Nagoya is the main town of Batam. It is located on Batam Island's northern peninsula. The local government would like Batam Center to become the center to governmental offices, business and commerce. However, private enterprise has voted for Nagoya. Nagoya is the city center where you can find most hotels, food or entertainment.
It is important to not confuse this city with Nagoya, Japan - they are different places in different areas of the world.
The closest ferry terminal is at Harbour Bay (Jodoh), a short drive from central Nagoya, with frequent services on Batamfast/Prima Ferry from Singapore's HarbourFront terminal. Visa on arrival is available. The old ferry terminal at Batu Ampar is now closed.
For clothing check out Batam City Square / Nagoya Hill Mall. Sporting equipment is dominated by golf equipment, which can be found in a large sporting store in Nagoya. Tourist from Singapore love to shop for local products from Hypermart in Nagoya Hill Mall (Here your change less than Rp.100 will be donated without any consent) and Mega Mall. Some favorite grabs includes LAYERS /LAMOIST BATAM Style kue lapis, keropok gonggong (crackers), Indomie (local instant noodles: do not eat too much!), and cheap tidbits. The oldest Layer cake baker in batam is LAYERS BATAM (2005), who has outlets at BCS Mall, Nagoya Hill Mall, Mega Mall, Kepri mall, Harbour bay ferry terminal an Sekupang Ferry Terminal. Precaution must be exercised as there are currently many other newer baker selling with the name LAYER printed at their shops.
Some local shops usually accept Singapore Dollars, because of Batam being very close to Singapore geographically. In any case you need extra cash to shop, you can still exchange your currency at the local money changers which offer competitive rates, or you may use a credit card.
Nagoya Hill Mall
You should do your home work before you buy something here, unless otherwise you will be their most favorite customer (sometimes 1.5-2 times higher).
Nagoya has many outdoor food courts called pujasera, akin to Singapore's hawker centres.
Nagoya Food Court, opposite Hotel Sahid Rashinta. Nagoya's largest with 400 seats. Try 888 Seafood Tofu Claypot, Pork Knuckle, Tom Yum soup or New Hai San Seafood 新海汕海鲜 (Tel:+62-811-77-9656) steamed orbfish (清蒸白鲳).
Pujasera A1, near Lucky Plaza. Has a wide variety of Indonesian and Chinese food, including another branch of New Hai San.
Pujasera Sindo Happy, at the intersection of Jalan Iman Bonjol and Jalan Windsor.
Sederhana Restaurant, in Windsor Central Block B No.1 Nagoya Batam. With specific Padang cuisine.
There's a variety of local food stalls located on the left side of Nagoya Hill entrance where you can find sate, ayam panggang and ikan bakar.
If you'd like local food with air-con and perhaps a little more hygiene, head to the food court in any shopping mall. Nagoya Hill's Food Street, in particular, is large, cheap, tasty and always packed.
Ayam Penyet Ria, Nagoya Hill and elsewhere. Famous for their ayam penyet "smashed" fried chicken, but also does good gado-gado and other Indonesian favorites.
Bakso Lapangan Tembak Senayan, in BCS Mall, Nagoya Hill and Mega Mall.
