I Hotel Batam is situated next to a mall, and the hotel helpfully built a proper predestrian path leading there from the back of the hotel, with a guard at the entrance so it is quite safe walking back to the hotel at night. The mall itself has a wide range of eateries and shops.
The furnishing is functional, although the recliner looks dated. There is no powerpoint right next to the bed (bed lamps' power supplies were built into the wall) so that was very inconvenient because I had to charge my laptop at intervals for use at the opposite side of the room.
Bathroom was very nice, with large tub, large sink, lots of random complementary toiletries, and very clean.
Buffet breakfast spread was very good with a wide range of food and an egg station. However, there was only one restaurant hall, and no separation between the smoking and non-smoking areas, so if you are extremely intolerant to smokers or there happens to be a lot of smokers then there might be a problem. Do come early for breakfast (around 8) because it empties quite fast.
As other reviewers can attest to, I Hotel is good value for money. The only thing I can complain about is although the wireless internet is free, coverage is uneven and connection works only intermittently.
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