Borneo Hotels - Malaysia

Most of these Malaysian Borneo hotels reviews are based on my personal experience.There is a huge choice of accommodation in locations across the country.With hotels in all classes 2-5 star, lodges, backpackers, B&B and longhouses... each style of Borneo hotels offers a different experience.

Lodges tend to be located in the rainforest areas away from the cities and offer all inclusive accommodation right down to guides for activities.

The Longhouses are unique.... offering an experience with a traditional tribe of the area. You will be able to help around the longhouse and experience the day to day lifestyle of the tribe. Iban Longhouses are very popular. I do not offer any options here. That is best done as a package through a tour operator.

Of the listed Hotels on this page I would highly recommend all but the Best Western Daya in Kota Kinabalu...which I would recommend as fine for a 3 star hotel....but it was lacking in ambiance. The Best Western was in a good location.




Grand Margherita Hotel, Kuching **** - Set right on the edge of the Sarawak River this was a great location close to the city and the waterfront on the doorstep.This 4 star hotel had everything you could want with nice swimming pool, restaurants, tastefully decorated rooms and staff that went the extra distance with gifts left each day when the room was serviced.

Breakfast was included and was a truly magnificent buffet with so much choice.Everything from a selection of fresh fruits and cereals to cooked breakfast for European and Malaysian tastes, fresh home baked breads, juice, tea and coffee.It was hard to fault!

Hilton Kuching **** - Across the road from the Sarawak River and the Kuching waterfront the Hilton Kuching hotel is very central to the city. It has a fitness center, and outdoor pool. You can eat at the Steakhouse or Toh Yuen restaurants on site, or any of a selection of nearby eateries.

The hotel has an Executive Lounge and wireless internet access in all public areas.

Suitable for conferences the Hilton Kuching hotel just 25 minutes from the airport has a business center and 9 meeting rooms for 2-750. All rooms have high-speed internet access and a desk. Executive Rooms offer Executive Lounge access.

Harbour View Hotel, Kuching *** - This 3 star hotel was located opposite the waterfront and is also in a good location. It did not have a pool,and the rooms were small, but those who stayed there found it a good, well priced hotel.

Hotel Four Points Sheraton , Kuching **** - Located near Kuching airport this near new hotel is real luxury with very modern decor, large rooms and wonderful bathrooms.

It has a lap pool, gym and spa. The large restaurant had an excellent buffet for both dinner and breakfast. A good choice if you are flying early.


Permai Rainforest Resort, Kuching - Located near the Sarawak Model Village this is a lovely place to relax for a few days. With pretty golden sand beaches and a natural freshwater pool fed by a waterfall. You stay in accommodation set amongst the rainforest.

There is a choice of accommodation.

  • The tree huts sit high in the tree canopy accessed by only for those who are reasonably fit!
  • There are basic longhouses with shared rooms and limited facilities
  • Cottages with 2 rooms either side of a living room or other configurations which we found very comfortable for 6 adults.
Meals are part of the package and are served as buffets or a la Carte for lunch in the open restaurant overlooking the South China Sea. There are kayaks for hire, walks and you can visit the Sarawak Village within walking distance.


Miri Marriott Resort and Spa ***** - One of the most luxurious Borneo hotels, this had a special price so we decided to take advantage. This hotel was absolute 5 star luxury. While set on the beach it is not a beach you would swim at. However the pool was huge with plenty of deck chairs and a pool bar.The rooms each had their own outdoor patio.There were tennis courts, gym and pool.

The shuttle went into Miri at regular times. The hotel was out of the town and the only other place to eat apart from the hotel which had a couple of restaurants, was across the road at two cheap Chinese restaurants for locals.


The hotel buffet breakfast which was included, was excellent.

Royal Mulu Resort, Miri **** - Set in the rainforest in Mulu National Park this was probably somewhere between 3-4 star.

With large rooms with decor befitting the rainforest theme, many of the rooms were some distance from the main area where there was the restaurant, bar, pool, and a lounge area over looking the Melinau River.However , the wide wooden walkways made it an easy walk to reach the restaurant/lobby area.

The buffet dinner was followed by entertainment demonstrating traditional dances and songs of local Borneo tribes. Food was average compared to other similar Borneo hotels. But the location is beautiful.


Best Western Kinabalu Daya Hotel, Kota Kinabalu *** - This was a 3 star hotel near the Kota Kinabalu waterfront.It was an easy to walk to the main section of the waterfront where there are restaurants and bars, markets etc.....while tourist booking offices were just across the road. The rooms are very small and basic...but adequate.

Breakfast was included.It was disappointing not to be able to eat in the dining room if you had to leave very early.

The breakfast box meal was not very good. Many hotels do serve breakfast from as early as 5.00am!

Le Meridien Hotel, Kota Kinabalu **** - This was a lovely 5 star hotel for those wanting a luxury stay.Located opposite the Filipina Market and waterfront it was also very central.

Borneo Global Backpackers Hostel, Kota Kinabalu - Providing dormitory style accommodation this backpackers is in a central location for sightseeing in the city at a very cheap price.

Shangri-Las's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, Kota Kinabalu

Convenient to many city destinations, yet set in beautiful garden surrounds, there are shopping and entertainment venues only a short distance from Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa Kota Kinabalu.

The airport is about 3 miles from the establishment.

This Resort has nearly 500 rooms featuring modern décor each with private balconies attached. Guests have their choice of six different restaurants and bars. The hotel also offers extensive spa services to its guests. There is free parking available to those guests who arrive in their own vehicles.

Manukan Island Resort, Kota Kinabalu - Managed by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges, the accommodation and restaurant facilities cater to the discerning traveler, honeymooner, families and groups.

The Hilltop cabins have ocean views and are surrounded by tropical jungle while the Beach lodges are perched near the edge of the beach and the South China Sea just beyond. For the keen diver, the reefs and crystal waters have beautiful coral.There is a nature trail and a beautiful beach for relaxing.

All chalets overlook the South China Sea, with spectacular sunsets.Enjoy the romance of this tropical island paradise.


Kinabalu Park, Kota Kinabalu - If you are climbing the mountain you will probably want to spend at least one night here. Sutera Shuttle runs from Sutera Harbour Resort to Kinabalu Park Headquarters.

Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve, Kota Kinabalu - Poring Hot Spring and Nature Reserve, Sabah's most famous hot water spring is located in the foothills of the mountain near Ranau.The accommodation and restaurants are managed by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges.

Poring Hot Spring's hot spring itself, is managed by Sabah Parks, whilst Sutera Sanctuary Lodges manages the various accommodation facilities available, as well as the food and beverage outlets.A great place to soak weary bones after climbing the mountain!


Sabah Hotel, Sandakan - A little out of the main town this hotel was very pleasant with a swimming pool. There were restaurants in the lobby areas serving delicious cakes and bakery items.Sandakan City was not that appealing so this was a pleasant retreat.

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NOTE: SUKAU LODGE on the Kinabangatan River is just wonderful and I highly recommend you book a package of 2-3 days here. You will spend your days cruising up and down the river in small boats looking for animals in the wild.

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