Continuing my previous post, I had another function to attend in Bandung and this time I was set to stay at The Trans Luxury Hotel which is located in the eastern edge of the city. The attraction of staying at this hotel was that it adjoins a large shopping mall with an amusement park connected to it. Think of this like a smaller version of Disneyland in Indonesia.
Guests arriving in the hotel will immediately notice the hotel’s resemblance to Wynn Resorts with the use of brown glass facade in the hotel’s construction. There was a large grand porch as a welcome to the property and once again guests driving to the hotel gets free parking at the underground parking garage.
Inside the lobby, it was busy since weekends are peak season with many families staying over. The hotel is a favourite for hosting weddings and meetings in Bandung as the ballroom and room count in the hotel are one of the largest in the city. The lobby interior also has design cues from the Wynn including a dragon style chandelier on the ceiling.
The reception desk can be found in a circular area with tall ceilings and graced with more chandeliers. While it may be over the top, the design maintains its elegance and manages to still evoke luxury. The only detraction is the family crowds within the hotel that results in a noisy ambience in the lobby. With no status whatsoever since this is an independent hotel, I was glad to be given the complimentary accommodation that comes with breakfast.
Room No: 1107 Category: Premier Twin Room
Entering our room on the 11th floor, there was a very beautiful foyer greeting us with a bench on the right side allowing guests to sit down while doing up their shoes.
Situated on the left side of the entryway was a pair of double doors that leads to the bathroom. The bathroom is as elegantly outfitted as the rest of the room with a dark granite countertop at the end with a single sink.
On the countertop, there was a full set of toiletries including a mouthwash, shaving kit and dental kits for couples.
Located on the right side of the bathroom was 2 enclosed cubicles with frosted glass doors. One of them houses a large shower area with rain shower and amenities by luxury Italian brand Acqua di Parma. This was definitely the first time I saw this toiletry in an Indonesian hotel.
The other cubicle housed the toilet that has the bidet function built into it which is common in Indonesian hotels as well. However this was the more economical setup with just the washlet function and not the more impressive setup in luxury hotels in Japan.
Across from the cubicles there was a bathtub that has its own range of amenities including a loofah and a bath salt.
Moving to the room, there are 2 twin sized beds occupying the bedroom. A small console sits in between but with the lamp, telephone and alarm clock on the console, there was little space left to place anything else. However power outlets are conveniently placed behind the lamp and easy to access.
While this was a standard room, there was plenty of space and at the corner was an L-shaped sofa with a table. The positioning of the sofa faces the flatscreen TV and it creates a great space to lounge in during the day.
Across from the sofa, there is a good sized work desk with a comfortable armchair. However the armchair was not swivelling indicating the hotel’s positioning towards the luxury and leisure market instead as a business hotel.
Next to the desk, there was another console underneath the wall mounted TV. This particular console houses the minibar and the complimentary bottled water. Due to the lack of potable water, nearly all hotels provide free bottled water and it is possible to request for extra water. There is even a pillow menu for guests with specific requests making this a true luxury hotel.
Located at the end of the hallway, the room I was assigned is a corner room and has some good views of the Trans Studio mall, amusement park and the city.
Breakfast at the Hotel
Breakfast is served at the hotel’s restaurant on the second floor though it was also possible to have it at the 18th Restaurant which is beside the Club lounge. While the main restaurant in the 3rd floor has little in terms of views, the 18th Restaurant located at the hotel’s top most floor is bright and has less crowds. As such I would prefer having breakfast at the top floor.
Starting with the continental selection, there was cereals, yoghurt, and muesli with a salad bar that has assorted dressings served out of bowls.
Next was a bread basket with a wooden tray for guests to cut their own bread with a toaster on the side. Assorted pastries and donuts was also served. Though I noticed there was a predominant choice of sweet pastries since Indonesians like sweet stuff.
Main courses for breakfast includes fried rice and fried bee hoon (rice vermicelli) which is common in Asia. Crackers and chillies are setup beside the hot cooked food since they are always side dishes in every Indonesian meal.
There was also cooked vegetables with chicken teriyaki on the side and a pot of plain congee with the usual condiments of shallots, green onions, soya sauce, beef floss, peanuts and diced fried fritters.
Usual hot dishes like sausages and hash browns can also be found on the buffet. Though being in Indonesia, there was no pork served in the buffet so instead of a real bacon, beef rashes was served. Baked beans and grilled tomatoes were the sides served in the buffet.
Aside from the main buffet, there was several other interesting dishes like a sushi corner and mini pizza slices. Fried wontons was also served as part of the buffet.
The buffet follows outside into the deck which has more seating and the pleasant weather meant this space has more guests having their breakfast. Outside on the deck there was an egg station where guests could order omelettes or sunny side ups.
Next to it was a noodle bar with fish balls and meat balls as ingredients. This is another favourite in an Asian hotel.
Finally like the stay at Hilton Bandung, there is an ice cream section and it is served with freshly cooked waffles and various toppings. This makes a great dessert for sure and makes the breakfast buffet here competitive.
Beverages for breakfast includes cappuccinos and lattes from the espresso machine, tea or a variety of juices from the dispensers.
While most of the food in both restaurants are similar, there was a bit more variety in the main restaurant. For drinks, there was homemade jamu which is a Indonesian herbal drink.
There was also a variety of Indonesian snacks that are commonly enjoyed by locals in the morning. I did not find these on the 18th floor restaurant.
Swimming Pool & Recreation
Being a leisure focused hotel, there was a landscaped pool deck with a lagoon and real sand around it. A large water slide with a water play area is a focus of the outdoor pool here.
Connected to the hotel is the large amusement park with all kinds of rides including a roller coaster and a shopping mall with various shops, cinemas and restaurants. There is even a grand mosque beside the hotel to serve the Muslim guests of the hotel.
Spa & Fitness Facilities
Other facilities in the hotel includes a spa that has prices equivalent to the Hilton Bandung. I did not try the spa this time round.
Located on the same floor as the spa, there is a nice fitness centre with high end workout equipments by Technogym. The space is very inviting with large windows and natural light in the daytime. It was also empty when I visited after breakfast.
Aside from the main fitness area, there is a studio space for guests to do yoga and pilates.
At the rooftop deck, there are lounge chairs and bar tables with some of the nicest views from the hotel. This space also has a cantilevered glass platform for guests who are brave enough to view the ground from the top.
All things considered, I was impressed by the luxury quality of this hotel and resort. For locals on a short weekend getaway from the city, the Trans Luxury Hotel makes for an appealing choice. However guests should take note this hotel is geared to the mass leisure market and with room rates ranging from Rp 1-1.5 million (~$72-106) inclusive of taxes, the crowds can sometimes be noisy. As such while the room might have good sound-proofing, the restaurants and public spaces are usually packed and would not resemble that of a luxury hotel.