Four…

This was the hotel where I stayed whilst on my weekend trip to Kuching…

Four Points by Sheraton, Kuching

– the Four Points by Sheraton.

It was not expensive – RM180 nett with breakfast for two but that was part of my friend’s wedding package deal. I’ve seen signs all around though advertising their current room promotion – RM180++ with ONE breakfast. It certainly looks like I got a pretty good deal then. I saw on one of the tv monitors in the lobby…

Hotel lobby

…that breakfast was RM35 per pax so if I deduct that from what I paid, actually I only paid RM110 for the room.

Well, that wasn’t all! I was upgraded to the SPG (Nope! No sarong party girls around…unfortunately! LOL!!!) floor…

SPG

If I’m not mistaken, from the labels in the lift, that would be on the 7th and 9th floors only…

Room key card

The room was big…

Room 1

…very big…

Room 2

…though I was not too comfortable with the frosted glass wall between the bathroom/toilet and the room proper…

Frosted glass

Luckily, it wasn’t some guy friend/colleague/stranger that I had to share the room with…like what I had to put up with on my working trips before I retired.

The bathroom was huge too…

Bathroom

…with the wash basin area, the bathtub on one side and the shower room and of course, the toilet on the other – around the size of one room in some of the newer hotels, I would say – those tiny cubicles where there would not be enough room to swing a cat!

You get a nice view from the room…

Room with a view

…with the Kuching International Airport runway in the distance, so sometimes, you may get to see the aircrafts taking off or landing.

There would be the usual coffee and tea making facilities and one would get the usual freebies including this…

Drinking water

…and this…

Hotel stationery

…and the room was equipped with its own hair dryer, iron & ironing board, bedroom slippers, housecoats/kimonos…if you would want to use them and even a safe. There is free wifi in the lobby and the “public places” in the hotel but the connection was not that good in the rooms. If I’m not mistaken, you can have cable internet connection though, just that I did not bother to check that out as I had my own wireless broadband modem with me.

Now, one good thing about this hotel is that it promotes a smoke-free environment…

Smoke-free

…and you may be fined if you are caught smoking in the room. I would always go out into the open for my nicotine fix and I just cannot stand the smell of stale smoke in an enclosed space like in some hotels where I’ve stayed before.

This is the corridor leading to the rooms…

Corridor

…and I thought it was a little bit too dim. The problem that I had was in trying to find the key slot in the dark…

Black door handle

…and it did not help one bit that it was black in colour. I’ve auto-corrected both photographs for improved visibility.

This is the lift lobby on my floor…

Lift lobby

…and you can enjoy the view too while you wait.

Service was excellent – possibly the best that I’ve ever encountered! The people there were very efficient and prompt in attending to your wishes, very accommodating and so very friendly. Never mind how many times you’ve walked in and out, there would be a smiling face and a greeting from one or more of the staff members around.

The hotel is only a couple of minutes from the airport but it may considered a bit far from the city centre. This isn’t much of a problem, however, as there are a whole lot of shops and eating places (more on this in another post) right across the road if you are not that keen on dining in the hotel itself and they provide regular complimentary shuttle service to the city or to the Spring Shopping Mall…

Shuttle

…and will pick you up again later in the day. You can also choose to use this same shuttle service to the airport, which I did, and I do recall reading somewhere that you may request for the shuttle to pick you up upon arrival when you call to make your reservations…but I’m not too sure about this last bit so you will have to get in touch with them and confirm it yourself.

All things considered, I really enjoyed my three-night stay there and I certainly would consider staying here again should I hop over to the state capital anytime in the near future…