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Formosa Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   City Plaza Nagoya no. A8, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #27 of 71 Hotels in Batam
Singapore, Singapore
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“Formosa Hotel Batam, Indonesia”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Stayed 3 nights. Old hotel somewhat retrofitted. 5 minute walk from Nagoya Shopping Mall. 15 minute taxi ride from Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal (Average IDR40,000). Ciggie smell quite strong. They got our phone booking mixed up but fortunately managed to remedy it. Spacious room, choice of two single beds or one king bed. Dismayed to discover room window faced a cement wall. Bedsheet, bathroom decently clean but not fantastic. Happy I didn't itch from the 2 nights in that room. However, could spot leftover hair here and there. Small fridge, hair dryer provided.

For 3rd night, we asked to change to a room with a view (not that great a view anyway but at least sunlight filtered in!) & big mistake for me. Even though the room was newly made up the bedsheet had a big yellow stain right smack in the middle (too tired from shopping to ask for a change) & tiny hair was all over the bed. Itched the whole night in that bed! Breakfast was a decent spread; largely local fair. Assorted bread dipped in curry was super tasty!

Why I would come back here to stay again is because @ SGD60/night, it's value for money & it makes for easy access to Nagoya Shopping Mall (which in my humble opinion, is better than the other malls in Batam we'd been to). Plenty of eateries, massage parlours, spas nearby (plenty of potholes too). Have stayed in better hotels but they were beach resorts & located far from the shopping belt. So it depends on what you're there for.

Hotel has Alishan KTV with big rooms, fair choice of English songs but drinks as expected were pricier. Guess waiter wasn't too happy we only ordered Coke as it arrived warm with no ice! There is an inhouse massage parlour. Didn't try but did go check out the rooms. Looked clean and like all the rest. Option to call for room massage.

Have to cross a small road and 2 busier roads to reach Nagoya Shopping Mall (the locals just walk even when the cars are headed their way! It's a pain crossing these 2 roads. Requires a special skill & not advisable for parents with very young kids). A zebra crossing is there but the vehicles don't care much for it!

Value for money hotel. Good location, quiet enough but no sea view. Not a resort so no entertainment for kids. Room wifi password available from reception desk.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Big room big bed. Good location. Fun Happy Alishan KTV.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

LOCATION: Extremely convenient, just have to cross a main road to get to nagoya shopping centre. (If i may add, the road is treacherous). It is at the right location, not too near the shopping centre but not too far. Which means that it is pretty quiet.

ROOMS: Was pleasantly surprised at how big the room was. I got a pretty big corner room for 70 per night. think they upgraded me for free as i booked online(through agoda). However, upon inspection, i found that there was a blood stain on the bedsheet. Got it changed. No big deal, just thought you guys should know. Also, i found a cockroach on my last night there. But overall, the room was pretty good. The shower head had some slight problem. Also, for some weird reason they were unable to provide us with a bathtub stopper. (weird). Bed was enormous. I think it was a king sized bed instead of a queen sized bed. hahah

RECEPTION: Duty manager was extremely helpful and friendly during check in. Let us check in 4 hours earlier with no extra charges(kudos to them!) However, upon check out there was a slight misunderstanding about the cup noodle. They said there was supposed to be one in the room, but we didnt see any. During check out, they asked us about it but we denied even seeing it cause it wasnt there. After awhile, they just let us go off. They should check their minibar more carefully.

TRANSPORT FROM HOTEL: Formosa hotel have several taxis and they are pretty safe. Just ask security guard or the front desk and they will get u a taxi. 50,000 rupiah to batam centre. A little more expensive but safer.

BREAKFAST: Extremely good, lots of variety to choose from. They even have tempura hahahaha.

