Checked into Rm 1304 on 9/June/2012 The entire 13th floor had bedsheets covering the carpet along the corridor. The musty stench was as unbearable as it was unhealthy. To a lesser degree, the room had a similar stale, damp smell. The room, entire 13th floor, and I dare say, the entire hotel - has never been aired since it existed. The airconditioning, which worked well, brought a sense of relief. My eau de toilette helped overcome the moldy smell in the room.
When we left the room for breakfast & to check out the next mornng, the bed sheets were removed and the carpet seemed to have been shampooed.
We checked in again on 12/June/2012 - into Rm 8015. Thankfully, the corridor carpet was ok.
During my stay, lobby staff - bellhop, receptionist, washroom attendant - were all cheerful, courteous and helpful.
The 2 twin-bedded rooms were spacious and clean. TV worked well and lighting adequate. The hot spring shower is a great boon for guests. We had quiet rooms - no bubbling noise from the hot spring system.
The elevator's floor was wonderfully designed to look like a delicate silk carpet. The coloured floral fringe enclosed a sky-like centre delicately lined with golden lines. The effect, when you enter the lift, is to enjoy a sense of walking on clouds - before being whisked to the level of your choice. Enthralling!
The beds lived up to their notorious reputation for being solid hard! Still, together with the pillows and airconditioning, sleep did not evade us. No worries!
The lobby is spacious with a fountain set-up in its center. A grand piano, played at night, graces the area.
Adjacent to the hotel are food-streets. Here street vendors on make-shift, mobile push-carts transform that alley at night into a glutton's haven. One has to be mindful of how one's stomache can take to such open-air food fare. It is a lively, bustling scene. Worth a visit, if not to eat, at least to snap pix. Definitely an alfresco affair.
At night, in front of the hotel, vendors will display their wares in the street-light glow - the sidewalk becomes a night market of sorts.... if you see in the dark what they are displaying. Interesting.
A 4 minute cab-ride away is Nanya Plaza. This shopping complex boast of a Carrefour, McDonald's.
Overall, the hotel is kept pretty clean. The washroom attendants are perpetually tidying up the washrooms.
Seems to be a hotel where groups are roomed overnight before they move on to another destination. Nevertheless, a very good hospitality experience.
One quaint observation. I was roomed in Rm 8015. There isn't a Rm 8014. Instead, it is numbered Rm 8088 - to allay supersitious concerns, I reckon.
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