Hotels in Kuching for RWMF

Hotels in Kuching Rainforest World Music Festival

This list of hotels in Kuching for the RWMF is compiled by Malaysia Asia to benefit those planning to attend the annual Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak.

These hotels are based in locations around the world music festival, located in either Kuching city or the Santubong area, nearer to the event. 

Note that the hotels during the event period will most likely be fully booked; therefore, it is best advised to book your hotel months ahead. 

Note there are three main areas for the hotels in Kuching: Kuching city, Petra Jaya (halfway to Santubong), and the Damai Santubong Area (where the RWMF is held).

Hotels Around Kuching for the Rainforest World Music Festival 

The list of hotels in Kuching below is broken into categories, starting from five stars and all the way to guest houses.

After that, a list of resorts, hotels and boutique hotels in the Santubong and Damai area are listed. Prices are in US Dollars and are an estimate only.

Also, since this was done in 2015, some of the hotels, resorts or guesthouses may have closed after the Covid 19 pandemic. So, please check and see which are still open.

Kuching Merdeka Palace Hotel
Merdeka Palace in Kuching

1. Merdeka Palace Hotel and Suites Kuching (5-star)

Located within the historical and cultural centre of old Kuching, this award-winning hotel is just 5 minutes walk away from popular attractions such as the Sarawak Museum, the Kuching Waterfront, India Street and the Main Bazaar.

The hotel offers comprehensive facilities that include access to Wi-Fi, a health centre, a gym, a swimming pool, and a sauna, ensuring a pleasant stay for guests. The hotel has six international food and beverage outlets.

This hotel is perfect for families or anyone wanting a little bit of luxury. They may have a shuttle to the Rainforest Festival. 

Merdeka Palace Hotel Kuching
Address: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 213
Price: $70-100
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: Yes

2. The Apartments at Merdeka Palace Hotel (5-star)

The Apartments at Merdeka Palace Hotel feature 213 rooms, inclusive of apartment suites connected to the main hotel.

Facilities are the same as the main hotel above, and this place is recommended for group stays or families. 

Apartments at Merdeka Palace Hotel
Address: As above
Rooms: 213
Price: $135-150
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: Yes

Kuching Pullman Hotel
Pullman Kuching

3. Pullman Kuching (5-star)

One of the new hotels here, Pullman Kuching, is situated on top of the hill at Jalan Mathies, and the hotel offers excellent views of the city and Sarawak River.

Facilities include full-service amenities, a pool, restaurants, and a bar, and the hotel is in the same building as the Spring Shopping Mall. Recommended for anyone who likes modern city hotels.

The hotel is also within walking distance of all the major attractions in Kuching city, including the Kuching Waterfront. 

Pullman Kuching
Address: No 1A Jalan Mathies, 93100 Kuching
Rooms: 389
Price: $70-100
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: Yes (From the Hills Shopping Mall)

Kuching Riverside Majestic Hotel
Riverside Majestic in Kuching

4. Riverside Majestic Hotel (5-star)

Located just next to the Sarawak River in the main city centre, the hotel features well-equipped spacious rooms that command panoramic views of the residing river. This luxury hotel and its enviable location are complemented by its extensive recreational facilities.

Featured full-service amenities and suitable for business and leisure travellers. Minutes walk to attractions, malls, cafes, and the Waterfront. 

Riverside Majestic Hotel
Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 241
Price: $66-90
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: Yes

Kuching Hilton Hotel
Kuching Hilton Hotel

5. Hilton Kuching (5-star)

Considered the most prestigious hotel in central Kuching city, the Hilton Kuching boasts of an ideal location between the old town of Kuching and the commercial area of Kuching.

Perfect for business and leisure travellers, you can expect complete service facilities here. The Hilton Kuching is also a five-minute walk to the Kuching Main Bazaar and Waterfront. 

Hilton Kuching 
Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, P.O. Box 2396, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 315
Price: $65-80
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

Kuching Imperial Hotel
Kuching Imperial Hotel

6. Imperial Hotel Kuching (4-star)

Situated about 6 km from Kuching city centre and is one of the older style hotels. All the guestrooms have internet access – LAN & Wi-Fi, and a minibar fridge.

The hotel offers common facilities, including a sauna, fitness centre, steam room, outdoor pool, and kids' pool with an all-day dining restaurant.

Imperial Hotel Kuching also sits on top of the Boulevards Shopping Mall and adjoins the Imperial Suite, which is also popular among business travellers. 

Imperial Hotel Kuching
Address: Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 325
Price: $40-60
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

Kuching Century Star Hotel
Four Points Sheraton Hotel Kuching

7. Century Star Hotel Kuching (4-star)

Located near the airport, this hotel is 100% smoke-free and is the largest hotel in Kuching. This was formerly the Four Points Sheraton Kuching, but the owners took it back and renamed it Century Star Hotel.

Century Star Hotel is also located opposite some local shops, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. Guests need to take a shuttle or taxi to Kuching's main city. Perfect for business travellers. 

