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“Charming oasis in Seminyak”
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Hotel Vila Lumbung
Ranked #39 of 143 Hotels in Seminyak
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Melbourne, Australia
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46 reviews
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“Charming oasis in Seminyak”
Reviewed October 3, 2010

We stayed in the ground floor of a two-level bungalow, with friends up the top. This worked quite well for us. The deluxe family bungalow is not as spacious as I expected - there is really no living room and the kitched is poorly equipped with nowhere to sit and eat - but it has been decorated with some charm and was cool and dark in the main room, so good for sleeping. The main bed is huge and very comfortable (the kids slept in a double day bed in a small room you could shut off from the main room.)

The pool area is lovely and the breakfast was good. The location is pretty convenient to some great restaurants (Eny's warung right outside the gate on the left serves cheap good food).

The staff were very responsive. I would stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

My partner and I have just return from a week on Bali where we stayed at Hotel Vila Lumbung (it was booked for us by an agent). I have thought about this review over a little while because although the Hotel has shortcomings its not too bad for the money.

The Hotel is in an excellent location in Seminyak. It's removed a little bit from all the main action, which is however only a short walk or taxi ride away, and makes it a quiet place to stay. There are a number of great bars and restaurants only a stones throw away. Pettinget beach, which connects to Legian and Seminyak beaches is again only a short walk away.

A number of little things however hold the Hotel back from being great. We were upgraded upon arrival to a family size bungalow, which was nice, but this room turned out to be only accessible down an alley at the back of the complex where construction was being undertaken. This was somewhat annoying in trying to access the room past workers and equipment while walking through the mud.

The room itself was extremely large with its own kitchenette, however, it was very tired and in need of renovation/updating. The room was constantly invaded by mosquitoes, however, the cleaning staff gave us insect spray in order to keep them under control. Although not a huge issue for us the linen avalavailable iable in the room each day always seemed to stained and old (funnily enough there was a card beside the basin in the bathroom instructing us not to take the towels and ask reception to purchase some if we liked them so much).

Although the room came with a free breakfast each day we only ate it twice. The breakfast food really wasn't that great. Thank god for the Gourmet Cafe across the road. The food and coffee there is awesome!

The whole hotel, although having potential is all just a little bit tired and basic. it really could be an awesome accommodation option but needs some extra money spent on it to get it up to speed.

Having outlined some of the negative issues the hotel really was a pleasant place to stay. The pool is fantastic! A split level pool with swim up bar. This little garden oasis in the middle of a hot Balinese day was tremendous!

The service of the staff is great. The staff go out of their way to assist and make your stay as pleasant as possible.

As I said earlier although not beach front the location is excellent.

Overall, I would recommend this hotel to others to stay but you need to be aware of a number of limitations. If you are looking for a 5 star resort then go elsewhere. However, if you are after a solid, yet cheaper, stay on Bali then the Hotel Vila Lumbung is for you.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2010

I stayed here for 3 nights in the middle of April 2010. It was the best hotel I stayed at throughout my 4 week trip.

The hotel was out of the way of any roads and was in a very quiet location. The staff are friendly and welcome you with a cocktail. We arrived early however they kept our luggage for us and let us use the pool while we waited for our room to be ready.

The hotel consists of individual two story villas or rooms in two buildings. We stayed in one of the rooms which was massive. The king size bed was comfy and had a lovely balcony outside. The bathroom was nice too. There was however a strong smell of sewage in our room which either left a day later or we just got used to it.

On arrival, one of the staff comes to your room with a fruit bowl.

The pool was split level and was lovely with a pool side bar, waterfall and cave. There was also a jacuzzi.

There was a constant play of music which wasn't too loud and added to the secludedness.

The breakfast in the morning was ok however not the best.

I would definitely stay here again as it was great value for money.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
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East Coast, Australia
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Reviewed August 14, 2010

This was our 17th trip to Bali & our 8th stay at Vila Lumbung. When we first stayed at Vila Lumbung it had just opened & was set amidst small houses & rice fields however anyone knowing Bali now, realises it is now set in the 'chic' area of Seminyak which boasts both upmarket shopping & dining. Vila Lumbung is within easy walking distance of these attractions yet far enough away to still be quiet & a real haven for those needing somewhere to relax & unwind.
It has a wonderful pool area, great restaurant that has just been extended with a top quality menu & prices that are not over the top as some hotels. The bungalow rooms are huge & a real slice of Balinese architecture whilst the new hotel style rooms are still quite big & comfortable. Any room in the complex is no further than 50 metres from the pool, restaurant or reception areas. Once inside the hotel grounds there is absolutely no outside noise to hinder your relaxation. If travelling in a family group the bungalows have a huge day bed which can be made up for 2 or maybe even three kids of an evening. The hotel has a lovely 2 tiered swimming pool with swim up bar, waterfall & turbo pool to relax those aching muscles after a hard day shopping or touring.
However Vila Lumbung's real strength lay with it's staff. From Senior Management right through to the gardeners & room staff, they are so genuinely friendly & ever so helpful. These people are not 'Kuta Cowboys' but the Balinese real deal. Anyone who has visited Bali will understand what I am talking about & anyone wishing to visit Bali will hopefully enjoy a real Bali experience of mixing with these wonderfully kind & gentle race of people.
Vila Lumbung is somewhere I would recommend to anyone needing a quiet haven that is close to all the action of Seminyak, Legian & Kuta. There is also many great restaurants within an easy stroll of the hotel & these range from moderately priced with great food to those at the high pricing end of the restaurant scene.
Vila Lumbung could probably do with a few more pool beds for really busy times & a little better variation in the music piped around the restaurant & pool area & they are the only criticisms I can offer. If anyone would like to contact me about this property I would be only too happy to try & help with any questions.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 6, 2010

