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“the Poppies' Smile!” 5 of 5 stars
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Poppies Bali
Poppies Gang I, Kuta, Bali 80033, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Kuta
Hythe
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“the Poppies' Smile!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We have been coming here for years, since we first discovered Poppies back in the 1990s. It is just a little oasis in the heart of Kuta, and set the standard and design of all its later imitations. During our stay we heard one (American) couple describe it as 'heaven in Kuta'.

The Poppies Smile starts as we are met at the airport by a beaming driver, and it just gets bigger every time we stay! We find it the perfect place to unwind, and love sitting by the pool and living in 'our' cottage amidst the peace of the beautiful Balinese gardens. When (in our case 'if') you get bored of your little slice of heaven you can go through the Balinese double door (which feels a bit like doing a Harry Potter!!) and venture into the lively lane with its bustle of shops, restaurants, and people, just outside the walls - or Poppies will arrange one of their drivers to take you exploring around the island (comfortable cars, good drivers and reasonable prices). When you've had enough of the 'great outside' you can retreat back into your own little bit of tranquility again.

Although we always have breakfast on our patio (woken by a gentle knock on the door and a softly spoken 'helloooo') Poppies restaurant is also delightful - meals under a hanging garden by the light of the stars - and all the staff are concerned to make your stay as good as possible. Many of the staff have worked at Poppies for years and all wear the Poppies' Smile with pride!!!

All of this at affordable prices. What more could you need?

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bunbury
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63 reviews 63 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

First time we have stayed at Poppies and loved it. Very private bungalows set in beautiful grounds on Poppies Lane 1. Very comfortable beds, TV with lots of channels, DVD to watch movies. Outdoor bathroom that is very quaint. Every morning a hot pot of Jasmine tea and Bananas are left on the front veranda table. Can order breakfast for room service . In the evenings they turn the beds down and set the room up for the night . The staff are beautiful especially the ladies that work on the pool bar, they love to have a chat. Stayed here again for 2 more nights at the end of our stay and they had a complimentary airport service as well.
Staff were very helpful during our stay.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This was my third stay with this great little find.
This time was towards the back of the property.
Can not fault this place at all.
Great rooms, lovely pool area, great breakfast on the porch (at extra cost) when you request it.
Lots of cheap eats and shopping in Poppies Lane 1 and not far to the beach either.
Very central location.
All staff are beautiful and very helpful.
Will definately recommend and hope that my next visit comes soon.

Room Tip: Any room here is perfect
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saffron Walden
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This was my 3rd stay at Poppies, and I'm sure I will be back again. The sense of peace is amazing considering the general noise of Kuta and the restaurant fully deserves the accolade of being one of the best places to eat in Bali. And all of this at affordable prices including free WiFi and the Setanta Sports channel for 24 hour rugby :-)

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We stayed at Poppies without hesitation on our return trip to Bali in December 2013. We are a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids 14 and 10) and this place is so perfect we didn't even look at anywhere else to compare. Located in the hustle and bustle of Kuta, for all you know once you walk through the entry to the complex, you could be in the middle of Celuk or Ubud it is so quiet and peaceful. Hats off to the staff who as always, were superb.

Room Tip: Take your pick, they are all superb.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I had just a 1 night stay at poppies at the end of my trip and I wish it could have been longer. Getting there from Seminyak wasn't great, as the taxi driver dropped us at the Legian road entrance of poppies lane and we had to wheel our luggage down to the hotel, dodging scooters and other tourists along the way. This was not the fault of the hotel of course.
Upon arriving, the noise of busy Kuta falls away behind you. Although we were early, we were able to check into our room right away. Cottage 21 is located towards the back of the property (which seems to go on and on) and was lovely and quiet. Very comfortable rooms, yes a bit dark, great bathroom and lovely verandah. Our aircon was leaking, which was known by the staff member that brought our luggage to the room. I expected her to send someone to fix it but she didn't. No problem, it didn't bother us too much.
The grounds and pool are lovely, as are the staff. I would definitely stay again.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stayed at Poppies Cottage for 2 nights, very comfortable rooms, nice pool and very good service.
All was good but our camera was stoled at the room, we lost not only the camera but also we lost all the photos about the trip by Asia. The room was properly closed. The response of manager was that they cannot do anything for us :/
Our mistake was not ensuring the camera at the safety box but of course we consider that is very important to let tourists know about this situation.
The hotel is very nice, also Bali is very nice but be careful with your belongings.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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SambalSamuiBali, Owner at Poppies Bali, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Thank you for being generous with the stars despite your loss. That is sincerely appreciated.

This particular review is very important to us, and we would like to shed a little background light on the matter for future readers.

As we have a very comprehensive security set-up at Poppies, we have been able to look into this matter in considerable detail, and have determined the following:
between the time you were in the pool area taking pictures during the afternoon, and the time you left the hotel later in the evening, no one could have entered your room. This is proven by our security records which state that the sole existing key to your room - other than your own guest key - was signed out (together with other room keys) from 17.00 hrs until 17.57 hrs by our deputy reception manager (17 years of service) to our senior housekeeping staff (30 years of service), who was on duty that night with a female colleague (17 years of service), in order to carry out evening turn-down service in each room. When he and his colleague knocked on the door of your room, you were inside, and they were not permitted to enter to do the turn-down. By your own account you left the room later on in the evening, but the one-and-only key to your room had by then already been signed back into Reception at 17.57 hrs, where it is itself kept under lock and key. You reported your loss around 23.30 hrs when you returned, but the housekeeper's room key was not signed out again until the following day.

There are no other keys in circulation (they are not copyable in Bali, and spares are kept in a safe by the owners), and there are no other ways to enter a cottage, as we have security bars on all windows and security staff on all gates, and an electrical warning system around our walls.

Of course we do not in any way doubt that you suffered an unfortunate loss, for which you have our fullest sympathy, but in this particular case we are able to be absolutely certain that your loss must have occurred outside the room - perhaps at the pool area or elsewhere.

Our high ranking on Trip Advisor is not achieved without continuous work over many years to build a solid reputation, and that includes the absolute honesty and integrity of our staff, both at our restaurant and our hotel, who are retrieving guests' misplaced belongings almost on a daily basis, and returning them to their grateful owners whenever possible.

We beg to suggest that in this case, there must be some alternative explanation.
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Address: Poppies Gang I, Kuta, Bali 80033, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Kuta
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Kuta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
After three decades Poppies is still being discovered by those wishing to escape the glitz and glamour of grandiose hotels while expecting comfortable clean surroundings, friendly service, and Balinese charm. Spacious individual thatched cottages filled with collectors' antiques, Indonesian fabrics and a host of creature comforts nestle in beautifully kept gardens with ponds, waterfalls, towering coconut palms, and a stunning swimming pool built among rocks and sunbathing terraces, overhung with riotous bougainvillea. ... more   less 
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