There was 2 weekends where I stayed in Bandung after driving down from Jakarta. One of the weekend, I stayed at the Hilton Bandung which was located right in the middle of the city close to the train station and a large shopping mall. However the proximity to the train station meant the traffic around the hotel is very bad on the weekends or during peak travel season.
Guests enter a vast lobby with a spiral staircase on the right side of the lobby making its mark. The lobby itself receives plenty of natural light in the day and is transformed with lights at night. The water feature in the lobby also creates a calming ambience for a city centre hotel.
Parking is free for guests staying in the hotel and a quick check-in at the reception when we arrived meant we were able to head to the room straight. As the room was reserved for us, Hilton Diamond benefits did not apply but we had breakfast included and it was served at the Purnawarman restaurant in the lobby.
Room No: 829 Category: King Hilton Deluxe Room
Our assigned room was located on the 8th floor and the elevators at the corner brought us to the rooms. There was an open bench with storage space over it beside the door. A closet adjoins the luggage bench and together they line the entrance foyer.
To the right side of the room was a spacious bathroom with large windows that opens out to the room. Privacy blinds can be operated from within the bathroom and there was a dressing console with a stool by the window. Normally I would have expected a bathtub in this location but I guess the hotel developer did want to save some money.
At the end of the bathroom was a long countertop with the sink in the middle. As there was only one sink, there was plenty of space to store toiletries. Amenities provided in the room was by Crabtree & Evelyn, the same ones I found in the Hilton Tokyo.
On the right side of the bathroom by the wall lies a shower cubicle with its own door and features both a rain shower head and hand-held shower head. The toilet is located in another separate cubicle with full frosted glass doors for privacy. A spacious and modern bathroom like this is definitely nice to have in any hotel room and since I do not really need a bathtub, this fits me just nice.
Next to the bathroom, there was a comfortable sofa for 2 with an armchair and a coffee table in the center. This makes the room feel like a Junior suite with a dedicated living space.
A King bed is found next to the sofa and it was furnished with bedside tables and power outlets on the side.
Across from the bed and sofa, there was a minibar console nearer the door with an electric kettle and 2 coffee cups. Instant coffee and tea bags are complimentary along with 2 bottles of water. Guests could always request for extra bottled water in Indonesia since the tap water is not potable.
Next to the console was a darker wooden panel with a flat screen TV mounted on it. A simple wooden desk with a swivelling leather chair was found at the corner.
The view out of the room was basic city view, though we could see the railway tracks from the room and even hear it when the trains are running.
Breakfast at Purnawarman Restaurant
Breakfast is served at the Purnawarman restaurant located next to the reception desk in the lobby. Hours for breakfast are from 6:30am to 10am on weekdays and until 11am on weekends.
While most of the seating for the restaurant is indoors, there are a couple of tables located on the garden terrace outside. This meant that guests could pick an outdoor seating when the weather is sunny and nice.
Served buffet style, there was a large island in the middle with several food stations around it. As any good hotel in Asia, there was a noodle bar in the buffet with plenty of ingredients like meatballs, fresh vegetables and mushrooms to choose from.
Leek, shallot, chillies, soy sauce and a variety of pickles are supplied next to the noodle bar.
The main buffet has more hot Asian food like fried bee hoon, and plenty of rice dishes with steamed white rice offered alongside with nasi mawut (Indonesian style fried rice)
Asian main course dishes includes stir-fried kai lan with mushrooms, beef curry, and curry with lontong (Indonesian rice cakes). These dishes tend to have plenty of flavour like many Indonesian dishes and they could be enjoyed as an Indonesian breakfast even though it might be a bit heavy for foreign visitors.
Another generous dish offered during breakfast was roast duck which I have never seen in any hotel breakfast buffet even in Asia. However as I am used to having plenty of better roast ducks in Singapore and Hong Kong, this one was a bit dry and tough.
Western dishes on the buffet includes the usual sausages and bacon. Though as a Muslim country, there was only beef bacon here. Interestingly the beans here are stewed with macaroni. An egg station where guests can order omelettes and sunny side up can be found beside the noodle bar.
There was potato wedges and a pasta dish with pesto sauce served on the buffet as well.
Next in line in the buffet was the continental selection with a variety of pastries and croissants. Bread was available with a toaster and several choice of jams, peanut butter or chocolate spread.
