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“Not Bad for Divers” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Natsepa Resort and Conference Center

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The Natsepa Resort and Conference Center
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Jl. Raya Natsepa No.36 | Suli Salahatu, Ambon Island Maluku, Ambon 97582, Indonesia (Formerly Aston Natsepa Ambon Resort & Conference Center)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Ambon
Singapore, Singapore
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14 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Not Bad for Divers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

The room is spacious, clean and nice. Food are a little inconsistent - they are really good on some night but on some other night it wasn't that great. Its still palatable but definitely could do much better for a resort this size. The Wifi connection is poor but you can get fairly reliable connection at the lobby. They give you a modem to use in the room but we couldn't get it to work. The staff was very attentive, they were are always helpful when you need them.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

I recently stayed overnight at the Aston in Ambon purely as a transit stop as I had a very early flight the next day. The hotel is about halfway between the Ambon airport and Ambon city and sits on a section of Natsepa Beach. It is essentially in the middle of nowhere but I chose the property purely because it was closer to the airport. The hotel bills itself both as a resort property as well as a convention and conference centre and comprises of two blocks of rooms separated by the reception area and restaurant areas.

CHECK-IN
I arrived at the hotel and check in was a generally painful and long process with two staff on duty, They seemed very relaxed as they just had a large convention group check out. I had asked for a discount given that I would be departing the hotel at about 4.00am the next day to catch a very early morning flight. Both staff started to beat around the bush and I asked them to refer it to their senior management or front office manager, to which they replied that no management persons were working as it was a holiday. They continued to offer me their rack rates and finally I could not wait any longer and checked it having them swipe my credit card. As I discovered later the reception area is swarming with mosquitoes in the evening.

ROOM
The room was generously sized, appeared well maintained and had a balcony facing the beach and the pool areas but the views were totally obscured by overgrown trees outside. The room featured a kind sized double bed, writing desk, flat screen TV, bedside tables, a single lounge chair and small table, wardrobe with unremoveable hangers, electronic safe, fully stocked refrigerator and coffee and tea amenities. The surfaces of one of the bedside tables showed something had been burning on it directly and the interconnecting door to the next room was rather thin that I could hear both telephone conversations and normal conversations going on. Internet connection in the room was slow and came on and off.

BATHROOM
The bathroom comprised a shower staff, sink and vanity area, large mirror, toilet and bidet hose, towel rack, retractable clothes line, basic toiletry amenities, hair dryer and bath and hand towels. Points to note were that the clothing hook behind the door was falling off, the hot water had to run for about 15 minutes before it became hot enough for a hot shower, the tiles below the shower head near the floor looked stained with fungus or something and the drainage hole did not appear to be draining properly. These were reported but no action was taken.

FOOD & BEVERAGE
i went in to the restaurant to have a typical Indonesian lunch of soup kambing (oxtail soup) and gado gado (a salad with peanut sauce). I was then informed that I could have the soup kambing in the restaurant but I would have to have the gado gado at the poolside stall for some strange reason which I did not understand as all food came from one kitchen. The restaurant staff said that I could sit at the poolside and they would bring the soup kambing to me. I sauntered off to the poolside stall and ordered a gado gado and the staff there nodded his head. After that I walked off to the dive centre and returned 15 minute later to the poolside stall and was informed that they were not open as yet and he asked me to go back to the restaurant. At the restaurant the staff asked me to wait at a table for my food and now they decided that I could have my gado gado while seated at the restaurant and they would bring it to me. After a wait of about 15 minutes, the gado gado arrived followed by the soup kambing. The food although palatable was nothing exciting.

DIVE CENTRE
The dive centre recently opened and made a big splash at their respective dive website pointing out that there were already operational and running dive trips. When I paid a visit to the dive centre which was close to the pool, it was about nearly 12 noon. I could see it was a brand new set up. Through the glass panels I could a large table with books on diving and underwater photography scattered about, a dedicated photographers' room with work surfaces for cameras, etc. The two workers in the garden outside the dive centre just told me that everybody had gone home. The centre was dead quiet and from the look of the rinse tanks it did not appear that anybody had dived on that particular morning. There was no signage as to what time they would re-re-open again and thus I left and did not bother to return again.

SWIMMING POOL
The swimming pool is the largest of all hotel swimming pools in Ambon and the busiest but the water was very cloudy as I discovered when I jumped in to do my laps. Judging from the number of daybags scattered all around the pool, there were many more outsiders using the pool than hotel guests. There was a remark from one of the members of the public who used the pool frequently, that the water always appeared to be cloudy. There were only 4 deck chairs and the rest of the pool furniture appeared to be scattered all over the place, courtesy of the members of the public. There were swimmers who used the pool fully clothed. There was also a small childrens' pool which was also crowded and the water was also cloudy. There was a long narrow lagoon pool running next to the premium lagoon rooms. The water here appeared to be better then the main pool probably due to less people using it but there was garbage like paper cups and plastic bags littering the edge/boundary of the lagoon pool.

GROUNDS AND GENERAL MAINTENANCE
A quick walk around the general circulation areas of the hotel shows that the property has largely been neglected and a poor standard of maintenance. There were cracks all over the place and sections of certain walkways/pavements had broken off. Garbage was conveniently swept to certain corners which were thought to be less noticeable. Landscaping and tidiness needs to be improved. There seem to be a few staff here and there doing nothing.

BEACH
The section of the beach where the hotel sits on is totally unsuitable for swimming.