Dapoer Kampoeng, Nagoya Hill. Sundanese eatery serving up nasi timbel (rice in banana leaf) with fried chicken, fish etc and lip-smackingly fiery sambal. Sets from Rp. 25,000.edit
Hotel Prima Asia, Nagoya 2000 No. 09-10, Lubuk Baja (Nagoya), Pulau Batam 29432, ☎ +62-778-429607, 429608, 429609 (fax: +62-778-426389). Located behind Centerpoint, it offers acceptable rooms with hot shower and TV, though a few have only wall views. It’s a good deal if your budget is really tightStandard Rp 125.000, VIP Rp 165.000 (additional Rp 20.000 on weekends). edit
Hotel Nagoya Plasa, Jl. Imam Bonjol, Lubuk Baja (Nagoya), Pulau Batam 29432, ☎ +62-778-459888 (fax: +62-778-456690, 456418), . A total of 131 rooms and suites. It is located next to the largest, brand new hypermarket and shopping center in Batam – Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre. The rooms are stuffed with modern amenities such as refrigerator and mini bar, IDD, private bath and shower, soft touch and master bedside control panel for central AC, TV, radio, lighting, in-house video. Other facilities include a bar & lounge, coffee shop and big screen sport café. Well known among modern executives and golfers.Standard Rp 300.000, Superior Rp 380.000, Junior Suite Rp 600.000, Suite Rp 800.000, add an extra bed costs Rp 100.000. edit
Planet Holiday Hotel & Residence, ☎ +62-778-433555, 433666 (fax: +62-778-433777). This is a typical Indonesian Chinese-run highrange hotel. This hotel has a lot of facilities including swimming pool, pubs, fitness club, bank and restaurants. Breakfast included.Superior SGD $90, Deluxe SGD $100, Junior Suite SGD $150, Premier Suite SGD $215, Executive Suite SGD $245, Club Deluxe SGD $115, Jupiter Suite SGD $270, Presidential Suite SGD $1150. Prices quoted here are online prices.. edit
Holiday Hotel, Jl. Iman Bonjol Blok B No. 1 Lubuk Baja (Nagoya), Pulau Batam 29432, ☎ +62-778-458616 (fax: +62-778-457531). This is a typical Indonesian Chinese-run midrange hotel. It’s not gorgeous, but it’s the best value of its kind. The staffs seem ambivalent to give any discount, even though the room occupancy rate is low. Breakfast included and check out time is 13:00.220.000, add an extra bed costs Rp 44.000. edit
Formosa Hotel, A8 City Plaza, Lubuk Baja (Nagoya), Pulau Batam 29432, ☎ +62-778-426789 (fax: +62-778-426722), . This Singapore Dollar friendly 3 star hotel is only steps away from the Nagoya's shopping malls and food courts (pujasera). All 110 rooms are fully carpeted, tastefully furnished with soft color and attached sound proof bathroom. The hotel has great modern lobby, spacious rooms but no swimming pool. Deluxe or Superior King S$63/S$68 (weekday/weekends), Junior Suites S$100/S$110 (weekday/weekends), Executive Suites S$130/S$140 (weekday/weekends). edit
Goodway Hotel, Jl. Imam Bonjol, No. 1, Lubuk Baja (Nagoya), Pulau Batam 29432, ☎ +62-778-426888 (fax: +62-778-458057), . This 4 star business-class hotel with good location offers 273 rooms and suites. Used to be known as Mandarin Regency Hotel and ever housed one of the better known casinos in Batam island, it’s quite a grand hotel but a little dated. Nevertheless, it’s served by a good team of friendly and helpful staffs. The hotel business is not as good as it used to be since the casino ban in Feb 2005. There’s a restaurant, health centre, swimming pool, pub, karaoke Lounge and saloon. Check out time is 12:00.Superior S$106, Junior Suite S$107, Executive Suite S$245, Presidential Suite S$860, add an extra bed costs S$35. edit
Sari Jaya Hotel, Kompleks Bumi Indah, Lubuk Baja (Nagoya), Pulau Batam 29432, ☎ +62-778-451338 (fax: +62-778-451342). This hotel has seen better days. Renovation works are still ongoing and will only finish around end of Aug '07. It has big and spacious rooms, offers standard TV, hot water and breakfast. However, there are some hairline cracks observed on the wall in the room. Daily renovation works end about 17:00 and it’s not really worth the price unless having a perennial 20%-off special. Check out time is 13:00.Standard Rp 185.000, Superior Rp 250.000, Junior Suite Rp 300.000, add an extra bed costs Rp 60.500. edit
Puri Garden Hotel, Jl. Teuku Umar No.1, Nagoya - Batam 29432, ☎ +62 778 458888 (fax: +62 778 456333), . Best rates on official website start at US$63. edit
Panorama Regency Hotel, Komplek Panorama Nagoya - Batam Island 29432, ☎ +62 778 452888, . edit
Triniti Hotel Batam, Jalan Raja Ali Haji, Kempleks Boulevard No CC 11-18, Nagoya, Batam Island, Indonesia, ☎ +62 778 459 109, . En-suite rooms with Internet. Spa, gym, restaurant. edit
Sentosa Hotel, Jalan Raja Ali Haji, ☎ +62 778 452345, 452330. Hotel is located in the town area, just 5 minutes from Harbourbay Ferry terminal. It is also near Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall and famous food places like Puti Bungsu Nasi Padang restaurant. Facilities includes massage center, karaoke, pool table, beauty salon, restaurant cafe and swimming pool. The swimming pool is one of the favorite for locals during weekends. Value for money because the rooms are big for the price offered. edit