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Abian Biu Mansion
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Jl. Umalas Kauh II No.106 | Tunon Kerobokan, Badung, Kerobokan, Bali 80119, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #15 of 24 Hotels in Kerobokan
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“LOVED IT!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2010

GREAT hotel wish we were there now...
We are in Bali for 3 weeks and booked this hotel for just 4 nights of our stay as we wanted to try different places...
This hotel was by far the best. The location is a bit far out but you can hire a moped or get a taxi they are both very cheap!! $5 a day for moped and about $2.50 in taxi one was to get to the shopping and beach!
The rooms are just as they look on the net massive and lovely! The place itself is like a mansion with some great furniture dotted around! ALL ROOMS HAVE A SHOWER! Breakfast is good - its not continental its an amerian which was better for us and included!. Got a great deal of expedia $50au per night couldn't have asked for a better place.
Pool is lovely and we always had it to ourselves lots of sun!
Room service took a while when we ordered pizza BUT when we found out that they had made them from scratch this changed our minds as the food was GREAT! Staff lovely and remember your name!
There is aircon!
There are no english TV channels - well there was one but it didn't work when we were there - don't let this put you off though - there is a DVD player - go buy some DVDs and watch them!
All in all a great hotel - oh forgot to mention a QUIET nights sleep its so quiet round the hotel!!!
We are just up the road in the Seri Suites now and all i am hearing is a VERY ANNOYING LOUD ROOSTER all day all night - I want to be back at this place.......in fact might go back now.....
If you choose to stay here its great and you will get some really great photos!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2010

My long weekend at Abian Biu was incredibly relaxing and peaceful. The residence is almost like a big mansion with outdoor facing rooms and lots of immaculately kept, peaceful outdoor areas. It's much more intimate and interesting than a standard chain hotel.

To get in, you walk through this cool entranceway through the reception area which is manned 24 hours a day by knowledgeable, friendly staff. There are paths to the outdoor-but-private spa, japanese-type gardens, and two floors of rooms. There is also an outdoor pool connected to the dining area where free breakfast is served. You can have food delivered any time to your bedroom or have it outdoors listening to the running fountains. I spent a lot of time outside in what I felt was like a private palace compound with attentive but not intrusive staff that seemed to be always available but not in your business.

The rooms are very clean and nicely laid out. I booked a room that promised "rice patty views" but when I got there in the wee hours after my flight, they gave me a first-floor room without much of a view. I asked for a second-floor room and when one was available they transferred me ... totally worth it. I highly recommend going 2nd floor as the balcony gets more use and the breeze is better. I love the locking system ... they give you an enormous padlock with a huge key to lock your door when you leave. And then a wooden slat to put between two handles to close it when you are inside. When you leave the residence, you leave the key behind in this big bowl and when you come back, you pick up your key from the bowl. This place is not for people who are paranoid about their belongings, or about bugs crawling in through cracks in the doors and windows. There is wi-fi but it can be slow and unpredictable.

Staff is amazing. They booked taxis, excursions, spa services, everything. Whenever I came back, they addressed me by name, gave me updates on my next excursions, and gave helpful suggestions. I felt like I was staying a family friend's home.

Location is a bit out of the way. It's only 15 minutes and USD$8 taxi to Kuta for shopping, beaches, food, and clubbing. But the neighborhood is sketchy so there's nowhere to walk to from there. The taxi driver from the airport got lost for 2 hours and cursed the whole time and asked for extra tip because he couldn't find it. Several more taxi drivers had difficulty finding it, so definitely take the number of the place with you. Once you're there though, it's tempting to just stay inside the compound and recharge.

Overall I highly recommend this for people who are looking for peaceful ambiance and intimate service outside of the riff raff of Bali. It's not good for rowdy partiers, people who like to stay in mainstream areas, or people averse to bugs.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2010

It's a lovely place if you want out of the busy Kuta area. Friendly, efficient staff as when I requested for something, it will only took them less than 3 minutes to get them to my room!!! Breakfast can be served at room and that's what we did...having it at our balcony. Breakfast is average though. Room is cleaned everyday with fresh towels supplied daily.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2009

