Imposing structure, especially the driveway and the lobby. You are greeted by lots of square footage as you enter the reception area. Very well maintained and grandiose. Location wise, seriously, its Batam. Nothings really that far away though you might probably have to cab around.Hunt for the cabs charging by meter, a little extra work but a lot of extra money saved.
Lifts require key cards, a boon for security conscious tourists. The hallways are well maintained with the temperature well managed and carpets clean. I've heard of the problems some have had with the common corridor rooms but I specifically requested for a room without such an issue, usually the units on the higher floors. Levels 3 and 4 have no issue if I remember correctly.
The rooms themselves are perfect. As a tourist, the triad of must-haves are satisfied. 1) The air-conditioning was great, very strong and cold enough to give me the shivers. 2) The bed was comfortable and not squeaky, important for a relaxing holiday if you intend to sloth it out. 3) The sheets and towels were clean. No stressing how important and how well it reflects on a hotel that provides clean linens.
For the foodies out there, do try their room service if you have the chance. They serve a mean Cabonara and fantastic Tom Yum Goong. Give their steaks a miss however, my medium rare was as tough as a block of concrete, no exaggerations there. Breakfast is average at best, with food taking a little longer than I would expect to be refilled. Taste is passable but nothing to shout about.
I liked the touch of the little cozy corner in the king bed room with the long 'day-beds' where you can recline and have a massage in your own room. Very good for business travelers who want to escape the crowds. Bathrooms were well designed albeit the bathtub water was rusty for the first 2-3min. The biggest issue I had was the maintenance of their electric kettles. The one in my room did not have an boiling point sensor that switches the kettle off once the water boils. We had to manually switch it off. This could be extremely dangerous for visitors who may unknowingly leave their kettles boiling and go out thinking the kettles will switch themselves off. Electrical fires come to mind. That may well be a one off incident with a faulty kettle however.
Overall, a great experience with a well managed hotel.
Stayed Jan 2013, traveled as a couple.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Work and play fuse into one at our boutique hotel in Batam. A haven for business travelers and leisure tourists in search of efficiency and pleasure, Harmoni One Convention Hotel & Service Apartments is well-placed within the heart of Batam near major business and government offices, as well as the city’s entertainment and commercial areas. It has a growing reputation as one of Batam, Indonesia’s finest destinations for successful conferences and business meetings, and also for providing guests with a wealth of comfort within its richly appointed interiors. ... more less
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