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Ariva Gateway Kuching
Ranked #27 of 55 Hotels in Kuching
Reviewed November 27, 2013

You arrive at the upper ground level, walk up the stairway to the lift and make your way to the 4th floor to the reception. Check in is a breeze.I think you could drive to the ground floor if you got many luggage and stuff.

Stayed in a two-room apartment. My family of 6 is happy as the place is comfortable. On entering the unit, we notice a bit of stale smell but opening the windows for good ventilation fix the smell. A good room freshener might do wonders. The amenities are well kept and much appreciated.

The breakfast is not much but you got what you paid for. Enough to get us going for our excursions. We saw only 2 persons manning the place but we are always early so there is no crowd.

The wifi is terrible. I have to resort to my broadband instead. There are many complains on this but the management has not done much it seems.

The best thing is the direct connection to Top Spot, the seafood heaven. On the 2nd floor you could walk straight to the 4th floor of top spot and only a level down from the food court. Really convenient. There is also a few other eating places and a convenient store across the roads

A bit far from the waterfront but not by much. Only a few minutes walk and well placed crossings.

I'd recommend the place for a small family.

Room Tip: Try to get the room opposite of top spot as the dings might go on till midnight.
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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ArivaGateway, General Manager at Ariva Gateway Kuching, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2014

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review on Tripadvisor following your stay at Ariva Gateway Kuching. Our sincere apologies for the late response to your comments.

We are pleased to update that we are currently undergoing progressive refurbishment works for our Superior rooms and hope to be able to make arrangements to refurbish our Apartments after the completion of the Superior Room.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us despite some issues with the breakfast and WiFi.

As Ariva offer Free WiFi, the line may get congested at times when the hotel is running a high occupancy or when there are a vast demand on movie streaming. The Management has installed a Bandwidth device to control movie streaming and this has tested with improvement for our guests for browsing access.

Your feedback is a gift for us to constantly strive for improvement. We constantly monitoring the breakfast catered by our vendor in ensuring the quality and service.

Once again, we thank you for your valuable feedback and we sincerely look forward to welcoming you back with us again.

Yours sincerely
Chai Chiew Ping
Resident Manager

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Good location, within walking distance to the River front & old town areas. Room is a bit old though quite clean. The shower head was broken & need to hold it to shower. Quite unbelievable that the hotel does not has any extra pillow! I do not know that they refuse to provide or they really don't have any. Breakfast was terrible - few choices, crowded, tables not cleared promptly when guests left, running out of coffee. Just messy! Probably short of staff as I can see them running around. The worst is, due to lack of choices, most guest take hard boil eggs & there is only 1 bottle of light sauce (pic attached) to share around! You can see guests looking around for it. Not likely to go back if I have other choices.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

at the time of texting im now at ariva stay 3 pay 2 promo in 2 bedroom apartmen.as the previous reviews says alot of this premise and i agree most of the reviews.well manage and maintain rooms which is clean and well kept but a few things to be improve like breakfast which is not enough.free wifi they offered is not stable in certain rooms and have to hunt for best signal available.overall its a good stay with the room rate.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

The building is properly one of the most recognizable building in the city of Sarawak. I can visibly see the Green awning roof top from as far as the airport and while I was on the plane. Please see one of my pictures posted.

Rooms are spacious and very clean. Sufficient lighting and good air condition. Strong power shower. Hand, face and bath towels are provided with the daily housekeeping. Good quality teas and coffee sachets served. Odor free washing machine cum dryer are a plus asset for family with children or those who choose this apartment hotel as the last exit from Kuching.

Check-in at level four. Can ask the taxi to drive directly into the parking lot and stop at one and only lighted area, which has the lift that takes you all the way to the level four.

One minor hiccup during our stay was the breakfast. The hard boiled eggs were mixed with the raw egg. Did inform the waiter. The Nescafe dispending machine didn't actually dispensing the real Nescafe products.

I do recommend this property for quality sleep and safe environment.

Room Tip: get the premier room for better comfort.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

the location of the hotel is good, easily accessible to food, convenient stores , and next to Hills mall. Pullman and Hilton hotels are nearby, walking distance within town area. Oh, it is right next to the famous Top Spot seafood center, just take the lift to G floor, exit to carpark and cross to the carpark of Top spot, super near. some rooms in the hotel are old, carpet old and smelly. if one get a decent clean room, it is a good place to stay, for the price.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Arriving is a bit odd as the hotel reception is on the fourth floor. The staff was great during the whole stay and very helpful in helping find solutions. I wanted to go diving and they went out of their way to find a guide.

The room was great, 2 bedrooms a large living room with kitchen. this made the stay quite comfortable. The WIFI was less then helpful, not working for 3 days, when they had it finally up and running it was stable and speeds were acceptable. The location is quite central, close to three great restaurants, Top shop, Junk, Blablabla all of which I can warmly recommend.

The good:
Big spacious room
central location
swimming pool with great views
Nice staff

the not so good:
breakfast was meh
2 elevators to get to your room
WIFI that was not great

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank mlokhorst
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

Don't be shocked when you arrived at the main entrance of the building because there was no lobby to welcome you but only a lift brings you up to level four to check in. Do check with your access card to the glass door entering to anothet lift to your room level. Their access card always failed to access the door. Management should do something about it. The room quite big and nice but not the TV channels. Can't watch a clear image channels. Good WIFI.get to the roof top swimming pool to get a nice stunning view of the city. Good value as a standard of a hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank Jetfly101
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Edmund L, General Manager at Ariva Gateway Kuching, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2013

Thank you very much for taking the time posting your review on Tripadvisor following your stay at Ariva Gateway Kuching.

Ariva Gateway Kuching offers great value to your stay in terms of location and facilities. You may access our lobby at Level 4 through the common lift at Level UG / Level G. An access card is required as an added security feature to our in-house guests for room levels.

We have noted on your other comments and have rectified it. There is an amazing view of the Kuching city from our Level 16 swimming pool where our guests swim and unwind.

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 ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Kuching
Price Range: $27 - $61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ariva Gateway Kuching 4*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ariva Gateway Kuching is nestled in the heart of Sarawak's Golden Triangle. It is a well appointed twin tower complex integrating modern offices and serviced residences from hotel rooms to well equipped apartments 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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