Stayed in room 1145.
1: breakfast buffet. Large selection of food. I especially appreciate the omelette bar (they can do egg white omelette - yay!).
The local specialties - bubur & Nasi kuning manado were quite nice). The bacon was a little weird, but at least it was real pork bacon. There was plenty of other hot and standard continental breakfast items as well.
2: gym. It's alays a little tough working out in the hot and high humidity limate of indo, but the gym was nicely equipped. They have one each of the standard cardio equipment, as well as some free weights and weightlifting machines. Towel service, tv, and nice adjoining locker rooms. The gym has a good view of the pool and golf range! And mountain in the back.
3: free wifi. This is available in the lobby areas only. Not the fastest, but at least there is something. The rooms only have hard line connection.
The not so good:
1: room. like a lot of other hotels these days, the electricity into the room requires you to put in a card. So it will take awhile for the air conditioning to get all of the humidity out of the room. It took a full day to alleviate the hot, humid feeling in the room.
2: service. It doesnt seem like the front desk is able to see the room from which you are calling. The mini fridge in the room is locked, so you need to get housekeeping to open it for you. After calling and waiting for 40 min, they still hadn't showed up. I called again, and after another 20 min, still nothing. I called a third time and the front desk person said they had already opened it.... Turns out it was for a different room. That was frustrating.
Other tips: housekeeping props the room door open when they clean the room each day, so this inevitably let's in a few Mosquitos/ gnats. I suggest you stay up to kill em before they attack you in your sleep.
Overall: had a few issues with the room, but the hotel has nice amenities. Probably a decent choice given the area.
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- Novotel Manado Golf Resort & Convention Center is 15 minutes from Sam Ratulangi International Airport and 20 minutes from city center. Nestled in 180 hectares of land. The hotel stylishly appointed rooms & suites embrace the splendid view of golf course and manicured garden. ... more less
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