For a 2-night stay at a good location in Kuta, Maharani Beach Hotel offers value for money. That is if all you need is accommodation for the night, and perhaps dinner at Sandbar (which is an excellent restaurant/bar). Staff is very friendly, and go out of their way to make your stay comfortable. But they can only work with what is available.
Everything else made me feel tricked because the hotel facilities are not exactly as they look in the pictures.
First, the Spa is located in a room that is not enclosed - except for a few curtains. As you get a massage, you can hear the loud music from the bar. At some point it feels like there are two or more bars blasting different music, and can be heard right down to the lyrics, from the Spa. Not good at all.
Then there is the breakfast. Coffee is the instant variety, which is quite sad considering that Indonesian coffee is quite good. Eggs are rubbery. Croissants are as tough as nails. Of course this is partly because the room rate includes breakfast. But, I would much rather pay for decent breakfast than get crappy, free breakfast.
Of great concern though is that our room had no toilet paper when we arrived for check in around three in the morning. We asked reception, and were given paper towels instead, since housekeeping was closed. When housekeeping opened in the morning, we were told they were out of toilet paper, and the guy assisting us eventually took a toilet paper roll from an unoccupied room.
Suggestion for the hotel - (a) have decent breakfast and charge for it. (b) locate the Spa in a quiet area, or install sound proof doors. (c) have two layered curtains in the rooms facing the back, so the neighbouring hotel guests don't look directly at you as you wake up to open the curtains for sunshine.
All in all, I would say stay in Kuta if you are travelling on budget, and do not mind a busy, noisy neighbourhood.
- Also Known As:
- Maharani Beach Hotel Bali/Kuta
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maharani Beach Hotel has a awesome location, next to the famous Kuta surfing beach and walking distance to the endless shopping, restaurants, clubs and attractions. Being on Poppies 1 you are amongst a great selection of market options where you can shop for endless bargains. Alternatively we are just 200 meters from the new Beach Front Complex offering a world class selection of exclusive “brand name” shopping combined with a variety of restaurants and attractions. For those interested in Kuta night life a short walk to the end of Poppies 1 will bring you to a selection of clubs and entertainment venues. ... more less
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