By Irnee Norris on January 15, 2013
This 52-year old hotel is one of the historical and heritage hotels in Bandung. The newly transformed and upgraded Grand Royal Panghegar has just opened its doors recently on November 2011.
The stunning Art Deco architecture brings guests to a bygone era, where one would associate with good hospitality and service. Smiling bellgirls cheerfully greet you as they open the door for guests in unison. This hotel was previously a 3-star business hotel and has since been upgraded to 5-star rating.
After renovations, Grand Royal Panghegar now boasts a total of 452 rooms comprising condotels, apartments and suites.Grand Royal Panghegar is located in the heart of Bandung’s business district, just next to the Government offices. It is also within a walking distance from the famous Jalan Braga, Bandung’s hip dining and entertainment area.
The hotel also houses many dining, entertainment and shopping outlets for guests’ convenience. More outlets are in the midst of setting up to offer more offerings to its guests.
A notable dining outlet in the hotel is May Star Restaurant, a famous Halal Chinese food chain from Jakarta specialising in delicious dim sum, live seafood and smoked duck. Be sure to try their very unique Salted Egg Pau Bun.
Meanwhile, another food and beverage outlet, Pakuan Café, offers Indonesian menu, while an American grill eatery is set to open soon.Music lovers would appreciate Paseban Deco’s live Jazz Band performances on Friday nights, or just relax and unwind at their Lobby Lounge.
The Grand Royal Panghegar houses the biggest Grand Ballroom in the city and has 13 small meeting rooms, making it the venue of choice when it comes to hosting MICE events in Bandung.
Its Amarthapura Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 2,000 standing guests and can be broken up into five smaller rooms,making it possibly the hotel’s biggest selling point.
Weddings, exhibitions, conferences and even grand birthday parties have all been done here, indicating that the hotel is an excellent one-stop venue of choice for hosting large functions.While it seems like the hotel primarily caters for business travellers, it is also suitable for leisure travellers and families with young children.
Its facilities such as the heated swimming pool, spa, Kids Corner, jogging track, gym and tennis courts are all geared for guests leisure activities, thus making the hotel suitable for anyone seeking comfortable and convenient stay when visiting Bandung.
When guests are at the hotel, don’t miss admiring the hotel’s massive collection of Wayang Golek (traditional handcrafted Indonesian puppets) neatly arranged behind the reception area, whereby each one of them is unique.
The collection aptly adds to the sense of place, reminding guests that they are visiting the great nation of Indonesia. By staying at Grand Hotel Panghegar, guests are surely in for a great experience in savouring Indonesian hospitality.