I was told that this hotel was the former Holiday Inn. So with that in mind, I urge all readers to expect an old hotel which has been given a facelift -- refurbished, given a fresh coat of paint etc etc.
The location is hard to beat. It's by the waterfront and very close to many of Kuching's attractions. It's also just a three-minute sampan ride away from a nice food court and shops selling Sarawak's famous batik cakes.
My colleague and I got a room with the view of the river which is quite nice. The room was clean and comfortable but some of the power sockets gave away the hotel's true age. I'm talking about round, 1960s-type of power sockets. Speaking of, there were not enough power sockets for the two of us to charge our phones and power up our laptops at the same time. Best to bring your own extension chord while you're staying there.
The first or second night we were there, the lifts broke down. We had to take the stairs to get to the ground floor from the 7th floor. It was pretty embarrassing for the hotel as there was a wedding that night and the lifts weren't working! I'm sure they managed to fix it in a jiffy but the fact of the matter is, the three lifts didn't work for a while.
I like how the dining area has been done up. The buffet breakfast spread is good but gets repetitive for guests staying more than two nights. I also like the lobby as it looks modern and very inviting.
I must mention that the staff are friendly and helpful.
Despite the service with a smile, the hotel generally didn't excite nor impress me.
I had a good rest during my three nights' stay there thought but that was basically it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of the city's business, entertainment and shopping district, the hotel offers free WiFi and is 20 minutes drive from the Kuching International Airport. Grand Margherita Hotel is adjacent to the Sarawak Plaza Shopping Complex and the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation Building. Its sister hotel, the Riverside Majestic, is located just across the road. With tourist attractions such as the Kuching Waterfront, Chinese Museum, Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, Fort Margherita and Main Bazaar nearby, Grand Margherita Hotel certainly has the best location in the city for business or leisure. Grand Margherita Hotel is classified as Green Hotel by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. ... more less
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