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“Friendly Service But Poor Location” 3 of 5 stars
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Adi Dharma Hotel
3.0 of 5 Ranch   |   Jl Benesari, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #12 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Kuta
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Friendly Service But Poor Location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

The Adi Dharma hotel in Kuta provided excellent, friendly service, reasonable food, quaint pool and garden area and clean, if a little tired rooms.
The main bugbear of the hotel was its location in the middle of a maze of tiny, poorly surfaced, poorly lit and downright dangerous alleyways sided by small shop, bar & spa lots, small hotels, demolition sites and abandoned lots that sit in the area between the North bound, Kuta Beach front road and the South bound "happening" roads back to Kuta Beach that are full of shops, bars, restaurants and discos.
The first impression of this "urban jungle" area might be of high risk to personal security. However, the real risk is from mostly 2 way traffic on badly surfaced and potholed alleyways that are often barely wider than the wing mirrors of a small taxi and blind 90 degree corners round buildings, added to the determination of swarms of motorbike and scooter riders - some with lethal surfboard brackets hanging off one side, to force their way through any tiny gap or over any obstacle at high speed.
This makes walking to and from the hotel long and dangerous in the heat. Alternatively, taxi trips are costly as they are so slow and bone crunching as taxis crash through potholes.
The spa facilities at the hotel are excellent once you get there.
As with much of Bali currently, major construction is going on at a huge lot all down the last block of the maze of alleys to the hotel and also down one side of the hotel lot which can be noisy, causing gridlock when construction trucks try to squeeze down the tiny alleyways. Construction along the side of the hotel lot towers above the walkway to the pool-side rooms from reception and so, needs the netting erected to stop materials raining down on guests walking to their rooms.
Either the water to the bathrooms is very hard or the provided toiletries are of questionable quality or both, as it is very difficult to get a lather from them.

Room Tip: Pool side rooms back onto major building works so beware. Ground floor rooms have a small terrace o...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We paid a small premium to upgrade to a delux room which was very spacious and located a reasonable distance from the pool. This is a very nice hotel and well located down a quiet laneway off the Jn Benesari in Legian. A short walk to the beach, Poppies Lane 2 and the Jn Legian. Good restaurants are close by - Totemo and Stakz both recommended. Staff at the hotel are friendly and extremely helpful. Try the Spa - I had two massages and my partner had four - they were that good. A full hour for about A$19.00. Food at the hotel was good, without being spectacular. I thought the breakfast provided good choices with a Balinese flavour. Overall, it was a good experience for an excellent price.

Room Tip: Choose a room at the back, away from the pool - it can get very noisy, especially "Happy hour&q...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

This hotel is certainly a mixed bag, but overall I was very happy. Check-in went very smoothly, and our room (110) was swiftly made available.

The rooms are large and spacious and the staff are exceptionally curteous, friendly, and happy for a chat.

The pool area is starting to get a bit tired, and the pool bar has only three stools which is a downside if there are people already at the bar, or (like us) there is a large group all of who want a drink at the same time.

The breakfast buffet is small which at first I thought would be a problem, but it wasn't. There was enough of a variety to keep everyone happy. The eggs are cooked per perfection by an on-staff chef. Brilliant.

The hotel's location is ok, but not great. It's a fair walk to Poppies I or II, but the food in the area is great. It's also an easy stroll to Legian and also Legian Street.

Would I stay there again? For sure!

Room Tip: There is building work happening on the northern side of the property, so I'd probably avoid tha...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

The rooms are reasonable but basic--and can be quite dark inside. The location is excellent for those that like kuta, although it is a decent walk to the beach.

Food at breakfast is ordinary, but other food is excellent. The Mie Goreng is as good as anywhere--although food at the Adi Dharmi Cottages (Nasi Bali) may be better. We ate at the cottages; can particularly recommend the Nasi Goreng, Mie Goreng, Satay Lilit and chicken satay.

The staff at the Adi Dharma are excellent--very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms near the pool have great access but can be noisy.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cowaramup, Western Australia, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I have gone back twice to the cottages as I can't fault the property. There was reno work been done in Oct-Nov 2012 next door which was noisy but the staff were more than happy to tell them to be quiet if it was interrupting our sleep. Rooms are always clean and serviced daily. Food is awesome and very well priced. I chose the cottages over the hotel as the hotel is very noisy and a lot bigger than the cottages. This property is also on the Main Street of Legian so only a very short walk to the night life, Kuta Square, beach and Waterbomb Park. It's no 5 start place but there isn't much more you would want! Recommend this to anyone going to Bali.

Room Tip: All rooms are very quiet Most are ground floor. Make sure ground floor is requested at booking thou...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My daughter and I stayed at the Adi Dharma in November 2012, and were well looked after. Initially we had been given a room with a king bed (which wasn't what we had booked), but were changed to a twin without any fuss. Staff made the effort to remember our names, and always greeted us with a smile and some conversation. The pool is excellent, and the Superior rooms are big and comfortable, with all the amenities you need. We will stay here again. Try to avoid going during "schoolies"!

Room Tip: Choose a superior room away from the pool (it can get quite noisy in the evenings).
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rockingham, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

My partner and I stayed at the Adi Dharma Hotel for 8 nights in December and were amazed by the quality for the price! We arrived at the Hotel at 1am and we were able to check-in and still get escorted to our room! The room we stayed in (the Superior Room) was a great size with a fantastic air conditioner. Free bottles of water were provided daily. The pool was clean and the swim up bar was just nice to relax next to and it was as if we were the only people staying there it was that quiet. Only downer was that only Bali Hai was available at the Happy hour prices. The restaurant was cheap and excellent for both breakfast (full buffet provided in the room cost) and Dinner (the other half was so impressed with the Fettucini Carbonara, he got a second serving!). The staff were so lovely and friendly who were always willing to help you out. The spa was decently priced and the staff were well trained in what they do. A 3 and a half hours couple treatment cost approx. $75 AUD for the works!! Walking distance to Poppie's Lane II, the beach and Jalan Legian and just a bit further up from Matahari's and Kuta Square. You feel as if you are nowhere near all the hussle and bussle of Kuta but you are closer than you think! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jl Benesari, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Kuta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Kuta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Adi Dharma Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in a quiet enclave at the heart of Kuta in a relax atmosphere amidst well maintain tropical garden and free form of swimming pool. Shopping, dinning, entertainment and famous Kuta Beach are near. Adi Dharma Hotel is in Balinese architecture which bring you close to the magnificent culture and tradition of Bali. Rooms and other service and facilities have been renovated recently. Staffs are friendly and helpful to make your stay feel like home. ... more   less 
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