This is my first visit with my family to Batam after 15 years so I do not know what to expect. Booked a hotel with day tour through groupon for 3 days 2 nights stay. As there is a variety of hotels avail, decided to pick Gideon for its newness and location.
The location of the hotel is its best value as it is located right smacked in chinatown and within walking distance of all food outlets and shopping centre. The A2 foodcourt have a variety of foodstalls like seafood, and local cuisines. There is also a big screen for screening of sports and Singapore channel. The price is cheap and good. An ice tea cost S$0.50 and 2 pieces of stingray cost $10 only.
The BCC shopping centre is a mixture of small shops and departmental shops. The prices are reasonably cheaper than S'pore. Bought 2 Puma and 1 Converse T-shirts at less than S$50. The quality is original but made in Indonesia. If you are bored, there is a bowling centre at $1.50 per game. If not, catch a movie at $2.50 per ticket. The cinema is clean and comfortable.
The hotel is clean but you must request for a higher floor. I made the request when I make my bookings but the hotel shoved me a 1st floor rooms which is noisy. I refused to accept it and insist on a higher floor. They buckle in to my insistence. Normally they have high floor rooms but will not give it to tourists. The bed was comfortable with 3 different sizes pillows which is soft and cushy. There is no fridge which doesn't affect me and it is a breeze during check out as there is nothing from bar usage. The toilets are clean with a fantastic big forest shower head.
There is a 42 in TV mounted on the wall with international english channels and movies.
There is only one negative point. I requested and paid for an extra bed for one of the room but they just put a mattress on the floor insisting that this is the standard and they have no more portable bed and refused my wife insistence. I went to the front counter and reason with them, told them to give me a upgraded room if they do not have a portable bed which I'd paid. We're no beggars to sleep on the floor. After making so much noise at the front counter with other guests checking in and listening to us, they relented and sent us a bed.
Finally, do not patronise the massage parlour on the 1st level. The service is bad and the massage is terrible. For S15 per hour, i suggest going to the massage parlour outside the hotel.Went to Sawadika massage centre near top 100 shopping centre and the massage was excellent. One last thing, there is no swimming pool nor gym in the hotel....
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