Four Points By Sheraton Century Star Hotel Kuching

Address: Lot 3186-3187 Block 16 KCLD, Jalan Lapangan Terbang Baru, 93350 Kuching
Rooms: 430
Price: $60-90
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

Kuching Ariva Gateway Hotel
Rooms at Ariva Gateway Hotel in Kuching

8. Ariva Gateway Kuching (4-star)

Ariva Gateway Kuching is a luxurious serviced apartment and is an excellent choice for expatriates and long-stay vacationers who plan to stay in Kuching.

The hotel is equipped with everything one needs to create a home-away-from-home atmosphere, and the spacious kitchen and dining areas are perfect for preparing meals to be enjoyed with friends. 

Ariva Gateway Kuching
Address: No. 9 Jalan Bukit Mata, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 70
Price: $45-60
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

Kuching Grand Margherita Hotel
Grand Margherita Hotel in Kuching

9. Grand Margherita Hotel (4-star)

Located in the heart of Kuching city by the river, this hotel commands excellent views of the Sarawak River and the local villages across the river. Grand Margherita Hotel is also one of the pioneer hotels in Kuching city.

The hotel is within walking distance to all local tourist attractions around the city and is also known by the nickname 'Grandma'. A McDonald's and shopping mall are just two minute's walk away.

Grand Margherita Hotel
Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching
Rooms: 288
Price: $45-60
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

Three Star Hotels in Kuching

Below are the three-star hotels located around Kuching city and its surroundings. They come in standard hotel types, apartments, and even boutique hotels.

Kuching Batik Boutique Hotel
The facade of Batik Boutique Hotel in Kuching

10. Batik Boutique Hotel (3-star)

Batik Boutique Hotel in Kuching is strategically placed for those looking forward to exploring the main city area, often called cat city, where cat translates as Kuching in Malay.

The luxurious property offers a range of guestrooms in four different configurations and is fully equipped with basic comforts. This property is recommended for those who love boutique hotels. 

Batik Boutique Hotel
Address: No. 38, Jalan Padungan, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 15
Price: $112-150
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

Kuching Lime Tree Hotel
Lime Tree Hotel in Kuching City

11. Lime Tree Hotel Kuching (3-star)

The Lime Tree Hotel offers boutique accommodation in Kuching's Padungan Area (Chinatown) and is a 10-minute walk from The Riverside Waterfront.

The hotel also features free Wi-Fi, a rooftop lounge and free parking while it is within a 5-minute stroll from Tun Jugah Mall, Sarawak Plaza, and Riverside Plaza. Kuching Airport is about 8 km from the hotel.

Fitted with stylish wooden floors, the Lime Tree Hotel rooms come with flat-screen satellite TVs and tea/coffee making facilities. The en suite bathroom features a rain shower and lime-scented toiletries. All rooms are non-smoking.

Lime Tree Hotel Kuching
Address: Lot 317 Abell Road, 93100 Kuching
Rooms: 50
Price: $42-60
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

Kuching Dorset Boutique Hotel
Dorset Boutique Hotel in Kuching

12. Dorset Boutique Hotel Kuching (3-star)

Dorset Boutique Hotel offers modern air-conditioned rooms in Kuching, a 15-minute drive from India Street Pedestrian Mall and a 10-minute drive from Tun Jugah Shopping Complex. It has free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour front desk.

Stylishly equipped with a flat-screen TV, rooms feature carpeted floors and a private bathroom with hot water showers. A DVD player and ironing facilities are provided upon request.

The rooms are clean and spacious, with clean bathrooms with piping hot water. The only gripe with rooms is there is no fridge. The location is not good if you do not have your own transport. 

Dorset Boutique Hotel Kuching
Address: 175, 175A-C, Jalan Sekama, 93300 Kuching
Rooms: 88
Price: $40-50
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

13. 56 Hotel Kuching (3-star)

56 Hotel is located in the Kuching City Center, and the hotel provides airport transfer, Wi-Fi in public areas, laundry service, and free Wi-Fi in all rooms and business centres. 

56 Hotel Kuching
Address: Lot 2228 & 2229 Jalan Tun Jugah, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 155
Price: $40-60
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

Kuching Harbour View Hotel
Harbour View Hotel in Kuching at night

14. Harbour View Hotel Kuching (3-star)

Harbour View Hotel in Kuching houses 245 elegantly designed rooms and suites with all facilities needed for a comfortable stay.

For those who love comfort food, you will find that the property is also surrounded by local eateries and inexpensive restaurants.

The location is top as it is just a 1-minute walk to the Kuching Main Bazaar and Carpenter Street. One of the popular hotels in town, too, and most of the time high occupancy. 

Harbour View Hotel Kuching
Address: Lorong Temple, PO Box A1368, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 245
Price: $45-60
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: Yes

Kuching M Hotels
M Hotels in Kuching

15. M Hotels - Tower A (3-star)

All the rooms at M Hotels Kuching are large and modern and feature 32" LCD TVs, minibar fridges, safe deposit boxes, 10" thickness beds, FREE Wi-Fi, and attached bathrooms.

