Situated at the heart of Bandung, the new hotels provide breath taking city views along with all the creature comforts a staycationer would need for an enjoyable stay
New hotels pop up with a steady cadence in Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java which was named Parijs van Java or the Paris of Java in the early 20th century for its European boutiques, stylish cafés and – of course – luxurious hotels. One of the more recent addition to Bandung’s hospitality scene, however, drew quite a bit of extra attention. Yes, we’re talking about Pullman Bandung Grand Central along with ibis Styles Bandung Grand Central.
Location, Location, Location
Pullman Bandung Grand Central and ibis Styles Bandung Grand Central are situated side-by-side in arguably the most enviable location in the city. The hotel complex is just a stone’s throw away from Bandung’s iconic Gedung Sate with many of the city’s most popular destinations – the historical Dago street, Riau with its eateries, and Gasibu, just to name a few – within walking distance.
Interestingly, this location also puts both hotels in close vicinity with two major university campuses. “We learned that some of our guests have a historical connection with Bandung from when they were young and studied at the Bandung Institute of Technology or Padjajaran University, so they come to the city to relive nostalgic moments from those times,” said Ari Meilanny, Marketing Manager of Pullman and ibis Styles Bandung Grand Central.
Of course, both hotels also see their fair share of business travellers, especially those on government business, as the aforementioned Gedung Sate is not only a popular tourist attraction, but also the official seat of West Java’s governor.
Feathers of the Peacock
Pullman Bandung Grand Central has 279 rooms and suites outfitted with all the comforts and amenities one would expect of the brand. Tech-savvy guests will definitely appreciate the hotel-wide, high-speed Wi-Fi coverage, as well as smart TVs in every room that, among other things, offer user-friendly features including seamless screen mirroring from smartphones.
An arguably better feature of those 279 rooms and suites, however, are the low-tech views of Bandung, especially at twilight. Case in point: Guests staying at the Junior Suite are afforded an expansive view centred on the Pasopati flyover. And just before sunset, the dark blue hue of the sky, the city lights that have started to come up, and the red trails of outgoing traffic paint an unforgettable picture.
Speaking of aesthetics, Pullman Bandung Grand Central offers sharp-eyed visitors a wealth of visual clues placed all over the hotel. One particularly notable visual element found throughout the venue is the peacock, a symbol of welcome in Sundanese culture enshrined in the Tari Merak or Peacock Dance, which is usually performed for visiting dignitaries. A stylized depiction of the bird can be seen greeting guests at the front lobby. Installations depicting the same bird finding its mate and rearing their chicks can be found in the ballrooms. Peacock feather motifs are also found in some of the rooms and as part of the décor.
And there are plenty of other “easter eggs” based on the culture of West Java, from kujang blades on some door handles to an art installation showcasing the lyrics of the song Bandung Selatan di Waktu Malam written in the old Aksara Sunda script.
Colourful Rice Paddies
The story of West Java’s visual identity continues at ibis Styles Bandung Grand Central. As expected from an ibis hotel, the aesthetics there are much more colourful and vibrant. The theme at ibis Styles Bandung Grand Central centres around West Java’s famous paddy fields. The ceiling of the lobby features a contour map of terraced rice fields, while images of farmers and paddy fields are showcased on the wallpapers of the lobby and rooms.
ibis Styles Bandung Grand Central offers 240 rooms, featuring plenty of high-tech amenities found at Pullman, including the aforementioned smart TVs. More importantly, some rooms offer direct views of Gedung Sate and those are understandably in high demand. There is apparently a strong correlation between being able to secure one of those rooms and an inclination to order in-room dining. And speaking of dining…
Eat, Drink and be Merry…
Since time immemorial, one of the major attractions of Bandung has been its culinary scene. From traditional bakeries that wouldn’t look out of place in a historical movie to modern bistros catering to the young and hip, Bandung has it all. And while staying at either Pullman or ibis Styles Bandung Grand Central gives you the perfect starting point for a culinary adventure across town, there are plenty of great arguments for on-site dining as well.
First and foremost is SADRASA, Pullman Bandung Grand Central’s primary dining establishment. The menu at SADRASA offers a mix of Western dishes and contemporary takes on local favourites. The latter, unsurprisingly, has proven to be much more popular, with options ranging from the fragrant fall-off-the-bone oxtail soup to the restaurant’s signature Sate Diponegoro featuring three types of satay served on a coal brazier and the unique Bandung Colada – a creative take of the classic piña colada in dessert form, composed of a coconut meringue bowl accompanied by an exotic pineapple compote, passion fruit namelaka, and coconut espuma.
Across from SADRASA guests will find T-BOX Lounge, which offers fresh pastries and trendy drinks. For guests staying or exploring at ibis Styles Bandung Grand Central, there’s sTREATs, which is inspired by Bandung’s street food culture and features the ambience of a rustic, traditional Sundanese restaurant.
Meet and Greet
No story about Pullman Bandung Grand Central would be complete, however, without a look at Pullman Bandung International Convention. A prime location for events and – apparently – an absolute favourite for wedding, the venue has two ballrooms.
Both the ballrooms offer massive pillarless spaces, with eight-meter-high ceilings for the Grand Ballroom and four meters for the Junior Ballroom. Both also have giant, floor-to-ceiling video walls – perfect for corporate presentations and pre-wedding videos alike. As an added bonus, the convention centre has its own entrance areas, all the better to avoid having wedding parties and conference attendees mixing up with hotel guests and creating massive traffic jams.
Rest and Relax, Work Out and Dine In
Of course, there’s still plenty to see and enjoy at Pullman Bandung Grand Central. The swimming pool is a popular family spot, while the second floor of Pullman becomes a “lifestyle zone” offering a high-tech gym – which boasts an Icaros Virtual Reality Flying Machine – as well as a play area for children and an entertainment room for teenagers. A spa and barbershop are also located there. However, at the time of writing, both are closed due to the pandemic.
The executive lounge on the 16th floor is also worth mentioning. If anything, it offers even more spectacular views. And, last but not least, there’s the upcoming Mad Cow Wine & Grill on the 18th floor and the Akasa Rooftop Bar – the only one in town with a 360-degree view in town.
And, last but definitely not least, special mention goes to Mano, the quirky little robot that roams around Pullman Bandung Grand Central’s lobby greeting guests while providing easy access to information about the premises. Mano has become a bit of an icon and is always ready to take photos with visitors, all while highlighting Pullman’s constant push for technological upgrades.
So, whenever you’re in Bandung, and no matter if you’re looking for adventures around the city or a comfy staycation experience, Pullman and ibis Styles Bandung Grand Central offer everything you need and more.
For further information, click here.