logde ranks definitely among the best hostels I stayed during the entire time. The staff was extremely helpful to organize multi-day trips around Kuching and to Mulu National Park. Also I enjoyed hanging around with the Wo Jia team as all the guys are quite funny and entertaining. Be prepared to have dinner and local drinks with them at the hostel :-)
The rooms and the common area are clean and spacious and the hostel is located right next to the water front.
I would definitely stay there again and advise you to do so as well!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Wo Jia Lodge
Address: 1st Floor No 17 Main, Kuching 93000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sarawak > Kuching
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 73 Specialty Lodging in Kuching
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Looking for a place to relax and hangout with a homely oriental style atmosphere? Ideally located in main bazaar with history dated back 1800s with Chinese shop house architecture. Wo Jia offer its guests a superb location for sight seeing, shopping for souvenirs, entertaining and taste of yummy Chinese and Malay foods at main bazaar and waterfront. All rooms are newly furnished and please note that all bathroom/toilets are shared with hot/cold shower as we designed for independent travelers in mind. ... more   less 
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