My first Novotel experience was in Bangkok when I travelled there for my first shopping weekend. The exemplary service and superb dining facilities have created a lasting impression. I stayed at NOVOTEL BANGKOK SUKHUMVIT 20, a perfect location for connectivity and of course shopping and eating!
The latest Novotel Taiping lives up to the brand’s image and branding. Here are 10 best reasons to stay:
Novotel Taiping is located on top of Taiping Mall. Hotel Parking is at Level 6, with the car park entrance just beside the hotel. Covered parking is FREE and the layout is spacious. For self-drive, this is perfect. Even on a Saturday night, there is plenty of parking available as the Mall isn’t crowded.
Overall, the hotel location is excellent. Best advise; park your car and walk out to explore the city.
#2 LOBBY AND CHECK IN
The Lobby is contemporary, modern and simple. Check in is prompt and the front desk staff are friendly and helpful.
#3 NOVOTEL PREMIER ROOM
My Premier Room has a partial lake view. It’s spacious with a King sized Bed and a sofa by the window with homey comforts. Everything is the room is new, modern, comfy and fresh.
Have you ever bought some food and forgot to eat or take it out of the mini bar fridge? For me, I have forgotten so been so many times that it is memorable. I just love the glass door to the mini bar. Being able to see what’s inside the small fridge is important to me.
Of course, slippers and an ironing board are great.
Bathroom is good with modern rain shower, nice smelling toiletries and huge bathrobes. There’s a 41-inch LED TV Satellite, TV channels, MP3 docking station and Free WiFi.
Blackout curtains and turndown service is great on its own. I particularly like headboard of the bed. The pillows and mattress are luxurious and comfy.
The mark of a great hotel room is in its soundproofed rooms, and the deep sleep I get. This is measurable on my fitbit watch.
Novotel makes it easy for those who dream of taking home the mattress, duvet and pillows from the guest rooms. There’s an online Novotel Store where you can make your purchases. Click here.
Verdict: The rooms are a real value for money. The look and feel is a modern smart 4 star city hotel worthy of two thumbs up.
#4 Free WiFi
The WiFi signal is incredibly and consistently strong. Definitely a good plus point!
#5 Swimming Pool | Gym
Novotel Taiping has a small gym. The equipment is spanking new and sufficient. I feel there could be more lush landscaping around the pool. At night, the entire hotel facade is lit with a stunning blue wash and this makes the pool look very beautiful. It would be cool to swim late at night in the blue glow.
Welcome drink is for all Le Accors Members depending on their level. Gold Le Accors Members are allowed to have any drinks from the bar menu including cocktails and beers.
#7 Buffet Breakfast
Good ambiance with even coolness throughout the building. There are no cold spots and neither was the restaurant stuffy. The buffet breakfast spread is good with a variety of action stations for the Malaysian/ Western cuisine. The food is fresh and tasty.
There are a few choices of bread, good sausages and eggs for a nice western breakfast that I enjoy with my complimentary newspaper.
I normally don’t take a heavy meal for breakfast so the selection is fine for me. I only made two request which the hotel happily obliged. I wanted a yogurt for the fruit and salted butter for the toast. There are a few boxed/cordial juices on the buffet but I rather have a small fresh blended fruit juice and drink a big glass of water.
Novotel Taiping has two great coffee machine in the café with fine coffee beans. The coffee is excellent. I had two strong cuppa and enjoyed my relaxing start to a new day.
#8 EXPLORE TAIPING
Novotel Taiping is located in the heart of historic Taiping Town. The central location is perfect for walking to the major tourist attractions within a 15 minutes radius. I visited during the dry spell so; I didn’t have any problem walking around in the evenings. Taiping is famous for its rains that the local will bet on it daily.
In the early mornings, I went for a run. It is very safe in Taiping. Even though pedestrian crossing may be few, the local have no problem crossing the streets. The vehicles generally slow down to avoid the pedestrians.
So in Taiping, follow the locals and be bold. It’s safe to cross the roads. I’ve done that countless of time, morning, noon, afternoon and nights. I live to tell the tale.
These are the places I visited by foot.
Perak Museum (14-minute walk) | Zoo Taiping & Night Safari (17-minute walk) | Taiping Lake Garden (20-minute walk) | All Saints’ Church (11-minute walk) | Columbia Asia Hospital (23-minute walk)
Taiping Mall has lots of shops and the goods are remarkably cheaper than those in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. I did some checking on price of jeans, shirts and blouses of standard mall brands. Even the traditional baju kurungs are a good 30% cheaper. It’s a great place to shop if you’re not looking for high fashion. For basic office wear, casual clothes and even children’s clothes, it’s great savings!
The anchor tenant is Pacific supermarket selling fresh greens, meats and groceries. Other floors of the mall has boutiques and sports wear. On the upper level of the Taiping Mall are shops selling electronics, electrical item. There is a cinema on the top floor if you fancy going to the late movies.
Novotel Taiping’s in house restaurant, the Food Exchange serves International cuisine. I had dinner and a brunch there. The food is good, portion is large and it’s big on taste. Overall from local Nasi Goreng Kampong to the promotions and desserts, the food is well seasoned, flavourful and tasty.
Directly opposite the hotel is the town’s hawker centre which caters for halal and non halal food. I walked to several notable restaurants and coffee shop for some great street food and hot meals.
I would definitely make a few more trips to relax in Taiping and stay at the Novotel. The hotel is modern, clean and designed with a minimalist touch. All the guest rooms on the upper floors have very good views as there are few high rise buildings in Taiping.
For anyone stopping by Taiping, I would recommend staying a day or two at the Novotel Taiping which is perfect for leisure and business travellers.
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