Review: Superior King, Pullman Miri Waterfront (V.02)

On my last trip to Miri, I stayed at Pullman Miri Waterfront for the sake of convenience and comfort. Ever since Pullman Miri Waterfront had been established in Miri, it would be my first choice of accommodation when staying overnight. Some said the room rate of the said hotel was steep but I personally think the rates are affordable given the room size and location of the hotel. However, I normally don’t stay over the weekend but checking in on Sunday and checking out on Monday.

I had previously did my share of review of Pullman Miri Waterfront on my first stay. If you are interested, click here for a full review. I am well aware that I had reviewed the same room type of the hotel previously. You must be wondering why am I doing the same thing all over again? In general, there were some improvements recently and I spotted some flaws too. They weren’t major ones but could be improved in my opinion.

I love that Pullman Miri Waterfront provided four guest lifts to bring us to our room floor. Some of the hotels which I had previously stayed in only provided two or three guest lifts and it was always a pain on the neck when having to wait for the lift to come especially during breakfast hour.

I like that the corridor outside the hotel rooms were well lit. However, I did realize that it took the housekeepers a long time to collect the dirty plates from room service placed outside the rooms.

I myself didn’t order room service to speak for this. On my previous few stays with Pullman Miri Waterfront, this was what I encountered. I had seen dirty plates placed outside the room when I am on my way out and they were still there as I walked back to my room a few hours later from when I last seen the dirty plates.

I was assigned to Room 1712 this time round. Whenever I booked for hotel rooms via Agoda, I would always request for a non-smoking room on high floor. Some may find staying on high floor catastrophic in the event of emergency. However, I find that solely subjective to personal preference.

Upon opening the door, the sight of a king sized bed greeted me. The room was clean and well maintained. As usual, the TV mounted to the wall would come to “life” shortly after the room key was slotted into the assigned slot next to the door. The bed was comfortable in my opinion but I find the pillows hard. The bigger square ones were softer though.

On the right side of the bed, two USB ports were installed for convenience of gadgets’ charging. As long as you have the cable with you, you are all good. I like the idea of USB ports as I don’t have to bring the charger for all my gadgets. Some of the new hotels which I had previously stayed in had USB ports installed in the hotel rooms.

All rooms came with a study table for guests to do their work. As I am on my own for this trip, I chose to bring along my notebook so that I could do some work when I am staying in the room. I managed to do some office work and also uploaded a few blog entries.

The other side of the TV wall was the dressing wardrobe whereby it came with an ironing board, two bathrobes and some clothes hangers. A safe deposit box and hair dryer were placed inside the cabinet on the left.

I would usually make full use of the safe deposit box to store passports and extra cash. However, I didn’t make use of it this time round as I am afraid that I might leave the items behind when checking out. Just like how I managed to leave my iPad behind at Little Roast Co..

All bathrooms came with a huge water basin counter, equipped with adequate toiletries. However, do take note that the hotel doesn’t provide toothbrush, toothpaste and shaving kit. I had forgotten to bring my own toothpaste this time round so I bought one from a local supermarket. I think they could be requested from the housekeepers but I didn’t do so.

I like that the bathroom came with separate bathtub and overhead shower. I personally dislike having to shower in the bathtub like Meritz Hotel (you can request for rooms with shower cubicle only) and Imperial Hotel. I liked the strong overhead power shower. The water only took a few seconds to heat up.

On the day when I checked in to the hotel room, I didn’t realize that there was no toilet roll provided until the next morning. The housekeeper had missed out the toilet roll when cleaning the room.

On my previous stays, I find that the presser for the water hose was too tight to be pressed on to release the water. As an adult, I had trouble using it and what more for a child? Perhaps the hotel should look into the issue? All hotel rooms came with a digital scale which was placed underneath the wardrobe. I personally preferred it inside the bathroom so I brought it in.

Verdict: Checking in and out were a brisk affair. All I needed to do was to sign on a piece of paper and security deposit for the room wasn’t required at the time of check in. I remembered having to use my credit card for a security deposit of RM100 on my previous stays. However, the lady at the check-in counter told me that no security deposit was required as my room was booked through Agoda.

