This was a functional but perhaps rather drab and concretey hotel, although arguably the best in Pangkalan Bun. It seems to be on the outskirts of town as it’s a fair way from the Borneo Mall which is a new looking shopping centre....though tiny by European and US standards. It looks more like a large hypermarket you.d find in France.
Clean with reasonably spacious rooms. Decent bathroom . Food is reasonable but no alcohol is available in the restaurant. There is a rather bar in the damp smelling basement where you can get alcohol after 8pm. We had a quick look but it didn’t look at all appealing so we didn’t bother. According to some fellow guests (British travel journalists) it all seemed a bit strange and had the air of a pick up joint.
The buffet breakfast is served in tureens which on the day we were there they must have forgot to heat. Our breakfast was cold.
Pangkalan Bun hasn’t got much of interest. It really is just a stop over point for tourists on their way to one of the lodges up river.
It has a small pool with tables and chairs around it. It’s lacking sun beds and ambience. Just a few potted plants.
The Mosque is directly opposite the hotel so you will get an early wake up call, unless you are a particularly heavy sleeper.
- Also Known As:
- Swiss-Belinn Pangkalan Bun Borneo
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swiss Belinn Pangkalan Bun is the first 3-star international hotel in the city of Pangkalan Bun, capital of Kotawaringin Barat Regency in the west of Central Kalimantan Province. Strategically located in the heart of the city, the hotel only is only a couple of minutes from Kumai Harbour and just 15 minutes drive from Iskandar Airport, from where there are direct flights to Jakarta as well as other towns and cities in Kalimantan. Located in the business complex of Permata Waringin Commercial Estate, this brand new hotel offers exquisite services and facilities for business and leisure travellers to the city. Swiss Belinn Pangkalan Bun offers 93 guestrooms, comprising 1 Presidential Suite, 4 Royal Suites, 6 Executive Suites, 13 Grand Deluxe and 69 Deluxe. Guest facilities include Lobby Lounge and Bar, Coffee Shop, Karaoke, Fitness Centre & Spa and a Swimming Pool. For corporate and private events, the hotel is also equipped with a ballroom and meeting rooms. ... more less
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