After the unpleasant stay in M Hotel, we switched over to Amara Hotel across the street. I must say this was a much better experience. Granted that the rooms are quite run down and in need of a renovation, they were at least pretty large and clean. However, due to the positioning of the lights, it is quite dark to work in the hotel at night as there is only one table lamp you can rely on at the work table. Most of the lights are positioned at the start of the bed.
The bathroom is brightly lit and contains both a shower stand and a bath tub. The water pressure in the various rooms I tried was inconsistent. In one of the rooms, the water was a mere trickle, which makes showering nearly impossible. In another room, the water pressure was okay, but the shower knobs were not sensitive enough, meaning the water can be burning hot or ice cold. The service was fast and efficient though, thanks to the very friend Mr Chevrez, who helped to ensure that my team and I were settled in comfortably.
Breakfast offerings at the café were alright. There was a fair amount of selections from Asian to western, as well as some local choices. Personally, I liked the roti prata with curry. The waffles were abit of a hit and miss as the quality wasn’t consistently. On good days, they were delightfully crisp and tasty while on other days, they were either burnt or undercooked. I also tried several items on the room service menu. My advice would be to stick to the local dishes. My favorite was the hokkien mee and penang char kway tiao, though my experience (and my colleague’s) was that the quality of the room service food late at night (after 12) was not good. My hokkien mee was bland and terrible overall. For the rates we obtained for our stay, as well as the close proximity to our office, we are likely to come back again, though a slight refurbishment would be great.