I have been to Batam before and this time I chose I-Hotel and stayed here for 3 nights because It is gaining popularity in tripadvisor and there were less negative reviews. You can read my other review on another hotel named "PH" and decide which hotel you would stay.
I-Hotel is new. The rooms are fresh and clean, and the bathroom is big with a full size tub and separate shower. The fixtures are still shining like it has been newly installed. The TV is big but not yet LCD. They have more channels though and are clear to watch. The room is bigger than average, but has a simplistic design, almost like an apartment. The view outside the windows is just a hill with nothing special but it is the same on most hotels in Batam. There is no free shuttle service to any place in Batam even in the nearby Nagoya Hill Mall. The mall is only a 5-minute walk (less if you are a fast walker) but disappointingly, there is no sidewalk for pedestrians so you need to step on the road and walk against ongoing traffic.
There is free broadband internet and free pressing of clothes daily, 2 pcs only. Price of laundry is reasonable if not cheaper than PH.
The breakfast is average with not so grand spread almost no change in variety. They may call scheduling the yogurt M-W-F (not daily) a variety. I wondered why not serve it daily, it is only a 1 small bowl. The ala carte dinner of NY Sirloin Steak is no good, but this is the only dinner I had from the restaurant.
Lastly, the band at the lobby is so noisy it can be heard on the 7th floor. The hotel did not do a great job of sound proofing. I was awaken around 2am with loud percussion music from downstairs.
Nevertheless, I-Hotel is still the better hotel and I would not hesitate to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are fully renovated and re-branding with a NEW LOOK to serve you better. Experience the refreshing guest room enhancements at GRAND I HOTEL. Located next to Nagoya Hill Mall, GRAND I HOTEL is within walking distance to entertainment, local and gourmet cuisine, and shopping mall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- i Hotel Batam