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Hotel Bidakara Grand Savoy Homann Bandung
Ranked #58 of 230 Hotels in Bandung
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Beautiful architecture, location and breakfast”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

A nomad has arrived in Bandung after an 8 hour train ride from Jogja with fantastic views of the west Java landscapes. Bandung is the country's third largest city and its' urban area has over 7 million people. Having a cooler climate and a natural defense system the colonial administration of the Dutch East Indies once considered it as an alternative capital to Batavia (now: Jakarta). It was developed by city planners into what was known as the Paris of Java. But that's a faded memory of a bygone era. During the Indonesian national revolution much of the city perished.

An old hotel survived all attacks of revolution and modernization. The fully renovated Savoy Homann is a beautiful example of late colonial architecture and is conveniently located in downtown Bandung. I took a cab from the airport and book a room at an affordable 'Harga Ramadan'. Luckily the hotel wasnt fully booked. Most of the guests were Muslims returning home for 'Lebaran'. The rooms are modern, the room service quick and just after sunset I enjoyed a refreshing dive in the fairly large open air pool. Later that night I left the hotel, grabbed a snack with the hawkers across the street and strolled around the quiet and safe city center.

Dont forget to ask for the English language Hotel Savoy booklet. The English is pretty poor, but it has some nice information about the hotels long history. Reading it at breakfast it made me wonder if I might be sleeping in the room Charlie Chaplin once occupied. The highly recommendable breakfast here serves both brown bread and cheese, as well as 'Bubur Ketan Hitam' and 'Pisang Goreng'. And much more.

The hotels location makes it easy to take strolls around the city. Its been a while that this city was called the Paris of Java. Nonetheless there are some prime preserved specimen of old colonial 'art deco' architecture. So perhaps not a lively metropolis like Jakarta or even Jogjakarta, wandering through town and not being hasseled by tourist hawkers gives this place a definite edge to the trappings of Indonesias top tourist destination: Bali.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

Everything was clean except for their electric jug. that was nasty. need to check before using it people.
The room service was great but the choices in the menu was pretty dull.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2012

We had a deluxe room in the new wing at the back of the hotel. It was a bit of a walk but we didn't mind. Aircon wasn't so cold, otherwise room was fine. As in the two previous Bandung hotels we stayed, we had to catch mosquitoes.
Hotel is dated but not without its charm. Old VIP guestbook in lobby has the signatures of Chou En Lai, Jawarhal Nehru, Norodom Sihanouk, Nasser, Sukarno and other heads of state who stayed there during the 1955 Bandung Summit of African and Asian leaders.
Breakfast is a large spread of local and international food, tasty and satisfying. On arrival the first day, we ordered fried rice while waiting for our room to be ready. Good - sate, fried chicken, prawn, pickles with the house nasi goreng.
Dropped safe deposit box key in the lobby and the bellboy picked it up and chased after me to hand it personally. Very grateful for that.
A row of Nasi Padang restaurants exist behind the hotel if you get tired of institutional cuisine. Walk about to explore the malls and shops nearby. We found it safe and are looking forward to going back. This hotel will be our top choice. You even get a free shuttle to the airport when you check out. Just book ahead in case there are too many guests departing at the same time.

Room Tip: Request a room within walking distance of the lift if you are elderly or hate to walk too far.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bandung, Indonesia
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2012

I stayed at this hotel twice. At my 1st visit I got room at the old wing. The room was clean, and nice just like any other hotel. Nothing left an impression I gotta say. But at my 2nd visit, I got a room at the new wing, the room has a modern bathroom than the other one. It's nicer and cleaner. Maybe bcuz it's new. Had a breakfast at the resto with various menu. That's a plus. Tried the Soto Betawi, pancake with ice cream and almond. If u're looking for a place to shop like mall, maybe u won't find one nearby, but u'll find art center on braga street.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

This memorable hotel is well maintained. Location is okay if ones need to explore Bandung's old town. Breakfast can be said as a bit above average. The weakness point is once it has high occupancy, it will be difficult to park ur car..

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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60 reviews
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

I stayed there for 4 nights with a friend. The hotel was being renovated but I wasn't sure which part was involved. My first impression of the room was that it was nice, clean and the beds were comfortable. There was a kettle, no iron. The tea and coffee packets were not very interesting.
Bathroom was ok but I found the position of the toilet paper a bit strange, a bit hard to reach from that angle. The furniture and finishing looked tired and exhausted(!). But overall it was ok.

No wi-fi in the room.
VERY, very difficult to get signal even after I went outside the room. Very frustrating. Big minus point here.

The breakfast was so-so. They offer the same items every day and I got bored the first day. Am supposed to go to Bandung again soon am seriously considering another hotel.

The staff were pleasant and accommodating.
Location- close to Pasar Baru (the shopping market). The 'beca' can take you there for USD1-2.
They also provide free shuttle to the airport, nice touch.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Amsterdam
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50 reviews
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Yes the building is being renovated and yes many of the staff are trying to make the best of it, but the current Savoy Homann hotel is not worth the 4* rating they seem to have. Or the prices you have to pay if you stay, drink or eat there. The bar is an empty shell without character or customers and the remainder of the ground floor and lobby is continuously being taken over by escapees from the many conferences being held there. Although the artists impressions of what the future lobby area will look like at some time in the future, would strongly suggest you book elsewhere and wait until that becomes a reality.
Or until they drop their prices substantially!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Savoyhomannbidakara, Manager at Hotel Bidakara Grand Savoy Homann Bandung, responded to this review, September 8, 2016
Dear Mr/Mrs.
Warmest greeting from the Savoy Homann Bidakara Hotel!

We are very honored that you have chosen our hotel for your trip.
We apologize for any inconvenience about the room. Hopefully for the next stay you will enjoy and there is no problem anymore.
Once again, thank you for choosing Savoy Homann Bidakara Hotel.
Have a great day and see you soon at Savoy Homann Bidakara Hotel.

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Property: Hotel Bidakara Grand Savoy Homann Bandung
Address: Jln. Asia Afrika No. 112, Bandung 40261, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Java > West Java > Bandung
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #58 of 230 Hotels in Bandung
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Bidakara Grand Savoy Homann Bandung 3.5*
Number of rooms: 185
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