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Millennium Resort Patong Phuket

Before I start typing away… I just can’t believe I don’t have an entry for Andakira hotel.

We stayed at Andakira during our first Phuket visit and it was fairly ok.

For 2020, we stayed at Millennium Resort which is more expensive than Andakira, but it’s also better.

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If location is important to you, Millennium hotel is connected to Jungceylon Shopping Center, and Bangla St. is just across

Cross the street from Jungceylon and you’ll be at the Banzaan Fresh Market / Night Plaza.

On the other side is Bangla St. and then Patong Beach.

Millennium Resort has a Lakeside and Beachside wing, both have different lobbies so it will be very important to inform your transport in advance.

We stayed at the Lakeside Wing.

Room was spacious with the usual amenities.

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Level 4 has the Pool, Gym and Spa

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Drinks and food are also available on the poolside.

Pool size is great, only drawback is the lack of jacuzzi for non-swimmers like me.

Beachside has the Straits Dining Thai Restaurant which was sadly closed during our visit.

Lakeside has The Bistro which offered Seafood BBQ and International Buffet.

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Reasonably priced if you check our seafood prices outside…

The only part I disliked is that our balcony was connected to the other room’s balcony. So the other guests can basically go to our balcony with minimum effort.

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Other than that, Millennium hotel is highly recommended for you and your family.

Nice and spacious rooms, nice and reasonably priced restaurants, good breakfast buffet.

https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/phuket/millennium-resort-patong-phuket/

Park Hotel Alexandra

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Stayed in a club room for a night… Christmas Eve 2019 to be exact.

Quick info (sorry, no photos) – Club lounge was at the 19th floor, pool, gym and restaurant (The Carvery) was at the 7th floor and the lobby on the ground floor had a coffee shop.

Around the area, the hotel is connected to a mall (Alexandra Central Mall), but don’t expect too much from it.

Beside the hotel is Ikea, across is Anchorpoint and Queensway Shopping Centre. Again, don’t expect too much, but it may be worth your visit if you planned to walk in the area.

The room, just like any modern/new business hotel in Singapore is small.

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I honestly can’t imagine having 2 big bags in this room.

I have to give 2 thumbs up for the club lounge at the 19th floor… Nice space, quiet and really good staff. Even the food served during the happy hour (5:30-7:30pm) was more than enough.

The next day… breakfast at The Carvery was ok, could be great if the coffee was better. Had to go back to the lounge for coffee which had an excellent machine!

Note that the breakfast served in the club lounge was different from the spread available at The Carvery, during our visit, Lounge was more western while The Carvery was more Asian/local.

Depending on the price, Singapore itinerary and length of stay. Park Hotel like any other new hotels in Singapore is easy to recommend. Only thing I can see against it is its location

https://www.parkhotelgroup.com/en/alexandra/

Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle

Stayed in Hotel Benilde for a week in October.

Older guys will remember this place as the Angelo King Center (or was it institute?).

I was initially skeptical about this hotel as I can’t seem to find their parking facilities…

But then I can assure you that they have parking at the 3rd floor.

(sorry for the dark photos)

Room was clean and big. It even came with a sofa that is big enough to use as a bed.

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Internet speed is decent, big plus that they don’t have a limit for number of connected devices.

TV has the usual channels…

Room fridge has enough power to cool your drinks…

Bar items are available… Although there’s 7-11 and Ministop in the area, since the hotel is beside a school, convenience stores do not sell alcohol/beer.

Swimming pool and smoking areas are at the roof deck.

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They also have a French restaurant.

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Gym is at the 11th floor… Facilities may not wow you… But more than enough.

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Additional persons for breakfast will cost you PhP 300.00, if you ask me. It’s better to spend that along Taft Ave.

The hotel was fully booked during our visit and the hotel staff still managed to keep everything in order.

Service was good, rooms were big and ample parking…

Highly recommended and will definitely stay here again.

https://www.hotelbenilde.com/

D’Resort Singapore (REVISIT)

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Visited D’Resort again last weekend thanks to a company event.

This time, we stayed in what they call the “Rain-forest” section which was more like a hotel.

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Compared to the rooms in the “Mangrove” side which have a real fridge, we only got a small chiller.

I also remember seeing a microwave oven in our first visit, which is not available in our room this time.

View from the window is Wild Wild Wet

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TV is available, but it only has local channels.

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I have to admit, I was really surprised on how nicely the rooms were maintained.

Shower and toilets were all clean and free from molds!

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Even the A/C vents were dust free!

Room internet is available and as per my testing, there’s no limit on the device per room. Although the speed is just enough for light work.

