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Plaza Balikpapan is a modern shopping, dining and entertainment mall sitting on a prime piece of land close to Balikpapan’s beachfront. It houses a collection of eateries and shops rated the best on the eastern shore of Kalimantan. Levi’s is among the brand name clothing shops with an outlet in what locals call PB. Local retailers represented include Stroberi.
The Watch Zone sells a great range of watches with the likes of Guess and Nautica on show. Footwear is no less varied and Clarks, Nike and Adidas all have stores in PB. Entertainment is provided by the CGV Blitz Cinema and the Timezone gaming arcade. Plentiful eateries include a Baskin Robbins, McDonald’s and a Bakso noodle and meatballs café.
Plaza Balikpapan faces the junction of Jalan Jenderal Ahmad Yani and Jalan Jenderal Sudirman. The latter links beaches along the Makassar Strait, the local ferry port and Sulaiman Sepinggan Airport. Holidaymakers and business travellers choosing hotels near Plaza Balikpapan are offered a location close to the main downtown district and all the main attractions of this Indonesian seaside town.
Address and contact: Jalan Jendral Sudirman, Klandasanllir, Balikpapan 76113;tel: (62) 5424 24000
Opening times and fees: daily: 10:00 – 22:00, free entryWhere to stay
Due to Plaza Balikpapan’s convenient location near the beach and town there is an excellent choice of accommodation nearby. Hotels near Plaza Balikpapan come in all classes and visitors are easily able to find one to suit their budgets and individual needs. A number are on Jalan Jenderal Sudirman itself and there is another group behind Bekapai Park.
The majority of the hotels within one kilometre of PB are three- and four-star properties. There is one upmarket option less than 100 metres from the mall. Those looking for a simple guest guesthouse with a bed, air-conditioning and basic conveniences will have to go a little farther away.
People opting for luxury Plaza Balikpapan hotels will discover rooms and suites are comfortable and have wood furniture and decorations designed to show Indonesian heritage. Typical room facilities are cable televisions, Wi-fi, mini-bars and verandas. Onsite amenities usually feature bars, restaurants, gyms, meeting rooms and possibly a swimming pool.