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W Bali - Seminyak
Ranked #20 of 147 Hotels in Seminyak
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 29, 2011

I recently had a one week stay at The W in Bali with my family and can only recommend that you do the same thing if you get the chance. I will get my one complaint out of the way, which is that we booked connecting rooms and di not get them for the first night. For some reason, this is ALWAYS a problem when travelling with kids and you should really be able to expect a 5 star hotel to accomodate what must be a common request. Other than that we had a wonderful stay. The rooms are tremendous and very comfortable. Whilst not a fan of breakfast, I have to say that the breakfast served at the hotel was excellent. The pool and beach area were both very good, as was the Woo Bar. Brunch at the Starfish Bloo venue was also excellent. All in all a very very good holiday venue.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2011

Hello Hardtopleaseofhk,

Thank you for your wonderful review. Apologies that we could not accommodate your inter-connecting room request. Because of our design, we only have 18 and cannot guarantee this. I am happy to hear that this did not dissuade your time at W Bali. I think your family will enjoy this property for years to come and hope you return very soon. Please let us know when you are ready to come back!

All the best,
Craig Seaward

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Reviewed October 29, 2011

What a hotel! I have stayed in many W hotels all over the world and this is by a long long way the best one i have ever experienced. They have thought about everything to make your stay as special and comfortable as possible. From the massive rooms at 64sqm each with open sky light bathrooms to the food, pools, bars, cocktails and over all the incredible staff. The balianese really care and are the kindest people i have ever met. They make you feel like a king and nothing is too much for them always smiling and so professional and happy can do attitide. It puts other service to shame!

I would run back to this hotel in a heartbeat. The rooms are on the more expensive side for Bali but worth every penny in my opinion. The away spa is also out of this world. Best masages and great value from about £40 for an hour treatment - bargain for a top hotel.

There really is nothing negative i can say and after an 8 night stay at any hotel that is pret amazing. Just book it you will LOVE this santcury of a hotel!

  • Stayed: October 2011
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2011

Hello UK_Traveller,

Only 8 days here? It doesn’t sound like it was enough by your wonderful review. Not sure if it was your first time to W Bali, but really hope it is not your last. You are definitely a W Ambassador and we would love to welcome you back!

All the best,
Craig Seaward

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Reviewed October 28, 2011

Most of what is awesome about the W seminyak has already been covered by the other glowing reviews, so I wont rehash how trendy and pretty it is. I will reiterate the location is very central and makes your bali vacation easier (ive been to Bali before and there are many neighborhoods to choose from).

my only real complaint, if you can call it that, is the breakfast buffet. the b-fast buffet is a cornerstone of Asian vacationing, and this was a pretty expensive meal (40-50 USD per person, which obviously adds up over time), with only mediocre offerings. We actually went to the St regis for thier breakfast one morning, which is the same price and omg Ah-mazing. my advice would be to forego eating there every morning, and explore the neighborhood or other hotels. the other restaurants at the W (for other meals) were decent though

other small thing- the pool situation is lovely, although the service often leaves something to be desired. Obviously the staff is working hard and theres lots of folks demanding burgers and tropical drinks, but i felt neglected alot back there.

all that being said, its a beautiful property. we stayed in a villa, and it actually looks exactly like the photos on the website, stunning.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2011

Hello rdub3,

Thank you so much for posting your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your overall stay at W Bali. Apologies if the breakfast was not to your liking. With our offering at FIRE’s breakfast, we cover over 7 international cuisines. Please feel free to elaborate further as it is a true point of difference within property.

We do hope we can welcome you back soon and please feel free to reach out to me once you are ready to make your reservation.

All the best,
Craig Seaward

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Reviewed October 27, 2011

A friend and I stayed at the W in oct 2011.When we arrived we were suprised as the hotel has no balinese flavour at all,our room was not ready offered an upgrade , a second floor room we looked at it said no as didn't want high rise. We were told our garden room would be ready in 45 minutes. We were told to go and have a drink there was no offer to pay for it.
The garden room was just ok when you enter it is straight into the bathroom with a sliding door to close off the bed area. There was no garden just a lawn with a few palm tree.s.
The hotel is very modern with lots of glass, bright lights, loud pop music all the time.,a good pool area right on the beach with a lot of steps everywhere. The pluses a great breakfast though dreadful coffee, comfy beds and polite staff.As stated we were upset because it lacked a bali flavour the hotel could be anywhere in the world.So if you are looking for a balinese experience don't stay there.

Room Tip: ask for ocean view.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank 671penny
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2011

Hello 671Penny,

Thank you for posting your review. We apologize that the W Bali Experience was not to your expectation. There are several aspects of the property that include the Balinese culture and this is something we are very proud of even though it does not fit traditional guidelines. To note, we have recently won Best Design Trophy for a Hotel over 200 rooms and the Gold Key Award for “Best Guest Room”.

Please let us know when you are ready to come back to Bali. We would be happy to welcome you back!

All the best,
Craig Seaward

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Reviewed October 27, 2011

We are spending a week in a pool villa here now. Day 4 today.

We like W hotels as a general rule. Like the relaxed atmosphere and service as well as the little touches and overall trendiness of W hotels generally.

W Bali is not exception.