The building is actually a shopping mall; therefore, guests do not have to worry about strolling out to supermarkets, restaurants or various shops. Other facilities include a swimming pool and gym. 

M Hotels - Tower A
Address: Hock Lee Center, Hotel Tower, Jalan Datuk Abang Abdul Rahim, Kuching City Center
Rooms: 178
Price: $40-60
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

16. Abell Hotel (3-star)

Abell Hotel Kuching fuses chic, fresh, contemporary interiors with comfort and style for your utmost luxury, brilliantly reflecting Malaysia's vibrant culture and culinary heritage.

Abell Hotel
Address: 22, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 80
Price: $50-70
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

17. Grand Continental Kuching Hotel (3-star)

The Grand Continental Hotel Kuching is just 15 minutes from Kuching International Airport. There are 180 Borneo-inspired rooms with 8 luxurious room types to suit travellers.

It is also a 10-minute walk to the main Kuching town area from the hotel, which is convenient for travellers. 

Grand Continental Kuching Hotel
Address: Lot 42, Section 46, Jalan Ban Hock, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 180
Price: $35-45
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

18. Tribeca Suites Kuching (3-star)

Tribeca Suites Kuching is 4.6 km from the city centre and closer to Kuching Airport. Each air-conditioned apartment includes a seating area, flat-screen satellite TV and minibar. Select apartments have a kitchen with a stove.

The average size for a hotel room in Kuching is 28 m²; apartments at Tribeca Suites begin at 131 m²; therefore, they are huge. 

Tribeca Suites Kuching
Address: Lorong 4, Jalan Urat Mata, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 84
Price: $33-50
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No
19. Lot 10 Boutique Hotel (3-star)

Lot 10 Boutique Hotel Kuching is 4.4 km from the city centre and features facilities like safety deposit boxes, an elevator, a 24-hour front desk, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, and tours.

The hotel features 68 beautifully appointed guest rooms, including a hairdryer, toiletries, alarm clock, complimentary bottled water, and wireless internet access. 

Lot 10 Boutique Hotel
Address: Lot 10, Jalan Ban Hock, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 68
Price: $24-35
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

20. Penview Hotel (3-star)

Penview Hotel in Kuching is located close to three major zones of the Kuching city area. All the rooms are tastefully decorated with clean and comfortable beds and standard amenities.

You get air conditioning, a television, and a minibar. The hotel also features exceptional ballrooms for meetings, conferences, and other private parties.

Penview Hotel
Address: 3411, Block D, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 166
Price: $36-45
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

21. Telang Usan Hotel Kuching (3-star)

Telang Usan Hotel is a 15-minute walk to the main city centre of Kuching. The hotel also showcases traditional Sarawakian art and decoration to suit the theme of Borneo for travellers.

This is also a full-service hotel with business and conference facilities for business travellers. 

Telang Usan Hotel Kuching
Address: Lot 340-345 Jalan Ban Hock, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 66
Price: $26-35
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

22. Wesberly Apartments Kuching (3-star)

Wesberly Apartments Kuching offers guests the benefits of fully equipped and fully furnished living rooms, kitchens, and laundry facilities. Choice of 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms with a beautiful interior cater to your "Home Away From Home" needs. 

Wesberly Apartments Kuching
Address: Lot 2812, Block 195, Rubber Road West, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 3
Price: $31-40
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

23. The Secret Sanctuary Boutique Cottage Kuching (3-star)

The Secret Sanctuary Boutique Cottage Kuching is a simple Borneo style designed guest house featuring an air-conditioned balcony, sunroof, opened garden toilet & shower.

The property is stylish and well-furnished, with a unique ambience that makes you feel amazingly comfortable. 

The Secret Sanctuary Boutique Cottage Kuching 
Address: 133, Taman Stutong Indah, Lorong 12 A, Jalan Setia Raja, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 10
Price: $40-50
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

24. Grand Medallion Hotel Kuching (3-star)

Grand Medallion Kuching is located 15 minutes from the city centre and 10 minutes from the main airport.

All guest rooms are equipped with wireless internet access throughout the hotel, flat-screen television, coffee making facilities, minibar, hairdryer, and other amenities specially provided for handicapped guests.

Grand Medallion Hotel Kuching
Address: Lot 9683, Block 11, MTLD. Tabuan Stutong Commercial Centre, Jalan Setiaraja, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 57
Price: $63-75
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

1 to 2 Star Hotels in Kuching

Below are the one and two-star hotels found all over Kuching. There may be new additions in recent years, but I have not updated them. If you know of any, just drop me a message, and I will update this list.

The one and two-star hotel categories do not necessarily mean they are cheap but budget-friendly. Even Tune Hotels falls under the two-star category.

Tune Hotel Waterfront Kuching
Tune Hotel Kuching

25. Tune Hotel – Waterfront Kuching (2-star)

Located just opposite the Hilton Kuching, all 135 rooms at the Tune Hotels Kuching are tailored to satisfy guests' needs. All rooms have air conditioning, a desk, a hairdryer, an in-room safe, a shower, Wi-Fi Internet access, and other amenities.

