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Reviewed January 1, 2018 via mobile

As our flight from Sabang to Medan had been cancelled, we took the ferry to Banda Aceh instead and had to book a hotel quickly. We chose The Padé because of its good rating here on TripAdvisor (I won't soon be fooled by that again). I didn't want to look around for a long time and just wanted a nice hotel, never mind that it is a lot more expensive than most other hotels in town.

The first impression in that of an interesting, Moroccan-style building. The lobby area is quite beautiful, although it would be a problem for elderly or disabled people to climb up the stairs – the lobby is located one floor above street level. The hallways are exposed to the elements and tiled with small tiles, which look nice but make a noise when someone rolls their suitcase along the corridor.

The check-in process was a bit slow due to several guests arriving at the same time, but the staff tried their best to serve everyone quickly. We got our room key, but when we were already in the elevator, we were told that the room wasn't ready yet. After a few minutes waiting, we got the key to another room.

The room looked nice at first sight, with a huge bathroom and a great view, but was a bit smelly and all the upholstery was heavily stained. The bathroom wall also had stains and handprints on it, the floor mat had tears and holes (you wouldn't even find a rag like that isln a cheap B&B, I bet) and some tiles were cracked. Weirdly for a hotel of this class, there were only two large towels in the bathroom, no hand or face towels. The water pressure is good, which is rare in Indonesia.

Another strange thing are the small amateur paintings hung up in clusters. The placement makes no sense at all. I actually checked behind the paintings to see if there were holes in the wall or something like that, but that's not it. It feels like the handyman was given a crate of paintings and told to put them somewhere in the walls.

The WiFi practically didn't work. You could connect to the WiFi, but there was extremely slow and sometimes no Internet access at all.

The construction of the hotel seems to have been a rush job as there is evidence of shoddy workmanship everywhere. When using the stairs, watch out for steps with different height.

The breakfast room is nice, but very cold. The buffet includes delicious Acehnese food but limited Western options. There was no pancake or egg station, and there weren't even knives on the tables, you had to ask the waiter for them. The beverage labelled as orange juice was, in fact, a sugary concoction made from powder (Nutrisari or similar).

The waiter on duty seemed a bit lazy. Although we came to have breakfast at 6:30 a. m. and he was alone in the restaurant, he hadn't properly cleared a table that had been used already. He didn't clear any used plates from our table. Also, the whole room started to vibrate every few minutes, seemingly when an air conditioner was running somewhere else.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank Gregor F
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Reviewed December 27, 2017

The Pade is a recent, nice and quiet hotel to stay in Banda Aceh, where there are very few options in the same category. It is of course far from the X-stars standards it claims, but this is common in Indonesia and, by comparison with others, it is just fine. The rooms are not spacious but they are very clean, the balcony overlooking a pool is nice and quietening, and the hotel is surrounded with beautiful rice fields. The personnel are kind and try to help although communication will be difficult if you don't speak some Indonesian. Extra-beds are expensive (Rp. 330000) and cotbeds not available, but there is a wide couch where a kid up to 3-4 years old can sleep.
We were however disappointed with the "Bada Aceh Tour", advertised at the hotel's reception : instead of a "Tour", we got a driver (he was very nice and this is not his fault, but being a tour guide was definitely not his job) who kept on asking us where we wanted to go, so we had to find out what were the attractions we wanted to see and ask him to take us there ; he drove us around in circles as if to justify his job instead of logically going to all the sights in the same place ; and entrance or parking fees were not included in the price we paied to the hotel, as is usually the case in "Tours".

Room Tip: Balcony rooms are nice
  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Mardeli
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Reviewed December 21, 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for a good hotel in Banda Aceh City, Pade Hotel is recommended, this Hotel is top of my list.

Good room ambiance, clean linen, close to local famous traditional Coffee Shop (Kopi Solong)

Stayed: December 2017, travelled on business
Thank yamky
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Reviewed December 8, 2017 via mobile

First impression beautiful architecture. Checked in takes time little bit longer. Room spacious but need renovation, look too old. Unable too adjust temperature from air conditioning. Wifi connection poor. Not many choices during breakfast.

Stayed: November 2017
Thank Pandu W
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Reviewed November 19, 2017 via mobile

overall the hotel exterior is nice, feel like you are in middle-east, with the architecture and the palms surrounding the hotel..
the interior of the room needs maintenance, the room is spacious but the towel is yellowish and the curtain needs to be changed.
the hotel staffs were very helpful

Stayed: November 2017, travelled on business
Thank merry w
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