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 for the benefit of those planning to attend the annual Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak.

These hotels are based on locations around the Rainforest World Music Festival where they are located in either Kuching city or at Santubong area which is nearer to the event. 

Note that the hotels during the event period will most likely fully booked therefore it is best advised to book your hotel months ahead. There are paid shuttle services from Kuching to Santubong and back where the price is around RM5.00 one way.

Some hotels may offer free shuttle services but best to double check. Note there are three main areas for the hotels in Kuching which are, Kuching city, Petra Jaya (half way to Santubong) and also in 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 are 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.

Some hotel listings in this list have a direct room booking, which uses Booking.com and linked here for your convenience.

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

Located within the historic and cultural center 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 center, gym, swimming pool, and sauna, ensuring a pleasure 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
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2. The Apartments at Merdeka Palace Hotel (5-star)

The Apartments at Merdeka Palace Hotel features 213 rooms inclusive of apartment suites which are connected the the main hotel. Facilities are the same as the main hotel above. 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, the Pullman Kuching is situated on top of the hill at Jalan Mathies and the hotel offers great views of the city and Sarawak River.

Facilities include full service amenities, pool, restaurants, 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 walking distant to 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)
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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 center, the hotel features well equipped and spacious rooms that command panoramic views of the residing river. This luxury hotel and its enviable location are complemented by the hotel's vast recreational facilities.

Featured full service amenities and suitable for business and leisure travelers. 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
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Kuching Hilton Hotel
Kuching Hilton Hotel
5. Hilton Kuching (5-star)

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

Perfect for business and leisure travelers and you can expect full services 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
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Kuching Imperial Hotel
Kuching Imperial Hotel
6. Imperial Hotel Kuching (4-star)

Situated about 6 km from Kuching city center and is one of the older style hotels. All the guestrooms come with internet access – LAN & WiFi, and a mini bar fridge.

The hotel offers common facilities, including sauna, fitness center, steam room, outdoor pool, and 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 popular among the business travelers as well. 

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 too 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 main city. Perfect for business travelers. 

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 are luxurious serviced apartments and is a great 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
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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 great views of 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 walking distance to all local tourist attractions around the city and is also known by the nickname of  'Grandma'. A McDonald's and shopping mall is just two minutes walk away.

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

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

Kuching Batik Boutique Hotel
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, which is often called cat city, where cat translates as Kuching in Malay.

The luxurious property offers a range of guestrooms coming in four different configurations and fully-equipped with all the 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
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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, rooms at the Lime Tree Hotel 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
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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 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.

Rooms are very clean and spacious with clean bathrooms with piping hot water. Only gripe with rooms is there is no fridge. 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
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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, free Wi-Fi in all rooms and business center. 

56 Hotel Kuching
Address: Lot 2228 & 2229 Jalan Tun Jugah, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 155
Price: $40-60
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No
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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 that are fitted with all facilities needed for a comfortable stay.

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

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
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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 wifi and attached bathrooms.

The building is actually a shopping mall therefore guests do not have to worry about strolling out to supermarkets, restaurants or assorted 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)

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

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

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

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 located 4.6 km from the city center and much closer to the Kuching Airport. Each air-conditioned apartment includes a seating area, flat-screen satellite TV and minibar. Select apartments include a kitchen with stove.

Average size for a hotel room in Kuching is 28 m², apartments at Tribeca Suites begin at 131 m² therefore they are really large. 

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

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

The hotel features 68 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include hair dryer, toiletries, alarm clock, complimentary bottled water, internet access – wireless. 

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 within close proximity to three major zones of the Kuching city area. All the rooms are tastefully decorated with clean and comfortable beds and feature standard amenities.

You get air conditioning, a television, and a mini bar. The hotel also features special 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 center of Kuching. The hotel also showcases traditional Sarawakian art and decoration to suite the theme of Borneo for travelers.

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

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
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22. Wesberly Apartments Kuching (3-star)

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

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

The Secret Sanctuary Boutique Cottage Kuching is a simple Borneo style designed guest house feature air-conditioned, balcony; sun roof opens garden toilet & shower.

The property is stylish and well-furnished, with unique ambiance 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 just 15 minutes from the city center and 10 minutes from the main airport.

All guest rooms are equipped with amenities such as wireless internet access throughout the hotel, flat screen television, coffee maker facilities, mini-bar, hair dryer and also other amenities that are specially equipped for handicap 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 the recent year, 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 category does not necessarily mean they are cheap, but they are 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 hair dryer, an in-room safe, a shower, Wi-Fi Internet access, as well as 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 and conveniently located too. 

