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“A slice of paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gardenia Guesthouse
Ranked #30 of 134 Sanur B&B and Inns
Perth, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A slice of paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

When ask by my family "What was the best highlight of my trip to Bali?" I had to answer the Gardenia Guesthouse. It always felt like you were returning to a quite oasis. The other guess became friends and you felt you lived in a small happy community. The rooms were always spotlessly clean and the staff friendly and helpful. If you are looking for a large resort with poolside bar this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a comfortable, quite, peaceful time in Bali with good food you can not do any better than this establishment. Would love to go back, and recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: There are only 7 rooms all equal excellent however for a family, rooms 3+4 are connecting with a sma...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Garla855
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

We had food and drinks here most evenings and other places in sanur .
But for us this was the best from local food to pizza it is a fantastic place to eat .
And the staff really make this place well worth a visit the food is so good .
You won't be disappointed .we were so lucky to meet the staff who really make this place
Fantastic well done for making our holiday so special we will always think of you.
Xxx

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank shaz381
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

I stumbled upon the Gardenia Restaurant while walking away from the busier part of Sanur. I decided to check it out after my walk and I was very pleased I did. The meals are pictured on the front of the premises and I was pretty pleased with the idea of what you see is what you get. The food is well presented, and most importantly, tastes great. We only had the Chicken Snitzel and Garlic Bread but the food was very Aussie, and it was a nice change to taste some home cooking after two weeks of Bali cuisine; which is kind of nice also. I loved the desserts on display and the Apple Pie and Ice Cream was delicious.
They have some nice rooms out back that looked excellent from the outside, it is located in a nice and quiet part of Sanur, very close to the beach. The area out back is very relaxing and the pool makes the picture complete. I'll have to check this out on my next trip. Gardenia have apparently opened up a new place on the beach. I will have to check it out upon my return.

Room Tip: I have not stayed at the Gardenia but the cottages look terrific
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Balisteve
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perth
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44 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

We stayed for 8 nights in room one, which had disability access ~ a rare find in Bali !!! Level access shower and appropriately installed rails, lots of space to maneuver a wheelchair if needs be. There was even a small ramp to the veranda and thru the cafe to the street!

Our 4 yo loved the pool which is ample size for the area. It needed a bit more attention re: chlorine on occasion, and was quickly rectified. None of us got sick from the pool water.

Our room was always immaculately cleaned and early on in the morning too , often whilst we ate brekkie, which suited us. I think you could have had brekkie on your veranda if you had have asked, as we often ate other food and drinks from the yummy cafe. And nothing was ever too much trouble for the friendly staff. All the food and drink is comparable in price to the rest of Sanur and definitely not over priced.....and oh so YUMMY !!! especially the lemon meringue pie :D
Our sheets were always clean, a mozzie net and room repellent were provided and also a room plug in repellent. the grounds are sprayed once a week.....
The towels need to be replaced, though I think maybe this was in the works as I did see other rooms getting very white towels towards the end of our stay.
We arranged a late checkout and this was no problem, we just paid an extra day as we had a midnight flight...
Free bikes are available to take out and these are well maintained by the staff.
I wondered when the staff slept!! They were relentless in their sweeping, cleaning, filling orders, etc etc...... and super friendly without exception. They area a credit to the owners as it is one of things that would make me want to return.

This place is quirky, retro, (in a good way!), well maintained, friendly, relaxing , (did I mention the great lemon meringue pie?? ), and definitely NOT worthy of the "terrible" label from one reviewer.....it is a gem ,a hidden paradise and has the feel of something from the Greek Islands. The location is perfect ~ a stroll along a gang to the beach and a stroll to the street, surrounded by massage salons and warungs! and a whole plethora of places to eat !
Would definitely recommend this place for others to stay at... and would be perfect for a group to rent out the whole place

We loved it!

Room Tip: Any of the rooms thou I think number 7 stands alone and is a suite room....
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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4 Thank spannagottatravel
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PERTH WA
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

We spent 8 nights here is September, 2 adults and 2 kids (3y.o and 4y.o) and absolutely loved the location. Within a 100m of Gardenia is the 'road' to the beach and 300m the other way is a busy and vibrant street that offers bars and restaurants galore as well as easy access to transport.

The guesthouse it self, located begind the Gardenia Cafe felt like a little beach house nestled amongst tropical surrounds. The pool is small but has a shallow platform and a deep end, perfect for children and adults. All rooms have a good view of the pool except room 6 which is tucked away around the corner. Room 6 is probably the most secluded room so best for privacy but also the closest to the eary rising roosters. We stayed in rooms 5 and 6 which have an interconnecting doorway so we sat on the verandah of room 5 when the kids were in the pool.

The rooms were spacious with queen beds, mozzie nets, mini bar, safe and separate bathroom and toilet in each. Unlike other places that I have stayed in Bali, there were no midgies coming out of the drains and no odours from the toilet or bathroom either. The rooms were well aired with no mustiness and staff were efficient with house keeping each morning. All requests made of the staff in the cafe/reception were met cheerfully and with haste.

The food in the cafe was awesome. Yummy mee goreng, black rice pudding and homemade lemon meringue. The background music in the cafe kept us singing along - Elvis, The Beatles, Carpenters, Johnny Cash, sometimes making us linger longer...... ;o)
Coffee, milk shakes and cocktails all made well.

We laughed with the owner of the Guesthouse that a tablespoon and a half of vegemite was a bit rich as a side serving with our morning toast! The breakfast included in the Guesthouse was limited (eggs or muesli with fruit and yoghurt or pancakes with coffee or juice) but the option to purchase other items cheaply (bacon, sausage etc) would certainly cater for the fussy!

The linen in the room was clean and changed frequently, our only complaint was that the towels were a little tired.

Overall, Gardenia Guesthouse (and Cafe) is a busy and vibrant little gem, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Sanur nightlife but still within easy waling distance. We give it an excellent rating for its value for money, food, location and hospitality!

Room Tip: Room 1 caters for the disabled so the shower is open and the toilet is within the bathroom. Room 6 i...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank PINKFLICK
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Belmar, New Jersey
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53 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

Spent 2 weeks at Gardenia Guest House in August...........
You couldn't ask for any more from the Staff who were fantastic !!!!!!
Nothing was too much trouble from them.
You wanted to ride instead off walking 5 mins to the beach here take one of the Guest House Bicycles.
If you wanted a late breakfast .No problems ........
You had a query and the Friendly Staff had a Solution...........

Room Tip: All the rooms are so close to the Pool you can't go Wrong !
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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6 Thank Spinnersmith
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perth
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

we stayed at a nearby hotel which did breakfast and we found the gardenia guest house and coffee shop very close by and ate there for three quarters of our evening meals. great food, service and a lovely shop with bags, clothes, decorations, etc. lovely gardens too. would go back for food any time.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank judith w
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Additional Information about Gardenia Guesthouse

Property: Gardenia Guesthouse
Address: Jl. Merta Sari no. 2, Sanur, Denpasar, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Denpasar > Sanur
Amenities:
Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 134 B&Bs / Inns in Sanur
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Gardenia Guesthouse Sanur, Bali

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