After all, this is Tune Hotels, as you pay for what you need. Great for those on a budget or buying AirAsia packages conveniently located. 

Tune Hotel – Waterfront Kuching
Address: Jalan Borneo, Off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 135
Price: $25-35
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

Kuching 360 Xpress Citycenter Hotel
360 Express Hotel Kuching

26. 360 Xpress Citycenter Budget Boutique Hotel (2-star)

Located near the Satok area in Kuching, 360 Xpress Citycenter Budget Boutique Hotel is a popular pick for both business and leisure travellers. The hotel offers access to many services, including an elevator, airport transfer, laundry service, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park.

The ambience of 360 Xpress Citycenter Budget Boutique Hotel is reflected in every guestroom. Internet access – LAN (complimentary), satellite/cable TV, coffee/tea maker, shower, and air conditioning are just some of the facilities found throughout the property. 

360 Xpress Citycenter Budget Boutique Hotel
Address: Wisma Phoenix, Jalan Song Thian Cheok, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 98
Price: $28-40
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

27. Basaga Holiday Residences (2-star)

The Basaga Residences Kuching sits on a secluded landscape and features 33 well-furnished rooms and suites with up-to-date amenities. With exclusive room products and a range of services, it is an ideal place to stay for all types of travellers visiting Kuching. 

Basaga Holiday Residences
Address: Lot 69 Jalan Tabuan, Sarawak, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 34
Price: $44-60
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

28. Dormani Hotel Kuching (2-star)

Designed for business and leisure travel, Dormani Hotel Kuching is ideally situated in Kuching City Center.

A total of 70 rooms here offer a wide range of amenities such as ironing facilities, complimentary bottled water, a desk, satellite TV and a hairdryer. 

Dormani Hotel Kuching
Address: Lot 68, Jalan Datuk Ajibah Abol, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 70
Price: $34-45
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

Kuching Jinhold Service Apartment
Jinhold in Kuching

29. Jinhold Service Apartment (2-star)

The Jinhold Service Apartments in Kuching features spacious, comfortable guestrooms with a kitchen and living room. Some units have their own private balconies too.

Located within easy walking to the new One Jaya Shopping Mall in Kuching, the property is 15 minutes drive to the city centre of Kuching.

Jinhold Service Apartments Studios come with a kitchen or kitchenette and feature an en suite bathroom with a shower. Other facilities include the on-site gym and accessible self-service laundry facility.

Jinhold Service Apartment
Address: Lot 15958, Block 11, MTLD, Jalan Song, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 53
Price: $30-50
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

30. The Regency Rajah Court Hotel (2-star)

The Regency Rajah Court Hotel in Kuching is not too far from the city centre, which is just 6.5 km away, and it takes about 15 minutes to reach the airport.

Facilities include the general and meeting facilities, family room, smoking area, and restaurants. The hotel's recreational facilities include an outdoor pool and table tennis. 

The Regency Rajah Court Hotel
Address: Lot 6115, Jalan Tun Razak, KTLD, Sarawak, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 113
Price: $37-50
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

31. Grand Supreme Hotel Kuching (2-star)

Grand Supreme Hotel Kuching is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Kuching. At easy walking distance from the Kuching Waterfront and the city centre, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

The hotel's facilities include airport transfer, family rooms, meeting facilities, a karaoke lounge, a coffee house, tours, and Wi-Fi in both rooms and public areas.

The ambience of the Grand Supreme Hotel Kuching is reflected in every guest room. Coffee/tea maker, internet access – wireless (complimentary), bathroom, satellite/cable TV, and shower are just some of the facilities at your disposal. 

Grand Supreme Hotel Kuching
Address: Jalan Ban Hock, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 94
Price: $22-40
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

32. Zotel Business & Leisure Hotel (2-star)

At Zotel Business & Leisure Hotel, guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in all rooms, smoking areas, Wi-Fi in public areas, a car park, and laundry service.

Step into one of 80 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as complimentary bottled water, desk, shower, air conditioning, and ironing facilities which can be found in some rooms.

Zotel Business & Leisure Hotel
Address: Sublot 11967-11974, Block 16, KTLD. Brighton Square, Jalan Song, Kuching City Center
Rooms: 80
Price: $25-35
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

33. Mega Inn (2-star)

Mega Inn Kuching is a budget-boutique hotel in a high traffic area. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi in public areas, and rooms include a hairdryer, in house movies, complimentary bottled water, and free internet access. Other facilities are airport transfer, car park, room service and laundry service/dry cleaning. 

Mega Inn
Address: King's Centre, Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 58
Price: $20-30
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

34. One Point Hotel (2-star)

One Point Hotel is a distinct addition to Kuching and a smart choice for travellers. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like elevators, Wi-Fi in public areas, a family room, a 24-hour front desk, and free Wi-Fi in all rooms. 

Step into one of 50 inviting rooms and escape the day's stresses with a wide range of amenities such as internet access – wireless, shower, complimentary bottled water, non-smoking rooms, desk, which can be found in some rooms. 

