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“Another gem, discovered througgh a mixture of research and serendipity” 4 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 #47 of 63 hotels in Sanur
Sunderland
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“Another gem, discovered througgh a mixture of research and serendipity”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Look, it wasn't a long journey to get here, a pleasant afternoon flight down from KL, and the immigration/customs was a breeze, it's just that as darkness had descended, coupled with touts at the airport and the horrendous rush hour traffic, we were enduring a feeling of "should have stayed in Penang", but at the same time looking forward to seeing a place new to both of us.

We'd secured an official airport taxi from the booth to the right of arrivals when you leave the building, the driver was a gem, helping with heavy luggage and getting us through the traffic efficiently. It's difficult to assess a place arriving in the dark, but check-in at La Taverna was quick, fuss-free and laid-back, though highly competent. We spent a pleasant evening at a beach bar, and slept well in our cottage-suite.

The next day revealed the full beauty of the lush tropical gardens, beach-side bistro and restuarant, bar, swimming-pool and helpful staff to assist with everything we might need. Breakfasts were very good, in terms of quality, quantity but esecially choice, the informality of the breakfast room and the utterly charming staff only added to our enjoyment of this magical little place.

We stayed here several nights, alternating between La Taverna's much and deservedly lauded restuarant, and the beach bars with a kilometre of so each way from the hotel. There is also a large number of bars/restuarants to the rear of the hotel, along the road that runs adjacent with the beach worth exploring, but it would take the month we intend to spend next time to report on those.

Our suite at La Taverna was complete with outside sitting room, in secluded private gardens, groovy bathroom and an extremely comfortable bedroom. The nature of the gardens meant it inevitable that a selection of critters would visit, but none were malevolent nor caused alarm.

La Taverna is perfect for all visitors, we are a couple, but there were young families and small groups tucked into some of the other suites, and smaller rooms accomodated those enjoying the La Taverna experience on a smaller budget.

This place became our temporary home on Bali, we're lucky enough to travel and are no strangers to the quirky/luxurious, but this place touched us as so few other have before. It was a wrench to leave. We heard from friends who live in Bali that the place is an institution, I'm not surprised.

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  • Stayed September 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed there at the end of a 3 weeks travel through Java and Bali for 2 nights. Compared to others hotels in Bali we were quite surprised by the high quality of the service. It is often based in very little details which make a huge difference starting in the way you are welcomed or served.

We had a room closed to the restaurant but were never worried by the noise.

We had lunch outside (for instance there is a night maket less then 300m from there with small warangs) but took our breakfast there and it was superb (fresh juice made at the demand).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This hotel is different from all others in Bali. It is a charme hotel, a boutique hotel as sometimes it's used to say, in the central Sanur. Direct beach access, a very valuable italian restaurant inside. Rooms are big, spaciuos, in a particular style, nothing is missing.
Personnel is very helpful and efficient.
No reason, this is one of the best choice in Bali island.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Very nice boutique place, setting is excellent right on the beach. The room was very nice (2 rooms separated by a curtain, which was perfect with the kids).

There are some (very minor) things though:
- breakfast: I really cannot understand why any restaurant in Bali serves juices from a can, rather than fresh
- pool: not ideal with kids that cannot swim yet, it's very deep and even adults can only stand in a small part of the pool. I guess it must be initially designed for diving initiations.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

A beautiful old boutique style hotel. The rooms are dark and cool filled with pretty furniture. The staff are smiley and helpful. You could also eat here as the restaurant is so pretty and the food is great.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Comfortable accommodation, reception staff most helpful as were the wait staff. Breakfast high quality and restaurant served fabulous meals. Had a bit of mix up with date of leaving and felt that management should have approached us instead of leaving it to reception staff. Highly recommended and wouldn't hesitate to visit again

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

There's only so much raving about this hotel I can do without sounding ridiculous. We have recently been to Bali with friends for my birthday and after researching and reading online we decided this suited our needs best. Our room was perfect. We loved that the hotel didn't look run of the mill but looked Balinese. The bed was so comfortable, the room wonderfully decked out and we had a huge veranda to sit outside and relax in if we felt like it.

The staff were incredibly friendly, and as I was trying to book for multiple rooms, were helpful and attentive in the whole booking process. We loved the restaurant, breakfast was delicious and the view to the beach unparalleled. We often walked along the beach strip and I think La Taverna, with is shade trees and white fencing looked the freshest and most appealing. The swimming pool was just the right size and the beach was right there too!

Our room was always clean and tidy, with a turn down every night. We had absolutely no issues, except that service at the bar in the afternoon could have been quicker! When we come back to Sanur we will be staying here again as the locality, service and hotel itself was outstanding!

Room Tip: We stayed in a deluxe room Number 6. Great size terrace and good size room!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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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:
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Sanur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Taverna 3*
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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