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Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites
Ranked #38 of 54 Hotels in Kuching
Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Good location and value”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

I don't think it is a proper 5 star hotel but it is pretty good. The location is great, it's clean with quite air con, has a pool, mixed sex sauna & steam room (other places I stayed had single sex ones only)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

For a "Palace" a deluxe room does not have bathtub, bath gel, conditioner, tooth brush, sewing kit, kimono, small pool, kimono, empty mini bar and variety of TV channels. Hotels are now using Duvet but this hotel still using bed spread which is torn. For "Merdeka" it does have big deluxe room and good water pressure for a nice hot shower. Arrive at 1100 hours but was not given a room even the day before their occupancy is low during fasting month. Came back at 1800 hours my requested room was not available which then after waiting I was given a deluxe room upgrade. If this was done when I arrive it would had been better. I was heavenly sleeping and was woke at 2330 hours by reception just to check I had check in? since they are not sure if I had check in. After that they ask me would I like to have breakfast tomorrow. Can you believe that they do marketing at late night???. Hotel is walking distance to town and malls. Trip to or fro airport is RM 26.00.

Room Tip: Odd room numbers on Deluxe Wing, had room on third floor *303 with front road, greenery field view,
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kuching
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2013

I stay in this hotel for business about 2 times. What to expect for 5 stars hotel? Of course besides the great service i expect for great room. unfortunately the room was so small and look so old. Maybe some renovation or upgrading the wallpaper or the carpets will give good feeling to the guest. Very frustrated for wasting my company's money.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2013

If you want a hotel with great staff great rooms and reasonable cost then try the Merdeka Palace hotel awesome place clean friendly and close to all the best places to eat and visit a thoroughly enjoyable stay had the best time ever

Room Tip: For a family or even just friends choose a suite everything you need is there
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2013

The hotel used to be the best Kuching has to offer but it's 5 star Malaysian Tourism rating is in serious need for a review. Was there with my wife, mother in law and a friend and had the 3 bedroom suite. The first suite had a broken air condition in one of the rooms. I requested to be changed to another room, only to find the main air condition in the living room and light not working. The third suite that we were given was ok but smelled musty and was very dusty. It was obvious that the hotel had very low occupancy rates or people just never bothered to complain. The technician who came after an hour was not well-trained and could not rectify the air conditioning problems we faced in the second room we were shifted to. Having flown for 3 hours shifting rooms with our heavy luggage was the least of our problems. The hotel is about 20 minutes walking distance from the riverfront where all shops were located but the alleyways were dark and dangerous at midnight. We then decided to order food via room service which was expensive, indicative of it's 5 star status but rather unimpressive. The hotel is not exactly in the city center and requires quite a bit of walking to get to interesting locations with the exception of the museum which is next door. Taxis are unmetered and are a rip off especially if caught from the hotel taxi stand. You would be better off exploring the city on foot. The only saving grace for this hotel is the size of its suites, which is large by Malaysian standards, given the price, and the good views over the city from the suite's lounge. If you don't mind the damp smell of cigarettes, the non functioning air conditioner ( which is crucial in the tropics), the poor plumbing and old ragged room furnishings, then this hotel would be your pick.

Room Tip: Rooms on higher floors have better views but apart from that almost all are equally bad.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2013

Stayed there from 10 - 13 June 2013 for our business trip. The building looks old, but the service not bad, receptionist friendly and greet us "Good Morning" and "Good Bye" when we about to check out. Love the shower, "strong water"

Too little choice of breakfast. We had same breakfast on 11 and 13 June 2013. Staff in the coffee house were playing around chasing each other and hitting each other where next to our table. Attitude need to be improve.

But overall still ok. Stayed here for 2nd time for business trip.

Room Tip: Newly open Plaza Merdeka Shopping Mall
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We stayed at Merdeka palace for two nights, after finding what we thought was a "good deal" on a standard room. On agoda it claimed to be a 5 star hotel, so we came in with high expectations, and after seeing the magnificent lobby we thought we hit the jackpot! However, it all changed when we entered the room. I guess it really nice back in the 80s, but today it is just torn down. Wallpaper was peeling off everywhere, the hallway had stench of mold and in the bathroom there were quiet a lot of black mold to find, especially around the door. The Air conditioner were leaking and wasn't cooling at all. They still used the old big TVs (But with a small screen though...) in the room. And I didn't expect a view, since it said car park. But I didn't actually think the window was facing the inside of a garage! Another thing was the toilet that didn't flush properly and some "floaters" were difficult to get rid of. The shower had a nasty stench from the drain. Hair dryer was broken, etc.
We did spend one night in this room however, since we were tired after spending a few nights in the jungle, but when we spent the night and realized the air conditioner-problem we went down to talk to the receptionist, and pointed it out to them. I have to give them credit for the staff however, who are very friendly and are really trying to make the best of the situation. (I have been a hotel receptionist for several years myself, so I can understand what they might be facing.) Especially so when we did get upgraded to a very nice and big room that still had the same basic flaws as the other one, but without the bad smell, and the air conditioner was working very well. (My dear wife thought it was to cool this time, but I liked it. :) )
We paid about RM270 for these two nights, without breakfast. I do think we would have got more value for our money in a good 3 star hotel than at this 5-star one. Next time we go to kuching, I think we will be looking at other hotels.

Room Tip: Rooms without view are REALLY without view, facing the inside of a garage. A bit noisy as well on th...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites
Address: Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching 93000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sarawak > Kuching
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Kuching
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 213
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With an advantageous strategic location, only 15 minutes from the airport, the regal Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites gives guests privilege across to some of Kuching city's historical jewels such as the Sarawak Museum and one of Kuching's landmarks, Padang Merdeka. Nearby are the Textile Museum, Chinese History Museum and Islamic Museum. The Hotel is just a short walk to the newly-built shopping mall, Plaza Merdeka, and is a 5-minute walk to the Waterfront and Main Bazaar. Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites is home to 213 rooms inclusive of apartment suites. The Hotel offers comprehensive facilities including Wi-Fi access, health centre, gym, swimming pool and sauna, all of which ensures a pleasurable stay for guests. The Hotel has six international standard food and beverage outlets: Ristorante Beccari, the award-winning Italian restaurant; Aurora Court, the all-day dining restaurant; Victoria Arms, the English pub; Yn Cellar; La Habana Cigar Divan; and its cafe bistro, Seattle Coffee & Tea. ... more   less 
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