This review comes a bit late I guess, I had the (mis)fortune of staying here for 6 nights / 5 days in November 2010. My wife n I were on honeymoon n this was what we got as a gift from a friend with a Royal Club membership. Though they had stayed at this hotel a couple of years back, it was more like a family stay - a couple with kids, not the kind of honeymoon stay that I was looking for.
Anyway, that was the real mistake - this hotel is strictly a business hotel and really really not good for anyone looking for a romantic or pleasure trip. The services provided are purely functional and nothing is for free. The rooms are comfortable, well maintained and again, purely functional.
The room service is efficient, but the staff will strictly adhere to their duties and never ever try to go even slightly out of the way to give you any personal service. On the first day of our stay we made the mistake of using their microwave (operating instructions were not in English) and burnt some edibles. No matter who we spoke to, we could get the room changed and had to endure that burnt-food smell for the rest of our 6 day stay. Understanding of English language is poor and a vast communication gap will exist unless u r on a group tour and the tour operator gets someone who's a good translator.
Food is typically Thai - and they r really good at it, I was made to believe - but that's of now use to Indian tastes. Leave Indian, even their continental offers are just average and limited to a scant selection. Their buffet breakfast has a similarly limited menu but works well if u r on a budget. One advice : no matter how hungry or desperate u are, NEVER order their American Fried Rice!! There are some restaurants run by Indian / Pakistani folk close by though, and it's surprisingly easy to get their number from the hotel staff - even though to collect the food ordered from these one has to go the basement coz they can't officially allow outside food to be delivered up front. Weird!!
Location wise this hotel is bang in the center of the city, I believe, and well connected. Most tour operators will collect and drop you from here with no problems. But if u r a tourist looking for fun, or even someone whose sole purpose of visit is just shopping, this is not of any advantage.
Apart from the beautiful view u get at night of the twinkling city sprawled for miles n miles around you. In fact, I'd put that as the ONLY real attraction of this hotel, the views from the top - which also has a big pool (but NO lifeguards so not safe, esp for kids), a large gym (again just functional) and a spa (couldn't try that) - are just amazing at night.
In all, a business hotel that shud be visited strictly for business.
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