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
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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 travelers. The hotel offers access to a vast array of services, including elevator, airport transfer, laundry service, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park.

The ambiance of 360 Xpress Citycenter Budget Boutique Hotel is reflected in every guestroom. internet access – LAN (complimentary), satellite/cable TV, coffee/tea maker, shower, air conditioning are just some of the facilities that can be 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
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27. Basaga Holiday Residences (2-star)

The Basaga Residences Kuching sits on a secluded landscape and features 33 well furnished rooms and suites that has up to date amenities. With exclusive room products and range of services, it is an ideal place of stay for all types of travelers 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 both 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, desk, satellite TV and hair dryer. 

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 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 center of Kuching.

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

Jinhold Service Apartment
Address: Lot 15958, Block 11, M.T.L.D, Jalan Song, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 53
Price: $30-50
Shuttle Bus to RWMF: No
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30. The Regency Rajah Court Hotel (2-star)

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

Facilities include the general and also meeting facilities, family room, smoking area and restaurants. The hotel's recreational facilities include 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, karaoke lounge, coffee house, tours, Wi-Fi in both rooms and public areas.

The ambiance of Grand Supreme Hotel Kuching is reflected in every guest room. Coffee/tea maker, internet access – wireless (complimentary), bathroom, satellite/cable TV, 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
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32. Zotel Business & Leisure Hotel (2-star)

At Zotel Business & Leisure Hotel, guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in all rooms, smoking area, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, 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, 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 that is in a high traffic area. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi in public areas and rooms include hair dryer, in house movies, complimentary bottled water, and free internet access too. 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)

Built in 2014, One Point Hotel is a distinct addition to Kuching and a smart choice for travelers. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like elevator, Wi-Fi in public areas, family room, 24-hour front desk, free Wi-Fi in all rooms. 

Step into one of 50 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day 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: R.H 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 center of town, the guesthouse doesn't tell much by looking from the outside but the rooms definitely tells a different story. They are modern, small, 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, then this place is perfect! 

Woodpecker Lodge Kuching
Address: No. 264, 2nd & 3rd Floors, Jalan Chn Chin Ann, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 34
Price: $9-20
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36. Pinnacles Kuching Lodge (2-star)

Pinnacles Kuching Lodge is ideally situated in Kuching City Center. It is also only a 2-3 minutes walk to the Kuching riverfront. The top spot seafood food court is also just behind the lodge. The room rates are good and reasonable. Each of the individual rooms are 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 to you an accommodation that is 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 coffee shop, Wi-Fi in public areas, laundry service, 24-hour front desk, free Wi-Fi in all rooms. However, many international reviews show the hotel to be dark, dingy rooms, hotel lacked charisma or business feel and 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 same as in the photos of various hotel booking sites.

The rooms can be small for 2 persons. Also double check prices as there has 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
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 of 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. Bonus is the surprisingly good shower power.

Kuching Waterfront Lodge
Address: No. 15, Main Bazaar, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Rooms: 20
Price: $30-40
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41. Place2Stay @ City Centre Kuching (1-star)

The hotel is 1just one kilometer away from the city center 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, family room, 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
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42. Batu Bata Guesthouse (1-star)

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

This guesthouse is clean, cosy with complimentary hot drinks and water, a sweet 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 also a souvenir shop.

Being centrally located, this property puts most interesting sites minutes away on foot, or to go somewhere farther, the bus stop is just 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 interesting stay for those seeking something different. It was converted from a family home and so you get the experience of staying in "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 couple rooms, to family rooms to even hostel style rooms at White Cottage. The place is also about 2 years old and location is good as you are 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
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45. Natol Motel Kuching (1-star)

Natol Motel in Kuching is a short drive from the Kuching Airport. The motel is a 15-minute drive to Kuching Town, Kuching Waterfront and Chinatown. The Damai beach is 45-minute 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 a shared toilet access. Facilities such as guests parking, an outdoor pool, ironing facilities and hairdryers are also provided at the motel.

Guests can enjoy a common kitchenette which features a fridge along with 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), which are painted in warm colours and decorated with nice traditional Iban paintings.

The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and will give you information and help you organising 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 town centre).

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

The common area is cool and quirky with the walls covered in old photographs. Free coffee, tea, biscuits and 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 center 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, non smoking 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 that has several room types and also a dorm (RM12 nite/person). The family room is pretty basic though is is spacious and the facilities provided include a LCD TV with only local channels, bathroom with water heater, air-conditioning, desk, cupboard, clothes rack, free toiletries and towels. Perfect for budget travelers 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 type 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 are 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 center of Kuching, you will find some hotels, which are popular among the local travelers or business travelers. 

