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New Pondok Sara Villa
Ranked #75 of 426 Specialty Lodging in Seminyak
Reviewed January 14, 2012

The location of Pondok Sara is great. It's quite and near to the shops as well as the beach. You have a 5 min walk to Bintang supermarket on the Jalan Raya Seminyak to buy Bintang or water :-) The staff was nice and the bungalow was cleaned every day.
One of our problems was that the AC didn't have a receiver. Unfortunately, even though I asked, the staff didn't think of giving us one from another villa that wasn't occupied. We had to open it and press the button inside to get it started, the staff said that some other guest took it with him (what for?). Moreover, you couldn't change neither the programm nor the tempreature... And we didn't get a discount for that, but it might be our own fault - we didn't ask...
The other thing was the water - we had other boiling hot water or it was cold (slightly warm 'cause of the sun during the day). If you tried to mix it, it just switched off. A couple of times the preasure wasn't good enough for water to flow at all...
The last thing was the water in the garden. As it rained a couple of times during our stay the garden as well as one of the pools was under water. You couldn't get through without getting into water, I'm around 1m70 and the water reached my knees... As long as you're there and it's warm, it's ok. It gets worse when you wanna leave and have some baggage...
On the whole it wasn't that bad for the money we paid I guess...

Room Tip: We stayed in 27, think the bungalows on the other side are better - not that much water to get throu...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

For many years I've been in this hotel in Seminyak for the nice and cheap rooms and the quiet ambient around 2 swimming pools. Rooms nice and wide with kitchenette and many amenities. 5 minutes from the beach and from most of services. Staff nice, friendly and helpful. WIFI so so...

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

I stayed here with two friends, and as we arrived it already looked worn out.
Everything in the room was old, from the fridge to the rug on the floor. The shower worked poorly and broke after a minute. When we told the reception, they came back with glue. When that didn't work, they taped the shower head to the pipes, so everytime we took a shower, we could hardly reach the water (which was a little stream) and the whole bathroom was soaked.
The pools are disgusting and no one ever goes into the water. We left earlier than booked, cause we just couldnt take it anymore.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

It is true what some of the other reviews say, the villas are a little tired as indeed are the two pools, however this did not detract from our enjoyment of the place. On the upside the villas are huge, everything works fine, the staff are very friendly and accomodating, the location is quiet and convenient and the price very reasonable. In particular the cleaning team are very efficient and very smiley!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

Too old, long time no maintenance, impossible to lock the room and some bugs always around.needs refurbish urgently!

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed February 24, 2011

We booked bungalow No. 23 through Pondok Sara's website for five days, however we stayed only one night and decided to leave. Even we left the hotel without a prior notice, the receptionist asked us to pay only for one night. The room rate was approximately 35 Euro which is OK for Seminyak.
The hotel is at the end of a small dead end street close to some other quite big hotels. It is located in quiet and even isolated part of Seminyak.
The beach is 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel. If you've been to other parts of Bali you'll not be impressed by the beach because it is crowded and very noisy. There are screaming and running people everywhere and it is almost impossible to have a relaxing holiday there. But if you are there for water sports, I guess that Seminyak is a perfect place.
The hotel seemed quite neglected. The swimming pool was very small and didn't look very clean. The bungalow itself was neglected too but seemed clean. It was surrounded by a three meter high wall which didn't let light into the yard. This was very depressing. The bed seemed very old and the AC didn't work properly. The bathroom was a typical Bali style bathroom but looked very shabby.
If you are looking for a relaxing and quiet holiday I definitely will not recommend Pondok Sara and Seminyak.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 21, 2010

An Italian traveller let me in on the Pondok Sara secret back in Jan 2007 and I swore I would one day return to stay. I knew I was staying in the right place when I woke up after my first night to the sound of another guest playing what I think was a ukelele. Although I was travelling solo this time and it is slightly off the beaten track (off Double Six) I at no time felt unsafe returning to my accommodation late at night. The staff were wonderful and welcoming, particularly the gentleman on the front desk. The bungalow (no. 8) was spacious and cleaned impeccably each day. If you're someone who likes to steer away from the hum-drum of large hotel complexes where you could be anywhere in the world then Pondok Sara is the place.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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Address: Jalan Arjuna | Gang Raja Seminyak, Seminyak 80361, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Kuta District > Seminyak
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 426 Specialty Lodging in Seminyak
Price Range: $70 - $281 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — New Pondok Sara Villa 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pondok Sara Villa - Traditionally Elegant brand new private villa concept, located in a very strategic location in the heart of Seminyak, 5 minutes walking distance to Famous Legian Beach.Facilitated with Private pool, kids pool attached in public pool,front desk. fully equipped kitchen. ... more   less 
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