Best hotels and hostels in Sarawak

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Western Sarawak

    Nanga Sumpa

    The flagship Batang Ai accommodation for Borneo Adventure, Nanga Sumpa features surprisingly stylish rooms – some with private bathroom – wooden verandahs, and a common space with perfect river views. Shared meals are substantial and tasty, and the lodge's guides are very knowledgeable about the area. The lodge is linked by swing bridge to an Iban longhouse where the residents are welcoming hosts. There are plans to refurbish Nanga Sumpa's older, more basic rooms to the higher, more comfortable standard of the newer rooms. Check which rooms you're allocated when you book.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kuching

    Ranee

    This riverfront property, housed in two old shophouses that were rebuilt after a fire, has a truly boutique ambience. All 24 rooms are different, with plenty of design touches blending the traditional with the contemporary. Rooms boast high ceilings, hardwood floors and huge bathrooms with atmospheric lighting. The travel desk is operated by CPH Travel.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kuching

    Singgahsana Lodge

    Setting the Kuching standard for backpacker digs, this hugely popular guesthouse, decked out with stylish Sarawakian crafts, has an unbeatable location, a great chill-out lobby and a sociable rooftop bar. Free bicycle hire (two hours) is available to guests. Dorms have 10 beds and lockers. Ask about special offers for long-term stays. Call ahead if you are arriving after 10pm.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Miri

    Kingwood Boutique Hotel

    The Kingwood is one of the most comfortable and convenient places to stay in Miri. Rooms and suites blend modern and heritage decor, bathrooms feature tubs and rain showers, and a cosmopolitan cool envelops the entire property. Breakfasts are served in the ground-floor restaurant, while surrounding streets are packed with good places to eat.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Miri

    La Mirina Boutique Inn

    Located in the Marina Parkcity area, a modern district packed with bars, cafes and restaurants, La Mirina's trendy rooms are very good value. If you're willing to forgo a central location – and downtown Miri is only RM5 by Grab – then La Mirina is a relaxing option before or after onward travel or a sojourn at the Mulu caves.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kuching

    Batik Boutique Hotel

    A superb location, classy design and super-friendly staff make this an excellent choice. The swirling batik used on the hotel's facade is continued in the lobby and the 15 spacious, colour-coordinated rooms. There's a bar and private courtyard and insightful advice on what to see and do in Kuching and beyond.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gunung Mulu National Park

    Garden Bungalows

    These eight spacious units, the park's most luxurious accommodation, are bright and modern and have their own private verandahs.

  • Lodging in Gunung Mulu National Park

    Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

    Situated 3km from park HQ, this 101-room complex has been designed and decorated in a way that is both stylish and sympathetic to its jungle surroundings. Rooms come with all the amenities you would expect from a five-star resort and have balconies overlooking the forest or river. The Balinese-style swimming pool is a real draw after a sweaty day of caving and hiking. The resort also has its own jetty for river trips that bypass park HQ and go straight to the caves (trips are booked through the hotel for much more than the park tours). Wi-fi is available in the bar area only.

  • Lodging in Gunung Mulu National Park

    Mulu Village

    Located around 3km from the park entrance, well-run Mulu Village has basic but decent accommodation, and offers a big list of services and excursions. Bike hire is RM5 per day, and friendly owners Brenda and James can arrange trekking, jungle-cooking classes and longhouse visits. Information and assistance on tackling the Pinnacles and the Headhunters' Trail are also available.

  • Lodging in Western Sarawak

    Retreat

    Owned by the Sarawak Bank Employees Union, this is the ideal place to mix chilling on the beach with workers’ solidarity. The grassy, family-friendly campus has 38 comfortable rooms, including 21 cabins, and gets enthusiastic reviews from travellers. Day use of the pool costs RM15/5 per adult/child; the beach itself is free. Situated 8km from Lundu.