One Point Hotel
Address: RH Plaza, Kuching Central Land District, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 50
Price: $20-30
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No

Kuching Woodpecker Lodge
Rooms at the Woodpecker Lodge in Kuching

35. Woodpecker Lodge Kuching (2-star)

Located in the town centre, the guesthouse doesn't tell much by looking outside, but the rooms definitely tell a different story. They are modern, small, and cosy, and there's an LCD TV too, which is a rare feature for a budget room. If you are used to Hong Kong rooms, this place is perfect! 

Woodpecker Lodge Kuching
Address: No. 264, 2nd & 3rd Floors, Jalan Chan Chin Ann, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 34
Price: $9-20

36. Pinnacles Kuching Lodge (2-star)

Pinnacles Kuching Lodge is ideally situated in Kuching City Center. It is also only a 2-3 minute walk to the Kuching riverfront. The top spot seafood food court is also just behind the lodge. The room rates are excellent and reasonable. Each of the individual rooms is aesthetically designed and tastefully decorated.

Pinnacles Kuching Lodge
Address: Level 1, Lot 21, Block G, Taman Sri Sarawak Mall, Jalan Borneo, Kuching City Center
Rooms: 10
Price: $10-20

37. Sarakraf Pavilion (2-star)

Sarakraf Pavilion Kuching is set in a historic building built during the Brooke Era. The hotel brings your accommodation rich in history and reflects the fascinating sentiment of that time.

The Sarakraf Center preserves arts and crafts that are hardly seen elsewhere. Guests can join cooking lessons and shop for memorable traditional souvenirs from Sarawak.

The Absolute Tribal Restaurant here also presents a unique dining experience in the courtyard and serves authentic local and Thai cuisine. 

Sarakraf Pavilion
Address: Lot 78, Section 43, KTLD, Jalan Tabuan, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 20
Price: $10-20

38. Borneo Hotel Kuching (2-star)

Borneo Hotel Kuching offers facilities such as a coffee shop, Wi-Fi in public areas, laundry service, a 24-hour front desk, and free Wi-Fi in all rooms.

However, many international reviews show the hotel as dark, dingy rooms, the hotel lacked charisma or a business feel, and the staff were not very helpful.

Very expensive compared to guesthouses just down the road, which was far better value for money. Technically, this place would be the last resort unless the hotel does a massive makeover and renovations. 

Borneo Hotel Kuching
Address: 30 C-H, Jalan Tabuan, P.O. Box 1498, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 65
Price: $31-45

39. Mayfair Hotel Kuching (2-star)

Mayfair Hotel in Kuching does not live up to its expectations as room conditions are not the same as in the photos of various hotel booking sites.

The rooms can be small for 2 people. Also, double check prices as there have been reports of different pricing over the phone. Another last resort for rooms if needed. 

Mayfair Hotel Kuching
Address: Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 44
Price: $24-35

Kuching Waterfront Lodge Guest House
The entrance of the Kuching Waterfront Lodge

40. Kuching Waterfront Lodge (1-star)

Ideally located at one of the busiest, oldest and liveliest streets, Main Bazaar, Kuching Waterfront Lodge makes an ideal place to stay.

Cosy, quiet place with friendly and helpful staff. Noted as good value for money and is in a great location.

Recommended to anyone who wants to relax for a few days in Kuching and yet near everything. The decor and furniture suit the Sarawak heritage and add character. The bonus is the surprisingly good shower power.

Kuching Waterfront Lodge
Address: No. 15, Main Bazaar, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 20
Price: $30-40

41. Place2Stay @ City Centre Kuching (1-star)

The hotel is 1just one kilometre away from the city centre and about 20 minutes from the airport and offers superior services and a broad range of amenities.

Place2Stay @ City Centre facilities include express check-in/check-out, airport transfer, Wi-Fi in public areas, a family room, and free Wi-Fi in all rooms.

Place2Stay @ City Centre Kuching 
Address: SL 7 & 8, Wisma Yee Soon Yew, Jalan Song Thian Chiok, Kuching City Center
Rooms: 33
Price: $16-20

42. Batu Bata Guesthouse (1-star)

Batu Bata Guesthouse in Kuching is a nice, clean and quiet guest house in an ideal location located in Chinatown, Kuching.

This guesthouse is clean and cosy with complimentary hot drinks and water, a lovely roof garden and lovely rooms. The host is kind, smiley and helpful, and this has a really homely feel. 

Batu Bata Guesthouse
Address: No. 8, 1st Floor, Carpenter Street, (China Town), Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 11
Price: $17-25

43. Berambih Lodge Kuching (1-star)

The facilities at Berambih Lodge Kuching include high-speed internet connectivity, laundry services, a fully equipped library, and a souvenir shop.

Being centrally located, this property puts the most interesting sites minutes away on foot, or to go somewhere farther, the bus stop is just a few more steps away. 