I had always booked through Agoda on my previous stays and they had always asked for security deposit, be it in the form of cash or credit card. Perhaps Pullman Miri Waterfront had revised their policy when it comes to security deposit when guests booked through third party online hotel provider?

Internet was fast in my opinion as I managed to download a few episodes of some Korean drama series. However, the WiFi kept on dropping on my phone when left idle even for a short period of time. One of the reasons why Pullman Miri Waterfront has always been my first choice of accommodation in Miri was the ample parking space. I don’t have to worry for the lack of parking space as compared to staying at Meritz Hotel or Imperial Hotel whereby the parking spaces were shared among shoppers of the building.

I paid S$67.76 for a Superior King Room at Pullman Miri Waterfront per night through Agoda and redeemed S$6.76 of my gift card for this booking. I would say it is a value for money stay given the convenience of location of the hotel.

Pullman Miri Waterfront
Lot 1347,
Miri Waterfront Commercial Centre,
Miri, Sarawak,
Tel: +6-085323888


Hotel Review: Siri Sathorn

Our 4D3N stay in Bangkok was at Siri Sathorn which Sister booked a Two-Bedroom Suite through Agoda. Our first choice for Bangkok was Ascott Sathorn Bangkok as we preferred serviced apartment over hotel room since there were three of us.

Both Sister and Mom had stayed in Ascott Sathorn Bangkok on their previous trip two years ago. However, Sister later found out that Siri Sathorn offered a much cheaper deal for a two bedrooms apartment. Without further ado, let’s get started with the review!

Upon entering our Two-Bedroom Suite, this was the view which greeted us first. Across the hallway is the smaller bedroom of twin beds. The kitchen is located on the right hand side upon entering the suite.

The kitchen was adequately equipped with basic necessities like microwave, fridge, electric kettle and even a toaster. Dish washing liquid was provided. The cabinets and drawers were fully stocked with bowls, plates, cooking and eating utensils. However, it was weird that kitchen scissor wasn’t in the list. Instant coffees, tea bags and drinking water were replenished on daily basis.

There was no laundry washing in the suite but located on the second floor of the hotel. You’ll need to pay ฿70 in exchange for a token. Token exchange is available at the restaurant located on the same floor. You do not need to put in laundry powder or conditioner as they were provided in the washing machine.

As mentioned above, the smaller guest room came furnished with two single bed and a huge wardrobe. The flooring around the beds are carpeted. The guest room doesn’t come with an ensuite bathroom but one located outside the room. It was smaller in size than the one from the master bedroom but adequate. The shower cubicle was tiny in my opinion but fits a petite person like Mom just fine.

This is the living room cum dining area. It is spacious and stretches quite long. However, there was a pillar at the end of the stretch and they built a ledge by the window with sofa cushioning. If you do not mind the heat during the day, perhaps a short nap by the ledge in the afternoon? They even have a large shoe cabinet next to the dining table.

Complimentary fruit platter which was already on the dining table when we first entered the suite. Mom was curious as to why they placed the apples facing down. She later found out that the apples had browned on the top. Hence, the housekeepers placed them upside down to cover the browned area.

This was the master bedroom and it came with an ensuite bathroom. Both Sister and I occupied the master bedroom while Mom occupied the guest room. LOL! I was surprised that the bedside stands didn’t come with electrical switch. The mattress here was a lot more comfortable than the one we had at Khaoyai Terrazzo. The mattress at the bottom was a hard one but they put a topper atop the mattress.

The ensuite bathroom for the master bedroom was a lot spacious than the guest bathroom. Both Sister and I loved that it came with two sinks and a bathtub. I liked that the bathroom came with quite a few spots where we can hang our laundry while showering. Some hotels provide limited space for laundry while showering. Power shower was strong in my opinion.

