It was my first visit to Sarawak. When I knew that I would be staying at Tune Hotel Waterfront, Kuching, I Googled up to see where the hotel is situated at. Although there are a lot of Tune Hotels around, I have never stayed in one and of course, I was excited to see how the hotel looks like.
PROS & AMENITIES
Upon reaching Kuching city together with other bloggers in conjunction with the International Bornean Frog Race 2014, we went to Tune Hotel Waterfront to check-in. The first thing that I love about the hotel is the prime location. It is located at the city centre, near to the famous waterfront, right next to Kuching Hilton.
We were given the full package which include wifi for one device, air conditioner and TV. We were also given towels and toiletries which were put inside a nice tote bag. After taking the key and went to the lift, I entered the room by using the electronic room key.
As this is a no-frill hotel, there are not so many amenities available inside the room. I was given a room with a double bed which was comfortable enough for me to sleep soundly for 2 nights. There were also some magazines and mineral water, courtesy of the hotel.
In the bathroom, a hairdryer is provided together with a ‘rainforest’ shower, a power shower which water heater. A foldable table is fixed on the wall beside the flat screen LCD TV and it is big enough for me to do some work with my laptop and to put some of my stuff.
A safe is also available, though I couldn’t figure out how to use it. Yes, I have a problem with the electronic safe to the extent that I have never used any of the electronic safe when it is available in any hotel.
As for the TV, there are many channels including satellite channels such as Fox Movies Premium, National Geography and other channels. However, as TV is available as add-ons, I think it is not necessary to have it if you plan to travel around and to come back to the hotel only to rest.
Tune Hotel Waterfront does not have any wardrobe but they do provide clothes hanging facility in the room, which I think is good enough to hang my clothes rather than to put it everywhere.
I have the tendency to put my belongings and walk around the hotel room to check its cleanliness and guess what, the room was spotless. Apart from that, as I was given a room with a window, it was nice to look at the river while changing.
The hotel also has a small cafe which serves local delicacies and other stuff but I did not go there since the hotel is actually situated beside a local food court and very close to 7-Eleven. In fact, on my second night at the hotel, I went to the food court and had laksa Sarawak for supper!
Security is also not an issue since to enter a room, the access card is needed. The same goes when entering the hotel after midnight. The main door to the hotel will be locked and can only be accessed by the access card.
Finally, the people manning the reception area – they were friendly! Not only them, everyone working here including the security guards were friendly. They always smiled and attended to any problem or inquiry that we had.
CONS & SETBACKS
In my opinion, one of the setbacks of the hotel is the lift. Only one lift available and during peak period, maybe guests have to wait for their turn.
Another setback is the size of the room. It is actually quite small and it is not so easy to move around if 2 people are staying in the room. The same goes to the bathroom where the toilet is located at the corner of the bathroom. I found it quite narrow and I was not too comfortable using it.
The fact that the hotel is situated on a slope might also pose a problem for old people to walk towards the hotel if they are going upwards. Besides, the hotel has no underground or multiple level parking, and as such, those driving might find it hard to find a spot.
Since this is a no-frill hotel, you get what you paid for. However, for wifi, only one device is allowed per password and I found this to be a setback because some people might want to use the wifi for more than one device. Apart from that, the speed of the wifi was not too stable. It took a long time for me even to access my Gmail and Facebook account.
Nevertheless, this is a very nice hotel to stay at and to sleep in. If I were to go to Kuching again, no doubt I will stay here again since it is very conducive to walk to all the interesting places in Kuching from here.
Tune Hotel Waterfront Kuching is a no-frill accommodation situated near the Kuching Waterfront in the centre of Kuching city.
For bookings and enquiries, do visit their website or contact them at:
Tune Hotel Waterfront Kuching
Jalan Borneo, Off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman
93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
T: +6 08-2238 221
Rating (Maximum 5 stars):
- Value for money: 4 stars
- Location: 5 stars
- Customer service: 4 stars
- Security: 3.5 stars
- Cleanliness: 4 stars
- Facilities: 4 stars
- F&B: N/A
I would like to personally thank the Sarawak Tourism Board and Tune Hotels for making this trip possible and to Planet Borneo for the hospitality throughout the trip. This trip was held in conjunction with the International Bornean Frog Race 2014. Kindly be informed that all the contents/reviews are of my personal views.
‘Where To Stay‘ is the series for hotels/hostels/accommodations reviews by Kaki Jalans.