The Novotel Balikpapan sits above the town like a newly landed spaceship, illuminated with blue neon signs at night, eight stories of metallic modernity facing the Straits of Makassar and the offshore oilfields beyond. The hotel only opened in 2007, so the fabric and furnishings remain first class, even if the multi-setting shower is an over-kill. The lobby is a vast, marble clad space, devoid of furniture and crying out for a local sculptor’s work.
Lavazza coffee is served in the café – a very good cappuccino for Rp20,000. The yoghurt energy drink was delicious. My room was very spacious and well appointed, with network broadband and a huge range of satellite channels (BBC Knowledge, anyone?) on the massive flat screen tv. To my surprise, there was a full sized bath in the enormous, black marble-tiled bathroom. The pool is a resort type of irregular shape, with lots of shallow patches, so not suitable for swimming laps, but there is a full fitness club in the basement. I have no confidence that my A Club miles will be banked, based on my past experience of the loyalty programme’s erratic performance, but no complaints otherwise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Balikpapan is a 5 star hotel located in the centre of Balikpapan. The ideal choice for business trips and holidays alike, the hotel features 198 rooms and offers a range of conference facilities. Enjoy a choice of two restaurants, relax witha drink in one of our three bars and unwind with our swimming pool and fitness centre. The Novotel Balikpapan is centrally located close to shops and the entertainment precinct. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Balikpapan Hotel Balikpapan
- Balikpapan Novotel