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“Cheap hotel in a good location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Niche Bali

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The Niche Bali
Ranked #93 of 250 Hotels in Kuta
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Cheap hotel in a good location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

This hotel was a good cheap option for our 3 night stay in Bali in February 2013.

When we first arrived there was some confusion with our booking as they had us listed as arriving the following day but this was pretty quickly cleared up once we showed them our booking information and voucher from Harvey world travel (which was booked online ourselves).

We were given a room on the 1st floor which was quite large and clean and tidy. The bathroom was spacious with a good shower, but sometimes the bathroom got a bit of a yucky smell about it (typical poor plumbing in Bali!) that would drift throughout the whole room if the door wasn't kept closed. The air conditioning system worked well but was situated above the sink and bench area and it dripped a fair bit of water which meant you couldn't really leave anything on the bench, but that's not that big of a deal!

One morning after we had our room made up we pulled back the top sheet and there was a mark that appeared to be a drop of dried blood on the sheet so we just asked to have the sheet changed which was organised pretty quickly and wasn't an issue.

The location is good if you want to be in the heart of Kuta near the night club area, but the hotel is down a driveway so you're far away enough from the main street to not be bothered by the noise.

The pool was clean and well kept, the staff were friendly and breakfast was a limited buffet but still sufficient for a meal to kick off your day.

I would stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Albany, Australia
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

The last review I wrote (2012) was on a large resort in Turban/ Kuta Bali, I was accused by the resort Management of fabricating a story....which I know my review was true, so as a regular traveller to Bali this time I choose to stay somewhere completely different, and I choose the Niche in Kuta.
I went to Bali to celebrate my 50th Birthday and wanted somewhere that would be homely, value for money and practical for what we wanted. There was 18 of us booked into the Niche and I never heard one bad word from any of my family or friends about the premises, and only positive feedback.
ROOMS: The rooms are spacious and cleaned daily with large King size beds, large room area, large shower area. The rooms have tiled floors so please be careful when they are wet as they become very slippery. Each room has a safe, and the airconditioner worked perfectly. each room overlooks the central pool which is beautiful and relaxing. Each room has a fridge, and a large Flat Screen TV and DVD Player which is great to test your movies before you leave Bali.
FOOD: Breakfast was good offering Toast, Fruit, Fried Rice, Eggs (cooked anyway you want), Cereal and much more... and of course Coffee which was enough to give you a kick start in the morning. The breakfast area setting is great as the breakfast area overlooks the beautiful pool area. We ate Lunch at the Niche numerous times and the food was well priced compared to the outside resturants and the food was very very good.
POOL AREA: The pool area was great with a swim up bar with friendly staff and plenty of lounge chairs surrounding the pool for you to sit in and read your book. The bar Staff were great "Surya and Agus" are very skilled at making cocktails during the "Happy Hour" and were always smiling and happy making our holiday experience even better. Cocktails were $6.50 each, however during Happy Hour (4-6pm) you buy two get one free.
STAFF: The staff are a credit to the Management and the owners of the Niche. The staff were always helpful, and spoke and understood english very well. After our first day all the staff members knew our names and were always very polite. The Niche Spa was very good with Bali Massages for 1 hr costing approx $9.50....well worth it The massages were incrediable and you have to ensure you book in eartly to get one as they are popular and very sought after.
When i was celebrating my birthday at the Pool Bar with family and friends the staff of the Niche presented me with a Birthday Cake and sang Happy Birthday to me. I found this gesture typical of the staff and the Niche caring and ensuring that we had a pleasant Birthday and holiday.
VALUE: I have been to Bali 25 times since 1982 and seen alot of changes...some for the better...some for the worse...and I have stayed in numerous resorts and hotels. I read numerous reviews about the Niche before booking this holiday and again these reviews were some good and some bad, however after our experience at the Niche I would not stay anywhere else. The value for money is exceptional and the Niche is truely a "Diamond in the Rough". I could not fault anything and I am looking forward to staying there again soon.
Alot of reviews mentioned hearing the loud music from the night clubs nearby, however we only heard the music one night, and it was so low that we easliy slept through it. There are plenty of bars nearby to listen to very good live music.
The Niche is central to good shopping, resturants, bars and entertainment,
There has been alot of mention about the shop owners/ workers in the lane way of the Niche in the reviews regarding their rudeness, and harrassment towards protental buyers/ tourists. This is true as they are persistant and do harrass you, however I found that once I told them that I was not buying from them they stopped harrassing me after the first few days. Do not use the Money Changer in the laneway as my son, and other Niche guests were scamed and lost money. The best Money Changer was "Wayan" he is situated only 20 meters to the right once you exit the laneway. There is a arch way to cottages and his businesses is just there on the right through the archway. Very good rate, very honnest, very polite and counts your money out slowly to ensure you are satisfied.
Though my last review for tripadvisor was very cridical of the large resort in Turban/ Kuta that was overpriced and sucked every cent out of you, the Niche is the complete opposite and I encourage travellers to stay there as it is truely a "Hidden Treasure", thank you Niche for making my birthday and our holiday one that we will always remember.