Berambih Lodge Kuching
Address: 104 Ewe Hai Street, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 25
Price: $13-20

White Cottage Guesthouse Kuching
The White Cottage in Kuching

44. White Cottage Kuching (1-star)

White Cottage in Kuching is an enjoyable stay for those seeking something different. It was converted from a family home, so you get the experience of staying in a "home-style" place while staying in a hotel. It is also linked to the Grand Supreme hotel, where you check in.

There is a wide range of rooms, from a couple of rooms to family rooms to even hostel-style rooms at White Cottage.

The place is also about 2 years old, and the location is good as you are a 5- 10 minutes walk away from a variety of good food options and a 15 mins walk from the Kuching waterfront. Parking is convenient. 

White Cottage Kuching
Address: Lot 395, Jalan Ban Hock, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 10
Price: $13-20

45. Natol Motel Kuching (1-star)

Natol Motel in Kuching is a short drive from Kuching Airport. The motel is a 15-minute drive to Kuching Town, Kuching Waterfront and Chinatown.

Damai Beach is a 45-minutes drive from the motel. Each room at Natol Motel is equipped with a TV and a wardrobe.

Selected rooms offer private bathrooms, with the remaining rooms offering shared toilet access. Facilities such as guest parking, an outdoor pool, ironing facilities, and hairdryers are also provided at the motel.

Guests can enjoy a common kitchenette that features a fridge and a dining and living area at Natol Motel.

Natol Motel Kuching
Address: Eden Height Condominium, J3/4-3 Jalan Lapangan Terbang Baru, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 5
Price: $25-30

46. Nomad Borneo Bed & Breakfast (1-star)

Nomad Borneo Bed & Breakfast or Nomad B&B offers clean and nice rooms (even though some do not have a window), painted in warm colours and decorated with lovely traditional Iban paintings.

The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and will give you information and help you organise your trips. Great for backpackers. 

Nomad Borneo Bed & Breakfast
Address: No 3, 1st Floor, Jalan Green Hill, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 17
Price: $5-15

47. Traveller Homestay Kuching (1-star)

Traveller Homestay in Kuching is located in a central area for food, major amenities (medical care, laundry) and public transport (RM1/- by air-conditioned bus to the town centre).

The premises are squeaky clean (rooms, shared toilets); guests feel like they are living with the family in quarters above the coffee shop they ran.

The common area is cool and quirky, with the walls covered in old photographs. Free coffee, tea, biscuits, some fruit all day and a good breakfast of toast and eggs. 

Traveller Homestay Kuching
Address: 240 Padungan Road, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 5
Price: $18-25

48. Drop-In Guest House (1-star)

The excitement of the city centre is only 1. Km away. Drop-In Guest House is reflected in every guestroom. Shared bathroom, television LCD/plasma screen, in-room safe, ironing facilities, and nonsmoking rooms.

Drop-In Guest House
Address: 209, Jalan Padungan, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 12
Price: $7-15

49. Hotel 48 Room-for-Rent (1-star)

Hotel 48 Room-For-Rent is a budget hotel with several room types and a dorm (RM12 nite/person).

The family room is pretty basic though it is spacious. The facilities provided include an LCD TV with only local channels, bathroom with water heater, air-conditioning, desk, cupboard, clothes rack, complimentary toiletries and towels. Perfect for budget travellers or backpackers. 

Hotel 48 Room-for-Rent
Address: No. 13 & 14, Jalan Greenhill, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 31
Price: $17-25

Jewels of Borneo Guest House Kuching
Inside the Jewels of Borneo guest house

50. Jewels of Borneo (1-star)

Housed in a historic building built in colonial times, Jewels of Borneo is one of the new types of guest houses in Kuching. It is also a short stroll from Kuching's lazy Waterfront and is ideally situated for easy access to shops, buses, tourist info and a raft of fine eateries.

The rooms combine cleanliness, affordability, tastefulness, and functionality, while its staff is a pure delight to deal with. The place even has its own ground floor bar, which offers mouth-watering burgers and a chance to mix with some of Kuching's hip young crowd. 

Jewels of Borneo 
Address: No. 66, Lot 118, Upper China Street, 93000 Kuching
Rooms: 16
Price: $18-30

Petrajaya, Kuching
Petrajaya, Kuching - Image from Skyscrapercity

Hotels in Petra Jaya, Kuching 

Over in Petrajaya, just out of the main city centre of Kuching, you will find some hotels which are popular among the local travellers or business travellers. 

51. Kuching Cottage Stay (Budget)

Kuching Cottage Stay is a guest house style lodging located in the Petra Jaya area of Kuching. Distance is 12.5 km from Kuching city and closer to the Sarawak Cultural Village. However, you need to make transport arrangements or check with the hotel. 

Kuching Cottage Stay
Address: 316, Lorong Siol Kandis, Petra Jaya, Kuching, Malaysia 93050 
Price: About US$50 
Rooms: 2 only

52. Kuching Guesthouse (Budget)

The Kuching Guesthouse is an excellent choice for budget accommodation when visiting Kuching, and this place is located just 11.2 km from the city centre and 19.2 km from the airport. However, this is a bungalow style stay. Transport arrangements have to be made by yourself. 

