Should one have, for whatever reason, occasion to visit Manado then this is a more than acceptable and comfortable place to stay. If you don’t have business in the City then I’d advise better to stay outside. We stayed three nights en route from the Maluku islands further to the east and discovered that there is little to see or do, whilst eating and drinking options appear somewhat limited.
The first impressions of the hotel are that is clean and well run with whatever comforts expected of such an establishment provided. That feeling was endorsed on entry to the bedroom, which was spacious, essentially clean and well equipped – albeit that a bit more elbow grease expended on the bath wouldn’t have come amiss.
The catering facilities on the other hand are a bit lacklustre. On the first night we decided to have a couple of drinks and to eat in the hotel. Despite the amount of staff seen to be on duty service was appallingly slow and impersonal in the otherwise empty restaurant. The lone pianist, whom I may add was very good, played purely for us in a huge dining area devoid of any other atmosphere. This often suggests that an hotel has pitched its’ prices or quality at the wrong level.
At breakfast the same restaurant has a few more faces around and the selection from the buffet is good. Although once again the staff fail to convince that job satisfaction is high on their agenda and when you do succeed to attract their attention for hot drinks the quality of the tea is little to write home about. Being brought up to believe that a proper cup of tea is one that you can float a spanner on I would suggest that the management invest in some serious training here.
For alternative evening refreshments our suggestion would be the Megamall area towards the sea front. Out of the hotel front entrance, turn left, around five minutes’ walk, cross the road and continue towards the sea, there are a handful of restaurants that will at least serve you a cold beer and some reasonable food. I’m not saying that others don’t exist but two day’s tramping around failed to identify them.
Overall, whilst Manado will be low on our list of places for which to return, if we did then, yes, we would not hesitate to stay there again. No better or worse than would be expected for the outlay, other than to say we found it comfortable and generally enjoyable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aryaduta Manado is superbly located on the famous Manado Boulevard, with breathtaking panoramic views over the Bay and Mount Klabat. The diverse range of its 198 rooms and suites ensure every type of traveler, whether on business or holiday, is catered for. ... more less
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