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“Tired hotel but great location”

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Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel
Ranked #6 of 251 Hotels in Kuta
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 20, 2008

I paid the extra for an "ocean facing" room only to find out I was located right at the front of the hotel, with a "lobby facing" room. Many trees block the ocean views, and so rooms that are truly "ocean facing" are rare. If you're trying to decide whether it's worth the extra $ or not, I'd say not.

Other thumbs down include very tired and dented furniture, threadbare towels and stained sheets. I asked housekeeping to change a particularly bad quilt cover and the one they replaced it with was worse! I give up! They really need to replace the sheets and towels for new ones, and get rid of the mould in the bathroom.

All that said, I think these niggly problems are common to many resorts in Bali that are suffering from the tourism slump. I would rank the Kartika as a 4* resort, having stayed at some of the 5* in Nusa Dua, but would recommend it for location. If you're only in Bali for a short time and want to be able to walk to restaurants, shops, etc. then this is the hotel for you. If you want 5* luxury and nice towels and sheets, perhaps check out Nusa Dua.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 14, 2008

What a treat this hotel is. We recently went to Bali and being our first trip there were lucky to stay at three lovely hotels and this one being on our last leg of the two week holiday. We stayed four nights at Kartika on the fourth floor with great ocean views and loved it so much, very close to Kuta beach just a walk up the path which runs behind the hotel. Swimming is a breeze in either the ocean or the wonderful swimming pool. Great for families and older guests as well. We saw quiet a few families with very young children enjoying the hotel pool and surrounds. the big shopping centre next door is handy and has lovely places to eat at. Our room was clean and tidy with all that you need. Staff were very helpful and security is fantastic too. Our balcony view was great. Next time we may try for the very front ocean view on the first floor as they looked amazing. The buffet breakfast was a feast and would please any one with the wide choice on offer.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Takemewithyou61
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Reviewed November 11, 2008

I have just returned from three days at the Discovery Kartika Plaza hotel. The hotel is nice with friendly and welcoming staff.

The Thumb Up of Discovery :
~ Nice hot buffet breakfast with variety western and asian food.
~ Simple decoration of room and comfortable bed.
~ Just beside shopping mall and walking distance to kuta area.
~ Cheap spa and massage compare to outside spa. Only cost us 175 000 rupiah for 2 hours balinese traditional massage compare to outside spa cost us 350 000 rupiah for 1 hour balinese traditional massage

The Thumb down of discovery :
~ small Cocroaches in the wardrobe and toilet.
~ smelly water all the time.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ali_sabMalaysia
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Reviewed October 15, 2008

I stayed at the Kartka with my mum and husband

We had a fabulous time there. (Mum being a supercritical ethnic has stayed at many hotels/resorts in her life time and she made the comment that it is the best hotel she has ever stayed at! Now that is saying something!!!

The rooms were although minimilist (but had all that you really needed) were very nice and clean. Some superior rooms even had a lovely view of the ocean from the balcony.

The breakfast was fabulous and tropical and had a variety of local food but also catered well for the Westerners.
They had a number of food stations so there were no queues.

The theme buffet dinners were cheap enough but mroe importantly very very nice. We did not try any other eating places at the Hotel.

The Pool I think was the nicest I have ever been to. Its huge.

The location was just out of the hub of Kuta and as you may have read, right next to the major shopping mall. (Try the reflexology place there!!!)

Now for the people!! They were very friendly, humble and always willing to help you. We befriended many of the staff there and the reason why we have booked to go to Bali again. and of course we will be staying at the Kartika. We look forward to seeing them again.

To sum up: Book this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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5  Thank atheniancat
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Reviewed September 3, 2008

When we aranged for our first trip to Bali we didnt know what to expect but within a few hours of being at the hotel we all agreed we had made an excellent choice. The rooms were clean and well maintained, the view from the balcony was just perfect and our first buffet meal at the hotel was spot on. Travelling with a 4 and 6 year old can be testing but they just loved everything especially the location right across the road from Waterbom Park. We always looked forward to breakfast every morning with its large, fresh and ample selections. It was the perfect top up for a big day out. The family suite was just right with two separate rooms which gave us that little bit of breathing space at night when we needed it. This also made it paradise for the kids when we got in late and ordered room service for them whilst they veged out watching all night cartoon channels. We loved it so much we are going back in October for anoth 10 nights!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 27, 2008

This would be my 4th or 5th stay at the Kartika and as usual it was fantastic! We booked a superior room (3070, i think ) through the travel agent thinking we would be in the main wing (centre) of the hotel but where on the outside wing overlooking the tennis courts........this wasn't really to our tastes and plus we'd heard tennis was quite loud in the mornings! We went to the reception and upgraded our rooms to a ocean facing (2030) and a ocean front room (2044).....these new rooms where fantastic!
Breakfast every morning was fantastic as usual with the variety of western and asian styles, only thing we had noticed that they had cut down on a few things like the flavoured pancakes and vegemite (i asked every morning).
Highly recomend taking your free massage in the huts by the ocean as the waves crashing in the background make it that tiny bit more tropical.
The new bar on the front of the Tepan Noodle restaraunt is great, all decking and discounted drinks in the afternoon..... this is where the sunset cocktail party is held by the manager on i think it was monday's which had bali wines and 2 cocktails to choose from.
Meals from the pool bar where great as usual had a few of the grilled chicken burgers with the spiral fries and the nachos! Pizza's looked a bit boring with little topping and the nasi goreng looked yummo (had already eaten it 3 times, since we'd been there)
Housekeeping where quick and efficent especially when we returned to our room after a long day of shopping and the TV seemed to short out and not come back on at 11.30pm.....extra towels not a problem along with pillows and blankets.

Fantastic holiday at the Kartika again & recomend it to anyone, would love to stay there again but unfortunately they are booked for our October wedding aniversary trip.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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5  Thank loznbails
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Reviewed August 19, 2008

5 + trips to the Kartika and counting
My wife and I love the Kartika
Located 5 min from the airport, makes for a short ride to hotel which is very nice after a long flight.
Located right in front of Kuta Reef surfbreak, great location!
The breakfast buffet is reason enough to stay here.
Wife loves the shopping center next door.
Pool area is great.
Having tennis on site is nice.
Fitness center needs some updating.

Rooms are simple but for this price is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel

Address: Jl. Kartika Plaza, Kuta 80361, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Kuta District > Kuta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Kuta
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kuta
#2 Family Hotel in Kuta
#3 Spa Hotel in Kuta
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Kuta
#5 Luxury Hotel in Kuta
Price Range: $100 - $252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 318
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel offers the warmth of Balinese service with caring and thoughtful service. Set on 8-hectares of gardens and ponds, along 550-metres of private beach, are 318 rooms, suites, and villas. This includes villas with beachfront access, ocean view suites, and ocean front rooms.The hotel has 3 dining outlets, 2 bars and 2 lounges, and facilities such as a swimming pool, full service business centre, day spa, and Kid’s Club. Spacious function rooms, including a 700 sqm ballroom, and a private helipad allow for grand celebrations, romantic weddings, private business meetings, or large conferences.The hotel proves welcoming for couples, friends, families and business executives. Its convenient location makes it an ideal gateway to the vibrant and colourful sights of central Kuta. It is within walking distance to the main Kuta shopping areas, including the neighbouring Discovery Shopping Mall, Waterbom Park as well as a variety of retail, dining and entertainment options. ... more   less 
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