We stayed at Spartacvs for 8 nights during June 2010 in a standard room. First impressions are good. Check in was efficient and very friendly. Walking past reception and over the fish pond makes a reasonably good impression. Unfortunately, that's pretty much where the good impressions end.
The pool area looks pretty ordinary during the day. It's generally tired and run down with peeling paint from the pool but worst of all it’s fairly dirty. The tiles around the pool, pots, sculptures etc are stained and/or covered in mould or moss. The scene at night might hide the mould and peeling paint, but the situation gets worse with the incredibly tacky fairy lights. They're draped in no particular design and make it look like a Grizwolds Christmas light extravaganza. The lit up barb wire atop the wall (maybe to keep the neighbours out) cap it all off.
Our room was on the small side but it did house a king size bed. The decor could only be described as bali chic gone very wrong. The dark red and grey walls and ceiling, black silk curtains, black furniture and fluorescent lights really took your breath away. But wait, there's more. They had stuck some sort of black cane strips on the window, which blocked out quite a bit of the very much needed light. Spartacvs advertise a selection of cable channels and these are supplied. The only problem is most of them are Indonesian. Yes, I know...when in Rome, but come on, it's a hotel catering to a large Western customer base so they could improve the channel selection. On the good side, the bed was comfortable and air conditioning worked well. We always had a good nights sleep.
The bathroom was semi outdoor style as many are in Bali. No problem there, but cleanliness was a big issue. Take a look at some of the pictures added to this review. The bathroom cleanliness could only be rated as zero out of 10. It was supposed to be cleaned each day, but got nothing more than a quick wipe with a dirty mop. The toilet broke on four occassions, and to give credit where credit is due, they did fix it quickly, albeit four times!
Accommodation at Spartacvs includes breakfast. After the fourth day, we'd really had enough and skipped the oil slick tea, dry toast and greasy food. We opted for the excellent Bali Catering Company for breakfast. Breakfast is served in the bar & restaurant at the back of the complex. The bar area is generally filthy. The bathroom is disgusting and much of the furniture doesn't look to have been cleaned in a very long time. The added touch of naked statues draped with sarongs capped off another hideous design crime. Again, it only got worse at night when the plethora of fluorescent lights were turned on, the result of which I think could be seen from the moon! Not surprisingly the bar was not well patronised.
The ambiance and feel of Spartacvs we wouldn't describe as friendly. Having stayed at other gay resorts, this place had no life.
On the positive side, the staff were very friendly and accommodating. They arranged transport for us and gave us a late checkout at no extra charge. This was very much appreciated.
Would we stay here again? Only if hell freezes over. Only if this place changes management and has a major renovation should you consider staying here.
- Also Known As:
- Spartacvs Bali Hotel Kerobokan
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spartacvs Bali Hotel, an exclusive "Member Only" hotel, is dedicated to those who enjoy an alternative lifestyle catering for GAY MEN ONLY - Situated in the "Golden Mile" of Bali, Spartacvs is within walking distance of Petitenget Beach and some of Bali's most well known restaurants and nightspots Hotel facilities include pool, jacuzzi, 24hr bar, restaurant, Wi-Fi internet, laundry, massages, car/bike rental, tour desk, Doctor on call, CCTV & security guards. ... more less
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