My wife received an angpow from her boss and decided to splurge for the long weekend in PD. Our two kids (5 & 7) were promised the beach and and lotsa fun and boy, did the Thistle deliver!
We celebrated my daughter's 5th birthday on Chinese New Year, and it was surprisingly quiet when we checked-in on the 9th. Check-in was a breeze, but they do require a deposit (cash or credit/debit card).
We were given the King-bedded sea-facing room with a balcony on the left wing of the 6th floor. The room was HUGE! My son was so happy to be sleeping on the day bed beside the sea-facing window. The rooms were very clean, and bright. Furniture was tastefully done, and especially appreciate the mirror design.
The air-con was cool and quite, and there were slippers and a pair bathrobes in the wardrobe. Also in there was a safe, an electric mosquito repellent (which we did not need), plus the usual tea and coffee making setup.
The bathroom is clean with a shower in a glass cubicle. The shower is strong, albeit the water doesn't get too hot, sometimes.
TV channels were sufficient and the internet was not too expensive (RM20 per 24 hours).
After we checked in, we decided to explore and this place is a heaven for kids! The pool was by far the largest in PD, with TWO separate sections for kids, equipped with two + 1 water slides. I honestly regretted there were no such thing when I was growing up!!
The private beach was about 100m away from the pool, and has that really relaxed feel to it. There were two swings tied to a tree, and I believe kayaks for rent. Did I also tell you that there was a bar (Cumulus) with their own pool right on that private beach? Marvelous!
My kids had so much fun playing in the sand, and when they, err, sorry - I, had enough of that, there were the free ping-pong and RM3 pool tables. They also had a free Wii room with 3 Wii sets for you to play virtual baseball, golf, boxing and tennis among other things. The lady there (Aidah/Aizah?) was so good with kids, I just had to mention her name.
Right beside the free I-games room was the free kids movies room with daily showings of cartoons. Bean bags on the floor and 12 ft high cartoons - what's not to think you died and reached kids heaven?!
Breakfast spread was great (not Michelin star excellent, but family friendly great), with traditional stuff (nasi minyak, fried noodles, wantan, roti jala, chicken rendang, teowchew porridge, noodle soup, etc) plus the salad, cereal, bread and egg stations. The juice served could have been slightly better though..
Service was fast and friendly, and John (the Hotel GM), could you please give a pat on the back to the Omelette Man who made my daughter laugh with his funny faces? Such things are much appreciated by a parent!
To cut to the chase - This is a fantastic place if you need to get your kids well behaved for the next couple of months or so. Bring them here and tell them if they behave, your coming here again (even though you know you simply want to).
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