Four Points by Sheraton Bandung Review
Bandung has a host of chain and non-chain hotels. It certainly feels the city has more hotels than guests. I eventually decided for the Four Points by Sheraton Bandung which just opened two months before my stay. It's located in Dago - arguably the best neighborhood in Bandung. There are some sidewalks, lots of trees and the traffic is a bit less crazy there. It also puts you close to most sights and places to eat and drink in the city. The building is brand new and very pretty - the architects liked the color white a lot - no doubt! Check-in was very friendly and in typical Indonesia fashion - too much servitude - too little knowledge but things worked out eventually. This isn't your typical Four Points which we know how to endure in the US - just look at the dining area behind the lobby! The room smelled and looked fantastic! The room was bright with lots of white and a huge, comfortable bed. The bathroom with a walk in shower was more akin to an Andaz than a Four Points. The shower pressure was awesome and for most of the day the room worked just perfectly - lots of natural light and a view over Bandung rounded up that great experience. At night things weren't as happy. Bandung cools down to under 70 degrees at night but you still want an AC. However the fan was very audible even in the lowest configuration and the AC needed time to cool down the room (even if the temperature differential to the outside was just a few degrees). Also the room has plenty of night lamps - in the hallway as well as on both bedside tables. They were way too bright and there was no way to shut them off. So I ended up sleeping with ear plugs and an eye mask. Not ideal in otherwise superb room. The Internet was slow initially but sped up to 10Mbit on day two - easily the fastest Internet I have ever seen in Indonesia. The breakfast in the morning was good - not too many high quality items but there were a big selection and the presentation is just fantastic in this beautiful dining hall. The hotel pool on the second floor lacks atmosphere - it's just a big pool of water with lots of white around. That may change though - the hotel is not fully opened yet - this shall happen in June 2016. Rates for the hotel were just $47 + taxes and fees per night. Given the great qualities of the hotel during the day this is a steal and well worth overlooking the sleep issues for now. Let's hope things will work out!