|Town:||Medan, North Sumatra|
The Hotel Aryaduta in Medan is a part of the Grand Palladium Mall complex, sitting atop of it. Its 200 rooms are mostly of the Deluxe type located on the 9th and 10th floors with spectacular city and pool views, and feature modern style furnishing, with king and twin beds topped with fluffy duvets and down feather pillows, a 26″ LCD flat screen TV, broadband internet access and deluxe amenities featuring an elegant bath with glass-enclosed shower.
Facilities at the Hotel Aryaduta in Medan include the hotel’s centerpiece: a courtyard oasis dominated by a 35-metre long lap pool. Online room rates for the Aryaduta start off from $26. Reserve a room.
Hotel Aryaduta Medan is at Jalan Kapten Maulana Lubis (Raden Saleh) 8 in Medan, North Sumatra.
Hotel Aryaduta Medan is most suitable for the business traveller and the tourist transiting/stopping over for a night before continuing on to e.g. Lake Toba and Parapat.
Arrival and check-in were smooth, if a little different. The hotel is located on top of a local shopping mall, so while the entrance is on the ground floor, the lobby is on the 9th floor. However, having a Hypermart supermarket/department store so close is perfect for stocking up on supplies for the days ahead (or purchasing any essential items that you forgot to pack).
The room is spacious and includes free broadband internet; you just need to request the username and password the first time you want to use it. Everything worked ok, except the bathroom telephone and a couple of TV channels.
The pool area is plenty nice, but – unusually for a five-star hotel – there is no spa/sauna/steam room and the “gym” consists of one treadmill, one exercise bike, a bench and a few hand weights. The size of the gym suggests there are no plans to change this.
Service was helpful and friendly, although sometimes the staff lacked knowledge. For example, when I wanted to print something at the business centre and the computer and printer weren’t set up properly, the lady stationed there couldn’t help me. They also couldn’t tell me how much international airport tax (a charge you pay when you check in at all Indonesian airports, but the amount varies according to the city) was.
As relative newcomers to Medan, we used the facility of having a car/driver meet us at the airport. This can be arranged for a fee (Rp65 000), payable later on the hotel bill. The car is chartered from Trac Astra Rent-A-Car, is quite large and very comfortable.
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