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Hotel Aida Samarinda Reviews
Hotel Aida Jul 03, 2011
Hotel Aida is located right smack in the middle of Samarinda. All the main sights of the central part of the city are within easy walking distance. The street with the hotel starts at the giant Mahakam River on the one end if you walk the short distance from the river to the hotel you’ll pass the central mosque in Samarinda. On the other end of the short street is the central market square of Pasar Pagi. Most of the local minibuses originate on Pasar Pagi - hence it is very easy to catch local transport if you want to get a ride to go further afield in Samarinda.
A location right next to the main mosque of a city is usually a warning sign - it usually means you’ll get an unwanted wakeup call very early in the morning. but for some reason the mosque didn’t bother me at all while I stayed at Hotel Aida - either the mosque was very quiet (unlikely) or I was too tired for the mosque to wake me up at five in the morning.
When I stayed at the hotel I was the only foreign guest as far as I could see - hence the hotel is primarily a local Indonesian hotel serving Indonesians. But foreigners are very welcome and there is usually somebody in the reception speaking at least limited English.
You can choose between different kinds of rooms with or without aircon - the aircon cost about 50.000 extra for a night. The non-aircon rooms got fan so if you are a bit acclimatized to South East Asian climate by the time you arrive to the hotel you should probably be ok using the budget rooms. There are also some bigger rooms - but even the standard sized rooms are of decent size.
All rooms come equipped with own television with satellite TV with a few channels in English with subtitles and private mandi - you can’t get a room with a flossing toilet since the hotel is primarily serving the local travelers. There are no hot or cold water in the bathroom - only a big bowl with water to use for both the toilet and shower. Fortunately they haven’t invented cold water in Indonesia as of now - so the water in the bathroom is at room temperature which is fairly close to 30 degrees.
The hotel got free wifi which can be used both in the lobby area and in the rooms - but the connection is a bit slow.
In the morning there is breakfast included from 7 in the morning. There are free self-service coffee and tea for the breakfast. The breakfast is basic and it is traditional Asian style breakfast. Like all Asian breakfast rice is the most important ingredient in the meal - the rise is complimented by an egg and some sort of sauce. This can like always be a bit hard to stomach for us traditional Europeans who for some strange reason think bread is a key element of any breakfast meal.
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