After our lovely 2N3Ds at HARRIS Waterfront Resort Batam, we were sad to have to leave the resort as we still had so much more we wanted to do! Alas time waits for no man but at least we still had one final night in Batam, albeit at sister property HARRIS Hotel Batam Center. The two properties are quite different. HARRIS Waterfront is a resort where there are lots of activities such that you will not want to leave the property.
HARRIS Hotel Batam Center on the other hand is more no-frills. It is a value-for-money hotel where you plan to be out the whole day touring and enjoying Batam. Therefore, the decor is a little dated, and the toilet amenities offered are basic. However the room is still clean and that splash of orange colour (HARRIS’s corporate colour) is enough to make the room cheery. We managed to snag a room with a great view of the “Welcome to Batam” sign, Alun Alun Batam Centre and Batam Mega Mall. (Promo code available right at the end of the post!)
HARRIS may not be the poshest of hotels, but what it boasts is a great location.
- It’s next to the Batam City Ferry Terminal. You don’t have to spend money on transfers to a hotel far away. You don’t have to lose precious time traveling to a far a way location. For first timers to Batam, it’s always comforting to know the hotel is right next door to the ferry terminal so there’s less headache or worry about safety or missed connections or having to drag your luggage for long distances. You may be glad to know that despite being next to the ferry terminal, HARRIS still provides transport next door so you don’t have to wheel your luggage over the uneven flooring at the carpark.
- It’s next to the Batam Mega Mall. Lots to do at this mall that we visited twice within a span of 24 hours! It has a huge supermarket to stock up on cheap goodies. It has a huge Time Zone where we spent a good part of our time. The exchange rate and charges are favourable so getting our arcade fix is cheaper than in Singapore. I think we spent about SGD$30 there over the course of 2 visits!
- It’s next to the Alun Alun Batam Centre, which is like a civic city park of sorts. I’m not 100% sure because we didn’t have time to visit, but from our hotel window, we could see that there was much going on on a Sunday. There seemed to be a flea market, as well as performances / concert. If you like to experience some of the atmosphere, you could consider coming here.
When we were not at the hotel, we mainly spent our time at the Batam Mega Mall. Although you can jaywalk across the road diagonally to the Mega Mall from HARRIS, we found the option of using the pedestrian footpath to the Ferry Terminal, and then using the overhead bridge from there to the mall to be a more pleasant experience. The jaywalking method requires you to firstly dodge traffic, squeeze past a narrow footpath next to an open drain (fears of Edward accidently being jostled and falling in) and then dodge more cars turning into the mall carpark.
Mainly bought chips and Indomie at the supermarket. Had ”cheap coffee” and free donut at J.Co. They even have a BreadTalk there, but strangely, the breads sold are of different flavours as compared to what is available in Singapore.
We had soooo much fun at Timezone. It was Edward’s first time there and he was just bouncing all over the place. Unfortunately he was still a bit too young for the ball throwing games, just not enough strength to roll or throw the ball far enough. But he went wild with the racing games with Papa. We spent about $30, won enough tickets to redeem some local chocolates and biscuits. It was fun, and cheaper than playing in Singapore!
DISCOUNT for HARRIS Resort Waterfront Batam and HARRIS Hotel Batam Center
If you’re planning a trip to Batam, I’d highly recommend the HARRIS properties! And if you do indeed decide to stay at the following Batam HARRIS properties, do use my promo code for a 10% discount! Click on the links below to access the discount, or key in promo code : 2Play if prompted.
HARRIS Resort Waterfront Batam
HARRIS HOTEL Batam Center
Jl. Engku Putri, Batam Center
Batam, Indonesia 29461
Ph: +62 778 749 8888
Fax. +62 778 749 9999