We stayed here as a part of a 12 day package that was very inexpensive. We could have paid alot more for a 5 star, but we generally stay at smaller budget hotels when we travel.
The location is the bonus - you are back down a side street far enough that you don't hear the scooters and other traffic, but close enough that all restaurants, shops, and other services are just a few minutes walk, if that.
We were in room #106 that was on a second story overlooking one of the pools. Behind us was a local home and we were able to watch part of their ceremony one morning where they were making offerings at their temple within their yard. They waved and didn't seem uncomfortable with us looking on.
Our room was a good size and we had a king sized bed which was comfortable but very creaky. The bathroom was a little spartan, with some mould on the tiles at the base of the shower which had no shower curtain. We always had good water pressure and hot water (except for one instance later in the day) once you let the water run for about 5 minutes. We had no problems with our toilet, or lack of towels that others have reported. Yes, the towels and sheets are dingy, but they are clean.
We found the front desk staff to be friendly and helpful and always with a smile. The dining room staff always seemed surly. The breakfast was spartan and repetitive, but it was included with the package. There was always juice, fruit, bread (white & whole wheat), butter, honey and jam in addition to fruit fritters (banana or pineapple) and Indonesian pancakes (thin crepe-like pancakes that had coconut, banana or pineapple inside) and rice or noodles. There was coffee & tea which were hot, but not the best quality. If there weren't dishes, you simply had to ask. We found that used tables were cleaned promptly and re-set. There are restaurants close by that have an inexpensive breakfast if you don't like the Bumas offerings.
Internet was $1 (US) per day and you were given a password. We found that wi-fi worked for longer than the one day we paid for and it was available from our room, perhaps because we were close to the desk. Others sat in the lobby to use it.
Panorama tours did our airport transfers and the 5 tours that were included with our package. With the exception of one guide who didn't seem to have much "oomph", the rest of the guides and drivers were excellent. Pick-ups were prompt.
In addition to the included tours, we also did the Bali Elephant Camp which we really enjoyed. Our Panorama rep "Kaliman" booked it for us. We did the Bali Zoo which we also enjoyed and the front desk staff at the hotel booked it for us ($1 for the phone call) and the Zoo picked us up, made sure we had a quick check-in at the zoo and returned us to our hotel at a specified time.
We went down to the beach one morning to watch the sunrise (about 6:30 when we were there) which was spectular with the orange glow behind the pier and pagodas and with the mountains in the distance.
We would recommend reflexology treatments $4 US for an hour (!!) at the Angel Spa just around the corner to the left on the main street and across the road. We also had the "fish pedicure" that you will find along the streets - the one we used was across from Angel Spa and was $3.50 for 15 minutes - interesting.
Ask the front desk at the hotel for the name of the money exchange down the street from the hotel. Some of the "side alley" money changers charge commission, so although their posted rates look good, the place we went to was a better deal and more legitimate. We took US dollars, but next time would just take Canadian dollars and avoid fees for changing money twice. The rate for Canadian was good at the money exchange.
We like to try different restaurants and rarely go back to the same place twice, but we did go to Warung Little Bird numerous times (very inexpensive - don't be turned off by the rustic look of the place, the food is great), Secrets Gelato (yummy & some unique flavours) and Lilla Warung which is sort of behind the hotel. When you leave the gate, turn right down the side street and it is just a few steps. We spent a few days looking for this place thinking it was on the main street and then noticed it our last day. There are lots of more polished restaurants but we didn't find that more expensive meant better food. We really didn't have a bad meal the whole time we were in Sanur.
If you are a budget traveller and are used to hotels that are a little worn and in need of maintenance and redecoration, then you will be comfortable here. If you are a traveller looking for polish and posh, or looking for 5 star at a 3 star price, then definitely don't book here.
We talked to tourists at this hotel who have been here 17 times, so that says something. As long as you are realistic in your expectations this is a good budget choice. Knowing what we know, we would stay here again, but it is definitely not for everyone.
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