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“Oasis in the backlots” 4 of 5 stars
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Adi Dharma Hotel
Ranked #13 of 224 Hotels in Kuta
Certificate of Excellence
Perth, Australia
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Oasis in the backlots”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

My teenage grandaughters 14 and 13 and I (grandad) managed to check into this hotel at the last minute for one week from 7th january 2013 when we refused to stay at our previous hotel any longer because of the disgusting state of the facilities and the room we had been assigned to. See my trip advisor report "Nightmare in Kuta." Aromas of Bali Hotel.

We did not expect much, but knew anything would be better than the last place. We were pleasantly surprised, by the courtesy and help we were given by the staff on checking in at short notice. They removed the queen size bed and installed 3 single beds for us. Our room was on the second floor, and it had a lovely decent size balcony overlooking the pool area. It was a bit of a tight fit with the three of us sleeping in the same room, but it was really just a minor inconvenience. Room cleaning service was great and we also used the services of the hotel laundry which I thought was very reasonable. Although Adi Dharma hotel is in the back lots behind the Adi Dharma Cottages, we were shown the short cut through the Cottage grounds to Legian St, which made the walk short and easy. We did not feel threatened at any time walking around the small streets near the hotel including late at night. On a couple of occasions we walked into Kuta square from the hotel. There were also a couple of small 7/11 mini market shops near the hotel where we could pick up any supplies we needed. The room had a small bar fridge in it with hotel stocked drinks etc. But we just bought our own and stocked up the fridge There was also tea and coffee making facilities in the room. The pool was moderate in size compared to some of the larger resorts, but it was spotlessly clean and there was an attached childs wading pool, and a pleasant relaxing area, complete with swim up bar. They also had a free library near the pool area containing books in various languages that previous guests had left behind. I borrowed one book to read during our stay, and left behind an extra one that I had finished reading. The breakfast was quite good with a choice of western or asian type foods available, fruit juices, toast and jam and omelettes made to order if desired. We also ate a couple of times in the evening at the restaurant, which I thought was reasonably priced compared to Australlian restaurant prices. The drink prices in the hotel and the pool area are a bit pricey, compared to what you can buy them for in the mini markets.

On the morning of our checkout 14th January, my grandaughters and I were asked to come down to the restaurant. When we got there the staff brought out a surprise birthday cake complete with candles for me. It was completely unexpected and I had no idea they even knew it was my 65 th birthday, (they had obtained the information on our check in details). A very nice way to end a holiday that had started out as a potential disaster.

Overall we were very satisfied with our stay at the Adi Dharma. No, it is not a mega resort complete with exhorbitant costs, but it is certainly well worth the money if you are looking for value for money accomodation and facilities. There is some construction going on of a new hotel next door, but the noise was minimal and did not really bother us. We would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Carry one of the Hotel Business Cards to show taxi drivers where you are staying.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

The Adi Dharma hotel in Kuta provided excellent, friendly service, reasonable food, quaint pool and garden area and clean, if a little tired rooms.
The main bugbear of the hotel was its location in the middle of a maze of tiny, poorly surfaced, poorly lit and downright dangerous alleyways sided by small shop, bar & spa lots, small hotels, demolition sites and abandoned lots that sit in the area between the North bound, Kuta Beach front road and the South bound "happening" roads back to Kuta Beach that are full of shops, bars, restaurants and discos.
The first impression of this "urban jungle" area might be of high risk to personal security. However, the real risk is from mostly 2 way traffic on badly surfaced and potholed alleyways that are often barely wider than the wing mirrors of a small taxi and blind 90 degree corners round buildings, added to the determination of swarms of motorbike and scooter riders - some with lethal surfboard brackets hanging off one side, to force their way through any tiny gap or over any obstacle at high speed.
This makes walking to and from the hotel long and dangerous in the heat. Alternatively, taxi trips are costly as they are so slow and bone crunching as taxis crash through potholes.
The spa facilities at the hotel are excellent once you get there.
As with much of Bali currently, major construction is going on at a huge lot all down the last block of the maze of alleys to the hotel and also down one side of the hotel lot which can be noisy, causing gridlock when construction trucks try to squeeze down the tiny alleyways. Construction along the side of the hotel lot towers above the walkway to the pool-side rooms from reception and so, needs the netting erected to stop materials raining down on guests walking to their rooms.
Either the water to the bathrooms is very hard or the provided toiletries are of questionable quality or both, as it is very difficult to get a lather from them.

