It was probably ranked 5 stars when it first opened, but it is now far behind the other hotels. It is really old and definitely not attractive enough.
I stayed in a 3 bedroom apartment. The beds were okay, the TVs were from the past century - one small one in the living room and one equally small one in the master bedroom, and the architectural design of one of the rooms was just weird as there was a deep corner which leaves a lot to imagination for those who are easily scared.
The room service was really weird and horrible. The first day we didn't get bath mats. We just made do and the second day, they provided the bath mats, replaced SOME towels and left SOME used towels hanging around. From the third day onwards, the bath mats were removed and never came again and not all towels were replaced.
There's a kitchen in the apartment, but only with microwave oven and kettle. No stove.
One set of sofa sitting for 4 people, even though the apartment accommodates 6 people.
One dining table with seats for 6.
2 bathrooms + 1 toilet (means without bathing facilities)
Breakfast had a narrow range of selection, and mainly Malaysian food provided. Not ideal for Westerners used to the bacon and eggs breakfast.
My transportation was all provided for but I can see that the location of the hotel was not all that ideal as there really isn't any convenient stores or shopping malls nearby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With an advantageous strategic location, only 15 minutes from the airport, the regal Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites gives guests privilege across to some of Kuching city's historical jewels such as the Sarawak Museum and one of Kuching's landmarks, Padang Merdeka. Nearby are the Textile Museum, Chinese History Museum and Islamic Museum. The Hotel is just a short walk to the newly-built shopping mall, Plaza Merdeka, and is a 5-minute walk to the Waterfront and Main Bazaar. Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites is home to 213 rooms inclusive of apartment suites. The Hotel offers comprehensive facilities including Wi-Fi access, health centre, gym, swimming pool and sauna, all of which ensures a pleasurable stay for guests. The Hotel has six international standard food and beverage outlets: Ristorante Beccari, the award-winning Italian restaurant; Aurora Court, the all-day dining restaurant; Victoria Arms, the English pub; Yn Cellar; La Habana Cigar Divan; and its cafe bistro, Seattle Coffee & Tea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Merdeka Palace Kuching
- Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites Kuching, Sarawak