Pullman Miri Waterfront: A New Experience
Pullman is part of the hotels under Accor group, a French multinational group with hotels all over the world. Pullman Hotels is the name associated to the luxury category of this international brand. Needless to say, with a hotel with such reputation and class spread its wings to a small but bustling city such as Miri, it is a big deal!
Pullman Miri is the only international hotel located conveniently in the heart of the city.
They have just recently had their grand opening last September and I’ve been waiting for a chance to experience what this hotel has to offer. My daughter was extremely excited when we told her that we will be staying in Pullman Miri for a night.
This is not the first Pullman Hotel I’ve stayed in, the first being Pullman Bangsar which I really loved too. The one thing which I’ve found to be common in all Pullman Hotels is the very modern and unique designs which is an attraction by itself. By the way, Pullman Miri is the 2nd international hotel to set foot in Miri and is it the only international hotel located in the city center.
At 24-storey high, Pullman Miri Waterfront is now the record holder for the tallest building in Miri! Imagine the kind of views you will get from the top floor!
For me, the most important thing in a hotel is the room, everything else is secondary. My family and I stayed in the most basic room, the Superior Room. The first impression when I first entered my room was… “Wow”. Wow because for the most basic room, it is big. Wow because the colour theme was so pleasant and welcoming that I just felt like staying in the room the whole day lazing around. The white-gray and dark wood theme it makes the room very soothing to the eyes.
The bed was extremely comfortable with billowy pillows, silky smooth sheets, puffy comfortable and mountains of pillows! I slept throughout the night like a log! If there weren’t any penalties for late check-out I swear I’m going to be glued to the bed until someone pries me out!
As for the room’s amenities, it is what one would expect from a 5-star hotel. The usual complimentary mineral water, tea & coffee making facilities are all there. The iron and ironing board was a plus for me as I was able to make sure my clothes were without crease after coming out from the luggage. Extremely useful if you have an important function to attend.
The bathtub was situated right next to the window with a view, it was a good thing the blinds could be closed for privacy! Apart from the normal shower head, the bathroom was also fitted with the ‘rain-shower’.
The lobby of Pullman Miri Waterfront is uniquely designed. Like the rooms, the lobby is also very spacious with a waiting area in the center equipped with modern chairs and sofas.
Different views of the waiting area. So many different types of chairs and sofas that comes in many shapes and colours. I personally prefer sitting in the chair with the cage-like sides!
Not far from the café, just besides the reception is the entrance to the hotel’s restaurant conveniently called Pullman Kitchen. The restaurant is divided into two main sections; the upper and the lower. The upper section is seated closer to where all the food is while the lower section is suitable for big groups.
THE SWIMMING POOL, JACUZZI, SAUNA & SPA
For many families, the swimming pool tend to be an important feature of a hotel. Pullman Miri offers an infinity pool on the 7th floor which overlooks the river mouth which opens into the South China Sea.
Other than that, there are shower cubicles located near the kids pool and even a mini playground for the kids.
Oh by the way, there are actually two Jacuzzis there; one for the male and one for the female. TIP: The male Jacuzzi has the better view. Sorry ladies!
The best part of the pool is the Jacuzzi which is located just a step above the pool and with its smartly raised level, the view is equally fantastic!
The Fit & Spa Lounge is located on the same floor as the pool and gym. The long corridor that is equipped with comfortable sofa and massage chairs, leads into the four very spacious treatment rooms.
Here’s a typical arrangement in the treatment rooms; a bed for the different massage of your choice such as the Fit & Spa Signature Massage (which consist of a combination of Malay urut, Chinese Tui Na and Indian Abyanga Massage) and a tub for any bath such as floral bath, milk & honey bath or the detoxifying salt bath.
There is also a dedicated room specially for manicure and pedicure.
THE PULLMAN CLUB FLOOR
The highest floor of Pullman Miri (24th Floor) is the Pullman Club Floor or also called the Executive Floor. There is a club lounge on this floor with large windows on both sides that overlooks the different views of Miri (the river mouth view and the new Marina Bay area view).
The club floor lounge also has an outdoor balcony area for patrons who prefer to dine while enjoying the refreshing sea breeze.
Surrounded by candles of all sizes, this candlelight dinner is on the highest floor in Miri, how much more romantic can this get?
What about the food? Unfortunately, the day that I was there, there was no buffet dinner available, instead we ordered Ala Carte from the menu, trying out those that were marked as signature dishes. However, we did manage to try the buffet breakfast the next morning.
My wife ordered the Lamb Shanks, which to our delight was quite a nice dish. The fragrant rice that came together with it blended extremely well with the lamb. The lamb itself was perfectly prepared that it was not too cooked, just nice and tender and the meat came off the bones without effort.
My daughter decided for the Fish & Chips. The batter was golden crisp and crunchy and the cod was succulently nice and flaky.
The Head Chef actually came out to talk to us and he recommended us to try the in-house made sorbet. He prepared us three different flavours of sorbet and his recommendation was spot on! The caramel sorbet was really nice but my favourite was definitely the mint sorbet. There’s actually a secret ingredient in the mint sorbet but I’m not sure if I am allowed to share it here. Please ask the Chef himself when you see him! The taste still lingers in my mind until today!
Some of the various salad dishes available.
All the different type of buns for your selection.
Desserts which the kids will certainly appreciate!
It was indeed a fun time in Pullman Miri. I must admit that at first I was not expecting much from the hotel. Originally, from the outlook, it looked much more of a business hotel than a ‘fun’ hotel for a family. However, all the things that we did today proved otherwise.
The infinity pool was great but the Jacuzzi was even better! All the other points also contributed greatly to enjoyment of the stay; extra large room, extremely comfortable bed, bed-side USB charging port and fantastic views of Miri.
Unfortunately, I did not manage to try the buffet dinner yet, but I am really looking forward to try the Le Mache buffet dinner one day.
One last thing which I have not mention and is important to all hotels is the staff. From the moment I checked-in, the staff was exceedingly helpful and courteous. Every time I crossed path with a staff member, they would always greet me, at most they would even smile genuinely. Thank you for making me feel at home!
We would definitely arrange another ‘staycation’. For me, the Jacuzzi with the view is the winning point. I could just stay in there for hours enjoying the jet water massaging my body while I enjoy the marvelous view and still keep an eye on my daughter who plays in the kids pool and playground.