Room Tip: Pool side rooms back onto major building works so beware. Ground floor rooms have a small terrace o...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Peter F
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Perth
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We paid a small premium to upgrade to a delux room which was very spacious and located a reasonable distance from the pool. This is a very nice hotel and well located down a quiet laneway off the Jn Benesari in Legian. A short walk to the beach, Poppies Lane 2 and the Jn Legian. Good restaurants are close by - Totemo and Stakz both recommended. Staff at the hotel are friendly and extremely helpful. Try the Spa - I had two massages and my partner had four - they were that good. A full hour for about A$19.00. Food at the hotel was good, without being spectacular. I thought the breakfast provided good choices with a Balinese flavour. Overall, it was a good experience for an excellent price.

Room Tip: Choose a room at the back, away from the pool - it can get very noisy, especially "Happy hour&q...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Fremantle_7
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Brisbane
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41 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

This hotel is certainly a mixed bag, but overall I was very happy. Check-in went very smoothly, and our room (110) was swiftly made available.

The rooms are large and spacious and the staff are exceptionally curteous, friendly, and happy for a chat.

The pool area is starting to get a bit tired, and the pool bar has only three stools which is a downside if there are people already at the bar, or (like us) there is a large group all of who want a drink at the same time.

The breakfast buffet is small which at first I thought would be a problem, but it wasn't. There was enough of a variety to keep everyone happy. The eggs are cooked per perfection by an on-staff chef. Brilliant.

The hotel's location is ok, but not great. It's a fair walk to Poppies I or II, but the food in the area is great. It's also an easy stroll to Legian and also Legian Street.

Would I stay there again? For sure!

Room Tip: There is building work happening on the northern side of the property, so I'd probably avoid tha...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Daniel R
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Sydney
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21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

The rooms are reasonable but basic--and can be quite dark inside. The location is excellent for those that like kuta, although it is a decent walk to the beach.

Food at breakfast is ordinary, but other food is excellent. The Mie Goreng is as good as anywhere--although food at the Adi Dharmi Cottages (Nasi Bali) may be better. We ate at the cottages; can particularly recommend the Nasi Goreng, Mie Goreng, Satay Lilit and chicken satay.

The staff at the Adi Dharma are excellent--very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms near the pool have great access but can be noisy.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank WazzaM60
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Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My daughter and I stayed at the Adi Dharma in November 2012, and were well looked after. Initially we had been given a room with a king bed (which wasn't what we had booked), but were changed to a twin without any fuss. Staff made the effort to remember our names, and always greeted us with a smile and some conversation. The pool is excellent, and the Superior rooms are big and comfortable, with all the amenities you need. We will stay here again. Try to avoid going during "schoolies"!

Room Tip: Choose a superior room away from the pool (it can get quite noisy in the evenings).
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank wgeraghty
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Rockingham, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

My partner and I stayed at the Adi Dharma Hotel for 8 nights in December and were amazed by the quality for the price! We arrived at the Hotel at 1am and we were able to check-in and still get escorted to our room! The room we stayed in (the Superior Room) was a great size with a fantastic air conditioner. Free bottles of water were provided daily. The pool was clean and the swim up bar was just nice to relax next to and it was as if we were the only people staying there it was that quiet. Only downer was that only Bali Hai was available at the Happy hour prices. The restaurant was cheap and excellent for both breakfast (full buffet provided in the room cost) and Dinner (the other half was so impressed with the Fettucini Carbonara, he got a second serving!). The staff were so lovely and friendly who were always willing to help you out. The spa was decently priced and the staff were well trained in what they do. A 3 and a half hours couple treatment cost approx. $75 AUD for the works!! Walking distance to Poppie's Lane II, the beach and Jalan Legian and just a bit further up from Matahari's and Kuta Square. You feel as if you are nowhere near all the hussle and bussle of Kuta but you are closer than you think! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Adi Dharma Hotel
Address: Jl. Benesari, Kuta 80361, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Kuta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Kuta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Adi Dharma Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in a quiet enclave at the heart of Kuta in a relax atmosphere amidst well maintain tropical garden and free form of swimming pool. Shopping, dinning, entertainment and famous Kuta Beach are near. Adi Dharma Hotel is in Balinese architecture which bring you to the magnificent culture and tradition of Bali. Rooms and other service and facilities have been renovated recently. Staffs are friendly and helpful to make your stay feel like home. ... more   less 
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