Opened since 2016, Four Points by Sheraton Bandung is one of the preferred properties among domestic and international (particularly Asian) travellers who seek homely accommodation in Bandung minus the fuss and non-functional embellishments. Located in Dago, the hotel is 20 minutes’ drive away from Husein Sastranegara International Airport and conveniently situated near shopping malls, restaurants and tourist attractions. The hotel is a magnet that draws business travellers on weekdays, and leisure travellers during weekends as well as public holidays.
Four Points by Sheraton Bandung is merely 700 metres away from the iconic Gedung Sate, the office building for the Governor of West Java Governor. The incumbent is currently Ridwan Kamil, the former mayor of Bandung and a highly respected architect and urban planner who successfully spruced up Bandung’s cityscape, turning it friendlier for its citizens and visitors alike, hence improving quality of life. Besides proximity to government offices and businesses, the hotel is a boon for shopping enthusiasts since it is close to Jalan Riau.
According to the hotel’s smart and affable General Manager Mr Franklyn Kocek, the Four Points by Sheraton brand started back in 1995 to provide accommodations classified as ‘select service’ due to travellers’ changing habits and behaviours. In line with such principle, Four Points by Sheraton Bandung chooses to be at the centre of action for guests to easily access the best aspects of the city for dining and shopping, among others. For instance, there is a supermarket and restaurant available on the same street, and right across is Living Plaza Dago mall. The hotel is also an easy drive to the city’s neighbourhoods located on higher altitudes heading towards Lembang like Dago Pakar and Dago Atas, popular among locals and travellers who seek calmer spots for respite and relaxation.
Due to Bandung’s significance as a highland getaway developed since the Dutch colonial era for Europeans to escape the heat of the lowlands, the city’s architectural heritage largely drew inspiration from Europe, especially when it came to adopting the Art Deco style, which was the craze in Europe and North America back in 1920s. The architecture of Four Points by Sheraton Bandung alludes to the Dutch East Indies architectural vernacular found throughout Bandung. To do justice to Bandung’s glamourous past as the Paris of Java, the owners decided to ramp up the Four Points by Sheraton brand a notch further. The result is impressive: Four Points by Sheraton Bandung becomes a hotel that emanates a strong sense of place, international in standard and outlook, yet local in its sensibilities, sensitivities and actions.
Uncomplicated spaces & facilities
A lot of thought has been put into the simplicity and straightforwardness of the property. Uncomplicated, uncluttered, and bright, the hotel strives to provide only what is necessary in the most efficient and least amount of waste with welcoming manner. The property’s layout raises the bar of functional simplicity to another level and conscientiously attempts to uplift guests’ state of mind by bringing in as much natural light as possible into its interiors through its replete double height windows.
Four Points by Sheraton Bandung’s 162 brand guest rooms have everything that guests require for a rewarding stay, plus easy and fast Wi-Fi connectivity. The hotel provides five types of accommodations: Classic Room, Premium Room, Deluxe Room, Executive Suite, and Premier Suite. The property in Bandung normally sells between USD85 to USD100 per room, depending on season.
The rooms have high ceilings to avoid guests from feeling claustrophobic. They are located away from traffic, therefore noise from the road is laudably reduced. For more peace and quiet, guests are recommended to rooms located at higher levels. Since the rooms are adequately spacious with 28 and 30 square metres in size, the hotel is able to maintain its high-level service delivery and upkeep.
Each of the hotel’s twin-sharing room comes with two double beds, whereby each of those beds is extraordinarily large that it could fit up to two persons to ensure better comfort. As a matter of fact, all guests of Four Points by Sheraton Bandung are bound to fall in deep slumber in plush, custom-designed Four Points signature beds incorporated with nine-inch shock absorber foundation, accompanied by particularly comfortable pillows. On the same note, the ergonomic work desks inside the rooms allow busy guests settle their work comfortably. Each room is equipped with at least four multi-standard socket plug points too. To the delight of business and sartorially-savvy travellers, iron and ironing board await in each of the guest room’s wardrobe.
The hotel has no spa but it does have a swimming pool with an imagery of a large blooming orchid created from thousands of singular tiles on the one end of the pool floor. The water is lowly chlorinated, making it safe for swimmers of all ages. There is even a compact fitness centre on the same level as the swimming pool, available for guests 24 hours. Corporations and event organisers are welcome to utilise the hotel’s 900 metres squared of function spaces in the form of eight meeting rooms and a ballroom.
Domestic and foreign foodies flock to Bandung because the city has abundant reasonably priced eats. To reflect Bandung’s allure, Four Points by Sheraton Bandung offers gastronomic options through its food and beverage outlets. Guests should savour the hotel’s breakfast spread set amidst classic ambience at the all-day dining Saffron Restaurant comprising hearty local fare that easily satisfies various kinds of palates, both Asian and beyond; guests must try ordering the restaurant’s eggs benedict, one Gaya Travel Magazine team’s favourite dishes.
Since the people of Bandung constantly look for something new, businesses in retail and hospitality sectors need to update their products and services, sometimes even their look and feel, every six months. Four Points by Sheraton Bandung makes it a point to renew its food and beverage choices every three months, especially when the timing coincides with national public holidays, for example Christmas, New Year, Eid, and Republic of Indonesia’s Independence Day celebration on 17 August every year. In conjunction with the latter occasion, Saffron Restaurant prepared mouth-watering brunch spread with the theme ‘Ayo Makan Indonesia’ (meaning ‘Let’s Eat Indonesia’), featuring popular and memorable dishes from 12 selected Indonesian provinces.
In the evenings, guests are invited to unwind at the Citrus Pool Bar with the hotel’s local Best Brew beer in hand. To the uninitiated, the Best Brew programme is part of Four Points by Sheraton Bandung’s initiative in elevating the status of local breweries and beers such as Bintang.
Beer, served together with barbecue, as a way for the hotel to help increase public awareness towards deserving local products. The hotel even holds pool party at Citrus Pool Bar – one of the popular watering holes in Bandung – every quarter by collaborating with a radio station to broadcast the event live. Guests are recommended to find out when would be the next pool party be held so that they would be able to join in the revelry.
Another spot where guests should head to is Edelweiss Sky Lounge on level 12 for afternoon tea and delectable dinner paired with nice wine overlooking Gedung Sate and the greenish Lembang area way in the distance. Guests should check out the range of irresistible pastries at the chic bistro-inspired Buttercup Boulangerie as well, which is situated directly opposite of the hotel lobby entrance and housed in an impressive Art Deco building of what used to be the offices of Kimia Farma, a local pharmaceutical company. From what we gathered, there is never a dull moment when it comes to dining at Four Points by Sheraton Bandung.
With enviable location, elegant fuss-free design, inspiring interiors and exciting gastronomic offerings, Four Points by Sheraton Bandung is fast carving itself as one of the must-stay places whenever guests visit Bandung, especially when it is also true value for money…
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