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Hotel Amed Cafe
Ranked #10 of 18 Hotels in Amed
Perth, Australia
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18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Beautiful room, the rest quite average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2011

We ended up in Amed Cafe by chance, as we arrived in Amed while it was raining and didnt feel like looking around too much. We got a discount on one of the rooms at the top of the road, which was beautiful - outside bathroom, big comfortable bed, air-conditioning and charming balcony with a day bed. Clean and well designed.
We were right above the street, so it was a bit noisy, but nothing too much.

We found the staff unhelpful and the man working at the shop, also run by the Amed Cafe, was down right rude, grumpy and always trying to squeeze the last rupiah out of us (lied about prices and once upped the already given price for bananas from the girl that also works there). Unfortunately its the only place in Amed to find a lot of conveniences, so even after moving to a different accommodation, we had to deal with them.

The pool is cold and the kids only tried it once, which is not a good sign. I liked the view and the buildings around it - very cozy and beautiful.

We had asked if its ok to pay by credit card and got affirmative answer. On the morning we were leaving, we made our way down and got ready to pay at which time the woman behind the counter says "Oh, you could pay by credit card before 10am, because now there is no electricity". This part we were not told, so now we were stuck with the kids in the lobby. It was getting close to the time when our 2 year old would need a nap, so I asked if its ok for us to go back to the room for him to sleep while we wait for the electricity - "Not possible" was the answer, short and sweet. Why, I was not sure, as the hotel was empty - we saw not one other guest while we stayed there.

If you are after beautiful, comfortable room, that would be the place. Everything else was quite underwhelming and for the price, was not good enough for us.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Boulder, CO
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63 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2010

Amed Cafe is one of the many options in the Amed area. We stayed in two of the more modern rooms rather than the older bungalows.

our rooms were very nice, clean and modern. They both had balconies large enough to have a day bed with mosquito net so you could use in the evening. The larger of the two rooms had an outdoor shower-very cool.

The pool was nice though it had two significant issues. the steps were covered in a coating of algae/slime which many people slipped on (including me). The design of the pool was such that a slip of the stairs may result in hitting the concrete, not just falling into the water. I saw many people slip even after I warned them to be careful-the stairs were that slippery. I approached the staff twice about getting the steps cleaned. They assured me both times that they would be cleaned and they never were. Secondly, the pool had an incredibly strong inlet pipe that poses a safety issue for all, but especially small children. It should be covered with a grate large enough to eliminate the risk of hair, fingers, swimshuits being sucked into it which could result in firght, pain, cut fingers, chunks of hair being pulled out, or even drowning to a kid. Again, when approached about this, the staff was unresponsive and unapologetic.

While the hotel was nice, I cannot recommend that small children use the pool without a very close eye from parents.

Food at the restaurant was OK, but a bit on the expensive side. Breakfast was included but we did not eat any other meals there.

lastly, the dive center was ignorant of current PADI regulations. Our 10 year old has PADI certification (yes, 10 year olds can get 'jr. open water' cert to a depth of 12m). The operators of their dive shop would not let him dive, which was there loss as we spent significant $$$$ at a nice shop down the street for our family of 4 to spend 4 days diving. I would be concerned to use this dive shop if they cannot get the basics correct.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BoulderTravelers5
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Perth, Australia
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47 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2010

I chose the cheaper room away from the beach -- but near the pool! Small but with air con & fridge (Rp300,00 per night during Nov). Had a fab big sofa & hammock on the verandah that I used lots! Take some insect spray though -- quite a few mozzies!
Had a lovely relaxing stay and would certainly return. Internet and Dive/snorkel equip available on-site. Brekky a bit basic -- but adequate.
Had a lovely meal and experience at "Sails" restaurant a few kms up the road -- they do free pick-up and drop off at your hotel -- just ring them!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DebbieDenmarkWA
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austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2010

We stayed 3 nights in Amed Cafe and we enjoyed it. In lower season they charge you 650.000 rph for a premium sea view room, 350.000 rph for a pretty bungalow with garden view and a/c and 250.000 withouth a/c.
As it was the start of our vacation we really wanted to have some seaview and went for this type. It is not a cheap option but for us it was worth it. From the top floor you have a great view to Mount Agung and the ocean. The rooms are nicely made with comfortable outdoor lounging furniture.
Around the area you can go for great snorkeling and diving trips. Tulampen and for snorkeling especially the Japanese wreck east of Amed. There are several nice black-sanded beaches around the area with little frequentation in low season.
We also frequented the restaurant which offers fairly priced local dishes which never disappointed us.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank slenotti
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2010

This pleasant hotel is listed in some guidebooks under its official title of “Pondok Kebun Wayan”, but seems to be generally known as “Amed Cafe”. It is located on both sides of the road through Amed, with the restaurant, dive centre and internet cafe on the beach side and reception and most of the rooms on the hillside opposite. There is also a small supermarket, useful for drinks and snacks.

