Heading to Kuching? Lucky you! It’s a beautiful part of the world and one of my favourite spots in Malaysia. The next step after deciding to go is to find the best hotels in Kuching, Malaysia. And that’s what we will help you with here!
Kuching is an excellent base if you’re travelling to Borneo. The capital of Sarawak offers impressive architecture, quaint gardens, and a bustling Chinatown. You can also explore several natural wonders nearby such as lush rainforests, breathtaking snorkeling spots and stunning beaches. You can explore some of the best spots of Sarawak from here.
In this article, I help you find the best hotel Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia offers no matter what your budget or what exactly you are looking for.
So whether you are looking for a hotel near Kuching Airport, Malaysia, a hotel near waterfront Kuching, Sarawak, 5 star hotels in Kuching Malaysia or wanting to book a cheap hotel in Kuching, Sarawak, we have you covered so you can stay at the best place in Kuching for you.
Here is our best Kuching hotel list as well as some information about the best place to stay in Kuching.
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Comparison Of The Best Hotel In Kuching, Sarawak 
In this table, you will find a comparison of all the top choice for the best hotel in Kuching, Sarawak.
|The Waterfront Hotel Kuching Sarawak||★★★★★||Central River Area||$$$$||Click here|
|Hilton Hotel Kuching||★★★★★||Central River Area||$$$$$||Click here|
|Imperial Hotel Kuching Sarawak||★★★★||Between River And Airport||$$||Click here|
|Pullman Hotel Kuching Sarawak||★★★★☆||Central River Area||$$$||Click here|
|Tune Hotel Kuching Sarawak||★★★||Central River Area||$||Click here|
|Kuching Park Hotel||★★★||2km from main area||$$||Click here|
|Harbour View Hotel Kuching Sarawak||★★★||Central River Area||$$||Click here|
|Grand Margherita Hotel Kuching||★★★★||Central River Area||$$$||Click here|
|56 Hotel Kuching||★★★||4km from main area||$$||Click here|
|Kingwood Hotel Kuching||★★★||2km from main area||$$||Click here|
|Abell Hotel Kuching Sarawak||★★★||Central River Area||$||Click here|
|Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching||★★★★||Kuching Airport||$$$||Click here|
Where To Stay In Kuching, Sarawak
Kuching is a city of over 570,000 people which means there are quite a few choices for where to stay.
Most tourists will find the best area to stay in Kuching is around the Sarawak river in the central river area. When hotels talk about being waterfront, this is usually what they mean.
The waterfront promenade on the south side of this river is a great place to stroll, explore, eat and hang out, and it’s hard to go wrong with a best place to stay in Kuching on this. This is our favourite area and I recommend you try to stay in the hotel area waterfront Kuching.
Another popular area near the waterfront is Chinatown. This is located around Jalan Carpenter and will have you staying central to all the city’s attractions. It can be a budget area to stay in Kuching.
If nightlife is your thing then Jalan Song Thian Cheok is the place to head.
Top 12 Best Hotels In Kuching, Malaysia
Address: 68, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Are you looking for hotels in Kuching city centre? Offering an unobstructed view of the Sarawak river, this modern hotel near Plaza Merdeka Kuching is actually located above this shopping centre. It is also just a quick walk from Kuching Waterfront’s restaurants and shops as well as Chinatown and the new Borneo Cultures Museum. This is a super convenient location.
The Waterfront Hotel Kuching Sarawak offers guest rooms that feature free WiFi, flatscreen TVs, tea and coffee facilities, air-conditioning, minifridge, bathrobe and slippers, desk area and a lounge chair. They are all clean and modern. Rooms come in twin, double and family options (with two queen beds).
There are many different room options which offer different views (try to get a river view room), sizes and extras. Suites come with spacious living areas and club rooms offer access to their private lounge.
Furthermore, the Kuching Hotel Waterfront boasts of amenities such as a restaurant that offers guests stunning river views. It also features an undercover pool, a bar by the pool and a gym. This pool area is fabulous especially as it has great views over Kuching. Of course, there is also the shopping centre downstairs for easy access to shops and more eating optons.
This hotel also features a 24 hour front desk, free parking for guests (but get your parking ticket validated by reception) and full service laundry are offered.
The location of this Kuching hotel near shopping mall is great especially for exploring nearby attractions. It’s at the heart of Kuching old town. It’s also my top choice for one of the best place to stay waterfront Kuching. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and it’s all just easy.
My room had some annoying ants and some lighting that stayed on all night.
Overall, this five star hotel in Kuching offers fabulous accommodation in the heart of the city with easy access to food, shopping and attractions. I very much enjoyed staying here and found it modern, comfortable and super convenient. It is definitely a top choice of a place to stay hotel Kuching. Maybe the absolute best place. I’ll be staying here again!
Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching City Center, Kuching
If you’re looking for hotels in Kuching waterfront, this whitewashed, high-end hotel overlooks the Sarawak river right by the Kuching Waterfront. It’s one of my favourite places to stay in Kuching.
The Hilton Hotel Kuching Sarawak Malaysia features polished rooms with impressive city views, free WiFi, flatscreen TVs, minifridges, tea and coffee making facilities and private bathrooms. Room options include twin and king rooms.
Upgraded rooms of this 5 star hotel in Kuching Sarawak feature wider sitting areas while suites include living rooms.
Booking a better room type can allow you to book one with river views which I highly recommend. The views from here can be spactacular. The first photo in this article was taken from our room at this hotel! It’s a great view to wake up to.
For recreational facilities, this luxury hotel in Kuching features four restaurants and cafes in all. There is also room service.
This hotel with swimming pool in Kuching also includes a gym. The outdoor pool area is a nice place to unwind. There’s also a business centre, and meetings rooms as well as parking.
The location of Hotel Hilton Kuching Malaysia is spot on and some rooms offer exceptional views of the river. Make sure you book one of these!
Parts of the hotel interior look dated and could do with a facelift. Some rooms as well.
Superbly located, the Hilton Kuching offers a clean and comfortable stay for guests. The facilities are well-maintained as well and there is a great pool area. You can’t go wrong staying here.
Address: Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Looking for a Kuching place to stay? Located in a sleek building in a busy, bustling area next to a mall, guests staying at the Imperial Hotel Kuching Sarawak are about six kilometres from Kuching’s main attractions and riverfront area. You are closer to the airport staying here though, being less than ten minutes drive away.
All of the guestrooms of this accommodation Kuching Malaysia provide guests with WiFi, air-conditioning, flatscreen TVs, safes, tea and coffee making facilities, minifridge and a private bathroom.
You can also treat yourself to a suite which adds in a spacious living rooms with big couch and dining area.
Guests staying at this 4 star hotel in Kuching Sarawak can also enjoy facilities like an in-house restaurant, lobby bar, room service, gym, sauna and pool. Other perks include free parking. The shopping centre next door can make things easy too.
This nice stay hotel Kuching is great value with great facilities and rooms for a great price.
The drawback of the Imperial Hotel is that it’s not that close to the riverfront area. However, it is relatively close to the airport and in between the city and the riverfront area so this can make it convenient for some people.
Overall, if you’re looking for a great value place to stay in Kuching and don’t mind being removed from the riverfront area, the Imperial Hotel Kuching Malaysia is a great choice. It’s also a great choice if you want to be close to Kuching Airport.
Address: 1A Jalan Mathies, Kuching City Center, Kuching
If you’re looking for top rated hotels in Kuching, this sleek, high-end business hotel at Sarawak Kuching is located behind the Hilton Hotel in a handy location to Kuching’s riverfront area. You can also find a mall at the ground floor of the Pullman Hotel Kuching Sarawak Malaysia.
The Pullman Hotel Kuching Sarawak features contemporary guest rooms that feature flatscreen TVs, air-conditioning, mini bars, tea and coffee making facilities and desk area. It has everything you would expect from a 4.5 star hotel.
Room types include twin and king rooms as well as family and suite options. There’s a range within the twin and king rooms depending on how much space you want and what type of view. There are some great city and river view rooms here, and I recommend booking a river view room if you can.
Family rooms have king and single beds and are quite spacious. Executive rooms give you access to an executive lounge with drinks and canapes. A suite gives you a separate living area.
All in all, this top 10 hotel in Kuching has two in-house restaurants that include a Chinese restaurant and an all day dining restaurant as well as a cafe. Aside from that, it also features a bar by the pool and a lobby lounge.
Other facilities of the Pullman Hotel Kuching Malaysia include an outdoor pool, a jacuzzi and a gym. There is car parking but this is at an additional charge.
This is a top hotel in Kuching that gets consistently great reviews. It has everything you need.
Some parts of the hotel are looking a little old. Parking is paid.
Overall, if you’re looking for a great place to stay business hotel Kuching that features superb amenities, impressive in-house restaurants and clean comfy rooms, this is a great option. The location is good as well.
Address: Jalan Borneo, Off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching City Center, Kuching
If you’re looking for a budget hotel in Kuching waterfront then Tune Hotel Kuching Sarawak is definitely somewhere to conside staying. It’s less than a block to the river and close to everything central.
This hotel at Kuching waterfront offers small, straightforward rooms and some don’t have windows. All rooms have WiFi access, safes, air-conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities as well as private bathrooms and basic toiletries.
Room options are single, twin, double and family options (with bunk bed and single bed). You can also choose an upgraded deluxe room, although I couldn’t tell the difference. You can save money by booking a room without a window.
