I was really looking foward to staying at this hotel, which, by my standards, is quite expensive. First impressions are good: the pool area is lovely, the gardens are well maintained and the entries to rooms and villas are intriguing - carvings and statues everywhere. And then there's the actual room. Kitchy, uninspired art work, curtains hung on the most basic of wires and old fashioned hooks, a balcony which is so small that to get the door open is nearly impossible because the door whacks into the lounger. The whole brushed/raw cement look is very modern I know, but it doesn't make the place feel warm or inviting. The bathroom was well ventilated and lit though, and that's rare in Bali.
The room cleaning service was a bit hit and miss and you never knew when they were going to do it, and what was going to be forgotten that day. There's an electrical switch which is unmarked and they must have turned it off - it was for the fridge. Didn't they notice the wet spot in front of the fridge and the water inside it? The toiletry items I used on the first day were never replaced and sometimes I had all my towels, other times not. Their English was very poor so it was a bit awkward asking for anything.
Sleep quality was poor. The room was NOISY. Dogs in neighboring yards barked all night, and most of the day. 'Disco' noise and traffic noise was audible every night. I could hear the people next door showering and...
Front of house staff and bar/restaurant staff were friendly and the breakfast and menu were good. It's pleasant by the pool if you can get a lounger. I hate it when people leave their towels on chairs and then go away for hours on end and I think the staff should do something about this when furniture availability is at a premium.
On the whole it would take very little to make this place great. The noise issue too could be solved with some insulation in the rooms. A bit of training for staff would help a lot.
On the whole I enjoyed my stay but I don't think I would go back. There are better value hotels which feel friendlier and more inviting. And are quieter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Karma is a lifestyle resort in the heart of Bali activities and happenings – Seminyak. The resort is within walking distance to the shops, restaurants and to the beach. Artistic creativity, comfort, ethnic design and flourishing garden have come together to make a vacation paradise in Blue Karma.You will get unique hotel experience and personalized concierge service. Blue Karma welcomes to pamper yourself in Slimming center and Spa, in Restaurant and Lounge Bar enjoy tasteful delights with designer menu options in raw food, listen to mellifluent sounds at live music events and experience special holistic programs as well as creative workshops and authentic trips to discover Bali.This is the lifestyle you deserve, and we are happy to share our passion and curiosity to life with you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Karma Hotel Bali/Seminyak