Not a very hospitable place from what I managed to see. Popped in off the street to check out the restaurant and rooms thinking we may stay a few days. Guy on the door didn't want to budge to let us in. Receptionist seemed bored and not overly helpful in answering our questions. Looked at the menu, told if we wanted to eat the restaurant wasn't open until 8.30 pm. No offer to reserve a table. Few staff around, felt like their eyes were on us the whole time as though we were going to steal something. Very weird vibe at this place so we left. Walked past a couple of times while wandering the waterfront in the evenings. Place looks great but no one dining in the restaurant each time we passed. Am wondering if others were as put off as we were by the unwelcoming nature of this hotel? Shame really as it has such a great location and could really cash in on passing trade. Keep walking, James Brook Bistro is just down the road and you'll be guaranteed a warm welcome and to be greeted with a smile !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ranee is an exclusive 24-room boutique hotel strategically located in the heart of Kuching's picturesque Old Town (14km from Kuching International Airport). Stylishly rebuilt from two traditional 19th century shophouses and ingeniously adapted to modern standards of plush comfort, The Ranee is unique in that every spacious room/suite is different - designed to express its own individuality, charm and character. Step into The Ranee and you will be enchanted by the magic of old and new - a fusion style inspired by Sarawak's rich colonial heritage and mysterious ethnic cultures. In catering to the discerning traveller, The Ranee boasts an all-day dining/bar serving local and international cuisine, a cafe offering freshly baked delicacies, an in-house tour desk, and even a business meeting room. The Ranee is capable of hosting intimate cocktail receptions for functions up to 40pax (product launches, team building, informal business gatherings, private dinner parties, etc). At The Ranee we'll take you on a journey that celebrates the charm and romance of a bygone era. ... more less
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