Note this place is now called Baleku and it should be listed under Senggigi rather than Mataram.
We stayed here based on the reviews on TA. Its a good value choice but I think some of the other reviews are a little stretched.
The rooms are decent size although could be a little cleaner, the bathrooms are of the outdoor variety which we normally like but they didnt have basins so washing your hands, teeth etc has to be done using the shower outlet and in general it needs to be cleaned more regularly.
The grounds are very nice with fish pond (which is where the fish on the menu comes from).
The owners were great and very kindly helped us with transport to Mataram when we were extending visas. They also provide free transport into and back from Senggigi town (a couple of km's away).
There is a black sand beach across the road but it is quite dirty so recommend people head up to Senggigi main beach.
The restaurant serves very affordable meals, quality was ok but I was quite sick while I was there but cant tell whether it was from their restaurant (wife was fine). I was concerned by some of the hygiene issues with staff not washing their hands.
Staff - there is a lot of staff here and generally they are good but once the owners are off the property things seem to grind to a halt, when we first arrived we ordered 2 drinks (it was 35c and had been travelling 7hrs) but after 25mins we told them to forget it. Later in the stay we had no water in the shower after waiting over an hour I called the owner on his cell and then things seemed to happen.
So in summary - if you are looking for budget accomodation near Senggigi I think this is a good choice (it was very busy with locals and tourists) and Wayan (who was great in responding to emails and helping with transport) and his wife are good hosts, just be aware that service can be slack at times. All in all decent value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BALE KU Homestay & Restaurant is a CHEAP HOMESTAY in SENGGIGI are situated on the coast road and are only one hour from Lembar Ferry Port and 90 mins from Lombok International airport just 90 mins. Also very close to the Boat for the GILIS ISLAND making us a great stop-off location for a trip to or from the Gilis or for your first few nights in LOMBOK. Simply cross the road in front and you are on the BEACH. The price start from only Rp. 150.000,-/night (not for high season). All paket is including BREAKFAST, FREE INTERNET, FREE TRANSPORT, FREE MOVIE EVERY NIGHT Let,s come and feel oue FRIENDLY SERVICE. Baleku also provides massage services, tour arrangements, Ticketing, car rentals, motor bike and bycicle. Laundry services are also available !!! Let,s come and feel our FRIENDLY SERVICE ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- BaleKu Lombok/Senggigi