Sunday, 30 July 2017

Hotel Review : Kindness Hotel Kaoshiong, Taiwan @ Superb, Value for money!

Have you ever came across a hotel with free flow of coffee/tea all day long? Maybe yes but how bout hotel with free flow coffee, tea, ice cream, cheesecake, pudding all day long.

On top of that, throw in a free dinner? 

Yes, that is what Kindness Hotel offer its guest. Besides the usual complimentary daily breakfast, the hotel has free flow coffee and tea at its lobby, ice cream, cheesecake and pudding for desserts. If you are lazy to go out for dinner, think dim sum, noodle, congee, and some desserts for dinner. 

For coffee, they use UCC Coffee Beans with WMF coffee machine. It was sooo good!!! I can drink 3-4 cups a day!

Loving this coffee machine

All day complimentary cakes and desserts (assorted cheesecake and some local desserts)
Close up on the cheesecake
Cones for ice cream
Free ice cream all day long!and they are surprisingly very yummy! Lots of flavour to choose from

As for their room, it is of decent size with comfortable bed and TV.

There are a lot of Kindness Hotel branch in Kaoshiong city alone and I stayed in two of them during my trip. The newer hotel with bigger room will be the one in business district (San Duo Business District). If you think there are no shopping mall around business district then you are wrong,  SOGO is within walking distance and there is also night market nearby (not the famous one though). Kindness hotel also have outlet near the famous LiuHe Night Market , do note the room will be slightly smaller. 

Double bed
TV, fridge, complimentary coffee and tea making facilities in room
View from my room (this is the branch near LiuHe Night market)
Toothbrush and comb
There are different shampoo and body wash for male and female. How thoughtful!
Loving this shower many combinations!
A 24 hours supermarket near the hotel
Free bikes for guest to venture around the area
If you are driving, it is bliss to have free parking. Otherwise roadside parking is not free and not easy to find space also....
Free parking
Laundry is provided at the hotel with no additional charges. Just need to operate the washing machine urself. The hotel provide cards so just indicate your name and room number to account for the clothes in the washing machine or dryer.

Amenities in laundry area
Complimentary self operated laundry 
For breakfast, I find the selection is sufficient and food quality is not bad.
Breakfast- porridge
Soy beancurd


Egg station
Plain congee with condiments

Overall, we had a great stay at Kindness Hotel and the fact that they go the extra mile to make guest feel at home. If we were to go back to Kaoshiong again, this will definitely be our choice!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

My birthday treat. Hilton Endless Saturday Afternoon High Tea @ D9 Cakery, Hilton Hotel, Orchard, Singapore.

I had an impromptu birthday treat at Hilton Endless Saturday Afternoon High Tea Buffet on my 34th birthday. Hubby kinda forgot my birthday and to be honest, as one gets older, birthday is not as excited as when we are a kid. 

Anyway, hubby woke up with a shock that today is THE DAY! He felt bad but I was pretty casual about it, I don't mind if we just spend some time with the kids like any other day.

Anyway, he wanted to go to Orchard to get me my birthday present and cake, at the same time had something to eat. Initially wanted to get some steak but I found out about the D9 Endless Afternoon Tea at Hilton. Prices are reasonable at $41 ++ for adult and $21++ for kids between 5 to 12 years old. Kids below 5 years old are complimentary. 

There are 2 seatings and only available on Saturday.

First seating: 12pm-2.30pm 
Second seating: 3pm-5pm

We kinda woke up at 12pm and by the time we got out of the house and make the booking, it is already 1.30pm. Hence, we book the 3-5pm seating. 

However, we reached around 2pm and are really hungry. The staff is very nice and let us start the buffet earlier, we also did finish and left earlier at 3.30pm :)

There is complimentary car park ticket that is available for diner so be sure to grab that as well when you make payment. 

Now, lets look at the selection of savoury items....

Savoury item: pulled pork burger, tortilla roll, smoked salmon on rye bread
I tried the smoked salmon on rye bread- not bad...
Selection of salads
Quiches, portuguese tarts, mini burger
Kids love the vegetable quiches and portuguese tarts.

More savoury- burger
Swiss Raclette Cheese -heated and scrap on potatoes/bread
I love the Swiss Raclette Cheese and the fact that it is melted, scrap onto my selection of bread and torched using torch burner to make it even more tempting.

Dim Sum and Bao
Hubby and my boy gives the chicken satay many many thumbs up! 

Mini burger with pork floss
Laksa counter
Laksa is very good as well and comes in a decent small portion.

Coffee (black, white, cappuccino, latte, mocha), hot chocolate, milk, a selection of TWG tea, even some iced tea are all free flow and included in the buffet. 

My cappuccino and TWG Earl Grey Tea
Enjoying his hot chocolate and mini burger
As for the sweets selection:
I actually enjoyed the macaroon a lot. I don't usually like macaroon as I find them overly sweet but the one served at the D9 Cakery Buffet is just nice in its sweetness and very yummy indeed. 

Bottled mini dessert
More selection of bottled desserts
Creme Brûlée

Selection of butter cakes
There is a selection of cakes which I missed out in the photos- cheesecakes, matcha cake, rainbow cake, chestnut cake, and some chocolate which is also quite nice and good looking.

Selection of praline
Pralines are so so, did not 'wow-ed' me..

White chocolate fountain
Kids love the chocolate fountain and the sweets which is available for dipping- marshmallow, gummy bear, strawberry, M&M, lollipops and round chocolate (orange and strawberry flavour)

Teppanyaki Ice Cream
Highlight will be this Teppanyaki Ice Cream where creamy chocolate is poured over the dry iced and stir fried like a teppanyaki. Nice to watch and nice to eat.

Her selection of dessert and a cuppa hot milk
Some selection of cakes that I forget to take photos...
Overall, I would say this is highly recommended if you are looking for a place for afternoon tea on a Saturday. The ambience is very nice and located at the lobby area of Hilton hotel so you will definitely not missed this place. Selection is good with a fair selection of both sweets and savoury items so you still get your stomach filled and not overloaded with all the sweets stuff. All non-alcoholic drinks are included in the price and they do serve cold/warm water as well so no need to worry about additional charges for drinks. Prices are also very reasonable for Hilton standard. 

D9 Endless Afternoon Tea Buffet @ D9 Cakery, Hilton Hotel Singapore
581, Orchard Road
Hilton Singapore 
(Lobby Level)
Singapore 238883
Tel: +65 6730 3392

First Seating: 12pm to 2.30pm
Second Seating: 3pm to 5pm

$41++ for adult
$21++ for children 5 to 12 years old
Children below 5 years old dine for free

From now until 30 September 2017, UOB cardholders enjoy at 50% off second diner so grab your friend and indulge in the D9 Endless Afternoon Tea.