Our first visit to Bali. We stayed in 3 different locations and styles of accommodation during our stay (Intercontinental - Jimbaryan Bay & Komaneka Ubud). There was a lovely welcome from the staff at Abian Biu when we arrived and at all times they were more than happy to accommodate special requests and offer help and guidance with the 'what & how' to do things in Bali. It is out of town a bit, so, too far to walk. We hired a motor bike which turned out to be a fantastic (and free feeling) way to get around. It was nice not to be staying in the madness of Kuta. The rooms were clean and the outdoor shower and bath a unique experience. Food, restaurant and pool is basic but as with all Bali hotels the plants and grounds are lovely. Besides the friendly staff the other huge bonus of staying here was the value for money. We stayed for 3 nights for $15 more than 1 night at Hotel Intercontinental. We spent most of our time out and about so to spend a heap of money on a luxury hotel would have been wasted. We would stay here again. Tip - just ask for a room away from the road at the front of the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2009

This hotel is lovely, the location is the best part...its such a welcome retreat after the chaos of Kuta!! Set in the middle of rice fields and with wonderful banana plants all around and in peace and quiet its like a small piece of paradise :-) you can really relax there. Our room was gorgeous, traditional Balinese furniture and a beautiful bed with mosquitoe net over the top. The door is wonderful as you have to lock it with a padlock as though you were in a castle. The bathroom is cute with a creative stone floor. Shampoo & shower gel are provided in the room and a hairdryer is available on request. Two bottles of water are provided each day for free and there is a safe and a/c. The room was very clean but as soon as you open the windows bugs and ants invade as it is in the middle of all the plants and fields so this is to be expected! The pool looks lovely although we didn't try it. Getting to Seminyak only takes 10 minutes by taxi (depending on traffic) and costs around 25000 rupee - taxi drivers recognise the address as "UMALAS 2". Staff will book taxi for you and are full of advice on where to visit and where to eat etc, very friendly people. Breakfast was included, we tried it once but we were not impressed. The food area wasn't the cleanest and everything was doused in chilly sauce...Overall we enjoyed our stay in this hotel and would recommend it to others.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jl. Umalas Kauh II No.106 | Tunon Kerobokan, Badung, Kerobokan, Bali 80119, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Kerobokan
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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#2 Best Value Hotel in Kerobokan
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Abian Biu Mansion 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Delight of Peranakan Culture, It is a cultural destination........Our Hotel & Restaurant located at prime area of Umalas-Kerobokan, Bali’s most sought after area with beautiful beach. Just 5 minutes to Seminyak Shops where you can find Balinese handycraft, modern art galleries, wine shops, silver jewelry, and various clothing shops with from local made until international quality. We provided you mansion with unique design concept with pool view, tropical garden view, and Balinese ricefield view. Established ten years ago as an accommodation in graceful concept with the theme of a royal house, Abian Biu is currently completing a total transformation. This transformation also brings a new name to the accommodation – Abian Biu Mansion – to commence its operation in December 2011.The prime renovation to the Abian Biu lies in the concept which becomes the central theme of Abian Biu Mansion. The Peranakan Culture of coastal area has now become the background of the Abian Biu Mansion, making this unique accommodation a cultural destination to manifest the coastal Peranakan culture of the archipelago.The coastal Peranakan is a symbol of acculturation of cultures and multicultural process through marriages between the Chinese ethnic and the Indonesian population living in the coastal areas of the archipelago since centuries ago. These form of marriages did not only form a new culture but also created a marriage of cultures that enriches the diversity of the archipelago.As a result of this, we now can take delight in a great variety of food and culinary, traditions, fabrics, music, and other kind of arts. Abian Biu Mansion encapsulates the coastal Peranakan culture in a variety of forms to entice your senses. Bian Yue and Amoy, our two new beautifully decorated restaurants in very special ambiance offer you the very rich culinary of the Peranakan.Our 12 rooms available at Abian Biu Mansion bears the theme of Peranakan as found in the coastal areas of the archipelago such as Palembang, Lasem, Cirebon, Pekalongan, Semarang, Tuban, and Singaraja. Each of these areas carries its own specific cultural attribute that is adopted as Abian Biu Mansion’s special identity.The owner of Abian Biu Mansion, Yoseph interestingly reiterates “For us The Archipelago Coastal Peranakan is much more than a theme of decoration or ornaments one finds at our premises.At the Abian Biu Mansion we want to share the spirit of diversity in the life of our nation.” Further, he says “In addition to that exotic blend of cultures, we make sure that our management is based on very genuine and sincere Indonesian hospitality which is full of dedication.”Abian Biu Mansion is indeed a representation to give an added value in Bali tourism. In responsible tourism, it is highly recommended that we give a cultural experience to our clients. Therefore, Abian Biu Mansion is more than just a tourist accommodation. It is a Cultural Destination................ ... more   less 
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Abian Biu Residence Hotel Kerobokan
Abian Biu Mansion Bali/Kerobokan

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