ONE OF THE BEST HOTELS IN BATAM – RADISSON GOLF & CONVENTION CENTER BATAM
If you had Googled for “Best hotels in Batam” and reached here, then you just arrived at the right place. I am going to make you spend your money and book now! hahahaha
LOBBY WITH EXCELLENT INTERIOR
My very first impression of Radisson batam hotel was most definitely a great one. Totally deserving of their rating 4.5 star hotel. I would bum them up to 5 stars if I could.
As I parked my car in the parking spot across the hotel, one of the bellboy came up to me and offered to carry my luggage. I was surprised he could notice me from quite a distance away. Then I was greeted with friendly smiles from the doormen, security, and even the lobby staff.
Upon entering, I was taken by this nice waiting area in the lobby. Mostly for guests to chill while waiting for check-in process. There were quite a lot of magazines and newspapers around for your choosing. That nice big sofa with TV was also quite inviting. I wonder if they have movies showing here. Sounds like an idea right?
To the right is a nice waiting corner for the guests. I notice mostly guests who were about to check out were waiting here with their luggage. The lobby ceiling is high and hanging down are these nice lighting and fixtures.
On the left was the reception desk to check in and out.
While waiting for the check-in process, I was approached by these two sweet ladies for welcome towel and drink! Nice touch right?
FAMILY FRIENDLY HOTEL
I came in thinking that Radisson was more suitable for Business and Couple type of travelers; not family. The name Golf and Convention Center does not really sound like a family place to me but oh boy, I was so wrong. I came with a family of six: 1 wife (I envy those with 2) and 4 children (I envy those with 1). Guess what, we all had so much fun even though the kids were driving me nuts. We stayed in connecting rooms: Executive Suite and Deluxe Suite. Let me show you how luxurious and spacious these Suites are.
This was the room where my wife, myself, a 3-year old, and a 1-year old, stayed. As with any new hotel, I always had this anticipation how the room would look like and if it has enough space for my highly active kids to run around. Sure you can take a look at their websites and stuff, but you know how you can’t really put 100% trust in online pictures anymore. That’s why I usually just use unedited pictures in most my posts. In this case, most pictures were taken through Iphone 7! (Read: this is is my cool way of saying I am lazy in editing these pics. See I don’t even bother to put watermark… hahaha)
Just after we enter the door, there is a kitchen and dining table to our right. We were first greeted by these fresh fruits and sweet desserts, sitting nicely on top of the luxurious looking island top. They came with personalized greetings from Mr. Gavin. Thank you!
Here is a look of the kitchen and dining table. I absolutely love the full-size refrigerator because my wife is still pumping breast milk for my baby daughter. Usually we have to keep the milk with the restaurant first but this refrigerator just saved us some time.
In front of us was this spacious looking living room with a nice long couch and a working corner with built-in universal plugs. The kids were running around catching each other before I managed to round them up for this shot. As you could see, space issue solved!
To the left of the entrance is a super long and huge bathroom starting with this lovely looking vanity and toilet.
There is a sliding door separating the vanity and toilet with this section of the bathroom. As you can see they have a nice open wardrobe, a shower room, and a bath tub. To the right is the door connecting to the bedroom
A good size shower space with built-in rain shower.
I love the cozy setting in this room as well as the spacious walking area. Ever since I had two kids, having a huge space is like so important. I really appreciate how the baby cot was already prepared before our arrival. I am sure some of you parents had experienced how troublesome it is to just wait for the baby cot to arrive. Next come my favorite part!
THE VIEW! I love rooms with great views (don’t we all?). I strongly recommend you to choose this side of the hotel rather than the city view. Now, let’s move on to the Deluxe Suite
This suite was where my two nieces stayed. The difference between Executive and Deluxe suite is definitely the room size. But this suite itself has more than enough space for most people.
The children were also greeted with presents. Very thoughtful choices of candies, sweets, and soft toys. Again, with personalized greetings too. Thank Mr Rendy for these cute and sweet gifts.
There is no kitchen and dining table here but the living room is quite spacious. The work space is a tad small but I did not come here to work! hahahaa…. There is also a built-in universal plug here near the desk. I am guessing this is their standard in each room.
See, it is spacious enough for us to play twister! Any twister fans here? hahahaha obviously I lost to these nimble young girls.
Bathroom here is huge too with slightly different setup and layout. A little bit smaller compared to the Executive Suite bathroom but I doubt any of you would complaint this kinda of luxurious setting and spacious design
There is also a bath tub here with rain shower (the glass door to the right) and a nice size wardrobe. Safe deposit box is a plus for me when traveling. The door to the left connects to bedroom.
Same luxurious design with very comfortable bed. Space, space, and space! There is a balcony here too with the same view but let me show you a different angle!
Yes, I woke up the next day and found this view! I could get used to this view while breathing in such fresh morning air. Okay, I think that’s enough for the room tour. Let’s go and have some fun with the activities here
ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG AND OLD
Being the best hotel mean you have to be able to accommodate all type of guests. That includes great facilities as well as plenty of activities for guests to choose from. For a relatively new hotel, I think Radisson has done a splendid job in making sure their guests get to experience variety of stuffs while staying here.
You have probably noticed earlier that the swimming pool is rather large with two connected sections. The round pool is designed for children while the rectangle pool is for adults.
The kids are having so much fun at the pool. They probably don’t care about the infinity pool facing the golf course view but at least they enjoyed laying down on these giant pizza and flamingo floats. (Note: I brought my own floats but was told the hotel were already purchasing some)
Here is another swimming pool on the 10th floor. It is a see-through pool and at the end there, you can look down or up to view the beautiful upscale residential area as well as the golf course. This swimming pool is for adults and teenagers only. Kids may swim here under adult supervision.
