We stayed in Gardenia resort for 3 nights,& overall it was very good,the room was clean,tidy & air conditioned,which is an absolute must in Pontianak,it is so hot & humid.We were lucky enough to go when there were free upgrades to a better room.
As a previous guest has stated,the breakfast is pretty basic,maybe it should be looked into,but it did serve a purpose,we used room service once,& again,no problems at all.
The restaurant itself serves a decent ammount of dishes to keep most people happy,we stayed over a weekend,& tried the friday night 'sushi' night & the BBQ on the saturday night,both which were very good,& reasonably priced.It is about a 20-30 minute taxi to the city centre,& the food at the resort was obviously more expensive than in the city,but we thought it was worth staying there & to be honest,pontianak does not look very welcoming at night!.
The resort itself was a nice place for a quiet few days away,lush greenery,wooden walkways raised off the ground,spa treatments available,& the restaurant open nearly all day,& you are far enough away from a main road,so it is very quiet.
There is also a theme park next to resort which you are allowed to enter free of charge if you are staying there,I use the term 'theme park' lightly,it is for children really,& from my western point of view,it looked very strange.
Many thanks to the staff at Gardenia who were all helpful,especially to Dewi in the restaurant & Emma on reception,both who helped to sort afew things out for us.
I dont see a reason why I will go back to pontianak,but if I did have to,then I would definately stay at the resort again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A four star private villa with an elegant and traditional feel-on wooden stilts just like an authentic Kalimantan House, complete with a raised walkaway – awaits you with serene atmosphere and gorgeous views of the surrounding gardens. Located close to heart of Pontianak, Gardenia Resort and Spa is the only true resort feel in the city of Equator Land. It is only 5 minutes by car from Supadio Airport at Jalan Ahmad Yani II, Pontianak Kalimantan Barat and 15 minutes from the city center.Gardenia Resort and Spa has 47 Suite Villas ranging from Premier, Terrace Suite, Family Suite and Gardenia Suite Villas. Each Villas is design as outfitted with traditional decoration and has beautiful panoramic views.Gardenia Resort and Spa stands on 4.3 hectares of land. You will find the accommodation peaceful and spacious with an architectural style that blends the traditional with contemporary.Resort can provide assistance and will work with licensed travel agents or bonafide tour operators in arranging tours to experience unique culture and nature expedition into the hearth of Borneo ... more less
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