Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching Review: Best Kuching Airport Hotel

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On my recent trip to Sarawak, I had a one night stopover in Kuching on my way to Mulu National Park. Since I was flying in late, I wanted a nice and easy hotel option that was close to the airport.

It didn’t take much research to discover the Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching. This hotel is literally across the road from the airport so it doesn’t get closer than that.

Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching
Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching

The Raia Hotel Kuching also gets great reviews, has a good range of facilities and on-site dining so it ticked every box I was looking for.

So is it as good as it seems? Is this a great place to stay? Keep reading for my full Raia Hotel Kuching review.

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Raia Hotel Kuching Review

Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching Reception
Reception

The Raia Hotel and Convention Centre Kuching has 237 rooms and suites and is rated 4 stars. The outside of the building itself is very cool. It has won awards with the roof design being inspired by the indigenous fabric, ‘Pua Kumbu’.

It stands out, especially as it is a big building.

The front desk is open 24 hours. I arrived at nearly midnight and check-in was quick and easy. It was a great start!

Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Location

Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching map
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Address: No. 1 Lot 1586, Block 17, Jalan Lapangan Terbang, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak

As mentioned before, the Raia Hotel Convention Centre Kuching location is opposite the airport. So it’s fabulous if you want to be close to that or have a late night arrival/early morning departure. It’s a big building and you can clearly see it when you exit the airport.

However, it’s a bit of a distance from the city centre, and there isn’t much else in the immediate surrounds.

Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching view from my room to airport
View from my room. You can see how close the airport is – It is the first building you can see beyond the hotel

While the hotel is super close to the airport and very much in walking distance, it is a little awkward to walk here as there are no footpaths or pedestrian crossings. The airport has a paid shuttle, but a Grab taxi is only RM5 and took a few minutes.

However, on arrival, I struggled to get a Grab and could see the airport right in front of me so I walked. It took less than five minutes straight through the airport car park, but it was awkward crossing the road in the dark as there is a big median strip with grass and plants and there were some holes I nearly hurt my ankle in as I couldn’t see them. You wouldn’t want to do this with a suitcase.

I walked back in the day to go to the convenience store at the airport. Without luggage in the daylight, it was fine.

Raia Hotel Kuching Room Options

Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching hallway
Hallway

There is a range of room types at the Raia Hotel Kuching. There are superior king and twin rooms which are like the standard hotel option. Then there are a range of suites. Suites also have a separate living area.

The family suite also has a second bedroom and comes with a king sized bed and two single beds. Families and groups will also like the residential suite which has three bedrooms. There is also a presidential suite for more luxury.

Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching SUperior room
Superior Twin Room

All rooms 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.

Superior Twin Room

Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching SUperior room entry
Entry into room

I was staying by myself so I went the cheapest option – the Superior Room. It was still spacious and great though.

On entry to my room, there was a wide entry way with the bathroom on one side and room for my luggage, cupboards (with safe) and tea and coffee making facilities and a minifridge on the other.

Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching SUperior room bathroom
Bathroom

The bathroom had a spacious shower, basin area with plenty of toiletries and a toilet.

Straight in front of me in the room was two twin beds, a bedside table, floor lamp, single couch with coffee table, desk area with phone and a flatscreen TV on the wall.

Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching SUperior room
My superior twin room
Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching SUperior room Tea and coffee making, bottled water, minifridge and cupboard with safe
Tea and coffee making, bottled water, minifridge and cupboard with safe

Everything was in great condition and looked modern and cheerful. The blackout blinds were great and just what I needed after a late arrival.

I had a view from my window of the pool and playground area and out to the airport. I couldn’t wait to use it.

The room was ultra quiet when I arrived, but I could hear noises from the hallway during the day. I never heard a sound from the airport or arriving aircraft.

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Facilities

Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching pool
There’s a lovely pool area

There is a nice outdoor Raia Hotel Kuching swimming pool perfect for washing off your flight or a busy day sightseeing. I surprisingly found it a little cool, but it was so nice to swim around in.

There’s also an outdoor playground near the pool and plenty of outdoor seating.

Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching Playground
Playground

Free parking and wifi is available. You can also book the hotel airport shuttle, but there is a charge. A Grab taxi seems a better alternative to me… As long as you can get one.

As you would expect from the name, Raia Hotel & Convention Centre, there is also a convention centre here and business facilities.

Raia Hotel Kuching Restaurant

Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching Kenyalang Restaurant.
Kenyalang Restaurant.

There is both a restaurant and a lounge open all day. You can grab the Raia Hotel Kuching buffet breakfast from 6:30am or a meal at any time up to 10:30pm at the Kenyalang Restaurant.

There is also room service available from 12pm – 10pm. I had a very tasty mee goreng. I was surprised how good and fresh it was, as I don’t usually find room service in hotels to be the best. The prices were reasonable and the service fast too.

Raia Hotel & Convention Centre Kuching room service
Mee goreng from room service

I also saw a sign for a poolside food and drinks menu in the lobby. I saw no evidence of this in the pool area, but I imagine you could order room service to eat there which would be quite nice.

Final Words

The Raia Hotel Kuching is the perfect place to head for a hotel in Kuching near the airport. It’s convenient, modern and comfortable and I found this the perfect place to stay for my one night stop.

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Looking for other accommodation options in Kuching? Find our full hotel guide here. You can also find our full guide to all the top places to visit in Kuching here and all our full guide to Kuching here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon is a certified Malaysia travel expert and can't get enough of travelling and talking about Malaysia since she first visited 21 years ago. She travels around Malaysia multiple times a year both alone and with her kids. She used to call Penang home and especially loves this food paradise. Sharon also has a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, a Certificate III in International Travel Sales and has been certified by Tourism Malaysia as a Malaysia Travel Expert. Through this site, she'll help you have the perfect trip to this amazing destination.