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.