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“Judging from the price of room and the walking distance to Nagoya Hills shopping centre and the open air foodstalls near the hot” 3 of 5 stars
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Formosa Hotel
City Plaza Nagoya no. A8, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #24 of 69 hotels in Batam
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“Judging from the price of room and the walking distance to Nagoya Hills shopping centre and the open air foodstalls near the hot”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

Brought 10 of my office staff and stayed the weekend in Formosa Hotel, Batam. The hotel's room were clean, though the water pressure in the toilet is low. Breakfast is simple fare. The great selling point is its walking distance to Nagoya Hills shopping centre. Less than 10 minutes walk. The surounding area is safe and street food and even sea-food is plenty near the hotel. Will I stay here again? A definite Yes. Oh yes, should you wish to explore Batam and I say there is more to shopping please use the tourist van service of tel : 628127524945 of Pak Leo, a Chinese Indonesian. For, Rupiah 500,000 he provides you a van, driver and 12 hours of driving around. normanfernandez7168@gmail.com

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

A 2 days 1 night stay on the 16th July with my partner, & we were kind of disappointed with the view of the hotel from the outside. When we reached our destination, I thought the whole place, including the lobby, was almost totally different from the picture we were shown. When we first entered the room, the smell of ciggarette was so strong. Thank God the package we took up was cheap. Furthermore, Nagoya Hills shopping Mall is just 5 mins away via foot.

The inside of the hotel room was huge though, for just the two of us. It's got a living area, a dressing area, and wifi speed was good. Tv was a bit off because there was something wrong with the cable/source at that time. I'm not sure which. There was no window overlooking ANYthing other than the brick wall of the opposite building. That was the downside for us. Unfortunately, it wasn't the only negative thing. When we woke up for our buffet breakfast the next morning, I found a dead cockroach outside the toilet. When I tested the water, the showerhead wasn't working, so we could only take a bath. And a short one at that.

Food was lovely, nonetheless. Watching tv while devouring the authentic meals prepared for the start of the day cheered us up from the morning's episode.

During checkout, the lady who attended to us was okay I guess. She didn't smile like she meant it, and as guests, we can tell. Her service was of average standard, not one which could make someone's day. There is room for so much improvement, I can say.

I've stayed in other places in Batam before this, and I gotta say there are places much better and worth it than this.

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

Stayed here July 16 for 3 nights on a business.The hotel is near to the centre with the large shopping centre just a 20 mins walk.
Rooms are large with wifi and cleaned every day with change of towels. Hotel Bar Restaurant has a wide seection of Indonesian, chineese, indian and western food. Very cheap too. KTV Bar on the top floor if thats your scene.
Very pleasant stay.

Room Tip: From 3rd and 4th floors
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Stayed 1 night over at this hotel.

Staff service was excellent.

Bell man helped us in fetching a good price for taxi.

Breakfast buffet was average. But the soya milk was pretty nice.

Toilet was ok but got a hard time trying to figure out how to flush the toilet bowl.. well, at least there is water heater.. so after all, not so bad..

Room was ok and big.

Location was good. Very near to the Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall.

Overall I have a enjoyable night at the hotel but bad experience with the ferry as I nearly can't go home due to full seating. Just a piece of advice for those planning to go batam, try to take those ferry that you tried before and not others. Also try to reserve an advance return tickets upon reaching instead of waiting till that day.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view or you might end up with a window facing a cement wall.
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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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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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Address: City Plaza Nagoya no. A8, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Riau Islands Province > Riau Archipelago > Batam
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Ranked #24 of 69 hotels in Batam
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