The ladies at reception are charming and helpful and will help arrange transport and tours. There are safe deposit boxes located here also. Breakfast is included in the room rate and consists of a choice of tea or Balinese coffee, pancakes and a small plate of fruit.

We chose a garden view room, with air-conditioning and hot water. Our room was fairly large by Balinese standards and had a lovely terrace with hammock, easy chairs and a small table, overlooking the gardens and small pool. The bathroom had a bath and low-level shower and a sink with a large mirror. The toilet was quite stained – a common problem in Bali – I don’t think that they have heard of spray bleach. The room was cleaned on a daily basis. The one thing that we found a bit strange was the lack of a bathroom door. There was a mesh curtain across the doorway, but there was still an unrestricted view of the toilet if you sat on the wrong place on the bed!

The dive centre posts times of high and low tides on a blackboard outside the restaurant. This is rather useful for working out the time of slack water, as currents can be fairly strong in Jemeluk. Being experienced divers, we did not need a guide, but the dive centre refused to hire us scuba tanks without a guide, with a price to match. So, we walked down the road to the Stingray Dive Centre and hired tanks for 60,000 Rupiah (about $6) each. Jemeluk has some of the best coral in northern Bali and it is easily accessed from the shore here. There are also some artificial reefs on the sandy slope, with lots of fish life and good opportunities for underwater photography.

In conclusion, I would recommend Amed Cafe. Some new rooms have just been built on the hillside and these looked very pleasant indeed, with roofed terraces and a day bed for relaxation. Unless you desperately want a sea view, it is probably not worth paying the extra for these rooms.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Jose, California
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104 reviews
98 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2008

My husband and I stayed 3 nights at the Amed Cafe and Hotel and really liked it. The hotel includes a restaurant, dive shop, and pool. The pool and standard rooms are across the road from the beach (rural road without much traffic) and the restaurant, dive shop, and beach cottages are on the ocean side of the road. Along the beach, in front of the restaurant and cabins, there is a deck with lounge chairs for sunbathing. This is nice because you have a place up off the sand/rocks to hang out.

We rented the beach front cottage, which is a rustic 2-storey wooden cottage with a thatched roof. The living area is on the upper floor, with great views of the ocean. The bottom floor is open with lounge chairs and cushions. The cottage has hot and cold water and electricity, but no AC. We found it to be quite comfortable though with the fan on and the windows open. Amed doesn't have particularly high humidity - or at least it didn't when we were there. We had the crash of the waves to lull us to sleep each night. The bathroom is pretty dated, but in good condition. Same with some of the furnishings. We paid 40 euro/night for the room, so we didn't expect luxury.

The restaurant is also right on the beach - across the garden from our room. They have a pretty good selection of food and the quality was good. There are American/Western items on the menu, although the Indonesian food was much better. They only have Bintang beer though and I think Hatten (sp?) wine by the glass. Neither were particularly palatable - but then beer and wine selection in Bali in general seems to leave something to be desired.

Overall, we thought this was a good, low key place to stay, pretty views, reasonably close to other things in Amed - great for relaxation and just hanging out.

There are also several women there who do massages - no spa per se, so they do the massages on the lounge chairs on the deck. We had our massages on the platform on the ground floor of our cottage, which afforded a bit more privacy. The massages were pretty good - not the best I've had, but for 70,000 rupiah for an hour, I wont complain.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Amed Cafe
Address: Jalan Raya Bunutan, Amed, Abang, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Abang > Amed
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Amed
#6 Spa Hotel in Amed
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Amed
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Amed Cafe 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel with Beachrestaurant in a big exotic garden- own Diveshop on the beach - 2 swimmingpool - shoppingcenter with ATM - bakery ... more   less 
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