Lodging Review--New Arena Hotel

Trip Start Nov 17, 2009
Trip End Sep 05, 2010

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Friday, December 18, 2009

WM stayed here in January and liked it.  Things have gone decidedly downhill since.

Rate in January was 160,000 and included outstanding buffet breakfast.  Rate is now 180,000 (single or double), and breakfast is not included, an additional 40,000.  It is as good breakfast as before.

The room was crappy, with a half sheet instead of a full sheet, and no balcony.  Pool was nice.  Swim up beer-only bar would not charge a Bintang to the room, insisting on cash payment upon purchase.  (What idiot carries paper money in his swim trunks?).

Pool bar ran out of beer on Friday at noon, yet the two bartenders remained on the job until the pool closed Friday night.

The room was cleaned well, but common areas were filthy.  It was reasonably quiet at night, with the exception of the car alarms of the hotel vehicles that go off every night (last night they went off 3 separate times.).

New Arena is on Gang Gorza (the address says Poppies I but it's not).  This place needs management.

New Arena hotel is no longer good value.  WM suggests looking at Kedian's II, Kita, Mimpis, or Berlian Inn,  all on the same Gang.  Especially Berlian.  That looked nice.
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