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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Discovery Kartika Plaza Kuta
- Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel Bali/Kuta