Our trip began with a short ferry ride to Batam from the Harbourfront Terminal arriving at Sekupang Ferry Terminal in Batam. Sekupang is a very nice terminal, clean and efficient. The Holiday Inn shuttle picked us up within 15 minutes of our arrival and took us straight to the hotel which took about 12-15 minutes. Check in was pleasant with staff welcoming us and flashing us big smiles. We were escorted to our room by staff and given a quick briefing on the facilities. We opted for the Family Suite which is the size of a small apartment with an adult room and an kids room complete with toys, stuffed animals and colored bedding. The room also contained a Playstation although we never got it to work properly and the games were pretty badly scratched.
The room itself was typical for our limited experience at non 5 star hotels in Indonesia. It was a little worn down but we are not picky and were happy. The beds were comfortable and the A/C worked which is all we generally care about. There was a strong odor of bug spray which I assume is their way of keeping the insects out (however a few made it in the room anyway).
The food selections are good and there is enough western food to satisfy my picky kids. For the adults you have your choice of Japanese, Thai, Indonesian and Chinese to choose from. The morning buffet was crowded but offered a decent selection. We had a nice dinner at the Tepan Bar and enjoyed watching the chef at work.
The best part of the hotel is the facilities for the kids. The pool is awesome complete with a play area and slide. Our kids spent most of 2 days swimming and enjoyed every minute of it. It rained for a little while which is fine because the resort has a game room with wii, xbox and computer access (although they make you buy a drink as payment to use the game room).
My wife and I enjoyed an amazing 2 hour experience at the spa which was well equipped and the staff were knowledgeable and friendly. The cost is not that great but compared to Singapore still a good deal.
If you plan to come, bring Indonesian Rupiah. They take Singapore Dollars but you WILL get a poor exchange rate. We billed everything to the room and paid by credit card. Had we used cash for everything we would have lost out big time.
All in all, a good resort if you are not picky about your room and need a weekend to let the kids loose while you sip a drink by the pool. There are other things to do in the area (paintball, watersports, ect) but we never managed to drag ourselves away from the pool. We'll likely go back for a short weekend getaway (but bring your Rupiahs).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Resort Batam is the only all suite luxury accommodation in Batam. Ideally situated just minutes away from the Waterfront City and Sekupang Ferry Terminals and a short ferry ride from Singapore. The ultimate height of pleasure comes in the form of our award-winning Tea Tree Spa. Sooth your mind and body with a selection of signature spa packages at one of 14 spacious Balinese-styled couple villas or individual treatment rooms. Spread across 3.4 hectares of open space and lush greenery, each of our 235 premium suites features a private balcony and guests can choose from spacious one or two bedroom suites, all elegantly furnished and equipped to provide unmatched comfort. When it comes to leisurely activities, guests of all walks of life are spoilt for choice at the Holiday Inn Resort Batam. The Panda Kids Club offers families a real treat. Our selection of six restaurants and bars, offers a variety of cuisines from around the world. For the business traveller, the Resort's multi-functional Meeting rooms complete with a variety of options for corporate meetings, functions, and events, supported by 24-hour business centre and a dedicated concierge. Whether you are a family with children or a corporation with a team of employees, the Holiday Inn Resort Batam has the facilities and activities to ensure that your trip is one you will never regret making. Come experience world-class hospitality infused with traditional Indonesian island charm! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Batam Hotel Batam
- Batam Holiday Inn