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Hotel Report- Harmoni Hotel, Batam, Indonesia

Nestled in the heart of the Nagoya Entertainment District of Batam, Indonesia the hotel sits in a prime spot in the heart of the mini redlight district on the island on Batam- a short 40 minutes ferry ride from Singapore.

The hotel is itself home to 2 girly bars, Wine Club and Vinrich. Both have their own individual ambiance.

Viinrich Bar

Located on the back side, ground floor of the hotel it is a cost bar which has recently been redecorated to a high standard and provides a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Open from 10am until 2am it usually has around 4 girls working during the daytime and an additional 8 working the evening shift. The drinks and food are reasonable priced at $3 US Dollars (35,000 Indonesian Rupiah) for a beer and slightly more for the fairly good range of spirits available. Lady drinks are priced at 80,000 Indonesian Rupiah. Should you wish to retire to your hotel room with one of the ladies working then expect to pay between 1 million for short time to 2 million for long time. The quality of the girls is a little hit and miss, most are older being late twenties onwards however generally speak a good level of English and all very good at sharking on the pool table.

The Wine Bar

A rather odd little bar however a great news, located in the reception on the ground floor of Harmoni Hotel it is a much larger floor space and relaxed seating. There is nightly live entertainment from a local band plus a dance and pole dance lineup. Also in the bar is usually 10-15 girls working which are of a generally higher quality than Vinrich and some of the cutest girls in the Batam area. The level of English is a little more basic so for any form of conversation you may need to rely on google translate. Drinks prices are generally higher than Vinrich with a beer costing between $4-$5 US Dollars. Lady drinks are 80,000 Indonesian Rupiah and a barfine system of 1 million for short time to 2 million for long time is also available. Harmoni is usually busy on Thursday – Saturday evening with the rest of the week being much quieter.

As with all things in Indonesia Mongering is a little different compared to other places in Thailand and the Philippines. The bars are located in a fairly family friendly hotel and walking out with your new found friend into a busy reception with kids is somewhat different to many other places in Asia. However the hotel seems very accommodating to customers who take the girls out from the bars and don’t ask for the girls ID allowing you to swiftly move to your room.

The Harmoni Hotel itself has pretty much most of the conveniences you will need, Gym, Swimming Pool, Sauna, Girly Bars and good location all wrapped in one. Whilst the prices of the hotel rooms are cheap compared to other places in Asia they are no less well equipped, and provide for a comfortable and safe time whilst in Batam.

Located a less than a minutes walk from the hotel are a range of Bars, Pubs and Massage totalling approximately 25 establishments. Therefore it is possible to day time bar hop, and then have an evenings entertainment in the hotel. As with all mongering trips to Indonesia having GoJek or Grab ride hailing apps on your phone is also beneficial as the location provides easy access to the rest of the Island. There are a number of KTV’s and nightclubs in the island which are of interest and certainly a great place to meet more locals.

Hotels in Nagoya Entertainment District (Kampung Bule)

Getting to Batam

Those looking to explore Batam generally take the ferry (45 minutes) from Singapore Harbourfront to Harbour Bay or Batam Centre at a cost of $50 SGD for a return ticket. When flying most fly into Singapore Changi Airport due to its far superior flight connections and prices. There is an airport on the island which primarily serves domestic flights with Garuda and Lion Air.

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