Verdict: We were satisfied with our 4D3N stay with Siri Sathorn while in Bangkok. The hotel is conveniently located in Silom area. The nearest BTS Station and Silom Complex are located within walking distance of about 10 to 15 minutes (depending on how fast you walk). You’ll find a few eateries and even a food market (during the day) along the way to Silom Complex. Patpong Night Market is also located within walking distance.

7-Eleven is extremely common in Thailand. You’ll find at least three of them nearby the hotel. If you’re craving for Japanese cuisine, there’s a Japanese restaurant located across the hotel. I can’t remember the name of the restaurant though. We intended to try out the restaurant on our last night in Bangkok but decided not to when we saw that the restaurant was pretty empty. I would suggest Patpong Night Market for Japanese cuisine as there are many to choose from!

Taxi fare from the hotel to Suvarnabhumi Airport costs ฿500 for a saloon car and ฿600 for a Toyota Innova. As there were only the three of us with two luggage, we opted the former. You can book with the hotel receptionist on the day before departure and they would arrange taxi service at the time you need it. It’s more pricey to go by Grab last we checked. We thought Grab would be cheaper but it turned out that otherwise.

Room rate was S$567.22 inclusive of service charge and VAT for three nights stay. I would say it was an affordable stay given the location and easy accessibility to food areas and BTS Station.

Siri Sathorn
27 Soi Saladaeng 1,
Silom Road., Bangrak,
Bangkok, 10500,
Tel: +66-22662345

Hotel Review: Khaoyai Terrazzo

I am halfway done drafting the last day of our 3D2N road trip to Khao Yai with our pre-booked driver from Bangkok. I wasn’t in charge of accommodation this time round. As I was busy from work weeks before the trip, Sister took charge of accommodation. Despite so, I had shortlisted a few hotels in Khao Yai for reference but Sister suggested that we go economical with accommodation.

This was the only picture which I had of the hotel exterior look. Mom photo bombed my picture at the time when this picture was captured. The hotel provides ample parking spaces for hotel guests. The car park could fit about 10 cars, I think? Aside from foreign tourists, the hotel housed quite a bit of local tourists too during our stay.

This is the lobby of the hotel whereby all check-in and check-out procedures are performed. Please note that the check-in desk is only available until 7PM. If you will be having a late arrival, do inform the hotel in advance so that they can arrange something out of the standard check-in time. Check-in and check-out procedures were a brisk. Passports are required at the time of check-in.

Dining area is also located in the lobby area. Breakfast is provided complimentary by the hotel on every morning from 7AM until 10AM. Breakfast was simple but adequate. The kitchen serves minced pork porridge and American Breakfast. Honestly speaking, I’m not a porridge person myself but their minced pork porridge was good.

Upon seated, one of the staffs will approach and ask the kind of eggs preferred for American Breakfast. They have sunny side up and scrambled. Aside from American Breakfast and minced pork porridge, they serve wholemeal bread slices with bread toasters stationed next to the bread storage container. Butter and jam spread are provided too.

Beverages wise, they provide 3 in 1 instant coffee sachets, tea bags, milk and orange juice. All in all, I was impressed with the breakfast spread despite it wasn’t as comprehensive as the ones I had before.

Sister booked a Triple Room whereby it came with a double bed and a single bed. We even have a small balcony with green view. Air-conditioning wasn’t centralized but built-in split unit in each and every room. The room may looked small in the picture but it was actually big enough for the three of us with ample space to store our luggage.

This is the bathroom with heated water. The toilet came with basic toiletries like hair shampoo, hair conditioner and body wash gel. I like that they provide enough towels for everyday use. Some accommodations provide only one big towel per hotel guest.

Verdict: I like the customer service of the hotel staffs. They were helpful and polite. On our first day in Khao Yai, we went Pak Chong Night Market for dinner. With limited seating available at the night market, we resorted to bringing our food back to the hotel. The receptionist was kind enough to allow us to use the dining area and even provided us food utensils.

