Bandung is in West Java and is home to over 2.5 million people. It has regular links to Jakarta by both air or train and provides a perfect base to explore the surrounding countryside which include volcanic peaks, hot springs and tea plantations. We checked into the Hilton Bandung to see how they would cater for vegan guests travelling to the area.
Our executive level room was on the 11th floor, with fantastic views across Bandung to the mountains in the distance and a very comfortable bed!
It was a modern and open plan room, with plenty of space to work or relax – we were very impressed with our home for the next few days.
The Hilton Bandung is a modern & stylish property in the heart of the city with 186 guest rooms & suites. It has a selection of contemporary dining options, boasts stunning views from the outdoor pool, and is home to the Grand Ballroom, which is the largest of its kind in Bandung.
Upon arrival you can’t help but notice the sense of space with slate, glass and water featuring strongly throughout the property, all combining to create a modern & welcoming environment.
The rooftop pool is long enough for a decent workout and is surrounded by a variety of comfortable furniture and tropical plants. At night it turns into a beautiful and peaceful view for those dining at Fresco Restaurant.
We didn’t use the gym or have any treatments in the Jiva Spa, but we did manage to make the most of the sauna & jacuzzi area which was very enjoyable.
Our check in was in the executive lounge and was accompanied by some tasty vegan snacks, which is always appreciated by Vegan Food Quest, especially after a long journey.
Despite the hotel being at maximum occupancy during our stay the staff were extremely friendly.
They gave us travel tips and answered any questions we had; they certainly aren’t short of smiles at the Hilton Bandung and we were made to feel very welcome during our stay.
We loved the way that the staff remembered our special dietary requirements and favourite food and drinks each day.
Each day at breakfast in Purnawarman Restaurant we were served a vegan feast, with the staff more than happy to prepare vegan versions of traditional Indonesian dishes for us.
We enjoyed excellent soya milk cappuccinos, espressos and fresh fruit juices (our favourite being the ‘detox’ juice made from apple, carrot and ginger).
There was a wide range of fresh fruit to choose from, and fruit compotes that were sweet and spiced with cinnamon and star anise.
We were also served a basket of vegan breads, warm, fresh and totally delicious with nutty flavours and seeded tops.
The Chef made us a vegan version of ‘Ketoprak’, a local dish of ‘lontong’ rice cakes with a rich spicy sauce made from sweet soy, shallots, hazelnuts, garlic and chilli. It was great to be able to try some local cuisine and we were really impressed withe the rich, sweet flavours in the dipping sauce.
There was also a great salad bar where we could select fresh salad leave and other vegetables to make ourselves tasty vegan salad, topped off with a vegan balsamic salad dressing.
A real highlight of our vegan breakfast feast was getting to sample the Indonesian vegan delights of ‘bubur sum sum’ and ‘bubur ketan hitam’, which we absolutely fell in love with.
A light rice flour and coconut milk custard which is slightly sweet and salted, topped with caramel flavoured ‘gula merah’ sugar syrup and a generous amount of coconut cream or a sweet black rice pudding, again with coconut cream ladled on top.
It was hard to choose between these two traditional Indonesian desserts because they were so heavenly, so we had both!
In the executive lounge the team served up some tasty vegan food for us including a healthy platter of roasted vegetables and sautéd potatoes meaning we could spend time in the evening relaxing with a few ice cold (vegan) Bintang beers, purely for research purposes of course!
Needless to say vegan guests staying at Hilton Bandung will not go hungry!
The Hilton Bandung is just a 5 minute taxi drive from the railway station, and 20 minutes from the airport depending on traffic. It’s a short taxi ride away from the shopping mall in the centre of town where there are shops, restaurants and a cinema.
On the day of our (very early) departure, our breakfast was served in our room and was delivered on time and with all requested items present & correct – very important to (vegan) travellers on a tight time schedule.
Check in here if you want great value for money from a modern hotel with efficient & friendly staff who will go out of their way to make your stay extra special.
Vegan guests at the Hilton Bandung definitely won’t miss out and will be able to eat tasty vegan food at every meal.
We were guests of Hilton Bandung but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.
41-43 Jalan H.O.S Tjoroaminoto
Telephone: +62 (0)22 8606 6888
Cost From: £80 / $120 per night (May 2015)