It was a fun staycation. On new year’s day (1-2 Jan 2018), me and my family went to Aston Bogor Hotel and Resort. After a long time, finally we can stay at this hotel. I was eyeing this one for a very long time. Why? Because I heard and read so many good reviews about this hotel. Another thing is that I want to hide for a moment from a crowded environment.
Actually it was a sudden decision to stay there. We didn’t plan anything to do a staycation on new year. But suddenly my husband said that it would be fun that we stayed at a nice hotel and spend the entire day there. He suggested me to book this hotel. I was pessimist that we would get a room (another same rate hotel was fully booked though). But after checking their own hotel site, they still had some rooms. Initially we would like to book the 2 bedroom condotel but I was late only for a couple hours. So then we booked 2 1-bedroom-condotels. Below is the full review of this hotel.
Name: Aston Bogor Hotel and Resort
Address: Bogor Nirwana Residence, Jl. Dreded Pahlawan, Bogor Selatan, Mulyaharja, Mulyaharja Bogor Selatan, Mulyaharja, South Bogor, Kota Bogor, West Java 16132, Indonesia
Phone Number: (0251) 8200300
Trip Advisor Rating: of 1,273 reviews
Trip Advisor Official Description: The Hotel and resort located just 5 minutes from the center of Bogor and 45 minutes from Jakarta. Situated within the secure complex of Bogor Nirwana Residence, it allows for easy access to the wonderful Jungle Water Park, Orchard Walk, 4D Cinema, Jungle Mall and along with superb meeting and banquet facilities it’s the ideal destination for families or conferences
Check In & Check Out Experiences
The check-in went smooth. I reached there on 12 o’clock noon time hoping that we could get early check-in. I forgot that we checked-in on the first day of new year. So it was full with so many people checked-out after new year’s eve at the hotel. Although like that, I was thankful that we still could enter our room at 1 o’clock afternoon.
Room & Room Service
Our one-bedroom Condotel was spacious enough. We got a room at the 5th floor of the second tower. The room consisted of four separated area, they are Living Room, Bathroom, Bedroom, and Balcony. The living room was spacious enough to do a big family gathering and it had a one set of a sofa and its small table, a TV above a small cabinet, a set of dining table with two chairs, a microwave, a one door (big) refrigerator, a washbasin, an electric kettle, two cups, three mineral water, and coffee-tea-sugar sets as compliments.
I asked for a balcony that had garden view and they gave us directly viewing the swimming pool. It was nice. I love reading there while hearing children swimming down there. Moreover, we can see a stream near the pool. The sound of the streaming water was relaxing. The balcony had a small table with two wooden arm-chairs.
I love the bedroom so much. It was not big but enough for sleeping. What I like the most was the bed near the window so we could easily see the garden view (swimming pool) out there, and they used some patio covers at night which I like a lot, so at the end I was able to learn more about patio covers in Del Mar. It also had a small TV two bedside lamps above a two bedside tables, a big wardrobe with two bathrobes, two pairs of sandals, a deposit box, and a full-sized mirror next to it.
While the bathroom itself could not be access inside the bedroom. The access was from the living room although it was next to the bedroom. It was not big enough and no bath-up of course. It only used a shower. But it had a hair-dryer. By the way, I like the smell of the soap. As for towels, we were only given two main big towels and a bath mat (without hand towels).
This hotel had such a small but spacious area. If seeing all at once, I can say it was compact, not so big but had everything in it. They have three not to tall room towers, three swimming pools (although in the same center area), a gym room, a kids small playground, a kids corner, and several halls for meeting and parties. I might say that it was quite far walking from the lobby to our room. But do not worry, they had golf-cart facility to escort you from the lobby to each particular tower. Well us personally, we didn’t try the cart and as far as I saw, no one used the cart. We were just fine to walk because the scenery was good enough to enjoy.
I already mentioned above that this hotel was near complete, they had pools, gym arena, kids playground, kids’ corner, halls, and even spa treatment if you want. But unfortunately we only tried the pool (kids pool and adults pool) and kids’ playground. The pools were open from 6 AM to 6 PM. The plus side of the pool that they have pool guards, even two at each pool. Our kids could play at the adults’ pool as long as they were under guard. What I liked was that each adult pool had two corners with dividers for them who could not swim and just want to sit on the steps of the pool. They were also safe for kids.
My daughter also played at the small playground. They had two toddler slides and two swings on sintetic grass. They are safe for toddlers who liked to run here and there. My daughter could not stop playing, hahaha.
My rate of a hotel was most influenced by its breakfast. This hotel surely had a great breakfast. The breakfast was held at the Batoe Tulis restaurant near the front lobby. The food choices were varied. It had western and local food (although mostly western). It had choices from appetizers until desserts. Well I didn’t try the local food, but for the western one I loved the pancake, hash brown fries, and salad. But unfortunately the area was not big enough. It was very crowded!!! (blame the high season though :D).
To get more benefit, sign-up to the Archipelago hotel member and we could get any additional discounts. Beside that, the hotel guests (with or without above member) could get a 50% discounts if they one to play at the The Jungle Waterpark Bogor, The Jungle Fest Bogor, and Jungleland Sentul. Somehow affordable right?
All and all, I (and my family) liked to stay at this hotel. It was a nice ending of our long holiday. These reviews were based on my opinion only. Different people has different experience and taste. But hopefully this can help you to choose a good place to do a staycation. Do you have another recommendation of staycation near Bogor? Feel free to leave your recommendation at the comment below.