Previously a Holiday Inn Kuching. From the outside, you can tell the hotel is among the earliest hotels in the city. Once you step inside, you will notice the modern design lobby. We stayed at the high rise, 8th floor. The carpet on the corridor and in the room shows the wear and tear already. Same goes to furniture. The bed was wonderful. Very comfortable.
The washroom is really in the 70s design and the toilet bowl is a bit small. Beware when you flush the toilet. The water pressure is high and the water from bidet sprinkles to the floor when flushing. This is contrast to the shower where there water pressure is low.
If you are driving, parking may be a challenge. During our stay, there were alsways something going on at the hotel, hence the parking always full. Hotel parking is very limited and not covered. For covered parking, you can park at the adjacent SEDC building - upper floor. No basement. This will cost you flat rate of RM3 per entry if you are a hotel guest - which I don't agree. It should be free for hotel guest.
Overall, good hotel to spend a night in Kuching since almost everything within walking distance - Main Bazaar, Waterfront, Food Court. McDonald;'s is just across the street and the Cat statue is also across the street. Alternatively, can also stay at its sister hotel, Riverside Majestic (previously Crowne Plaza) which is also across the street. KFC - too easy to find one :-)
- 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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