Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hotel Review: Mallberry Suites Business Hotel @ CDO

I stayed at Mallberry Suites Business Hotel for 4D3N last October 5-8, 2014. From Laguindingan airport, it took almost an hour going to the hotel which is conveniently located at the city center near Limketkai Mall. I stayed at the Corporate Solo room which is  good for 1 person only. The room was small as expected but just enough for one people to move around. The bed, which is positioned beside the wall, was just big enough enough for one person to sleep comfortably. 

Before sleeping I usually like to watch some tv shows while lying in bed trying to get sleepy but the the problem is, the cable TV in this room was placed exactly near the foot side of the bed. That's why it's hard to watch without sitting up or positioning your head up while in bed. "tamad problems", yes, but any considerations? Not that it’s a major thing and I know this may be due to room space, but a higher platform might have been handy for this.  In addition, internet in my room was no chance, though it was available in the 5th floor superior room that my colleagues are staying (Update: my boss and another colleague of mine also booked here months after and wifi doesn't work in their room, too).  Corp solo room does not come with a personal ref in the room as compared to the superior room. So if you'll be booking a corporate solo room, just expect the basics.

Bathroom was small. Just enough space for one to take a bath and do one’s own business. Yes, they provide basic toiletries, but it’s better if you bring your own as it could be frustrating as for both shampoo and soap doesn't lather up as much as it should be.

They have 5 elevators, the other 3 is on the other side which is obviously facing a different corridor on the floor. What’s just amusing and annoying  is how I got “lost” on the 2nd day going down from breakfast. It can be quite confusing also (or is it just me?) as the floor where the rooms are have corridors that looks like a maze. Hallway light was dim which I don't usually bother to but not for the day when we watched Anabelle, just imagine me thinking happy thoughts and dashing straight to the end of the corridor where my room is situated, alone. But honestly, a brighter light in the hallway should be considered.

Breakfast buffet was standard, no cereals though. They offer rice, scrambled eggs, meat, fish and fruits. What I only loved and hoarded from their buffet is their creamy scrambled egg, and that's it.

Hotel lobby was spacious, and has a lot of sofa and chairs to lounge on which is a big thumbs up. You can also access the hotel wifi in here which is overly poor inside the room. An open bar is located also at the lobby with a flat screen mounted in the wall where you can watch the news while lounging.

We go out as early as 8am and gets back to the hotel by 10 pm so we weren’t able to try the hotel amenities. Upon touring around the hotel on the 1st night of our stay, I noticed they have 3 in house restaurants, indoor swimming pool, spa, meeting rooms, theater, gym and a game room (billiards, darts and chess). In conclusion, stay was average. Hopefully they’ll do something with their wifi connection. Being known as a business hotel, it's fitting to have a decent wifi connection not only in the lobby but most especially in the rooms, too.

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