I reviewed this hotel some years ago. At that time it was the best hotel in the centre of Kuching, both for holiday and it looked like business. We really did not think it had any competition. However, now there is the Pullman and time has moved on a bit. So this review is written bearing in mind the new hotel nearby. We stayed at both on this trip, two nights in the Pullman and 4 in the Hilton. We did not consider the Four Points out by the airport which is new and looks like business but it’s so far out we would not think about it for a holiday stay. “Far out” in Kuching terms is a 15 minute drive, not walking to the food stalls or river nearby.
The Hilton has not developed a great deal in the time between our stays. The good things from before are still very good now. The entry lobby is not huge but furnished with comfortable sofas for people to wait on. It’s not used for anything more than waiting to go in our out. The café was busy and restaurants very busy. We stayed on the club floor with floor to ceiling windows looking over the river in our room. The Hilton has an unrestricted view here, something the Pullman does not. Breakfast can be taken in the lounge or in the restaurant on the lowest floor, which has a good range of food, both local and international.
The club floor is made special by the people that run the lounge, including Petrus, Rashid, Matthew and the ladies whose names I did not catch. The lounge is not anywhere near the size or as modern as the Pullmans, but the ambiance is a lot better. It is “warm”, like a Malaysian greeting. The hotel overall follows suit, it is not as “cool” as the Pullman. For a holiday maker this makes a big difference and as such I think the occupancy reflected it. The hotel was busy. The Hilton is still the place to go for personal time. They recognise you as a regular guest and it does feel like going home.
For business travellers though it is not as good as the Pullman. The rooms are equipped with wireless (free) on the club floor but working area, TV and general business facility are not as good. The more modern kit is not here. The two PCs in the club lounge fall a long way behind the Pullman’s setup. If you are an irregular business visitor to Kuching then I’d probably recommend the Pullman over the Hilton today.
Worth noting is that the Hilton is about to embark on a refurbishment program – the hotel has been kicked out of some complacency with new competition and I doubt if I wrote a review a year from now the conclusions would be the same as both Hilton and Pullman will have changed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Kuching is located in the heart of the charming city of Kuching, overlooking the tranquil Sarawak River. Kuching's landmark, the hotel commands the best view of the gently winding river and other captivating sights.20 minutes drive (11 km) from Kuching International Airport, whilst the commercial centre and city attractions such as the Main Bazaar, Kuching Waterfront and the Tua Pek Kong Temple are a mere walk away.Modern shopping centers are reachable on foot, as are classic old historical sites are nearby. The hotel makes the perfect base to explore Kuching! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Kuching Hotel Kuching
- Hilton International Kuching
- Kuching Hilton International
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