For those who want to get some sweats going, head to the 10th floor for this gym filled with the smell of “new” flooring and equipment. They use my favorite Life Fitness brand. My favorite part here is definitely the treadmill with a view of the city. Oh and the trainer here, George, is an awesome dude. He could help you out with your workout routine.
They have many other activities that you could do on-site such as archery, segway, spa, and golf (doh!). I did not have time to experience all they had to offer but one day I will go back there. I had heard so much about their spa treatment. Everyone could use a little spa and massage time every now and then right?
For those adventurous souls, you can also engage in outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, sightseeing, and many more. These activities could be arranged for the hotel guests at extra cost. Find out more on their website directly or just talk to them when you are here.
ONE OF THE BEST KIDS CLUB IN BATAM
I am biased. I love their kids club the most of all the facilities here. So I am giving this a special section.
This is my children and nieces favorite space, the Kids club! Here is the entrance to the kids club with the theme of “Tumble in the Jungle”. You can find a mini soccer field for kids just before the entrance. Do not be fooled by the entrance, there is enough space for kids to roam around inside.
I love this backdrop. There is a reading corner to the right of the picture. Toys are just lying around waiting to be played.
It is heartwarming to see my nieces trying to teach my children how to read. Sometimes things as simple as this can be so important. Okay, focus, reading corner is a plus! Please spend enough reading time with your own kids okay.
I love this hanging thingy, a tree house maybe? I am sure most children would love to just lay there. You could also see the drawing and computer corner to the left.
There is Foosball table here which can be transformed to a mini snooker table once you move the top part away. My kids were having fun watching some cartoon show as well in the TV corner.
This baby room came in handy. My baby daughter decided to drop a big one and yup, we made good use of the baby cot and the diaper-changing table! hahahaaa… So yeah overall, their Kids club is also my favorite place because I could leave my kids here with their trained babysitter. Hahhaa… then I could just do my own thing like spa! Truly a lifesaver right parents?
WORLD CLASS FACILITIES FOR EXECUTIVES AND BUSINESS TRAVELERS
Seriously, plan your business meetings and events here. I reckon that Radisson has the best Business Lounge in Batam now. Hands down!
This picture does not do justice to how elegant this lounge is in real life. You gotta be here to truly feel the different. The furniture is modern and classy, with functional meeting rooms and tables spread all around. I absolutely love the private reading corner made especially for those who would like a quiet me-time. Bring your works here and just chill.
I had the pleasure of having a cocktail party in this lounge during the evening. The atmosphere was excellent. It made me feel like throwing an event here.
And did I mention the view??? Hahahaha I think you are probably sick of me saying how refreshing the view is.
Here is another business lounge on the 1st floor near the lobby. It is simple and functional with free computers and wifi use. Connected through this lounge is the pathway towards their convention center. Their convention hall is probably the biggest in Batam right now. Check out their website for more info regarding events and meetings inquiries.
DELICIOUS FOOD SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES
I am confident to say that Radisson has probably the best buffet in town area. Their Saturday buffet was awesome. Their breakfast was no less spectacular. They had fancy food for adults and fun food for kids.
A quick look on their setting inside their all-day dining Bite Restaurant. Nice and neat right? They definitely did not skim on the furniture quality here.
You could also choose to seat outside facing the pool and golf course.
I am impressed with their selections. Lots of food and lots of varieties with some live cooking stations. And by the way, this picture is just one part!
Here is another section mainly for appetizers and desserts!
My kids favorite section, and MINE TOO! hahaha.. who doesn’t love a chocolate fondue? Good luck telling your kids to stop taking these evil sweetness. They will either create a scene or give you that dreamy “please” eyes. (Note: This was taken during their Saturday Night Buffet)
They had pizza, satay, salmon, cheese, lamb rack, fruits, Asian/Indonesian selections, and many more. I went crazy with their pizza and salmon because of the generous cheese they use.
Big spread for breakfast! Choose from Asian, Continental, or Western selections. And my favorite from the breakfast buffet is smoked salmon!
YES! Smoked salmon! I had like 3-4 plates of it before proceeding to other food. Hahahahhaa….
Are you a dessert person like me? Then you will probably love their selections. During my visit, I had Tiramisu, Creme Brulee, and Cheesecake! Many more of course, but can’t name them all.
I am sure you could tell how cool he is. Chef Alex and his team were the ones responsible for making me put on 2 kg over the weekend. Great job guys! And one thing I truly appreciate from any chef is the kind of chef that would talk to the guests and check if they are happy (and fat). To make people fat is truly the best honor for any chef, at least I think so.
And finally, if you just want to have a quick bite or coffee/tea time, come to the T-lounge! A nice cozy space for you to spend your afternoon
EXCELLENT SERVICE AND SPECIAL RECOGNITION
I can go on and on but let me just say this, the most important aspect for me during my stay, was their high level of service attitude. Each and everyone of their staff that I came across did not fail to greet me with a smile. Truly a service level that should be the benchmark for those who are trying to be the best hotel in Batam. I would strongly recommend you to stay here when you visit Batam, regardless if it is for business or pleasure; solo, couple, or family!
Finally, I would like to end this by recognizing these fantastic people for their great personalities:
Mr. Gavin, Mr. Yann, Chef Alex, Silvana, Edouard, George, Rendy, Sri Oliver, Vian, Nurul, Hanif, Hamid, Tia, Yanti, and some others I could not recall. Thank you all Radisson staff for making my visit enjoyable
For more information regarding the hotel information please click here or contact them through their Instagram https://www.instagram.com/radissongccbatam/
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