The only reasons I stayed here was to attend a conference. It is a nice hotel but there isn't much to do and you need to take a taxi or drive to all the attractions, even the tours will pass by the city first then to your destination. All the taxis we took from the hotel would have their meter on and we would get a very good rate. On the way back we had to bargain with the drivers and would have to pay a higher rate.
The 2 things I enjoyed most about the hotel were the food which was excellent and reasonable (maybe pricey for Indonesia), and the beautiful landscaping. Other than that the internet worked well only late in the night or early in the morning otherwise it was quite slow. The staff we friendly but need more training. The person manning the tour operator desk in the hotel was very incompetent and during my 6 day stay I only managed to get one tour organized. The person who took me on the tour however was excellent as was his English and knowledge of the island in particular and Indonesia in general.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Novotel Manado Golf Resort & Convention Center is 15 minutes from Sam Ratulangi International Airport and 20 minutes from city center. Nestled in 180 hectares of land. The hotel stylishly appointed rooms & suites embrace the splendid view of golf course and manicured garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Manado Hotel Manado