Prior to arriving I had to change my plans and arrangements. I emailed the hotel the changes and everything was handled professionally so this was a good start before I even arrived.
I had never been to Bali before so I had arranged to have the hotel pick me up. After I cleared immigration, I came out to find a beautiful Balinese girl standing there in a traditional dress with a sign with my name on it and a large smile. The smiles were to follow me the rest of the trip. Whenever you met any staff they were always smiling and greeting you. This was a great way to start my trip to a new country. She took me to where the driver was with a van, new clean well maintained, and off the three of us went to the hotel. It took awhile to get there but that was certainly nobody's fault. It was rush hour traffic in Densapar.
When I arrived I was quickly checked in to my pool side room. I walked out of my room and the pool was right there. The restaurant as well was five steps to my right. I thought it was a great location. I should say at night you could here the music that was played at the restaurant, one night jazz other nights traditional Balinese music. I liked hearing it in my room. Others may not if that is the case I would recommend a garden room instead. The room was very large. The air-conditioning worked great which is absolutely necessary given what I was to find was the extremely high Bali humidity (I changed shirts 3 times a day). It was very clean and the bed was perfect. I don't like soft beds. It was very comfortable for my bad back.
The pool is large and warm as is the ocean. I met a number of very nice people both staff and guests during my stay. The grounds are very tranquil to walk around with the gardens and statues.
There is a sidewalk along Sanur beach you can use to explore the area and the main road has tons of restaurants and shops to explore. They do have a security gate that checks all vehicles entering which is comforting these days.
The only real downsides were minor. The biggest was the lack of internet in the room. You had to go to a common area near the lobby for the WiFi. I happen to be addicted to my smartphone and normally use it often late at night and would have liked to have internet in the room. Also in that common area where you sit to use the WiFi the air does not really move very much they should get more powerful fans. I found the breakfast to be average.
Overall I had a wonderful stay and will stay there next time I am in Bali
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- Also Known As:
- Griya Santrian Hotel Sanur
- Griya Santrian Sanur, Bali