This was one of the very few occasions when I followed a friend's choice of hotel. He had already booked a room at this medium sized hotel in Seminyak, Bali, and I made a last-minute decision to tag along.
From the photos on the booking website, it looked pretty enticing. The exterior and interior decor looked modern, not your usual Balinese garden villa type. It cost S$64.75 per night, which for me was a good rate for a four-night stay.
The address is a choice one, right in the thick of Seminyak life. Seminyak isn't as big, developed or crowded as Kuta but I think it will soon rival it. It is easy to walk in all directions from the hotel and you will easily find food, shops, spas, bars, discos, convenience shops and so on. I even had a haircut for Rp 10,000 ($1.35).
From the airport, book a taxi at RP 70,000 (about S$10) to get to Fave Hotel. It's about a 30-min ride if there is no traffic jam.
The two-star Fave Hotel has a Bandung pink and white theme. It is clean, uncluttered and the staff - from security to check-in, house-keeping to waiting staff - are all rather polite and efficient. That's something quite rare these days.
But why two-star (not my rating, it's given by the online site where I booked my room)?
One, it is a rather noisy hotel. The corridors are not carpetted and so every footstep walking or running on the tiled flooring can be heard through the thin walls and doors. Guests who wake up early or return late at night would chatter as they walk to or from their rooms, and the voices would be amplified and echoed throughout the corridors. Their house-cleaning staff would also talk loudly in the corridors as early as 7 a.m. And if your room faces the Lime Restaurant, where each night, a duo would sing and play pop music at loudly till almost midnight, it makes sleeping a hard thing to do.
Two, the standard room is so very basic. Besides the LCD TV and a room safe, there's precious little else. No mini fridge, no hand and face towels (just two bath towels), no cupboard just a hanging rack, diluted shampoo and liquid body soap, no room slippers and no carpetting. The pluses are there's a shower stall, which sometimes floods though, very clean floors, nice firm bed, clean bed sheets and duvet and two complimentary bottles of water.
In the courtyard there's a small modern looking swimming pool.
My booking came with daily buffet breakfast. The fare is somewhat basic. There's an egg station, four kinds of hot cooked food, bread, tea and coffee, fresh cut fruits, orange drink not juice and a small salad selection. Missing are milk, which you can drink by the glass, yoghurt and cereals. The coffee and tea could be much better, especially in a country that produces tea and coffee.
Check-out time is 12 noon but a half hour extension was given when I requested for it.
The saving grace of this hotel was for me the staff. They would greet guests with a smile and place their right arm over the heart and quietly efficient. And they smile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new Primera Hotel Seminyak (formerly known as favehotel Seminyak) is located in the heart of fashionable Seminyak and is ideal for visitors to Bali looking for a great select service hotel in the best location on the island.The super clean and functional rooms offer amenities, also feature 'easy to use' electronic security key card systems and in-room safes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Primera Hotel Seminyak Bali