51. Kuching Cottage Stay (Budget)

Kuching Cottage Stay is a guest house style lodging and is located in the Petra Jaya area of Kuching. Distance is 12.5 km from Kuching city and much closer to the Sarawak Cultural Village. However, you need to make transport arrangements or check with 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 a great choice for budget accommodation when visiting Kuching and this place is located just 11.2 km from the city center and 19.2 km from the airport. However, this is a bungalow style stay. Arrangements for transport 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, WiFi in public areas, car park, and a coffee shop. Arrangements for transport 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 nature part of outskirt Kuching, and where the Sarawak Cultural Village is located at. 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 common hotels, resorts, plus some budget accommodations including guest houses. All depending 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 almost private beach, a huge swimming pool and many recreational activities. 

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

On the higher hilly area, Damai Beach Resort also has a number units facing the sea while they have the unique VIP Baruk Villas overlooking the sea. 

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

Hotel also offers free shuttle service to the event and back. They have quite a number of 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
Book a Room

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 that feature exceptional 4.5 star amenities to ensure a lavish stay. 

Facilities include 5 signature restaurants and bars, 2 exceptional swimming pools, state-of-the-art gym, outdoor tennis court, children’s club, 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
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56. One Hotel Santubong (3-star)

One Hotel Santubong which is perfectly located at the foothills of Mount Santubong. The property provides rooms ranging from deluxe to chalet, all of which feature a TV, hair dryer, coffee/tea making facilities, fully stocked mini bar, 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 snorkeling are available by the beach.

All-day dining is available at the Rainforest Cafe and features views of the sea. Wi-Fi is available at a fee.

Permai Rainforest Resort
Address: Pantai Damai, Satubong, P.O.Box B91, Satok Post Office, 93860 Santubong
Rooms: 40
Price: $100-$150
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Santubong The Village House
The Village House in Santubong, a luxury style boutique resort
58. The Village House (Luxury Boutique)

Perfectly located in a friendly village of Santubong, this property offers Malay-styled stilted rooms and are 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 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 minutes 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
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Santubong Cove 55 Resort
Cove 55 Resort in Santubong
59. Cove 55 Resort (4-star)

At Cove 55 Resort, every effort is made to make 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 car park, meeting facilities, express check-in/check-out, shared lounge/TV area, airport transfer. 

The hotel features 12 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include non smoking rooms, internet access – wireless (complimentary), internet access – wireless, complimentary bottled water, refrigerator.

The hotel's games room, massage, outdoor pool, 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
Book a Room

60. BB Bunkers Hostel (Hostel)

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

Guests can choose from 27 rooms, all of which exude 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), water sports (non-motorized).

Just outside the hostel is a 7-11 shop and a massive food court. 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
Book a Room

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 fan, desk. To make each guest stay more complete, this Kuching hotel offers family rooms. 

The homestay provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including garden. Explore the rich diverse village or Kampung which reflects the multi-ethnic race and community. Enjoy various games, culture, meals which are done by 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 kilometers from Damai, this local homestay is perfect for those wanting to experience a Sarawakian homestay, and great home cooked meals. There is also free WiFi available.

Fatimah Homestay offers clean room, tiled floors and attached bathrooms, and the local staff speak English.The backdrop landscape is no other than the famous Mount Santubong, and 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
Book a Room

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 service and facilities is Nanga Damai in Santubong. The homestay comes in a multi story unit, rooms that are tastefully done with attached bathroom and air conditioning.

The outdoor area offers a swimming pool while for guests, there is continental breakfast available daily. The owners offer amazing home cooked Sarawakian and western food and the homestay is just two kilometers to the Sarawak Cultural Village.

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

Conclusion

The above hotel listing in Kuching and its surroundings was compiled in July 2015, therefore prices may 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.

The reviews 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 quite a number sights to see around 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 need a few hours or up to half a day. 

As the Rainforest world Music Festival is a highly popular 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, 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. 
Hotels in Kuching for RWMF Hotels in Kuching for RWMF Reviewed by David Jr on Thursday, July 16, 2015 Rating: 5

2 comments:

dante said...

Great list man. So many choices to choose from and some awesome pics. Thanks for this.

David Jr said...

Thanks Dante! Interesting huh? I didn't know there were so many hotels around Kuching too. :)

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