Room Tip: ROOMS: Ask for a ground floor room as it is a 20 meter walk to the pool, and you have a small sittin...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Cez8254
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

This is the second time we have stayed at this lovely hotel, so close to the main hustle of Kuta but very peaceful.
The staff are all very friendly and helpful. The rooms are a good size, comfortable and very clean.
It was so enjoyable to come back to the pool.
I had my mobile stolen by a young man in the laneway going to the hotel, the staff acted immediately to try and get it back and then warning other guest to take extra care and got the Tourist Police to attend and investigate.
Breakfast was good.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Chris G
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South Australia, Australia
Level Contributor
38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

This was our third stay at the Niche. The staff are friendly. The breakfasts are sufficiant with fresh fruit, cereal, toast, eggs, pancakes, with occaisionally fried rice, miegoreng, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes,potatoes, but never all at once...lol. So if you're looking for a full american brekky, this may not be the place for you. The rooms have been refreshed over the last few years so are neat and they contain reasonable hanging room, a safe, a bar fridge, but no iron. Hang things for long enough in the tropics and they un-crease..lol. They now offer wi-fi on the property for a small fee..yay, and they've recently done a nice reno on the pool and bar area. This is a nice, small property. The staff, many of whom are long-term, are very friendly , polite and helpful. 100 metres down an alleyway and you walk straight onto JL Legian (200 metres from the monument & poppies lane 2). Quite adequete overall for a hotel room and very well priced.

Room Tip: all rooms surround the pool with property shaped a bit like melrose place with two levels
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank bubs69
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perth australia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

our secont time to this hotel and it didnt disapoint. rooms were clean, meals were great, pool was awsome after a day shopping. staff were exceptional, its like our home away from home. will def stay again

Room Tip: i wouldnt recomend the ground floor 131,132,133 as its right next to kitchen and cleaning room
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank BiancaRobertson
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australia
Level Contributor
53 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

The location of this hotel is very good in the heart of bustling Legian Street. Unfortunately being close to the bars and nightclubs makes it attractive to the young crowd who tend to not respect or consider other guests or staff. The hotel is good value for money and we were more than happy with our room and the breakfast. Being on the ground floor we did not hear any noise from the night clubs but some guests did say if you were on the top floor, there was a noise problem.
The pool bar is open until 10pm and some guests were noisy but that's OK because after 10pm it did go quiet. They do have a no noise after 10pm policy and they do enforce it. During our two week stay , two lots of guests were thrown out for loud and abusive behaviour and I do admire the owners for enforcing this policy. The staff are amazing. The owners are very lucky to have such great staff and they should be treasured. Unfortunately our holiday had to be extended as my husband and his daughter both came down with dengue fever. We were so relieved that we were able to keep our rooms for an extra week and the staff made the whole traumatic week so much more bearable. They couldn't do enough for us and the cleaning staff even visited my husband in hospital and brought a basket of fruit. The hotel sent flowers too. A big thank you to all the wonderful staff at the Niche for all your kindness and assistance throughout our stay.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

We stayed at the niche hotel for 8 days. Hotel is decent enough for the price and in a awesome location. WIFI was expensive and people seem to steal it from you ( make sure u change ur password with reception ) Breakfast was pathetic and had a disgraceful spread. We were there over NYEPI day which was annoying as they fully lock the hotel down with no lights allowed and not allowed to leave the hotel. You would think they would put on some entertainment for tourists. We were forced to eat this buffet on NYEPI day which was 250 000 and the food tasted like [--] The pool is pretty good but the happy hour is pretty weak, buy 2 cocktails get 1 free... yay.... We were there on a boys trip so we weren't too concerned by the hotel, more concerned about the location. But i wouldn't bring the girlfriend here!!! Cya Bahhhhhh

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank TheChief87
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Property: The Niche Bali
Address: JL. 190, Kuta 80361, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Kuta
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in Kuta
#61 Spa Hotel in Kuta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Niche Bali 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering 38 modern and well appointed rooms The Niche Bali hotel is ideally situated to offer its guests easy access to the variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment options Legian Street is world renowned for. The Niche Bali hotel is your perfect choice for Bali accommodation.Opened in May 2011, our brand new 1st floor Superior King rooms with pool view and modern furnishings are available for our guests wanting something a little more special. The Niche Bali hotel is popular amongst travellers wanting accommodation in Kuta and Legian.A trip to Bali wouldn’t be complete without some pampering and self indulgence. ... more   less 
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