My wife and I stayed here last week during a kid-free trip to Bali to celebrate our 20th anniversary. I'll get any criticisms out of the way first. The room we had would have been big enough to allow a bit more storage space for clothes and also a table and chairs. This is a minor observation which didn't really bother me much, but I did wonder, as the hotel offers room service meals, where you'd be expected to eat it?
Also, the lounges round the pool don't really get that much sun.
Now the positives which is just about everything else;
The location is perfect - quiet enough to relax, but near enough to walk to all the action / restaurants / shops / beach / spas / mini marts etc..
The staff are wonderful and nothing is too much trouble. They never stop smiling! Our room boy Danny did a great job and even made new towel animals each day.
We only ate breakfast at the hotel as we like to head out in the evening, but it was always fresh, tasty and plentiful, with an egg chef at hand for omelettes, waffles and fresh pancakes.
They even came to our rescue following one bad incident - we changed money outside the hotel and I knew I should have around 4.2m rupiah. After counting twice we left the shop and went for coffee (50k). Then back at the room I was putting some money in the safe and giving my wife some for her purse and I now had only around 2.6m rupiah??? I checked everywhere and counted twice more but we had to come to the conclusion we'd been had. I didn't think I could have been more vigilant at the money changer but he somehow managed to divert my eyes for long enough to take some notes back. We went to reception to ask their advice and they told us to return to the shop with the hotel security officer. When we did, the security guy said something to the money changer in Indonesian. He called me forward and we agreed I should have had 4.2m rupiah. He then asked me to empty my wallet and we counted around 2.6m. He took all the rupiah back and then handed me all of my $400 AUD back!
I never did thank him for buying the coffee :-)
DO NOT CHANGE MONEY AT THE SHOP DIRECTLY OPPOSITE THE HOTEL RECEPTION!! We have since learned we were not the first to be tricked. Now we know why he offers the best rates around.
We got a deal on the net for our room with breakfast for just under $100 p/night and I think that was great value. The smelly water that people have mentioned on here is true, but the smell goes after you run the shower for 30 seconds or so. I would recommend this hotel for couples as a good value place to stay in a great location. If I had active kids, not so much so as the pool sees little sun.
I would happily stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Camakila Legian Bali offers direct access to Legian beach in South Bali, which is renowned for its central location and relaxed beach culture that makes it less commercialized than other parts of the island. Only 20 minutes away from Ngurah Rai International airport, the resort is the leading destination for leisure travelers with 116 modern and contemporary rooms, two restaurants, a spa and fitness center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Resort Camakila Bali Hotel Legian
- The Camakila Legian Bali