Free flow of hot and cold drinking water are available all day round from the water dispenser machine located in the lobby. The housekeepers replenished three bottles of mineral water in our room every time they make up the room. I liked that the brand of drinking water which they use didn’t come with a weird taste as compared to the other brands of drinking water which I had tasted throughout my trip in Thailand.

The mattress was stiff in my opinion which led to bad sleep throughout my stay in Khao Yai. Mom however loved the stiff mattress and slept soundly throughout the trip. LOL! The hotel is conveniently located nearby to a 7-Eleven, Mu Si Night Market and a local restaurant in within walking distance from the hotel entrance. However, we later found out that there was no self-service laundry service in the hotel itself but couldn’t be sure if there is any laundry service nearby the hotel.

Khaoyai Terrazzo
125/1 Moo 5,
Mu Si,
Pak Chong District,
Nakhon Ratchasima 30130,
Tel: +66-876911999

Review: Fairmont Singapore

Sister and I stayed at Fairmont Singapore when we traveled to Singapore as part of Sister’s familiarization trip to the country before she relocates from China for good. I flew into Singapore a day before her. So, I stayed at Carlton Hotel at my own cost until she arrived the next day. We stayed at Fairmont Singapore for 5 days and 4 nights.

Source: travelonline

I chose to stay at Carlton Hotel the night before so that it will be easier for us to move to Fairmont the next day when Sister arrived. It was pouring cats and dogs when we checked out from Carlton Hotel. We asked the bellboy if there was any underground bypass which links Carlton Hotel to Raffles City. Unfortunately, there was none.

The distance between Fairmont and Carlton Hotel was only a stone throw away but inconvenient given the weather condition. So, I suggested that we took a cab over. The bellboy too agreed that it was the the best option at the time. The cab driver who drove us over teased that it was by far his furthest journey of the day. LOL!

We were given a room in the South Tower (I think). The check-in receptionist was kind enough to grant us an early check-in. I think we checked in around 11AM. Upon entering the room, a long walkway greeted us with the bathroom and wardrobe on the right while the refreshment bar was on the left.

They even provided coffee machine in the refreshment bar which we did not utilize. I had been trying to cut down on coffee intake at the time or else I would have jumped at the opportunity to try out the coffee machine myself.

The bathroom was spacious. Majority of the fixtures were glass based. Even the basin counter was glass based which could look messy when there were plenty of water droplets after using the wash basin. Both Sister and I ended up having to wipe the counter everytime we were finished.

The bathroom came with a toilet partitioned on the left while the bathtub and overhead shower were on the right. I liked that they separated their bathtub and overhead shower. I hated having to climb into the bathtub for a shower if they were not separated. And that was why I loved the bathroom of Pullman Miri Waterfront as compared to other hotels in the city.

At the end of the long walkway was our bedroom which was slightly spacious as compared to my room at Carlton Hotel the day before. The bedroom came with a flat screen, equipped with a personal sound system. An office desk was provided as well with an in-house telephone and Internet cable. They even provided two waste baskets underneath the office desk. One was for recyclable wastes while the other one was for non-recyclable wastes.

We requested for twin bed and were lucky to be able to get one as Sister requested for a King sized bed at the time of reservation. The mattress was comfortable to sleep on. However, I find the pillow slightly too soft for my liking. I liked that they have bed benches at the end of every bed. It can be used to as a chair to wear shoes in the morning prior to going out or place your hauls when returned from a long day of shopping.

Verdict: Fairmont Singapore is the first 5-star hotel which I had stayed in Singapore, all thanks to Sister. In terms of accessibility, it was even more convenient as compared to Carlton Hotel as Fairmont Singapore is located inside Raffles City. Traveling around Singapore couldn’t have been if you are staying in the hotel. The MRT Station is located underneath Raffles City and there are plenty of bus stops located across the entrance of the hotel.

I can’t be sure what was the room rate per night as I was staying for free at the time. However, I did a bit of background check later and found out that it was about S$300+ per night. I might be able to get corporate rate from Sister if I were to stay there next time. However, it might be a bit inconvenient as they require authentication at the time of check-in. Sister was requested to provide her business card at the time of check-in.

