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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Adi Dharma
- Adi Dharma Kuta
- Adi Dharma Hotel Bali/Kuta