Being my first hostel experience, I really enjoyed the dorm rooms at The Island. Yes, it is not the cheapest place around (in Bali it is better to stay in traditional 'homestays' for value for money) however there are many good things about it. The beds and bedding are really luxurious, puffy quilts and comfy matresses (just a shame they are covered in plastic as it's noisy when you move!). The dorms are spacious and light and privacy can be achieved as there are curtains partitioning the bunks. Other good things were:
The social aspect - we met lots of new friends
The space / architecture - lots of different and quirky areas to chill out, such as the sunset bale
The pizzas are yummy
The staff are really lovely, warm and helpful
Airport pickups and free massage if you book 3 days - worthwhile!
Things that, for me, could be improved on:
The price - a little on the high side for Bali standards
The bathrooms - dark (no windows) and actually really quite smelly, felt a bit unclean even though they are cleaned each day, they never actually felt clean
The breakfasts - as mentioned by other reviewers, the breakfasts are meagre e.g. you have to decide BETWEEN fresh fruit or juice you can't have both! And they charge extra for all sorts of little things like a spoonful of yoghurt on your fruit, ouch.
The location in Legian is stunning, I loved wandering down the little stone alleyways. The beach is not far, 10 mins walking. Taxis struggle to find it, though.
All in all a pleaseant experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Indonesia's #1 Hostel for Backpackers on Indonesia's #1 destination. Set in a quiet lane-way, just back from Legian Beach, The Island is the perfect base for your stay in Bali. Less than five minutes walk to the famous Double 6 Beach, The Island is surrounded by great restaurants, night-clubs and bars; and the shopping district is right on your doorstep. The hostel itself features 5 double rooms, 2x Private Dorm,3x Twin,2 x deluxe dorm, a very cool rooftop bbq & bar area, an infinity pool, Island Cafe, in-house massage service, Free High Speed Wi-Fi internet, travel desk, airport transfers and most importantly a super friendly vibe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Island Hotel Bali/Legian