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An occasionally belligerent mother of five and an autism parent / advocate who believes that traveling, good food and good company are vital to keep one sane. I've worked as a news writer/newscaster, a quality systems auditor, a ISO9001 consultant, an FM radio DJ, a Filipino tutor, TOEFL reviewer and have gone into the food industry both as an entrepreneur and as a mommy chef, giving a sponsored demo on healthy cooking in a mall and on local TV. My favorite job however, is being a mom and a wife.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


If like us, you decide to throw caution to the wind and head out to a place you’ve never been before and somehow end up in Miri, Malaysia, head on out to the Imperial Hotel, right in the heart of the city.

Part of the Boulevard Group of Companies (I say this because they have another hotel that has the words “Imperial” and “Hotel” in its name too, which gets kinda confusing), it has a mall attached to it and a high end one being filled up with tenants, a walkway away.

225 rooms may be found in this , the hotel has at most, 4 star facilities. Not bad for the mediocre traveler. Housing a gym, a rooftop pool, a café and a restaurant, it really is quite convenient…which is good, because not a lot happens in Miri.

There are 6 elevators in the elevator lobby, a couple of which can only be accessed with your hotel room key card. 

No stale smell of cigarettes or human BO can be detected from the huge lobby up to the hallway leading to our room. The establishment clearly takes pride in ensuring cleanliness.

We got a standard room on the 8th floor. A good 60 sq meters or so, the room had a decent view from its clear picture windows. 

they use a UV-C roo sanitizer on top of the housekeeping duties

The carpet was always clean, likewise with the king sized bed. Mattress, pillows and the duvet covers were comfy and the air conditioning in the room was almost always colder than was indicated in the thermostat (always a plus).

Slippers, a coffee/tea making set, a fridge and a hairdryer were other amenities provided along with the complementary toiletries. 

The ensuite bathroom had a slightly dated tub, but everything else seemed to have been newly refurbished.

Cable was available; with BBC and HBO as the only English channels (I think we’ve watched Les Miserables 4 times in 5 days already).

We didn’t get to use the gym, where trainers are available and fitness classes happen daily; but we did get to try out the pool. There's a kiddie pool and the main pool right smack beside each other. 

Being on the rooftop, in can get quite hot, but with the ever cool breeze allowed us to tan without feeling the sun on our backs.

Along with the room comes free breakfast. Halal food was available, hence no pork. There was beef bacon though, which wasn’t bad. 

Continental and Asian breakfast choices were the staples along with some strange looking concoctions. 

We didn’t try any other meal from the place, as mentioned earlier, being at the city center allowed us to have fast food and other restaurant food options. 

The staff was quite helpful and courteous. Checking in and out was a breeze and the cleaning staff was punctual, thorough and honest. 

We had a lovely stay, and I could think of a million worse things to do than being holed up in the Imperial Hotel.

For more information on the place, check out their website (PLEASE CLICK HERE). You could also find them on Agoda.com for great discounts.

From TMW, may all your wanderings be better than ours.

1 comment:

  1. nice pics and great review - I really get an impression of the hotel. will book it now at http://www.reservationcounter.com/ - found a great deal there! thanks again - big help!