Stayed at the Niksoma for one week in mid September '08. Everything was booked out so got a Suite Room for only a couple of hundred dollars more total each for the week. On arrival it was nice to have everything to do with the checking in process brought to us - no standing at the counter, just lounging and being waited on all the way with a welcome drink in hand. Our room was located towards the front, immediately behind the pool area, so easily accessible to everything. If you are not a fan of stairs then you won't enjoy making your way around the resort - there's no huge staircases but there are lots of smalls sets of stairs all around. Small kids will hate it.
The room was nice and clean. The Suite room has a lounge area, however the way the room is laid out is not so practical for lounging and enjoying the big TV - the TV does not swivel so unless you move the lounges, you're on an angle to the TV from the 2 seater couch and the armchair which faces the TV was extra firm and hurts your er...bum. However it is perfect for watching the TV from the bed - which is what we did. I stayed at another hotel the week after the Niksoma and found out that the DVD player in the Suite room was dodgy, as many of the DVD disks that did not work at the Niksoma worked fine at the other hotel.
The bathroom had a combined bath and shower and the shower curtain was a little manky around the bottom and did nothing to prevent the shower from dumping water on to the floor and missing the floor drain almost completely - apparently this is what happens when you choose big floor tiles in a bathroom. The toilet flush handle had to be held down all the way until the end of the cycle, to ensure it did the job. The bathroom had a high window with wooden slats (you can just see this in the photo) and looking up and through the slats I could see the window of a room on the 2nd floor and a 2nd floor walk way - could they see me in the bathroom? I don't know, hope not. I saw the bathroom in a Junior Suite (friends were in one) and their bathroom was so much bigger - separate bath from shower, shower had a glass screen with a small step in to stop water going everywhere - and the Junior Suite is a grade below the Suite Room!
The bed was excellently comfortable, as were the pillows. I was not so happy about the wooden blinds either side of the bed - I'm a bit paranoid about a strange duck having a look in! It also let lots of light in to the room in the morning - if you need it to be dark for sleeping in. The lighting in the room was so dim unless every lamp and light was on - and I'm known for working in semi darkness, so it really was sparsely lit. I found the key lock (i.e. not a plastic swipe card) a bit old school - but again I'm a bit pedantic about privacy etc. Weirdly there is no where to hang the 'Do Not Disturb/ Service my Room' sign. They tended to be thrown on the ground by the outside of the door.
Having said all of that - the room looked very nice, there were just some parts which weren't so practical for me.
There were however lots of great parts of the Niksoma. The location was excellent. About 5 - 10 minutes walk to the right of the hotel you run in to a line of about 8 beach front restaurants and we ate in about 5 of them with only 1 being a bit dodgy. To the left about 10 minutes walk is JL Padma (street) which is a whole street of casual dining choices, DVD shops, copy bag shops and the usual watches, jewellery and clothes places. It took me about 30 minutes to walk to Kuta Square for shopping. The hotel staff will have a meter taxi at the front within 1 or 2 minutes to get you where you need to go if walking is not your thing. The best part of the location is being literally on the beach - you can have breakfast (which is the usual buffet style you'd expect from Bali - very clean and tasty) and watch the waves totally unobstructed. No cars can drive past the hotel - pedestrians only.
The pool area was excellent for lying around in the afternoon. We had about 10 friends and family also at the hotel and we regularly had a beer, cocktail, lunch etc together - and for once the prices were not crippling - they were in fact medium range for Bali - a miracle for a hotel! The hotel staff were always attentive and got every order right, every time.
We liked the beautiful beach front view, the reasonable drinks and food prices around the pool, the friendly staff, the location close to very reasonably priced restaurants, no traffic outside the front of the hotel, well cleaned rooms, little dessert treats each night in our room (complimentary) and overall the casual and laid back atmosphere of a smaller hotel.
If you're looking for big time luxury - this is not for you. If you're looking for a great, more casual atmosphere, that's very clean and well priced to hang out with a group of friends/ family, or a quiet place without the fru-fru to go with your special someone, then go to the Niksoma.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the Legian Beach and facing to the Indian Ocean, Bali Niksoma Boutique Beach Resort is a 4-star hotel designed in a modern chic boutique concept. Located only a 15 minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, the resort is close to gourmet restaurants, night clubs and bars in the most famous Kuta and Seminyak Area. Guests can also go surfing or simply laze around the white sands while watching the gorgeous sun go down in the ocean. Bali Niksoma is also an onsite restaurant called Hitana, a swimming pool complemented by kid’s pool, laundry, dry cleaning, car parking and tour desk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bali Niksoma Boutique Beach Hotel Legian
- Niksoma Bali
- Bali Niksoma Boutique Beach Resort Legian