Woodpecker Lodge Kuching
How cheap can a traveller book a reasonably comfortable private room for in Kuching, Borneo?
Well after moving around and staying in a few different lodgings, it seems the answer is 35MYR (£5.90/$9.32US) a night.
After spending my first few days in Place2stay @ city centre, I wanted to see how low I could go by booking a 30MYR room at Cat City Inn.
Needless to say, after a night there I came to the conclusion that the place was rough, well ok it was bad.
Enough said, and it was time to move on.
After a quick search, I found the Woodpecker Lodge Kuching on Agoda at the advertised price of 30MYR (not including tax). With a previous guest rating score of 7.1, the past reviews indicated it could be a relatively alright place to stay.
Having been sold, I booked a couple of nights and hoped, really hoped; it would be much better than the last place.
Ideally located in central Kuching, the Woodpecker Lodge Kuching is a short walk from most bars, cafes shopping malls, banks, and everything else the city has to offer. As I was already staying in the city, I knew the area well.
Along with price, the central waterfront location was a bonus and selling point for what I needed.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by the manager who briefed be about the facilities, rooms and so on. She also explained about the karaoke bar on the first floor, and there would be some noise in the late evening time.
At this point I was wandering solo, so to keep things real budget and simple I had booked the single fan room. For those who are not so tight, there are larger double rooms and air conditioning available for not much more in price.
Once everything had been finalised, I was handed two swipe cards, one for the bedroom door and one for the main entrance door. First thoughts about the single room, it was compact, but not partially smaller than any other budget single rooms I had stayed in around Asia before.
The single bed had clean white sheets fitted and a towel + washing soap provided. The attached shower and toilet were certainly a bonus as I would normally expect shared facilities based on the room price.
A small shelf is fitted to the end of the bed to store things.
Also, coat hooks with a couple of hangers provided just the basics for storing your travel gear. Mounted on the wall facing the bed was a much-needed fan, which had three-speed settings to cool down the hot Kuching heat.
Both floors 2 and 3 have the internet available by Wi-Fi. The connection was easy but the speeds experienced weren’t partially fast. Just ok for light browsing and searching for things to do in Kuching.
As expected come 10 o’clock the tunes from the Karaoke on the first floor started in full swing and continued each night until early am.
For me as a heavy sleeper, this wasn’t a particular problem. If noise affects your sleep then maybe the Woodpecker Lodge Kuching isn’t for you. However, if you’re like me, or don’t return until late, then you can grab a room in Kuching for a decent price.
Although the noise was the downside of staying here, the upside is the owners of the Woodpecker Lodge go out of their way to make you feel a home and get you involve in things.
They certainly made me feel welcome and went above and beyond during my stay.
At various times they came to check if I needed anything and even took me out for a good slap up Indian meal with other guests.
The friendly vibe from the owners, the central location and budget price meant I stayed another five extra nights after the original two.
So who exactly does the Woodpecker Lodge Kuching appeal to?
The traveller on a tight budget who wants a private room in central Kuching with a private shower for the similar price, or not much more than a backpacker dorm bed.
Five stars for service, just a shame about the karaoke.
- Check in: 2 pm
- Check out: 12 pm
- Breakfast included: No
- Wi-Fi: Yes
- Laundry service: Yes
- Luggage storage: Yes
- Distance to Airport: 9 km
Things To Do In Kuching
Some places to visit around Kuching are:
Semenggoh Nature Reserve – Bako National Park is an ideal day trip for nature lovers and eco-minded adventurers!
Sarawak Cultural Village – Get acquainted with the local people, history, culture and natural surroundings of Sarawak on this private overnight tour from Kuching, including a homestay in Annah Rais.
The Great Orangutan Project – Based in the Matang Wildlife Centre, focusses on the conservation and protection of Borneo’s most fascinating and enchanting species – the orang-utan.
Mount Santubong – Spend the day hiking Mount Santubong
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