We have stayed in Bali at least 9 times but this was our first time at the Vila Lumbung, where we stayed for 18 nights. We loved this hotel, we booked an upstairs bungalow (10A) which was huge. The bathroom is huge with a free standing shower (no climbing over the bath). Some on this site have complained about the poor quality towels, but our were lovely and fresh every day. The lighting in the room was poor but having read about this before I left, I took my book light and had no problem reading in the evening. The buffet breakfast was very good (some people on trip advisor complained about it but we thought it was good) The grounds were lovely but make sure that you don't get booked into 1A as it is very noisy as it is near the reception and the car park. We requested not to be in that area (after reading advice on this website) but they still put us in that room, after spending 1 night there and not getting any sleep, we requested a move and were put in 10A. I would recommend 10A or 11A out of the upstairs bungalows. The pool was lovely but deep and being only 5ft I could only stand on my toes, but that didn't really bother me. There is a big step area for children to play on and a slippery slide into the deep section. The staff were wonderful and friendly especially at breakfast. They were always happy to talk to us and meet out needs. We booked into the Friday night restaurant meal and wouldn't do that again, too expensive and the entertainment was terrible. Walking out around the streets is a bit of a challenge because there are no footpaths and there are open drains but we managed and found some back lanes that took us to the money changer on Kerobokan road and also straight to Seminyak village. The restaurants around the hotel were good and we managed to eat almost somewhere different every night although we found favorites to go back to a few times. A restaurant called Neno was really nice, vegetarian (we are not vegetarians) but the food was excellent and very cheap. We got a huge round bread scooped out with a creamy mushroom soup inside for 19000 RP on special, normally 24000RP which was delicious. We went there 3 times, everything on the menu was freshly made and tasted great. It is located up near the internet shop (which only charged 13000 RP for an hour) The Lumbung had a DVD player in the room and so we went 2 doors down and bought cheap DVDs and watched a movie every night. The advice I received on this site was correct, as the hotel fills up there is not enough beds around the pool, our first week there we had no problems but eventually the people who like to put their towels on the beds and then go out for a few hours arrived. These people are so annoying, if only the staff were a bit more pushy and told them they had to remove their towels when they leave the hotel for the day but the staff seem intimidated by them. Their pool lounges were quite comfortable not the wooden kind.Some of the issues mentioned in the reviews are just typical Bali problems in hotels. They are a very relaxed people and don't worry if there is some mold or peeling paint. In such a hot climate these things are a challenge to them. Apart from that issue we loved this hotel and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 30, 2010

There are some excellent restaurants nearby. The bungalow rooms were very comfortable but looking at the pictures I realize there were should have been cushions on the daybed.. I found it too busy probably due to the blocks of rooms that have been added. Lots of children (I was assured there would be none when I enquired ) and package holidays tourists. According to friends this has really changed and much busy than a couple of years ago. Music in the evening was very good. Staff extremely pleasant. Fitness room and spa very basic.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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New Zealand
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Reviewed July 30, 2010

We spent 10 nights in Vila Lumbung. The hotel was clean and tidy although the bathroom was a bit dated and at times the toilet had a bad odour. We did tell the cleaners who tried to eliminate it without success. However the rooms were spacious and very comfortable with lovely beds and a wonderful outdoor area. The staff were exceptionally friendly and welcoming. We found the drinks and food very expensive so did not eat or drink much in the hotel. The breakfasts were tasty and the coffee was great. The pool area was fantastic and there were enough loungers. We found some delicious restaurants nearby and a very reasonable minimart across the road. The hotel was about 20 minutes from the beach on a very busy road which was not much a problem for us. All and all it was great value for money

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Vila Lumbung
Address: Jl. Raya Petitenget no. 1000x, Seminyak 80361, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Seminyak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Seminyak
#29 Family Hotel in Seminyak
#35 Spa Hotel in Seminyak
#37 Luxury Hotel in Seminyak
#42 Romantic Hotel in Seminyak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Vila Lumbung 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Vila Lumbung is located in Seminyak area, just 15 minutes drive by car from Kuta or Legian and 10 minutes walk to Seminyak Square shopping centre. Set on 15.000 square meters of lush tropical gardens and just 800 meters away from Petitenget Beach, this hotel also close to several famous restaurant and beach club in Seminyak. The hotel features with 36 Superior Rooms and 34 Deluxe Bungalow and this is the perfect place for those who seek a fresh tropical atmosphere. All villas are in the Lumbung style with typical Balinese wooden roofs (sirap) in spacious Balinese rooms. Flooded with natural light, the well-designed rooms with a balcony and DVD player prepared in each room. All of them are fully equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, in-room safe, minibar, coffee or tea maker facility, bath-up and shower, and free complimentary Wi-Fi access.In addition, an open air restaurant with an adjacent pool bar and 2 level swimming pool with waterfall and cave, tropical island, whirl pool, gazebo and day spa, kids playground, tour desk and recreation room. Luxury and style within a true Balinese atmosphere awaits you at this Bali resort hotel. ... more   less 
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