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“nice grounds, so-so room” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel La Taverna
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Danau Tamblingan 29, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali 80228, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #54 of 67 Hotels in Sanur
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“nice grounds, so-so room”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

This is an older style hotel with beautiful grounds. They were out of standard rooms so got an upgraded one, with a separate sitting area. The room was nice, with lovely mosaic bath and shower. The sitting area came with an uncomfortable couch/bed with a musty fabric cover that I didn't want to really touch with bare skin. The air conditioner did nothing but make noise so it was extremely hot so it was hard to wear clothes so couldn't really sit on the couch. Had to relax in bed only. The layout was such that you could only watch TV from the couch so that was a problem. Fine, thought to read my book, but the nightstand light was a ridiculously dim energy efficient bulb, so that was impossible. Out of desperation, I removed the oversized lampshade and could then read a bit. There was a cool breeze at night, but no screens and my New England instincts wouldn't allow me to go screenless. But they had a substantial bug spraying event every evening so I suppose that may have been possible, except for when the spraying was going on. The restaurant was nice and the butter fish was good, though smallish. I did put in a request to fix the air conditioner and dead phone, but the ac was not fixed while I was staying there. The phone was, though.

Had to checkout early to catch a plane, but there was no desk staff on duty yet. The security guys and bellboys collaborated and talked to somebody on the phone and managed to check me out. Much appreciated.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We are very statisfied with La-Taverna hotel. A very good hotel in term of location, friendly staff, food and facility. A very balinese style hotel. Beautiful pool. The breakfast is lovely. At night there are live band. Near by there are many choice of foods. There are many shops around. We will come back to sanur again..i love bali..

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

My partner and I booked through an online system to stay here and received an email confirming the booking. When we arrived at La Taverna, however, the staff said they had no record of the booking. Somewhere between the online system and the hotel there was a communication failure, but the La Taverna staff showed little interest in helping us sort it out. Eventually they directed us to another hotel which they said was "next door" (read: 500m away), but declined to lend us a trolley to take our luggage across or assist us in any way. So no, we didn't actually stay there, but nor will we now ... We've experienced incredible warmth and helpfulness from all sorts of people in Bali, but it's not something we found at La Taverna.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chatou
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

The hôtel Is located on a Nice beach. Unilke many others, we coule enjoy authentic Bali dances! The good was good and the staff was alias very kind. The suites were perfect for à couple visting Bali with two children.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

La Taverna is a nice hotel in a peaceful garden setting on the beach in Sanur, however it was by far the most expensive place we stayed in in Bali/Lombok/Gilis and not the best place we stayed either. The rooms are a little quirky, which is great, the staff are very friendly and helpful and it has a great location right on the beach. The breakfast is lovely although the restaurant seems way overpriced. I have no complaints per se with this hotel (although if I had to find one it would be that the towels were rubbish - thin, old and threadbare!) Its just that we had such great experiences with accommodation at half the price or less for the rest of our holiday that this place seemed decidedly average in comparison. Sanur is a good place to stay before your return journey home though as its only half an hour away from the airport.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

This hotel would have been lovely back when it was built in the 1970s--a great location on a nice stretch of beach in Sanur. But the owners have not put much money into maintaining it and keeping rooms up to date. It feels like a place the hobbit would live, with moldy rooms, unpleasant smells coming from the bathroom drain, and pretty Balinese room doors that do not fully close (leaving several inch gaps in some cases, that allow mosquitos and heat into the rooms. I moved rooms as the initial upstairs deluxe room I was given, while lovely in an earthy way, had all sorts of problems--too hot and sunny for the air conditioner to begin to cool, a safe that one could tuck under one's arms and walk out with, windows without screens, and a double entry door with a three inch gap when "closed" (a large padlock was used to keep the door shut). The second room I got was on the ground floor, and was dark, with poor lighting and red lampshades and moldy smell. When I was at the front desk I heard two other customers also complaining about the urine smells in their bathrooms. They were clearly disappointed as the online descriptions of the place make it sound far more lovely than it is. Indonesian friends were shocked when they heard that I had paid above $100 for my room and told me I could have had a real 3 star place for that amount of money. Even the staff at the hotel were apologetic about the subpar accommodations, given the price I had paid. And because I had booked with Priceline, a reimbursement was out of the question. The staff, I must say, was the best thing the place has going for it. They went the extra mile to try to make up for the poor maintenance of the place. They were lovely, polite and more helpful than any Balinese staff I have encountered...but they could not do much about the fact that they are employed in a hotel that has not been properly maintained. For the same amount of money, you'd be much better off going to another Sanur place.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

La Taverna is the perfect little hotel centrally located in Sanur. It is right on the boardwalk and is the perfect place to relax especially if you're tired of the crowds of Legian, Kuta, and Seminyak. We welcomed the tranquility of Sanur and La Taverna was the perfect sanctuary. We were in Bali during the rainy season so if the rain came we would lounge under the many verandas located throughout the hotel grounds of La Taverna. There is also a great restaurant on the premises. The beach in front of the hotel is serene and it is a short walk to the boats that take you to the nearby islands for snorkeling and more exploring. The staff at La Taverna is friendly and make sure that you have what you need on a daily basis. The rooms are clean and well kept. There is fresh water replenished every day as well as coffee and tea. I think the hotel is a good value based on the amenities and worth every penny!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Danau Tamblingan 29, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali 80228, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Denpasar > Sanur
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Sanur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Taverna 3*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Taverna is a small privately owned hotel set within lush tropical gardens that open directly onto the golden sands of the Indian Ocean. La Taverna was one of Bali's first hotels and has over the years played host to artists, writers, musicians and a wide assortment of other colorful personalities. Its European owners have endeavored to maintain the spirit of old Bali, whilst also providing a relaxed, informal environment with emphasis on the personal. ... more   less 
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