There is a lack of facilities at this budget hotel, but there is a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage is available.
For the price, this cheap hotel in Kuching town is excellent. The rooms are clean. This hotel Kuching near waterfront is also conveniently located in a handy position.
There aren’t many facilities. The towels are old and could do with replacing. There isn’t daily housekeeping, and the rooms are very small.
Overall, Tune Hotel offers clean comfy rooms in a fabulous location. It’s great value for money and one of the best options if you’re looking for cheap hotels in Kuching Malaysia.
Address: Lot 606, Padungan Road, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Next up on my Kuching hotel review is the Kuching Park Hotel. Located near the river, it’s a couple of kilometres from the centre of the action and is a colourful and cheerful option.
This good hotel near Kuching town has standard and deluxe twin and queen/king, triple and quad rooms that feature flatscreen TVs, air-conditioning, free WiFi, minifridges, desk area and tea and coffee making facilities.
The hotel has been recently refurbished and the rooms aren’t just comfortable and well presented, but are marketed as having a “digital experience”. This means you can doing everything digitally from checking in to ordering your food with the option to have your room key on your smart phone. There’s even a room service robot!
There’s a restaurant on-site.
This hotel has recently been refurbished, and the Rooms are clean and well presented. The Digital Experience is fun and helps avoids lines. This hotel is great value for money and a great place to stay city centre Kuching.
There’s a lack of facilities and parking is limited. It’s two kilometres from the main Kuching riverfront area.
While I consider this a midrange hotel, the price of rooms here could make it the best budget hotel in Kuching. It is great value for money with recently refurbished rooms and a fun digital experience not far from the centre of Kuching.
Address: Lorong Temple, PO Box A1368, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Located overlooking the Sarawak River in a great location, the Harbour View Hotel Kuching Sarawak is close to the central area attractions with some great views from this hotel.
Guests can stay in twin or king superior rooms or choose twin, king or family (2 queen bed) deluxe rooms with river views. All rooms have with free WiFi, minifridge, flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, desk area and tea and coffee making facilities.
This budget hotel in Kuching city also features an on-site restaurant. Parking is available, but tricky to get at times.
This hotel Kuching near waterfront is within walking distance to practically everything you need when you’re in Kuching.
Parking is free but open to everyone, so it can be hard to find a parking spot on weekends. There is a lack of facilities.
Overall, if you’re looking for cheap accommodation in Kuching Sarawak, Hotel Harbour View Kuching Sarawak is an excellent hotel located right at the city centre offering clean and comfortable rooms at an affordable price.
Address: Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, P.O.Box 2362, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Wondering where to stay in Kuching Malaysia? The Grand Margherita Hotel Kuching Sarawak is known to be Sarawak’s first international hotel. It’s in a great spot directly by the river, just on the edge of the main central area. This means it can be a bit further to some of central attractions than other options on the list, but it is still quite well located.
It features rooms and suites that have a warm decor, and they come with free WiFi, flatscreen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, minifridges and air-conditioning.
You can choose between a range wide of twin and king room types. Paying more will get you more space and a river view. There are also suite and studio rooms with more space and living and dining areas.
It’s hard (impossible?) to beat the pool area at Margarita Hotel Kuching. It’s right by the river so you can really soak in the Kuching vibe while you are enjoying it. There’s a separate pool for kids too.
The hotel also has a gym, playground, business services and is adjacent to Sarawak Plaza (shopping centre).
For dining, there is room service as well as two restaurants and three lounges where you can have snacks or drinks. The restaurants include a Chinese options as well as one that serves both local and international dishes. You can enjoy the lobby lounge or have a snack or drink by the pool enjoying the river views.
In the evening, you can also head to the jazz and reggae underground lounge with live music every night.
There is also all the standard things you would expect from a 4 star hotel such as 24-hour front desk, on-site parking and laundry services.
This hotel also offers a (paid) shuttle service to Damai Beach and Sarawak Cultural Village which is a great place to day trip and this makes it oh-so-easy.
If you’re looking for Kuching where to stay, the Grand Margherita Hotel Kuching Malaysia offers solid rooms, a fabulous pool area, great views, a convenient location and great breakfast options. It also has a great range of dining and lounging options, and the shuttle to Damai Beach is a bonus too.
Some of the facilities and furnishings need an upgrade. Parking is free, but limited.
Overall, this is a lovely hotel to stay in Kuching with a great range of facilities and room types near the river. The only downside is that it isn’t as well maintained as some others on this list at this price point. It is also a strategically located hotel in Kuching town centre with stunning river views.
Address: Lot 2228 & 2229 Section 64 KTLD Jalan Tun Jugah, Kuching City Center, Kuching
If you’re looking for a hotel near Vivacity Megamall Kuching, this modern green building is close by. However, it is about four kilometres from the city’s central riverfront area, so it’s not that convenient for sightseeing.
