You do not choose this Ambon Indonesia hotel for the same reason you book accommodation in Bali. This hotel for us was just a stopover or transit for our real destination which was the Spice Islands of Banda Neira; the nutmeg islands and also a great spot for diving and snorkeling.
There are not that many flights to Ambon, the easiest is from Jakarta. We were booked on the speedboat to Banda the next morning that is why we needed to stay a night in the city because the weather and other issues have to be taken into consideration for a successful journey. It is, therefore, safer to give it some time and stay overnight in Ambon so that your travel plans will work out for sure.
The rooms are quite small but sufficient and practical for an active holiday. We had a twin bedroom, two comfy beds. The luggage rack, safe and small open closet are one, positioned at the end of the room opposite one bed next to a corner table with two upper shelves and a flat TV mounted on the center of the wall. The long mirror is flanked by the small window with no view and the closet. Between the two beds is a side table with a telephone and more shelving. There are two electrical outlets exclusively for guest use.
The bathroom too is tiny, but modern with everything that is standard and expected in a business hotel. All the floors are tiled, no carpet necessary (we are in the tropics) and of course there is air-conditioning.
We were on the 7th floor, the red floor; other floors are yellow or green etc. probably setting the tone for all basic room colors. In the corner of the hallway, I noticed wooden sliding doors; what are they for I wondered? They can close off two rooms and therefore create a suite for more privacy for families.
On the 2nd floor is a restaurant/breakfast room with two meeting or seminar rooms. The view over Ambon city and the bay is breathtaking. Breakfast is served here for the hotel guests. A buffet with several hot dishes like rice, noodles, vegetables, sausages and more is set up at one end. Of course, there is the Indonesian favorite Bubur (porridge). Fruit juices, tropical fruits, and bread for toast with butter and jam sit next to coffee and teapots. At the end, you can even order eggs cooked your favorite way.
What to see and do while in Ambon
The lobby is roomy for a city hotel, efficiently furnished, modern with more function rooms next to it. You can smell the next-door KFC outlet from here.
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