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Hotel Citi International Palang Merah
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Hotel Citi International Palang Merah
Ranked #68 of 76 Hotels in Medan
Reviewed March 8, 2012

Can't complain cos it's cheap... I suggest you spring a little extra for the massionette room though. It feels less cramped the the standard room. It has a downstairs living room and an upstairs bedroom which has two beds. Can fit 3 to 4 people. And don't be fooled by the lovely photos they have on the website... They found a REALLY good camera-person...

The problem with this hotel is that they don't have non-smoking rooms... So all the rooms have this faint whiff of cigarette smoke. Horrible. But luckily it wasn't really at carcinogenic levels, and there's a ventilator fan thingy that we left on the whole time we were there.

The buffet breakfast was not bad, considering how cheap it is.. There was this fantastic chicken porridge with yau char guai. And they had some nice Indonesian kuih. And the usual coffee, tea stuff.

I liked that they had internet available. Well, it was only one computer in a room near the reception.. But i could check mail and Facebook, so good enough for me! Oh, and it was free, so no complaints!

Room Tip: Maisonette room, the one right in front (cos that one has a window with ACTUAL sunlight...)
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

I dun expect much as rate is reasonable to me.I prefer staying here compare to Citiinn Sun Yat Sen .You can try walking to nearby shopping area and places of attraction.
On security ,perhaps they should ensure that those damaged security hook on the door to be replaced.
Dun forget to close the verandah fully if you are staying along the corridors.
Impressed that they have pick up service from and to airport and free breakfast too.
Its safer to enjoy free pick up from hotel or by taxi esp. if are going to the Polonia airport instead of using Bechaks as my experience tells me that those bechaks use to drop me near the airport instead of at the airport,perhaps allowing their friends a chance to give me a ride by motorcycle and charge me again or that they are not allowed at the airport.
But...Bechak has nothing to do with this hotel.
Just that it is convenient and can be easily found outside Citiinn if you are travelling around the cities .Suitable for budget traveller though there are cheaper one.
I like Citiinn.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 16, 2011

Paid about $30 for a room including breakfast, wifi and pick-up from the airport. Beds a little too soft for me. Building old fashioned in a pleasant way but front modern in an ugly way. Location not great but there is a shopping plaza close. Staff very helpful resulting in a good trip to Lake Toba by minibus. The restaurant is for breakfast only.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Thank SEA_forever
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

There are hardly anything inside this hotel. Let's start with the room:
The door lock cannot function properly
The room consist of a bed and a tv
TV channel is limited (not more than 7)
There is no glass for you to fill up your drinks.
No Refrigerator, No hair dryer (only one hair dryer in the hotel, so you need to go over to room etc etc to get it yourself)
Stranger walking along the corridor and you can hear the simplest sound as it seems the wall is not there
Air Cond sounds like an engine whereby you need to switch it off in the middle of the night

Breakfast: Fried noodle, bread with jam and a few pieces of cucumber plus terrrible coffee and tea

Hotel ambience: more like backpackers and the lobby is secluded inside with poor white lights

Hotel location: KFC is just beside this hotel, walking distance to merdeka walk is 30minutes, to Sun Plaza is 15 minutes. Nothing at the surrounding as it is in the middle of a traffic jam road

Hotel airport hotel transfer: They provide free of charge but you need to cramp with 13 other passengers in a 12 seater van plus luggage. No safety rules here, just wanna make sure they dump you off and never want to see you again.

Wifi: They have a router in every floor but the connection is poor unless you stand at the corridor where the router is located.

Would never ever step in into this place again and the price paid Rp250,000 should cost around Rp50,000 for the experience we went thru.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank Ray C
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Reviewed November 21, 2009

Stayed in this hotel for 2 nights,good value for money considering other Hotels cost a lot more.Rooms are clean with wooden floors,bathrooms are small but nice,Corridors can be a bit noisy at night,Wifi is free but there's only one PC available.The Sun Plaza is about 10 mins walk and there's a KFC and a local food court / convenient store right in frony of the Hotel.They even provide free airport shuttle when you check out.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with family
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Thank calypsokelanajaya
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Reviewed August 2, 2009

The only good thing about this hotel is its price. Breakfast is bad, the hotel is very noisy at night, as many people shout in the corridor and many rooms have windows on the corridor. The staff are often late in the morning, which is a problem if you have an early flight. Rooms are often dirty, especially the bathroom. The TV only has Chinese programmes. The table is very small, just like standard rooms. If you really want to go there, take the maisonnette room, it's a bit more spacious.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled on business
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Thank BarbaraEtty
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Reviewed December 1, 2008

Almost new ultra modern hotel which seems out of place in Medan. Free wifi and OK breakfast as well as free pick up and drop off at the airport. Staff bent over backwards to help. Full review at http://www.littlewhiteswan.com/Accom/az08/0849.html

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Swanygirlie
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H_Citi_International, Owner at Hotel Citi International Palang Merah, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2011

This review is actually for Hotel Citi International Sun Yat Sen. Not for Palang Merah location. Thank you Swanygirlie for your review.

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Additional Information about Hotel Citi International Palang Merah

Address: 112 A Jl. Palang Merah, Medan, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Sumatra > North Sumatra > Medan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #68 of 76 Hotels in Medan
Price Range: $17 - $23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Citi International Palang Merah 3*
Number of rooms: 35
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