Kuching Guesthouse 
Address: No. 62, Taman Heritage, Petra Jaya, Kuching, Malaysia 
Rooms: 1 
Type: Bungalow
Price: About US$70

Petrajaya Rom Orchid Garden Homestay
Rom Orchid Garden, a homestay in Petrajaya

53. Rom Orchid Garden Homestay (Budget)

Rom Orchid Garden Homestay offers standard facilities such as a family room, Wi-Fi in public areas, a car park, and a coffee shop. Transport arrangements have to be made by yourself if you want to go anywhere. 

Rom Orchid Garden Homestay
Address: 338A, Lorong 5, Jalan Siol Kandis, Petra Jaya, Petra Jaya, Kuching, Malaysia 93050 
Rooms: 8
Type: Homestay
Price: About $20 

Santubong Damai Beach Resort
Damai Beach Resort in Santubong

Hotels in Santubong

Santubong is the breach and natural part of outskirt Kuching and where the Sarawak Cultural Village is. It is here where the Rainforest World Music Festival takes place, and hotels around here are usually filled up months in advance.

Here, you will find a mix of luxury and typical hotels and resorts, plus some budget accommodations, including guest houses. It all depends on what you prefer when you visit this part of Kuching.

54. Damai Beach Resort (4-star)

This resort is located at the foot of Mount Santubong and is the closest hotel to the RWMF event. The resort features a secluded stretch of an almost private beach, a vast swimming pool, and recreational activities. 

The room units come in various types, and the beach villa bungalows are the most popular. They have standard rooms in double story blocks and some on the hill with a garden view.

In the higher hilly area, Damai Beach Resort also has several units facing the sea while they have the unique V.I.P. Baruk Villas overlooking the sea. 

Usually, the RWMF artist will be staying in this hotel, so if you visit here, you will most likely have the chance to meet the artist here.

The hotel also offers a free shuttle service to the event and back. They have several vans for this due to the artist performing. 

Damai Beach Resort
Address: Teluk Bandung Santubong, Damai Santubong, Kuching
Rooms: 224
Type: Resort
Price: About $70-100

Damai Puri Resort and Spa
Damai Puri Resort

55. Damai Puri Resort and Spa (4.5 star)

The 5-star hotel is minutes away from the well known Sarawak Cultural Village, which hosts the annual World Rainforest Music Festival and is one of the more premium resorts in the area.

Bako National Park, Satang Island, and Santubong River are fascinating natural attractions you should visit during your stay. Damai Puri Resort & Spa houses 207 guest rooms and suites with exceptional 4.5-star amenities to ensure a lavish stay. 

Facilities include 5 signature restaurants and bars, 2 exceptional swimming pools, a state-of-the-art gym, an outdoor tennis court, a children's club, a first-class ballroom, 6 meeting rooms, and even a private beach area exclusively for the hotel guests.

Perfect for those who want a romantic getaway, pamper yourself with a therapeutic spa treatment from the D'Puri Spa Village.

Damai Puri Resort and Spa
Address: Teluk Penyuk Santubong, P.O.Box 3058, Damai Santubong, Kuching
Rooms: 207
Type: Resort
Price: About $70-100

56. One Hotel Santubong (3-star)

One Hotel Santubong is ideally located at the foothills of Mount Santubong. The property provides rooms ranging from deluxe to chalet, all of which feature a TV, hairdryer, coffee/tea making facilities, a fully stocked minibar, and a private balcony overlooking the magnificent views of the South China Sea.  

One Hotel Santubong
Address: Jalan Pantai Damai, P.O. Box 2364, Damai / Santubong, Kuching
Rooms: 380
Type: Resort
Price: About $60-90

Santubong Permai Rainforest Resort
One of the units at Permai Rainforest Resort

57. Permai Rainforest Resort (3-star)

Permai Rainforest Resort is an Eco-friendly resort at the foot of Mount Santubong, a 5-minute walk from Sarawak Cultural Village. The resort offers a cafe and barbecue facilities.

Each cabin at Permai Resort is equipped with a fridge and tea/coffee maker. En suite bathrooms come with hot shower facilities.

Guests can take a boat cruise to watch the Irrawaddy dolphins or participate in the Firefly Evening tour. Water sports like kayaking and snorkelling are available by the beach.

All-day dining is available at the Rainforest Cafe, which features views of the sea.

Permai Rainforest Resort
Address: Pantai Damai, Satubong, P.O.Box B91, Satok Post Office, 93860 Santubong
Rooms: 40
Price: $100-$150

Santubong The Village House
The Village House in Santubong, a luxury style boutique resort

58. The Village House (Luxury Boutique)

Ideally located in the friendly village of Santubong, this property offers Malay-styled stilted rooms and is beautifully decorated using local materials and Sarawakian handicrafts.

All three types of guestrooms feature an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning, all designed to provide the utmost comfort to all guests. 

The property provides non-halal food, and guests are not allowed to bring in food and beverages from outside. This is a non-smoking property, and all the rooms are restricted to 2 persons only. 7-minute drive to the Cultural Village too. 

