Review: C Residence Labuan

On my recent trip to Labuan last weekend, I stayed at C Residence Labuan with San Diann, Shew Hiang, Shew Min and Chee Fun. I had booked myself a room at Hotel Labuan Point shortly after I had confirmed the trip but San Diann came telling me that the rest of the gang would be booking a serviced apartment.

It turned out that the wedding venue is located in the same building as C Residence Labuan hence no public transportation was required to get to the wedding venue. C Residence Labuan is located inside Paragon Labuan. As much as I know, Paragon Labuan is one of the newest malls in Labuan and had been around for years. Most of the units were still vacant. The most happening tenant in the building is Share Tea in my opinion.

I don’t have a picture of the building but most of the Grab or taxi drivers in Labuan know the location of Paragon Labuan. Some may not know where C Residence Labuan is but majority would know Paragon Labuan. Without further ado, let me show you the serviced apartment which we stayed in for the night in Labuan. It was a 3 bedroom apartment that we booked. It came with an ensuite master bedroom and two guest rooms.

This was the view which greeted us when we walked in from the front door. Right next to the front door is a bigger guest room which San Diann and Chee Fun occupied for the night. The public bathroom of the apartment was on the left as we walked further in and the smaller guest room which I stayed for the night was on the right.

The living room was spacious and brightly lit in my opinion. It came with a huge window that allows sufficient lighting inside the apartment. A 4-seater couch was placed in the living room facing the flat screen TV. There was a bookshelf next to the study table whereby extra toiletries, remote controls, hairdryer, iron and laundry pegs were placed.

The apartment came with a laundry washer outside the kitchen and they had also provided laundry hanger. For long term tenant, you wouldn’t have to worry of how you could do your laundry if you are not interested to try out the self-service laundry shop. Most of the necessities are provided in my opinion.

The kitchen was also sufficiently equipped in my opinion. Sunlight dish detergent and Dettol hand wash were provided next to the kitchen basin. I was contemplating whether to bring my own. The only thing which I was disappointed in the kitchen department was that the housekeeper had missed out the leftover water in the electric kettle from the previous tenant.

This was the master bedroom which came with an ensuite bathroom. The room size was huge in my opinion. It came with a large study table whereby you can put your hand carry luggage. The bathroom on the other hand was not as what I expected. I remembered seeing from one of the the booking websites that the bathroom came with a shower cubicle. Shower gel was provided in a dispenser on the wall. If you had forgotten your shower gel, fret not.

I took the smaller guest room since since we came in odd numbers. It came with twin beds and an ironing board. I have no idea why was the ironing board inside the guest room when it should have been in the living room. Another thing which I liked about the serviced apartment is that the rooms all came with ceiling fans. It was a good alternative for tenants who don’t sleep with the aircond on.

Verdict: The room can be booked via but it was already booked out at the time when Shew Hiang wanted to do reservation. As Clara had booked several units for her relatives, she booked ours too at the same time through the management. There was no hotel lobby for the serviced apartment and I have no idea where did Clara got the keys for the units. So, how did we check out from the apartment? By handing over the keys to the housekeepers.

Despite the building was only few years old, it was lacking of maintenance in my opinion and started to look rundown. I had seen traces of tiles coming off from the original cement. They fixed it with cement filings on the wall. The bed was comfortable but not the pillows. They were too soft for my liking.

C Residence Labuan is about five minutes drive from almost everywhere nearby including the International Ferry Terminal. Milimewah Superstore is located across the street from the serviced apartment and there are a few Chinese kopitiam located within walking distance. If you want bubble milk tea for snacks, they have Share Tea on the ground floor of the building. We paid RM300 for the entire apartment and I would say it was value for money given the convenience and everything.

C Residence Labuan
Bandar Labuan,
87000 Labuan,
Labuan Federal Territory,
Tel: +60-162096689

Review: Premium Deluxe, Pullman Miri Waterfront

On our recent overnight trip to Miri, Sister and I stayed at Pullman Miri Waterfront. Sister used up all her expiring Accor loyalty member points, topped up some money and upgraded us to Premium Deluxe Room instead of the regular Superior Room.

We checked into our room about 2:30PM in the afternoon. There was no one manning the check-in counter at the time we arrived at the lobby. Hence, we queued at the check-out counter as there was a staff attending to another guest at the time.

Shortly after, came a group of four middle aged ladies for check-in. They were standing by the check-in counter. As they saw another staff approaching, they cut our queue and approached the staff immediately. Both Sister and I chose to be silent about it as we didn’t want to make a scene. However, I was rather annoyed that the staff didn’t bother to check if there was any other guest in line.

Our check-in procedure was smooth and brisk. We were being allocated to Room 1016. It was quite far away from the lifts as Sister requested for a quiet room. The room was slightly bigger than a regular Superior Room and it came with a kitchenette and dining table.

This was the view which greeted us as we “beeped” ourselves into the room. As I mentioned above, the room came equipped with a kitchenette and dining table. The fridge provided was a lot bigger in size than the regular mini bar fridge.

As Pullman Miri Waterfront is not a serviced apartment, dish wash detergent and sponge weren’t provided. The only eating utensils provided was a set of fork and knife. It was a wonder to me as to why it was a set only as it was a confirmed two guests reservation at the time of booking.

There was a huge wardrobe on your left as you entered the room. The wardrobe was equipped with an in-room safe deposit box, bathrobes, digital scale, in-room slippers, yoga mat and two mini dumbbells. It was made convenient for those who prefer to work out in the room instead of hitting the gym.

There was a divider in the middle of the room which partitioned the kitchenette and bedroom. We requested for twin beds. A sofa couch that fits two was placed in front of the bed along with a small coffee table.

The bed was a comfortable one but I am never fond of their pillows provided. I always make a note to bring my own neck rest the next time I come back but I always failed to do so every time. Perhaps I should call the housekeeper next time to check if they have other types of pillows available.

There was a big vanity mirror right next to the bathroom. A flat screen LCD television was provided but it wasn’t utilized at all during our stay. The bathroom was bigger in size comparatively to the one in Superior Room. It had a bigger walking space in the shower and bathtub cubicle.

One of the perks of staying in a Premium Deluxe Room is the unlimited access to their Executive Lounge. After we settled ourselves in our room for the night, we headed to the Executive Lounge for some food as we were already starving at the time.

The lounge was completely empty at the time we walked in with no one manning the reception desk. And guess what? We were surprised to find that there was no food provided in each of the chafing dishes on the food counter. The only food available was canned drinks in the mini bar fridge!

As we were leaving the Executive Lounge, a staff walked in and wasn’t at all bothered to check our room number and walked straight past us. It was to my understanding that only guests with access to Executive Lounge was allowed to enter. When no verification was made, it simply implied that anyone can enter the Executive Lounge. These feedback were given at the time we checked out from the room the next day.

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

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