  • Lodging in Kuching

    Riverside Majestic Astana Wing

    The Riverside Majestic is one of Kuching's older hotels, but the 2018 addition of the new Astana Wing means it's again a great place to stay. Rooms are modern and spacious, bathrooms feature rain showerheads, and there's a rooftop bar on the 17th floor. When booking, ask for a room with river views – one of the best vistas in Kuching.

  • Lodging in Miri

    Coco House

    Coco House has bright, modern dorms with pod-like bunks and small but functional private rooms with splashes of colour. The spotless bathrooms have rain showers, and there's a comfy common area with books, board games, DVDs and a microwave. The roof terrace has a barbecue for communal dining.

  • Lodging in Gunung Mulu National Park

    Rainforest Lodge

    Mulu's Rainforest Lodge offers a variety of configurations, including some family rooms with two single beds and a double bed. Bathrooms are spacious and light; the private balconies are best enjoyed at dusk.

  • Lodging in Kuching

    Marian

    Delightfully different, the Marian occupies a mansion once owned by a Chinese merchant before it became a convent attached to nearby St Thomas's Cathedral. Great care has been taken to preserve the building's long and varied historical legacy while providing modern comforts. The 40 rooms are divided into several categories, reflecting the highly individual nature of the design. There's a small infinity-edge pool surrounded by a garden where drinks and meals can be ordered. The rooms are peaceful and all are nonsmoking; TVs can be found in the common areas. The excellent Granary restaurant-bar is a sister concern. The travel desk is operated by CPH Travel.

  • Lodging in Western Sarawak

    Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat

    With an elevated location above Batang Ai lake, this very comfortable resort is a popular inclusion for visitors after a few days roughing it in more basic accommodation in the jungle. Rooms and suites are lined with honey-toned timber and enlivened by colourful Iban design motifs. The resort is most often booked as part of tour packages. Borneo Adventure offers a four-day, three-night itinerary incorporating two nights at Nanga Sumpa lodge and one night at Aiman Batang Ai (RM1925 per person including meals).

  • Lodging in Kuching

    Radioman

    This central, self-styled 'heritage hostel' occupies a century-old shophouse once used for radio repairs. The building still has the original ceilings, floors and fiendishly steep stairs and has been thoughtfully redecorated. The 12-bed mixed dorm and private rooms share a shower and toilet. Reception closes at 7pm, so email or ring if you expect to arrive late. Old radio equipment has been repurposed to decorate the place – look out for lampshades made from pliers and large speakers that have been transformed into tables.

  • Lodging in Central Sarawak

    Forest Lodges

    The park has six rustic two-room cabins with attached bathrooms; each room can sleep up to four people. Two additional, more expensive air-con units each have two rooms with twin beds. Bookings for park-run accommodation can be made at park HQ (in person or by phone), online, or through one of the National Park Booking Offices.

  • Lodging in Kuching

    LimeTree Hotel

    Dashes of lime green – a pillow, a bar of soap, a staff member’s tie, the lobby’s Cafe Sublime – accent every room of this well-run boutique hotel. (The family who owns it also owns a lime orchard.) The 50 non-smoking rooms are sleek and minimalist. The rooftop bar has river views and a good selection of meals, including vegan and vegetarian options. Happy-hour prices from 5pm to 8pm.

  • Lodging in Kuching

    Hilton Kuching Hotel

    The Hilton has spacious, international-standard rooms in shades of cream, beige and maroon and all the amenities you'd expect from this class of hotel. The best of the rooms have excellent views of the river; others look out onto the city and rooftops of Old Chinatown. This hotel boasts the biggest and best swimming pool in Kuching. Online rates vary and may be lower than those quoted here.

  • Lodging in Kuching

    Marco Polo's

    A well-run, comfortable place with a breezy verandah and a cosy living room. The breakfast of fresh fruit, banana fritters and muffins out on the verandah is a hit. Only some rooms have windows. Owner Sam is happy to give travel advice and sometimes brings guests to the market. Situated about a 15-minutes walk (1.5km) from the waterfront; entrance is around the corner.