It was newly built when I stayed there last November (I had to tick December in the options bcuz they only had backdated til then), almost over a year ago, with my partner. 3 days proved to be too short a time to be spent lazing in the hotel room. That's for sure.
On the day of our arrival, we were told to make a refundable deposit of 50 SGD at the check in counter. We weren't told beforehand, but we were prepared with extra cash, so thank God for that. The money was returned to us at the end of our stay, if that's what you guys were wondering.
Now. The rooms. We got the double deluxe, so the layout is like Singapore's Hotel Re!, for those who knows. Everything is orange, as is
They've got an infinity pool where one can dine by while admiring the ocean.
Their english needs improving though. There
were posters with a number of grammatical and spelling mistakes which one cannot simply ignore. I think this was the only turn off I found within the grounds. I should actually applaud one particular lady who was then in charge of breakfast. She returned my smartphone to me just as I left the building for a shopping spree. She could have chosen to keep it instead, yet she was honest. THANK YOU, whoever you are!
Now on to efficiency. It IS situated just a stone's throw away from the ferry terminal, and also Mega Mall shopping Centre (Damn, it's awesome that you can smoke anywhere you want to). However, since the area is still undergoing changes to becoming a business sector of Batam, there is no entertainment nor any life nearby. There are pushcarts at night which sells glorious cheap satays, though - a life saver when you wanna just go down from your hotel room to get something local to munch on while flipping the cable tv. Speaking of which, they show Singapore channels as well.
Jump into a cab with the help of the security (he takes care of those things too) at the lobby. He will write you a receipt to show to the driver, since the taxis aren't metered. i.e a trip up to Nagoya Hills costs atleast 60 000 RP. What you should really do, apart from visiting the Miniature Park, zipping down the flying fox or having the must eat seafood beside the cake lapis factory, is to check out the 7 bridges which links all of Batam's tiny little islands together. All the good photos can be shot right there! And while you're at it, you could rent a bicycle and burn off some calories the fun way, right on the dirt. Explore the forest the local way!
Now go pack your luggage and head off to this wonderful place! Much better than Harris Resort, if you ask me!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Harris Hotel Batam Center the only waterfront hotel in the heart of the Central Business District is strategically located just a step away from the Batam Center International Ferry Terminal, opposite the Mega Mall shopping Center. Within walking Distance from Otorita Batam, Bank Indonesia, Sumatera Expo Building and Mesjid Raya. 10 Minutes away from Kepri Mall and Padang Sukajadi Golf.Our property is the nearest hotel from Hang Nadim International Airport, only 15 minutes to Nagoya area, Harris Hotel Batam Center just very conveniently accessible in the heart of Batam. 171 Sea view and city view spacious Harris rooms and suites, equipped with the Harris Dreamazing Bed, 32" LCD television with 40 international and local channels. The woman touch floor provided, it's a woman thing. Safe deposit box, complimentary coffee and tea facilities.Harris slippers, Harris aromatherapy, Harris leather couch , hair dryer and an array of cosmetic amenities.Free high speed wifi available in the Harris cars and the entire premises.Our infinity pool is overlooking the ocean. The H fitness is equipped with the latest cardio equipment and Gym instructor. Sooth your tired muscles at our In-room H spa featuring the most desired facial and body treatments.Taste our Indonesian delights at the H cafe and our Harris healthy juices at our juice Bar. In room dining is available around the clock.Harris Batam Center is the perfect place to stay and accommodate your meeting needs at our Unique Ballroom with a capacity of 1000 persons and the highest ceiling in town. Our Smiley meeting rooms are equipped with the latest high tec equipment.Come and try our new Lifestyle right in the Center ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Harris Hotel Batam Batam