There was some soft bread roll with custard cream served on the buffet as well with the local name of ‘Pani popo’ which I did not try.
Across in the island section there was the cheese and cold cut selection placed over ice to preserve the dish.
There was a salad bar with various dressings to choose from as well in the central island.
With the main course and continental selection covered, it was time to move on the sweet section of the buffet. One thing I enjoy was the rice flour porridge or bubur sum-sum in Indonesian which in itself is tasteless but it is to be enjoyed with the brown coconut sugar placed on the left of the pot. Coconut milk can also be added for more flavour if required.
The other 2 pots in the sweet section was serving mung bean porridge and black glutinous rice porridge. Both are slightly sweet in itself while the black glutinous rice porridge is usually topped with coconut milk.
If these local sweet desserts did not attract your attention, there was always waffles, pancakes and French toast. A local kueh called ‘ape’ was served beside the waffles.
Ice cream is also served in the restaurant for breakfast and while it is unconventional I do encounter hotels serving this treat. I would definitely be in favour of more hotels serving ice cream for breakfast. Various toppings are provided beside the ice cream stand with coffee, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry being the 4 ice cream flavours offered.
For drinks, guests could order cappuccino or lattes from the server since there was a cafe setup at the end of the restaurant. Tea is also available for order. From the buffet itself, there was a fresh juice bar located outside in the garden terrace and guests could order simple fruit juices or mixed juices.
On the island, there was milk and bottled juices from the dispenser. Bottles of cereals can also be found beside the milk.
The buffet variety was amazing for a hotel located in a smaller city and I enjoyed the local variety of food served here. Guests staying in this hotel would definitely find something to fill their stomachs in the morning and on the weekends, having a late breakfast could equate to a nice brunch!
Next to the Purnawarman restaurant, there is a set of steps that rise to the Magma lounge which is the evening drinks spot in the hotel. The elevated and enclosed area over this lounge means that any noise would unlikely disturb other guests staying in the hotel.
Swimming Pool Deck
Most of the hotel’s facilities are located on the 3rd and 4rd floor. At the 4th floor is the outdoor pool deck with a very nice swimming pool. There are deck chairs on one side of the pool and a row of cabanas located on the water by the pool. That means guests need to take off their slippers and shoes to get to the cabanas.
The hotel’s Fresco restaurant was situated by the pool deck though it did not seem to open for lunch when I visited. The outdoor terrace concept of this restaurant seems to indicate a more casual dinner setting and when not in use, it becomes a nice space for guests to chill by the pool deck.
Spa & Fitness Facilities
During my stay, I had a massage appointment in the spa as the prices seems reasonable for a massage at a luxury hotel. The spa and fitness centre is located one floor below the swimming pool with staircase access possible between the 2 facilities.
After taking down my particulars, allergies and areas of focus for the massage, a foot bath was brought out to the private massage room.
Adjoining the massage room, there was a private shower area with its own toilet and rain shower. This is convenient for guests who are visiting the spa and not staying at the hotel.
Besides the massage which comes at an extra cost for hotel guests, the rest of the spa facilities are free for hotel guests. There are free lockers in the changing rooms and the area for male and female spa are separate. Inside there is a long jacuzzi and cold water soaking pool along with a hot sauna room. Both of these areas are well maintained and adequate for a spa in a city centre hotel. However the dark location with no view means it is not optimal for long soaks at the end of the day.
Next to the spa area, there is a nice fitness centre that overlooks the water feature walkway. The large glass windows also means there are some natural light entering the fitness centre.
Aside from the various training equipments, there was towels and water from the dispenser found inside the fitness centre.
Treadmills are also plentiful inside this bright fitness area making this a very nice space to keep fit while on your travels.
Other facilities in the hotel was the mezzanine floor space which holds the meeting room and ballroom for the business and convention crowd. However this floor has some nice views of the lobby and there are some quiet spaces to relax in when there are no events held in the meeting rooms. There is even a foosball table that I found in the lounge here.
Rates for this hotel are usually around Rp 1.5-1.9 million with taxes (~$100-130) and this was a fair price for what is probably one of the best hotels in the city. While there might be other luxury options, the Hilton in Bandung is the one located right in the city centre. It is also convenient for travelers arriving into the city via train.