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Aquarius Boutique Hotel
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Palangkaraya
Jakarta, Indonesia
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110 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Nice hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

Stayed 2 nights (25 - 27 Nov 2012) . Very nice and pleasant stay. Friendly staff, comfortable room with complimentary Wi-Fi (but just couldnt any HBO, Cinemax, etc) and access to the Disco. Restaurant was nice with reasonable breakfast menu. When I went for dinner they were out of many items on the Western Menu and the I Fu noodles was terrible.

Room Tip: The room I had on the 6th floor was very quiet and comfortable
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Kualakapuas, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

When this hotel was built, I was very proud, because this was the first hotel in Central Kalimantan that have stars. On June 12, 2012 when I have meeting about Infectious Disease in this hotel, I have opportunity to stay here. The receptionist was polite, the room was good and the view from the hotel is good.

When I was eating in the restaurant, I quite disappointed with this hotel, because several people was smoking there.

Car parking available in the basement. There is a mosque near the hotel (in army complex). Position of this hotel is in the main road of Palangka Raya city. Just fifteen minutes from the Cilik Riwut airport.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012 via mobile

Ok there is nothing boutique about it except for a comically bad player-piano in the lobby (who knew there were quality levels for that? This hotel has only bought about ten songs, not played by a talented person). But the room was fine, spacious even, if not super well decorated. Comfortable bed, good pillows. Breakfast was good. Dinner was fine. Beers expensive, but ok, it's a hotel in a relatively dry country.

Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2012

The room is spacious and equipped with free wifi in the room. For business traveler it is very recommended.

The location is very good for those who like sight seeing around the city. If you'd like to go to Nyaru Menteng (BOS Foundation, Orang Utan), it's only 15 minutes away.

But the staffs are not aware of details. I booked an executive room, but they gave me a standard room.

Room Tip: Higher floors is better (at the ninth floor if it's available) since the noise of the club downs...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Hyderabad, India
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16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2011

Very welcoming staff and clean, comfortable rooms. A few irritants to be aware of; the keycards keep failing, there are too few lifts and the internet frequently drops. It is now THE venue for conferences in the province, and the shortage of lifts is particularly annoying when a meeting is on. Despite this, it's the best hotel in town at the moment

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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2 Thank banbikas
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London, United Kingdom
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241 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2011

Upon arriving we were impressed (having previously stayed in a beach shack) but this feeling quickly wore off. Reception was staffed by a group of pretty young girls who smiled sweetly at you while saying "sorry I don't know" to every question. They have no idea about the town, the area, site seeing, restaurants, etc. They're useless!
Food & drinks are poor & expensive. Usual poor wine selection & inability to mix a cocktail.
The spa was attrocious, stay away!
The roof top pool could be ok if they improved the surrounding decor & service but as it is it's poor.
Staff were friendly but unhelpful because the had no training or management.
There's a very dodgy basement nightclub which vibrates through the hotel if your room is on the wrong side of what is a very ugly building (just a high rise block).
What's shocking is that they are completely unable to help tourists & explorers.
We managed to find a few good restaurants, a market, a great boat trip & a private driver who took us to see wild Orang-utans which was the highlight. All this was because of our own knowledge & tenacity but the hotel was hopeless.
I would recommend this town as a base for a few days to explore the jungle. Take a river cruise & hire a private driver to take you to "Kaja Island" to see the wild Orang-Utans. But hopefully you can find a nicer & more helpful hotel.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Chengdu, China
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1,144 reviews
325 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2010

Palangkaraya, ringed by peat swamps, and a long way from anywhere you have heard of, is far off any tourist trail. Yet as Kalimantan's mining boom continues, it is slowly becoming more important. One sign of this is the swanky new Aquarius Boutique Hotel- the best in town. It is not really a boutique hotel as I understand the term, more of a multi-storey business hotel. But considering the location in Central Kalimantan, it is modern, clean and has excellent facilities. From the swimming pool, you can look far off across the peat swamps. The rooms were well-appointed and most modern amenities were available. Overall, we were impressed. The main drawback was the prices in the restaurant. These were very expensive by Indonesian standards and the portions were not very big. Considering how we paid 21% tax and service on the bill, we did not tip. This went down very badly with the staff who looked at us, aghast. Perhaps the hotel wasn't passing on any of 11% service charge to their staff, but that isn't our fault.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aquarius Boutique Hotel
Address: Jln. Imam Bonjol No. 5, Palangkaraya 73111, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Kalimantan > Central Kalimantan > Palangkaraya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Palangkaraya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Aquarius Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 110
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