When you run out of ideas, it’s always good to observe your surroundings especially the places we visit and stay in. We don’t need to go far to appreciate beautiful hotel rooms. We just need to head to Kuching, Sarawak! The Ranee is an exclusive 24-room boutique hotel and located strategically in Kuching’s Old Town. It’s a minute walk from Kuching Waterfront and China Street.
The hotel is stylishly rebuilt from two traditional 19th century shophouses and upgraded with modern furnishings. The architectural design of The Ranee is heavily inspired by its colonial roots, heritage and arts. Not to worry, there’s still wifi in the building!
The Ranee boasts that no two rooms and suites are the same. All of the rooms are all designed to express individuality, charm and character. The suites are also named after Margaret de Windt’s, Sarawak’s first Ranee or wife of a Rajah, daughter-in-law (Sylvia) and three granddaughters (Leonora, Elizabeth and Valerie). The designs of the suites are very close to nature and rustic. Other than using wooden interiors for the bed frames and flooring, plants are part of the décor.
There is a 400-year old double door in the Garden Suite Deck. It dates back to the 17th century and used to be doors to a fort.
In the Leonora suite, the bathroom is designed with a garden concept in mind. The end product is spacious and decorated using wooden furnishings. The black pebbles, potted plants and reclaimed wood give it an outdoorsy feel. The reclaimed wood is made out of old Belian timber which was used to support the building before it became a hotel.
Each room has their own viewing platform whether it’s a balcony, verandah or a Sky Garden Deck. Guests in the executive suite get to admire the view of the State Legislative Assembly Building, the Sarawak River, Astana and Fort Margherita.
Those who stay in the Margaret-Sylvia suite get to watch the sunrise and sunset while enjoying the view of the Serapi range and the Palace. For those who prefer a little more privacy, the Leonora, Margaret-Sylvia and Elizabeth-Valerie suites come with their own private staircase.
Two of their Standard Suites on the ground floor open to an indoor garden each with water features of the air well. It is a cosier place to wind down after a long day exploring Kuching.
Ranee’s Mbar and Bistro keeps to the nature and rustic theme as well with varnished wooden stools and small potted plants on the counters. If you look closer, you can see a line of tiffin tins along the wall.
What are you waiting for? Maybe you’ll still get some rooms in time for the New Year!