Spent 3 nights here in a pool access room and shifted to Seminyak for a couple of days before heading up to North Bali for two weeks. We wished we had stayed longer in this lovely intimate style hotel and given Seminyak a miss. The rooms are not large but well appointed with quite a luxurious feel. The bathroom was particularly nice with non slip tiles on the floor. I am always slipping on those shiney tiles that are in so many Bali hotels. The shower head was large with decent pressure and a joy to use. The bed and pillows were super comfy and we loved the afternoon treats served in a pretty glass domed plate. The only negatives were a design fault accessing the pool from your room and breakfast one morning.
To access the pool you have what is like a pool ladder with metal cleats....very sharp on the feet after swimming and your feet becoming soft. It is very hard to get both in and out of the pool. Other hotels we have stayed at with pool access rooms have either a ledge to step down on or a step cut into the decking. The decking is also very small in area with a half size double lounger. It was too short for even one of us to sit on. We sat on the full size loungers across the pool from our room which realy defeats the point of having a pool access room. The other issue was breakfast. You can order off the menu and then go to the buffet area to add bacon, sausages etc. This worked well on the first two mornings but on the third there was no bacon or sausage. Four guests from NSW were seated next to us and unhappily told us that the pork options had been taken off in order not to offend a small group of new guests. There were other groups of Westerners, mainly Australian who also became quite unhappy about this situation. Some quite vocal and asking the wait staff why this was happening. At this time there were 18 Westerners having breakfast and 8 in the other party. We all found this very insulting as paying guests at this hotel. Australians have been supporting Bali for decades and basicaly we are being told that we are less important than these other guests.
Appart from this, the food was very nice and cocktails very good. We sat each evening and enjoyed watching the passing parade.
Thank you to Chef Banjar and Desi for looking after us.
With regard to other tripadvisor comments regarding beach access. We just walked down to the rear of the Niksoma which backs onto the Ossotel and used their side entrance. Much shorter and safer way to go. We experienced the bikes using the other laneway and didnt enjoy the experience too much.
All in all we liked this hotel and would stay again as long as we are not discriminated against.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ossotel is organic in its conception and operation. Stylish but not pretentious. We are modern, we like simple pleasures and design that works. The modern tropical design fuses simplicity and functionality, from the architecture to our tailored service showcasing a new breed of Balinese hospitality. Ossotel sits right in the centre of the iconic Padma Legian beach neighbourhood, a stone's throw from the ocean and a short walk to the Island's bars, restaurants, and vibrant club scene. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ossotel Bali/Legian