All rooms at the 56 Hotel Kuching Sarawak Malaysia include a flatscreen TV, free WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities, air-conditioning and private bathroom. There are king and twin bed options.
Parking is free for guests. There’s a restaurant on-site with local and international options as well as a 24 hour front desk.
Hotel 56 Kuching Sarawak offers clean and comfortable rooms for a good price.
It’s lacking in facilities compared to more high-end hotels. It’s not close to Kuching’s attractions.
This is a solid midrange hotel which offers good value for money. However, given the distance from the hotel to the central riverfront area, I think there are better options in this price range in this list.
Address: Lot 618, Section 62, KTLD, Jalan Padungan, Kuching City Center, Kuching
Next up on our list of Kuching hotel is the Kingwood Hotel Kuching. Located in the city centre, this three star hotel is near the river but about two kilometres from the main central area. So the location is ok, but could be better.
There are standard twin, king and triple rooms as well as deluxe and super deluxe twin and king rooms. Super deluxe twin rooms have two double beds.
All rooms include flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, wifi, minifridge and tea and coffee making facilities. Paying more will get your more space and more furnishings.
The hotel also features an international/Chinese restaurant as well as an outdoor pool.
It is located close to the centre and a pool is a bonus at this price.
This hotel needs renovating. There are maintenance issues in some rooms. There is only paid parking available. It’s not that close to the main attractions.
This hotel is in a reasonable location close to the river. It also has a pool and on-site restaurant. However, I think there are better options on this list for this price.
Address: 22, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching City Center, Kuching
This 3 star hotel in Kuching Sarawak is nestled just outside the main Kuching riverfront area just a little past the Grand Margherita Hotel. So it’s walking distance to some of the attractions in central Kuching but a little too far to walk comfortably to others. However, it is close to shopping and dining options.
There is a range of room types from single rooms to twin, king and family. Family rooms have single bed and queen bed. All rooms have WiFi, flatscreen TV, minifridge, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, air-conditioning, a desk area and a private bathroom.
The cheaper rooms only have small windows without a view so they can be a little dark. They are also on the small side. More money will get you a bigger room with more light and possibly a view.
There is good on-site dining with local and international options. Otherwise, there is a lack of facilities beyond the usual 24 hour front desk and luggage storage. There is parking, but it is quite limited.
A solid 3 star hotel in Kuching town area. The price makes it a budget hotel Kuching town.
Some of the rooms are a bit small with limited light. Some rooms need renovating and there are some maintainence issues.
If you’re searching for Kuching where to stay that’s central and a cheaper option, the Abell Hotel Kuching Sarawak is an ok option.
Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching Review – Best Kuching Airport Hotel
Address: Jalan Lapangan Terbang, 93250 Kuching
If you’re looking for a Kuching hotel near airport, Raia Hotel Kuching is directly opposite the airport and the best choice for a stay here. It couldn’t be more convenient for a late night arrival or early morning departure. The only downside is that there isn’t a footpath to walk here, so while it’s super close, you may prefer to take a taxi or the hotel shuttle (paid extra).
However, this does mean it’s not centrally located to Kuching’s main riverfront area, although you are closer to the orangutans at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre if you have time for a quick tour!
All rooms at this hotel are modern, well furnished and clean. They have everything you would expect from a 4 star hotel with tea and coffee making facilities, air-conditioning, desk, flatscreen TV, minifridge and private bathroom. I found my room very comfortable and quiet. This was a very easy place to stay.
There are also suite room options with a separate living area.
Other facilities of this airport hotel in Kuching include a restaurant and lounge, free private parking, outdoor swimming pool and a playground. The outdoor area with pool and playground is very nice. The room service is also great, and I had a fabulous mee goreng.
There is wifi and a convention centre with business facilities.
The Raia is a great modern, new hotel in Kuching Sarawak super close to the airport. The pool is a great way to wash off your flights. It’s also a hotel near Kuching Sentral and has tasty food.
It’s not as convenient to city attractions as other hotels in this list.
The rooms and facilities here are clean, comfortable and modern. Overall, if you’re looking for a hotel near Kuching Airport or the bus station at Kuching Sentral, this is by far the best option.
Best Hotel Place To Stay Kuching Map
There are same great hotel options in Kuching. I hope you found this guide to the top hotel in Kuching useful so that you can find the perfect one for you.
Kuching is a great city, and I’m sure you’ll have a great stay.
Find more information to help you plan your trip in our full guide to Kuching here. Read our list of the top places to visit in Kuching during your stay here or all the best Kuching day trips here. You can also find a guide to nearby Damai Beach here with some accommodation options if you’d rather stay near the beach in Kuching.