Good location in Seminyak close to trendy restaurants and shops. The entrance driverway is a bit long and bumpy due to the way most of the pathways have been paved with what look like volcanic rocks. However, once inside very big and well spread out. Things generally work quite well in terms of locations.

We stayed at a 1 room pool villa. Again, things work well. It's comfortable and well laid out with nice little touches to make it feel special without being overbearing or tacky. The Bose sound system with speakers at the outside gazebo is clever although they do, as we found out, create the potential for a sound war with your neighbours. Generally, the villas are a little close together so although you are in your private villa the next "private" villa is only a couple metres away and you can hear much of what's going on next door in their pool.

Lots of very friendly and helpful staff.

Prices are a bit steep particularly for drinks. Just outside the resort, however, is a Mini Mart so if you're inclined to do so, you can easily walk (or grab one of the resort's bikes) to grab stuff like water and beer.

We rented an old 1972 Vespa and scooted around for quick trips and convenience store runs an it was all good fun.

The pool is great. Luckily not too crowded and the staff often went around giving fruit smoothies, cooling mists, free massages etc so we ended up spending most of our time at the main pool rather than at the one in our villa.

Breakfast was generous and tasty. I would recommend that you check the menu before going too voraciously at the buffet. The Chorizo Burrito was great! And they will often make whatever you would like within reason as long as you stay within the limits of generally available breakfast food ingredients.

I guess the only downside for us was price. W, I guess, doesn't want or need to be cheap. SPG has enough other brands at lower price brackets. However, it was a bit of a surprise to find price tags on the beach/pool towel, tote bag and flip flops. We have been to cheaper resorts where those are given to you for free. Anyway, I guess not a big issue - we don't need to buy them. Plus, as mentioned earlier prices for food and drinks are all very high. Again, Woobar isn't cheap anywhere but IDR1.8m + tax and service charge for a NV Moet & Chandon is pretty steep. Same as before, I guess we always have the option not to drink it.

Perhaps due to the price, the facilities are not all that busy. It appears to be frequented mistly by hotel guests and not a lot of outsiders seem to come, unlike sone of the other popular bars like Ku De Ta and Rock Bar. I guess W hasn't been around long enough or has enough of a distinguishing feature.

Overall, a great experience. Great views of the ocean, nice villa and overall quite hip and trendy.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2011

Hello KIMBO777,

Thank you so much for your review. So glad you appreciated all that W Bali has to offer and choosing a Marvelous One Bedroom Pool Villa is a favorite category of mine. I love that the location was a plus for you and that you were able to rent Vespas.

To note, the beach bag with the towels and flip flops, are complimentary to use, and it is only if you decide that you want to take the items home that we would charge you. Please feel free to use them upon your next visit.

In regards to the champagne, which we love, we have done the price challenge around town and we are actually on par with our neighbors in Seminyak and the rest of Bali. We strive to be competitive with our pricing as we want our venues to be seen as a destination within our Escape.

Please let us know when you are ready to return. We look forward to welcoming you back to Paradise!

All the best,
Craig Seaward

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Reviewed October 26, 2011

Was on a work conference and we we were put up at W, which has a great reputation, and it lived up to it, just great... Rooms were sooooo comfortable and the overall atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff just makes. When I return for a holiday this is where I will be staying

Room Tip: Higher floor with beach view
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2011

Hello Stuart S,

We hope that you return for holiday soon as I guarantee that coming here on work is completely different than coming here on holiday. If you are able to come back with your loved ones, be sure to let us know!

All the best,
Craig Seaward

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Reviewed October 20, 2011

This was our 2nd location for our Bali vacation, after spending time at The Villa's (read the review) we had decided on a beach location for what we would hope was Total relaxation.
We were not disappointed, right from the moment we checked-in; the staff again were fantastic with their politeness and helpfulness.
The Room was excellent; it was a 'spectacular view room' which of course was spectacular with its view over the pool and ocean.
We stayed for 4 days and never really needed to leave the retreat , walking on the beach , stopping for drinks at a couple of the beach bars was so relaxing , Brunch at Star-Fish was excellent on the Sunday. I could go on and on and on.
DO accept that this is not a typical Bali style environment, so it might please you or it might not, for us it was 1st class.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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W_Bali_Seminyak, General Manager at W Bali - Seminyak, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2011

Hello BossMan1025,

Thank you for your 1st Class review. We appreciate that it was exactly the relaxation break you were looking for. We pride ourselves on the hospitality of the Talent and thank you again for acknowledging it.

Four days is great amount of time to spend here and hopefully next time you choose to stay longer. I believe you would be a great ambassador for W Bali and hope to see you back again soon.

All the best,
Craig Seaward

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Address: Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak 80361, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Seminyak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Seminyak
#9 Family Hotel in Seminyak
#10 Romantic Hotel in Seminyak
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Seminyak
#18 Spa Hotel in Seminyak
#20 Luxury Hotel in Seminyak
Price Range: $279 - $858 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — W Bali - Seminyak 5*
Number of rooms: 229
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape hectic philosophies, and why not plunge into vibrant glitz amidst natural splendors? We're a new found playground along the shores of Seminyak, where trendsetting chic restaurants, clubs, fashions and eclectic galleries await discovery. ... more   less 
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