BILLING
I had asked for my food bill to be billed to my room. Simple as it sounds, I then retired to my room to rest and eventually fell asleep. I then was awakened on 3 consecutive occassions: the first by one of the staff of the restaurant who knocked at my door and claimed that the front office staff said that I could not charge any bills to my room as they had swiped my credit card for my room on check in and closed my account after that. I told the staff to refer it to their manager in charge. Then I went back to sleep and was awakened by another two calls from the front office asking me to pay up immediately as I had no credit line with them, I was furious and told them to re-open my account that being the obvious thing to do. When the second call came in I shouted at the person on the other end and told him not to bother me again and went back to sleep. I have never encountered a similar level of incompetence with regards to a simple billing arrangement.

CONCLUSION
As I said earlier I only chose the Aston due to its closer proximity to the airport. There are no convenient restaurants or any attractions near or in the vicinity of the hotel. The property bills itself as a meeting and conference centre cum resort and as a four star property in terms of pricing but it falls far short of it in terms of service and maintenance standards and as compared to its other sister Aston properties in Java where I have stayed at. It would take a lot to convince me to ever stay there again, even if the room was complimentary.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

This property is ok, but the diving is wonderful. New dive shop, Dive Into Ambon connected to the hotel and the shop is 1st class. The hotel needs repair, a spa and wifi. The internet connection is poor.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cairo, Egypt
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41 hotel reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Probably the largest hotel in ambon, beatifuly located at Natsepa beach, directly facing to bagoala bay with its amazing sunset view.

Indeed; the location is bit far from the city but not an issue for us as we stayed here as part of our diving package with DiveintoAmbon, a very profesional dive center based in this hotel.

The room is spacious and clean. The bathroom is large but the shower was leak; need some repair or replaced with new one.

The staff was very attentive, they were trying their best to help but more training will help them a lot to cater the requirement of international traveller.

Food - breakfast and buffet dinner - is another story here - mediocre at the best. The The restaurant mostly serves local meal, very hot and spicy.(nothing wrong with that) but not much variety, typically overcooked vegy, chicken, fish and surprisingly the selection of tropical fruits was very poor.
Considering the tap water is not suitable for drinking (even after boiled) the complimentary drinking water - 2 very small bottled water - in the room was a joke.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

If you cannot find happiness during your stay here, stop looking. There isn't a better place you'll find. The staff will go above and beyond to meet any expectations you may have.
The staff absolutely could not be more helpful
The accommodations are second to none.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Natsepaambon, General Manager at The Natsepa Resort and Conference Center, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Dear Andrzej,

Warmest Greeting from Aston Natsepa Ambon Resort and Conference Center,

Thank you very much for your valuable positive feedback. We will maintain our good service and product to meet and exceed guest expectation. I will be proud to share your feedback to all of our colleagues here in Aston Ambon.

Best Regards,

Wali Nursasidi
General Manager
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

Aston is located outside Ambon, half an hour away from the city and airport. Rooms have a nice view over Ambon Bay. Service is friendly and efficient. Condition of the rooms is OK, although a bit damp and cleaning could be more thorough. Some old stains on sheets. Wifi is available in lobby only. No gym, but a nice pool. Would probably book again.

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Natsepaambon, General Manager at The Natsepa Resort and Conference Center, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Dear Mr. Kai S,

Warmest Greeting from Aston Natsepa Ambon Resort and Conference Center,

Thank you for taking the time to write your valuable feedback. We will concern to elevate guest satisfaction by improving the quality of room facilities with the comfortable atmosphere to exceed the guest expectation.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back in Aston Ambon with better atmosphere and facilities.

Best Regards,

Wali Nursasidi
General Manager
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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

nice, big and clean room. location is far away from Ambon city but this hotel has a beautiful scenery. we can see sunset from the natsepa beach just walk from your bed room. bathroom has a little trouble, the shower especially for hot water didnt work properly. the drainage also clogged. but every staff have quick response, including engineering staff really fast when fixing bathroom shower though it midnight time. food just usual but still have taste. really enjoyable here. you should aware when having room with lagoon, room are downstairs and so many masquitos if you open the door in front of the pool and in terrace there is many little animal like worm.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Natsepaambon, General Manager at The Natsepa Resort and Conference Center, responded to this review, September 8, 2013
Dear Ms. Nita.

Warmest greeting from Aston Natsepa Ambon

Thank you very much for your valueable positive comment about clealiness and view of hotel room. we are looking into your concern about hot water, drainage and mosquito problem where currently we are working to fix and ensure it will not happen again for your next coming visit to Asont Natsepa Ambon.
Thank you and We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Aston Natsepa Ambon.
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Address: Jl. Raya Natsepa No.36 | Suli Salahatu, Ambon Island Maluku, Ambon 97582, Indonesia (Formerly Aston Natsepa Ambon Resort & Conference Center)
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Location: Indonesia > Maluku Islands > Ambon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Ambon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Natsepa Resort and Conference Center 4*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Natsepa Resort and Conference Center offers 96 comfortable huge rooms and suites where is next to the popular tourism icon of Ambon, Natsepa Beach. The resort affords beautiful vistas over Baguala Bay and the mountains of the Leitimur Peninsula. It is located only 25 minutes from Pattimura Airport, Ambon City and harbor to the exotic Banda Island can be reached by car within 30 minutes. The boats to Seram, home of the wonderful Ora Beach and Manusela National Park, are just 20 minutes away. ... more   less 
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