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(speed test was done using Google Chrome on my Windows 10 Company PC)

4 years after my first visit, I am just amazed on how nice D’Resort is and I hope they can maintain it. The bar has been set high and will see if they can meet the same bar again on my next visit.

Waterstones Hotel, Mumbai

Stayed at Waterstones Hotel for less than a week during my visit to Mumbai (2019).

Hotel is very near the airport and they use BMW’s for transfers.

Hotel lobby is located at the 2nd floor.

They have 6 levels, with different “themes” in each level.

Locals told me the top floor “Glacier” has their best rooms.

G – Entrance
1 – Meeting Rooms
2 – Lobby/Restaurant/Coffee Shops and “The Marine Floor”
3 – The Rain forest Floor
4 – The Fire Floor
5 – The Mountain Floor
6 – The Glacier Floor

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Beside the Hotel is Waterstones Club which has their pool and gym… For a hotel near the airport, I was surprised by the size of the pool and gym… Staff told me the also had sauna facilities.

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As for my room… Mountain Floor.

It was big.

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Floor is not carpeted, but they will provide slippers.

All toiletries I need were also provided.

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Hotel service was really good.

And for a 6 floor building, the elevators are really fast.

I highly recommend this hotel when you visit Mumbai!

https://waterstoneshotel.com/

Indra Regent Hotel, Bangkok

Indra Regent Hotel

Stayed in this hotel for a week during our stay in Bangkok.

Less than 10 minutes walk away from Talad Neon.
5 minutes walk away from Platinum Fashion Mall.
Right beside Pratunam Market
Good massage place across the street

Once you’re in Platinum Fashion Mall, the other malls are connected through a bridge, so walking isn’t that bad.

I have mixed reviews on this hotel…

For toiletries, only soap and shampoo were provided… You have to pay for extras.

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Minibar is pricey… Especially since a 7-11 is only across the street.

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You get 2 free bottles of water everyday…But you have to leave the bottle in the room (it’s not disposable).

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Don’t expect views from the Window… It’s a hotel in the City!

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Room has a good size.

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TV is 32 inches, but it’s either you watch a very old movie, or you undestand Thai.

World Cup (2018) was shown for free, but the commentators were Thai.

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Room Wi-Fi? You have to pay… And the rate is daily!

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Free Wi-Fi is only available at the lobby, depending on your device, signal can reach the pool area.

Breakfast is a hit and miss… Mostly, a miss!

But thanks to McDonald’s and Starbucks at the ground level, you’ll be fine!

Other then the lack of free room Wi-Fi, the biggest complain I have is the very weak water pressure of the shower…

We complained this issue and they told us the entire hotel has the same water pressure…

I also can’t figure out how to mix cold and hot water… It felt like the options were only hot and hotter.

There are better hotels in the area… But we chose this hotel for 2 reasons…

1. It has a pool
2. Its really near the MRT

www.indrahotel.com/

I’m skipping this hotel on my next Bangkok visit… I can’t even recommend it to friends.

It looks great on photos and its cheap!

But the Wi-Fi and shower pressure is a big deal breaker for me and my family.

Again, location is great! We had to take the train to the airport since we can’t book a Grab and Taxi during peak afternoon hours…

Wi-Fi is easy, if only they can do something about the shower!

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay

Was at Holiday Inn Express for an overnight staycation!

Before I say anything about the hotel… Let’s talk about location!

Singapore is a small place with convenient public transport.

The hotel’s location is not perfect, but the Central Mall and Central Square are just across it if you’re looking for restaurants.

10 minutes walk to Chinatown MRT, Clark Quay MRT and Robertson Quay.

Taxis are available, but since this is Singapore, I suggest that you install Uber/Grab!

As for the hotel… It’s small.

The room has the basic stuff. (Although I can’t seem to remember seeing a safe)

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Toiletries are limited, but you can request for a shaver and comb if needed.

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Like other Singapore hotels, they will provide a free mobile phone with free data and local calls… Since the device runs on Android, you can also use it as a hotspot for other devices.

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Alarm clock/phone speaker is available if you love listening to music.

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On the roof top, they have the lap pool, jacuzzi and park. Don’t expect too much from the view, the hotel is basically in the middle of the city.

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DIY Laundry is available on the 2nd floor and gym is also on the roof top… I didn’t have time to go around but both are mentioned on the hotel’s website.

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As for the breakfast… Nothing to write about, but I’ve seen worst from neighboring hotels (so I guess it’s still a positive).

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I guess people stay in Holiday Inn because of brand familiarity.

If you need the location, then Holiday Inn Express is ok. There are cheaper hotels nearby which offers a bigger room, better facilities and better location… But they will not have the Holiday Inn brand.

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