With only a 15 minute drive from Husein Sastranegara International Airport lies the Crowne Plaza Bandung at the very heart of the city. Extremely popular amongst Singaporean tourists, Bandung is a relaxing city with emphasis on volcanic attractions, bustling fruit plantations and amazing shopping.
Relatively new since opening it’s doors in November 2015, I spent 3 nights at the Crowne Plaza Bandung using only 5,000 IHG points per night due to the IHG Pointbreaks promotion. Normally, this hotel sells award nights at 25,000 points per night. My first impressions after checking into the Executive Lounge was positive. I was given a triple upgrade to a Junior Suite, and given the Platinum/Spire Amenity of a lucky draw which an additional room upgrade was the best prize.
First impressions of the room were brilliant. Extremely spacious for a junior suite, new looking fixtures, carpets and beddings and overall immaculate thanks to the young age of the hotel.
The bathroom of the Junior Suite at the Crowne Plaza Bandung boasts a plus-sized shower area and water closet area. In the main part of the bathroom, theres a full-size bathtub. If i could ask for something more it would be a dual basin setup but that might me asking for too much!
I wouldn’t expect Aromatherapy Associates amenities at a Crowne Plaza property, although I have not stayed in many. Conrad Centennial Singapore also provides these same amenities but I consider the Conrad a higher level of luxury (and pricepoint) than Crowne Plaza so thumbs up to the Crowne Plaza Bandung.
The coffee & tea facilities of the room, although limited, were practical. Consisting of an espresso machine with complementary captures, Dilmah teas and mineral water. The minibar & fridge were also stocked.
As an IHG Spire Ambassador, I was given the benefit of complementary breakfast at the executive lounge. However, at this property this benefit does not extend to the main buffet restaurant. I can’t remember the last time I paid for breakfast at a hotel, so it’s always nice to maintain at least one top tier status.
After being “wow-ed” by the high quality of the bathroom amenities offered, I was once again impressed by the quality of breakfast the the executive lounge. Some properties that I can remember offering an a-la-minute breakfast menu are Intercontinental Bali, Intercontinental Danang and Intercontinental Hong Kong, all very highly priced properties. But the Crowne Plaza Bandung also offers this. They also use the same premium french unsalted butter that I love from Conrad Centennial Singapore’s Oscars Restaurant, and their Mee Goreng hits the spot.
One thing I’ve learnt from the Crowne Plaza Bandung is that they don’t skimp out on the premium quality. The staff at the hotel and executive lounge were very welcoming and boasted amazing service standards. The stay was an amazing value and I would not hesitate coming back to the Crowne Plaza Bandung on paid stays in the future.