For the two night trip we chose to stay at the Swiss-Belhotel. For about $65 SGD ($50 USD) per night you can stay at this 4-star international hotel, which boasts a high quality standard of services and facilities. In addition, the hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal in Batam’s central business and commercial district.
Upon arrival we were greeted by friendly staff members who pointed us towards the decadent lobby. After checking in we whisked ourselves up to our fifth floor room. The modern room was clean, comfortable and had all the amenities you would expect in a 4 star hotel. The only negative thing I noticed was that the business chair was missing some padding on one of the armrests. Everything else was up to par, including the shower, which had a rain shower nozzle making showering that much more enjoyable.
Although the Swiss-Belhotel offers four on-site dining options we only had time to eat at the Swiss-Café for their breakfast buffet. I thought they offered a great selection, (beef stew, chicken, rice, noodles, fruit, American breakfast, desert, etc.) however I cannot say all of the food had great taste. I will say I really enjoyed their pineapple juice.
One additional thing that I think is worth noting. In the past I have experienced several hotels that claim to have fitness and business centers, only to find out when I arrive that they have insufficient areas with minimal necessities they call “business” and “fitness” centers. This is not the case at the Swiss-Belhotel, which is well equipped to cover all your needs in both these areas.
If you are traveling to Batam the Swiss-Belhotel is definitely worth thinking about. The Swiss-Belhotel is indeed 4 star worthy and you can spend the night for only 3 star prices. If you are looking to stay at a hotel that is clean and safe in the heart of Batam then the Swiss-Belhotel is the one you should pick. I would stay there again in a heartbeat!
For a further review of Batam, check out http://www.day53.com/travel-brochure-to-batam-indonesia/
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swiss-Belhotel Harbour Bay is a 4-star international hotel which provide a high quality standard of services and facilities. The hotel is ideally located in the central business and commercial district, only 30 minutes from Hang Nadim International Airport and 35 minutes to Singapore by high speed ferry from Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal, which is adjacent to the hotel. As the ultimate combination of hotel, mall and trade centre, Swiss-Belhotel Harbour Bay allows easy access to a variety of entertainment and leisure activities, and many dining options. For business or leisure travel-lers to Batam, Swiss-Belhotel Harbour Bay is the ideal place to stay. ... more less
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