All in all, felt that it was pretty good. will definitely go back there if i ever go back to batam.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

Stayed at this Hotel for one night on Vesak Day, Sat 5 May 2012, for the 2nd time.
My rating of the hotel are as follows :-

LOCATION : very strategic and centralised. About 200 metres to Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre where Matahari is located. You can get all your office clothes, ties, socks and shoes here.
Transport : It cost you Rp to get a taxi from the new Harbour Bay. But you must take the taxi outside the carpark where the check counter is located. Inside the carpark the taxi driver will ask for Rp 45,000. The Hotel is located along the main road and it is very convenient to get a cab. Do not take the cab from the lobby.
FOOD : Eating places are spread all round the hotel. There are 3 - 4 nasi Padang shops around. However, you need to walk and ask around to find them. One Nasi Padang shop is located just across the hotel lobby. They serve original Padang dishes ( rice and gravies at your order ) and lunch for 4 is around Rp 70 - 80,000 - much cheaper than in Jakarta or Bandung.
FACILITIES : There is a ladies hair saloon outside the hotel lobby. A hair cut cost us Rp 55,000. If you do a special treatment and head massage it would be RP 75,000 ( inclusive of the haircut ). Alot of spas, massage places and pubs around Nagoya Hill. If you walk a short distance away to the right side and towards the wet market area, there are plenty of shops including coffee shops catering Chinese food, More spa and pubs can be found here. But it is a bit dark at night.
HOTEL : The hotel is old but the rooms are newly renovated. Hovever, all the wooden furniture and panels have gone and new appealing designed laminated surfaces have been replaced for the beds and furnitures. However, there is a lingering smell of cigarettes in the room.
But somehow the hotel is always full and be prepared to be turned away if you did not book in advance. The price includes free breakfast for two. The spread is more than adequate - complete with bread and pastries and also the egg station. For breakfast , I had sharksfin soup ( look alike ), sweet sour fish, oregano fresh loaf ( sliced your own share ) and spead with peanut butter and honey with some keropok belinjau ( Indonesian seed crackers). You can wash it down with hot beverage or chilled orange juice.
STAFF : They are always always smiling and attentive to your needs.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

Having been to Batam several times and staying at the same hotels, I recently decided to check into Formosa hotel based on the positive reviews in here and as it also fitted my expectation of being within walking distance to Nagoya Hill.

The hotel lobby was simple and pleasant enough. Checking in was a breeze as I was the only one and the staff there are friendly and helpful. Pretty good first impression.

Stepping into their elevator, which was quite small, I was worried if the rooms will suit my expectations.
Arriving at my level, the door opened to reveal a magnificent sight. Seriously, I did not expect the place to look so nice. It was a little distance from the elevator to the room, good thing they arranged a staff to lead our way.

Door opened and I was greeted by a more than expected, pleasant Deluxe twin room. Looked around the room and decided that the hotel was beyond my expectations and definitely a good choice. The room was simple and nicely designed. Bed is clean and comfortable, does not cause itchiness. However, there was a strange smell in the room, probably from the air-conditioning unit. That dissipated quickly enough, or perhaps my senses got used to it, I don’t know. There was also no window in the room though it was not a problem for me. Only thing was that the toilet does not have a spray hose which most hotels provide for nowadays.

I am not able to comment on the breakfast nor the Vienna Restaurant located at the lobby, as I did not managed to wake up in time for it, nor did I dined in during my stay.

All in all, I had a very pleasant experience with Formosa Hotel and it is likely for me to return in future.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011 via mobile

It's kinda weird for a batam hotel to charge using Singapore dollars. Rooms are very big and accomodating. There's even security guards patrolling the hotel which makes it safe from unwanted guests. Spa, karaoke, fitness club (very small with a few machines available) and even a hair salon located within the hotel. Macdonald's and some 24hours minimart nearby for the late night munchies.. Overall enjoyable.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

Stayed for 1 night with a group of friends. The location of the hotel is great as it is only a short walk to Nagoya Hill Mall. The surrounding area is very lively as you are not short of food & entertainment. The room in general was functional and the facilities adequate. Love the mirror facing the bed.

My only suggestion is that the management might want to consider adding more channels to the room tv as it can get very bored seeing the same channel all the time.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: City Plaza Nagoya no. A8, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Riau Islands Province > Riau Archipelago > Batam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites
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Ranked #27 of 71 Hotels in Batam
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Formosa Hotel 3.5*
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