This charming little hotel, while only 10-12 minutes walk from the beach, gives you the sense that it is a long way away from anywhere. Secluded and quiet, the guest rooms are nestled amongst flowering plumeria trees and other greenery. There is an inviting pool and a small fish pond featuring Balinese fountains in the main courtyard, which is also right next the the hotel's open-air restaurant. The grounds at night are lovely when all lit up, and are quite romantic.
We saw that there was a reading room and a business office, though we didn't check either out.
Our guest room was huge, closer to a suite, really, with a separate sitting room, and a large vanity area between the bedroom and bathroom. The partially open-air bathroom was huge, and was actually kind of fun once you become accustomed to it. The bed was enormous and very comfortable, and the AC worked very well. There is plenty of closet space in the double closet (though note: few hangers). Wi-fi reception was pretty decent, and there was ample hot water in the bath. There is a fridge and mini-bar, stocked with some local beer, water and sodas, and an electric kettle. Rooms have small safes tucked into the closet, (though ours wasn't bolted down so I don't know how safe it really was). Most of the rooms have little patios with a couple of chairs where you can sit outside and relax.
The continental breakfast which is included in the room price was nothing to write home about, but it was perfectly acceptable. We didn't eat at the hotel other than to have breakfast or to enjoy a few beers poolside at night, but the dinner specials on the reader board looked decent enough. There are a few lovely restaurants a quick walk down the road, and plenty along the boardwalk at Sanur Beach.
The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful and arranged our pickup and drop-off to the airport with no hassles. You can also rent bikes and motor scooters at the front desk, or have them arrange any sightseeing tours you wish. Communicating in English with them was no difficulty at all.
Some things to note, which may or may not be considered drawbacks to some:
Privacy was not a factor at all, but the fact that the bath is partially open-air can mean you'll get more visits from bugs, mosquitoes in particular -- Bali is a tropical island after all. We honestly didn't find this to be a big issue, but I just want to point it out to anyone who might be concerned. The upstairs rooms have fully enclosed baths, if you don't think the al fresco route is for you.
Additionally, the bathroom shower heads are hand-held models, and at least in our room, due to the awkward placement of the hanger and the shortness of the cord, showering was slightly tricky. The tub is huge and totally open, but the spray from the shower only reaches a small corner of the tub so you do have to kind of hunch over to make use of it. It also tends to soak the floor surrounding. It's not a big deal, but worth mentioning in case you're more picky about that.
There are only a limited number of lounge chairs around the pool (like 6, I think). Again, we didn't find this to be problematic since when we were at the pool we were IN the pool, but if you want to be able to spend long days lounging beside the pool it might be tough if there is another family there ahead of you. The pool was never crowded while we were there, but getting chairs to camp on wouldn't have been easy.
There was no television in the guest room -- I assume that's the case throughout the hotel, though I could be wrong. We didn't miss it one bit, but I feel I should point it out.
There is also no elevator, though each building is only 2 stories. Make note if you're handicapped.
The downstairs rooms surrounding the pool didn't seem to have a lot of privacy if you wanted to open the curtains. I would suggest getting an upstairs room or one toward the back of the property if privacy is an issue for you.
The prices were very reasonable and our overall experience at Puri Mesari was quite enjoyable; I would recommend it highly, as long as you understand what you're getting. The hotel has a wonderful feel to it, but it is not luxurious -- it's more like staying at a friend's cozy guest cottage than at a hotel. If you keep that in mind, you'll love it. If you need fancy amenities or bustling activity, this place is not for you.
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- Also Known As:
- Puri Mesari Sanur
- Puri Mesari Hotel & Suites Sanur, Bali