All in all, it was a pleasant and luxurious stay at Fairmont Singapore. If it wasn’t for the steep price tag, I would definitely consider staying at Fairmont if I no longer have free accommodation in Singapore.

Fairmont Singapore
80 Bras Basah Road,
Tel: +65-63397777

Review: Carlton Hotel, Singapore

So, I just came back from Singapore yesterday afternoon whereby I spent an extremely long weekend there. I flew into Singapore on Thursday morning and spent a day on my own as Sister was only arriving the next morning. I booked for my own one night accommodation with Carlton Hotel so that it would be convenient for Sister and I to move over to Fairmont Hotel when she arrives.

It was by far one of the best hotels which I had stayed. It was due to several aspects which I chose Carlton Hotel over few other options which I had in hand. One of the main reasons was the accessibility. It was in within close walking distance from City Hall MRT Station and a few shopping malls nearby. You do not have to worry about food too as they are plenty to begin with.

This is how Carlton Hotel looked like from Raffles City. The weather was not great on the day when I arrived. It was drizzling at the time when this shot was taken. For your information, there are two Carlton Hotel in Singapore. One was this and the other was Carlton City Hotel. I chose the former due to the accessibility.

I love how spacious and grand the lobby looked. Check in and out were a brisk. I arrived Carlton Hotel way before the standard check in hour and the receptionist was kind enough to grant me an early check-in but it was subjective to room availability at the time. I requested for a room on the high floor on my Agoda booking and the receptionist assigned me to Room 2110 located on the 21st floor.

This was the view which greeted me the moment I opened the door to the place which I called home for the day. It was a lot more spacious than what I had in mind for Singapore’s accommodation. I had seen pictures on Agoda of their room size and the room was pretty much similar to the pictures which I saw on the Internet.

As you walk into the room, you will have the bathroom on your left whereby the shower room and the toilet came in separate cubicles. I love staying in hotels whereby their shower room and toilet come in separate cubicles. It comes in handy especially when you are sharing the room. It is a pain when you need to go to the loo but your sharing partner is occupying the bathroom. So, separate toilet and shower room definitely come as a blessing.

I love their rain shower as much as their hand held shower. Both came with super strong flow of water. Majority shower cubicle in Singapore are small size in general but this one is spacious in my opinion.

The bed was big and comfortable. Nearby to the window was a office desk whereby I used it for my laptop. The room was well lit due to the large panel window and it faces a tall building. One of the things which I love the most of the room is the plentiful amount of sockets! They even provide quite a few USB ports. I recalled having them on both sides of the bed as well as the wall nearby to the office desk. If you had forgotten your phone adapter at home, fret not. As long as you have the cable with you, the USB ports would be your life savior.

All rooms came equipped with this handy phone which you could bring out of the hotel room when exploring the city. It comes with Internet which you could use it for the map and free local call. I did not bring it out with me as I could not figure out how to use it. I did not bother to learn either as I have a local SIM with me at the time.

Verdict: Having said earlier, Carlton Hotel is definitely one of the best hotels which I had stayed in by far. I love the convenience of location of the hotel. Carlton Hotel is easily reached with two nearest MRT stations – City Hall and Bras Basah. However, I personally think City Hall would be nearer despite not trying out the other station. But according to the street information, Bras Basah Station is located 250m from the hotel main entrance.

Carlton Hotel is located just across Raffles City with plenty of food nearby. Lots of bus stops located in within walking distance from the hotel which could bring you to lots of places if unreachable by the MRT. They have CHJMES which is located right across the hotel whereby you get quite a numbers of mid to high end Japanese restaurants. They have Toast Box too if you fancy some local fares.

The room rate per night was about S$293.20 but I redeemed with part of my Agoda points. I paid less than S$200 per night. It was S$40 cheaper when I first checked the room rate but the price increased on the day when I booked the room for real. The room was not cheap but it was definitely a comfortable stay for me.

Carlton Hotel
76 Bras Basah Road,
Tel: +65-63388333