Grand Margherita Hotel

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Average rate: $48 - Hotel class: 4 stars
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman PO Box 2362, Kuching, Malaysia

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Grand Margherita Hotel Kuching Reviews

FoxyFauz FoxyFauz
225 reviews
Stay in the heart of Kuching Jan 06, 2016
This is my 2nd trip to kuching in 1 year. I last stayed in Pullmans which I have absolutely no complains about but this time round I decided to give another hotel a try since this was a trip with my mom, nephew & aunty.

To keep things short, this is what I like about the hotel:

1. If flying with air Asia, book this hotel under air Asia Go and you get a discount on your hotel stay. I paid almost RM900 for 2 rooms for 2 nights.

2. Location, location, location. Right in the heart of Kuching town facing the famous Cat Statue. Next to the river where you can pay RM0.50 to take a boat ride to across the river to buy Sarawak famous kek lapis (layered cake). Walking distance to Jalan Grand Bazaar and Indian Street and surrounded by shopping malls (Sarawak plaza, riverside mall, Tun Junggah Mall). Good eating options available within walking distance. And mind you, my mom & nephew cannot walk very far so this location was perfect!

3. Pay more and get the refurbished modern rooms. Our rooms were 2nd floor, Room 215 & 219. These have undergone renovations and are facing the river. I understand from trip advisor some guests complained that they got the old rooms when they opt for the cheaper rooms. I think those facing the street are not yet renovated.

4. We were promised connecting rooms so either rooms 215 with 214 or 216. Only room 215 was ready at 1.30pm so we waited for the next room to be ready (they claim they are cleaning the room). by 3pm, there was no call so we went to the reception to ask. Now we are told that the guests in the connecting rooms wished to extend their stay, so as a form of apology for false promises and keeping us waiting, I was given a room upgrade. Room 219 which is 4 doors away and at the other side of the lift lobby. This was inconvenient for my family as they need to walk across the lobby to get to our room. I checked into this room and found that this was a real upgrade! The room is huge with a dining area, large sitting area, really spacious that we could have fitted another bed on each side of this room!

What I don't like about this hotel:

1. The breakfast spread is limited and if you come at 9.30 am, there might not be much food left. The menu also does not seem to change in the 2 days that we were there. There's Asian section with Malay rice and Chinese porridge. Western section is only hash browns, sausages, eggs, baked beans with some bread and pastry. The kitchen staff are also seen eating their breakfast amongst hotel guests as per what I had read in tripadvisor.

2. Because this hotel is located by the river, you will be awaken at around 5.15 am (if you are a light sleeper like me), by the morning call for prayer from the mosques across the river. I am a Muslim so this is fine but for non-Muslim guests, they might find this annoying so just a point to note if booking this hotel.

This hotel is also equipped with a bar (with night live entertainment), swimming pool and a travel agency. Do note that as of November 2015, this hotel is undergoing renovation. However, I do not hear any noise and my stay was not affected by the renovation works. The staff at the reception are also friendly when I made some enquiries.
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Room 215 (refurbished)
Room 215 (refurbished)
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sarahelaine sarahela…
651 reviews
Hotel Grand Margherita Feb 23, 2012
The Grand Margherita is a hotel right on the waterfront in Kuching. It has a swimming pool and nice staff.

The Grand Margherita is pleasantly (if slightly old fashioned-ly) decorated, and our room was very clean. The breakfast buffet was great, with both asian and western breakfasts (and three kinds of fruit I'd never tried before). Service was great.

In terms of location, it is right on the riverfront and we had a lovely view. I don't know how close it is to the main sites, as we arrived late at night and left early in the morning, but I got the impression things were close and it was right on the roundabout with the cats.
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sylviandavid says:
Nice that it was on the waterfront....
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012
stellaalexis stellaal…
17 reviews
Affordable price :) Jul 12, 2011
Grand Margherita Hotel Kuching is the finest hotel in kuching ...

its surrounded by many shopping malls ...

its located 15 minutes walking to chinatown ...

the service is ok ...

i stay at the deluxe room ...

it has 2 king-sized bed ...

i have an unforgettable stay there ...

Its easy for you to find food there ...

There is KFC , HARTZ CHICKEN BUFFET AND MANY MORE ...

the shopping malls are awesome !

the price is cheap (Y)
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sylviandavid says:
Thanks for this nice and informative review. sylvia
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012

Grand Margherita Hotel Overview

For over 30 years, Grand Margherita has been serving most of the travelers visiting the beautiful city of Kuching. This multi-star property, by virtue of providing an array of services, numerous facilities and a convenient location, is one of the favorite choices of both business and leisure tourists. Grand Margherita was built in the year 1976. Though this hotel with its numerous corporate amenities happen to be ideal for those who are on a business trip, yet leisure tourists find something more than satisfaction while staying here. The Location of Grand Margherita is not only near the points of interest in this city, but also close to most of the city landmarks and government sectors. Besides, the entertainment venues, shopping districts, restaurants and the corporate sectors too are within close proximity to this first class accommodation. Though there are several Hotels in Kuching in Malaysia, yet by virtue of boasting a convenient and ideal locale, this property has managed to carve a special identity among them. Grand Margherita in Kuching is one of the fantastic business Hotels in Kuching in Malaysia, which by virtue of boasting a wide range of rooms with numerous and well chosen facilities, has been attracting travelers for years. Whether you be the corporate tourist or are on a vacation trip, this hotel promises you a memorable boarding experience. The Room Facilities at Grand Margherita in Kuching are unparalleled, offering a memorable stay at this hotel. Home to the perfection, style and luxury, Grand Margherita practices the matchless hospitality praised by most of the boarders. The Hotel Amenities and Services at Grand Margherita in Kuching include dining options, corporate facilities, leisure amenities and provision for recreational activities. The Hotel Amenities and Services at Grand Margherita in Kuching are not only fit for the leisure travelers, but also suitable for the corporate boarders.

Grand Margherita Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Disabled Access
  • Concierge
  • Tour Desk
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Babysitting / Child Services
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • Mini Bar
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Shops
  • Excursions
  • Garden
  • Desk
  • Direct dial phone
  • Ticket Service
  • Function Rooms
  • Disabled Accessible Rooms
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Shower
  • Child Pool
  • Pool Outdoor
  • Coffee Shop/Cafeteria
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Free Parking

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