The Village House
Address: Lot 634, Off Jalan Pantai Puteri, Santubong Village, Damai Santubong, Kuching
Rooms: 14
Type: Boutique Luxury Resort
Price: About $70-100

Santubong Cove 55 Resort
Cove 55 Resort in Santubong

59. Cove 55 Resort (4-star)

At Cove 55 Resort, every effort makes guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like a car park, meeting facilities, express check-in/check-out, shared lounge/TV area, and airport transfer. 

The hotel features 12 beautifully appointed guest rooms, including non-smoking rooms, internet access – wireless (complimentary), internet access – wireless, complimentary bottled water, refrigerator.

The hotel's games room, massage, outdoor pool, and garden are ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day.

Cove 55 Resort
Address: Lot 55, Block 3, Salak Land District, Telok Nipah, Santubong/Buntal Road, Damai Santubong, Kuching
Rooms: 12
Type: Boutique Luxury Resort
Price: About $150-200

60. BB Bunkers Hostel (Hostel)

BB Bunkers Hostel also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Santubong. Amenities include a car park, Wi-Fi in public areas, bicycle rental, shared lounge/TV area, and lockers.

Guests can choose from 27 rooms, exuding an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. Throughout the day, you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the private beach, golf course (within 3 km), and water sports (non-non-motorised
There are a 7-11 shop and a massive food court outside the hostel. This is the nearest accommodation to the RWMF on a budget. 

BB Bunkers Hostel
Address: Unit C1, Damai Central, Pantai Damai Santubong, Damai Santubong, Kuching
Rooms: 27
Type: Boutique Luxury Resort
Price: About $15-30

61. Homestay Santubong (Homestay)

Each of the 35 rooms at this 1-star hotel has all the comforts and conveniences of home. Included in all rooms are a fan and a desk. This Kuching hotel offers family rooms to make each guest's stay more complete. 

The homestay provides superior recreational and leisure facilities, including a garden. Explore the prosperous, diverse village or Kampung, reflecting the multi-ethnic race and community. Enjoy various games, cultures, and meals made by the familial village. 

Homestay Santubong
Address: Sarawak Cultural Village, Damai / Santubong, Kuching
Rooms: 35
Type: Boutique Luxury Resort
Price: About $30-50

62. Fatimah Homestay @ Santubong

Located just four kilometres from Damai, this local homestay is perfect for those wanting to experience a Sarawakian homestay and great home-cooked meals. There is also free Wi-Fi available.

Fatimah Homestay offers clean rooms, tiled floors and attached bathrooms, and the local staff speaks English. The backdrop landscape is no other than the famous Mount Santubong, and the location is in a quiet village area.

Fatimah Homestay @ Santubong
Address: Jalan Pantai Puteri No.240B Kampung Santubong, 93050 Kuching
Rooms: 2 large rooms
Type: Homestay
Price: From $20-$45

Luxury Homestay in Sarawak
The swimming pool and garden at Nanga Damai Luxury Homestay in Santubong

63. Nanga Damai (Luxury Homestay)

One of the more unique homestays that offer luxury services and facilities is Nanga Damai in Santubong. The homestay comes in a multi-story unit, rooms that are tastefully done with an attached bathroom and air conditioning.

The outdoor area offers a swimming pool, while for guests, there is a continental breakfast available daily. The owners provide excellent home-cooked Sarawakian and western food, and the homestay is just two kilometres from the Sarawak Cultural Village.

Nanga Damai Homestay
Address: Jalan Sultan Tengah, Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 93100
Type: Luxury Homestay
Price: From $40-$80

The above hotel listing in Kuching and its surroundings was compiled in July 2015; prices should have increased over the years. However, it is always best to check on the latest rates if you plan to say at any of them.

For transportation, there are paid shuttle services from Kuching to Santubong and back, which you have to pay for it. Some hotels may offer free shuttle services to the Rainforest World Music Festival, but best to double check with your hotel.

The reviews provided here are not extracted like what hotel booking websites do, where every other hotel has the same similar reviews. I carefully look at the areas in Kuching, and I have personally visited or stayed at a number of these hotels listed here.

For something unique and different, probably for those who want to continue their holidays in Malaysia, you can also check out this list of Amazing Rainforest Resorts in Malaysia; where some of them are found in Sarawak.

What to do in Kuching
Old Bazaar Cafe just outside Carpenter Street in Kuching

And for the foodies or those who enjoy trying local food, this article on eating local food in Kuching would be a great guide. As Kuching is a walking city, there are several sights to see here.


If you arrive early or depart later after the music festival, I would recommend you explore Kuching as there are many choices on what to do in Kuching. Each of the places mentioned only needs a few hours or up to half a day. 

As the Rainforest World Music Festival is a top-rated event and festival, you are advised to book your hotel stay as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Also, note that the later you book, the chances are the prices will double, or there may be no rooms left.

One more thing is to double check the transportation to the event from the city and hope this article gives you good information on Hotels in Kuching for the Rainforest World Music Festival or RWMF in short.

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