Harbour View – Kuching

Harbour view hotel is one of the most convenient place to stay when you are in Kuching if you are looking for a cheaper alternative place to sleep. Located at Temple street it is near to the waterfront and market street where one can buy local Sarawak handicraft. I was told that the hotel is a favourite for visitors from West Malaysia and one must pre book because it usually full house.
There is also Free WiFi for guest and you can ask for the password from the reception. However during my stay I can’t get logged on to the network and the problem is with my laptop not the service I think. However since I subscribe to Celcom Broadband, I have nothing to regret about not being able to get connected to their network. The only thing is that Celcom’s signal is not very stable and speed is slow.

Rooms are with breakfast and I can tell that food is excellent and on a rating of 5 I can give 4.5. However there is not much choice for breakfast but with a hotel like it, what more can we expect.

Taxi’s is always available and if you want cheaper meals for your lunch or dinner, there’s a Malay restaurant just at the back of the hotel. Its Molly’s Place and serve excellent Malay food with a reasonable price. Five to ten minutes (depend on your walking speed) away is the waterfront, D place to hang at night. There’s food stall but price is quite expensive. Just sit and enjoy a glass of teh tarik. Read more here.

The single standard room with one single bed

The view from my room. Sarawak River and the istana in the background. The dome shaped building in the background is the Kuching North Local Council

If you are a night owl, nightlife is just five minutes away from the hotel. Cafes and Bistro can be found along the road opposite The Hilton. Walk out of the hotel and go left. Walk up the hill and the next junction is the place. If you are the kinky type, you might find transvestites as company (LOL) over there.

The Holiday Inn, Kuching

This is the second time I stay at The Holiday Inn in Kuching. It is situated at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and is in the centre of the happening in Kuching. Behind the hotel is the Sarawak River. There’s the Sarawak Plaza adjoining the hotel that also house a shopping complex. Accross the road is Tun Jugah Complex, also another modern shopping complex. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf can be found at The Sarawak Plaza and McDonnalds accross the road is open 24 hours. Another 24 hours restaurant, Khatilustiwa is also nearby. But above all I think The Kuching Waterfront along the Sarawak River the main plus point for staying at The Holiday Inn.

Across the Sarawak River behind the hotel is an extreme different from the city life, the traditional Sarawak Malay village. One can take a sampan ride popularly known as Pak Tambang about 5 minutes away. The fare is just 40 cents one way. A restaurant My Village Bistro is also found at the village, Kg. Boyan.

The nearest bank is just minutes away and walking distance is The Standard Chartered, Al Rajhi Bank, CIMB, Maybank and Affin Bank. A shopping compleks, The Riverside with the main tenant, Parkson is just about 5 minutes away. If one loves playing bowling, just drop in at the shopping complex.

I find that The Holiday Inn is near to anywhere in Kuching.

The Hotel also provide prayer mat for Muslims and even shuttle facilities to mosque for Friday prayer.

The shower. Clean and pleasant to be in. They even remind that if you forget your toothbrush, shaving cream or razor, just dial the number provided. Well, if you need condom, you can even order from your room. Af course its not free. LOL.

There is internet access in the room using LAN network. Just plug in the cable provided into your laptop and agree with the terms. However charge is quite high @ RM 20.00 per hour. It is better to go to the Coffee Beans just in front of the hotel and with a cup of cuppicino or your favourite drink that cost not more than RM 10.00 one can have unlimited access.

My meals for Sahur

My second night sahur is Nasi Lemak, fruits and kurma juice. This meal is also accompanied with the popular southern peninsula Malaysia food, otak-otak. Otak-otak is made of fish grousse grilled in banana leaf or nipah palm leaves.

First and third night sahur is Fried Rice with satay sticks and fish crackers, fruits and kurma juice. Its tasty but just a bit cold.

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