We have stayed here as a group of 10 friends at the bungalows/villas (not the hotel proper). The hotel is advertised as 3 stars and I normally don't trust these ratings but actually I'm pretty sure some years ago when it was built it was a proper hotel. There is a nice swimming pool area, hotel restaurant which is for most dishes reasonably priced and the food is pretty good. Breakfasts included in the price are excellent, I would not expect anything more. Pelangi is located close to the outskirts of Tanjung Pinang, so it is relatively quiet but at the same time there are some basic amenities close by. Just in front, there is a small warung with some decent padang food. Within walking distance (walking toward the city), you can find some more warungs, some with very nice food, also some street food, a pharmacy, etc. That's a major advantage over staying somewhere far from the city where you have to rely on not necessarily so great and cheap hotel food.
Staff are very friendly, their English is reasonably good for Indonesian standards.
We used hotel transportation twice to go around some places on the island. I found the service very good but quite pricey, but I suppose these are just the prices in Bintan which is generally more expensive than major islands.
The rooms are of adequate size and are well equipped, maybe if I was a bit picky I wish the bathrooms were a bit more modern but really, they're still OK. A nice surprise was to find a set of toiletries like shampoo, toothbrush, etc. What I didn't like is that even though there should be Wi-Fi internet, we couldn't in any way connect to it throughout our stay (not that we needed it so much). No problems with getting the air-con work.
Overall, this is one of the cheapest places on Bintan island (especially when you consider the crazily overpriced resort area in the north) and what you get for your money is really good! Do not expect luxuries, do keep in mind the price that you pay. Expect a decent service, good room and nice food.
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- Also Known As:
- Pelangi Hotel Bintan Island/Tanjung Pinang, Indonesia