Right now while the place is brand new, they offer rooms at slashed rates from their inflated rack rates. So they get lots of people right now who are clearly bowled over by apparent privacy (from low occupancy) and value for money spent. But this place has some serious problems, mostly relating to how it nearly ignores Balinese natural beauty but also construction woes.
It is a big echo-y concrete pile with very few Balinese design touches, built out to the maximum edges of the lot so that there are no green zones. Yes, there were some carved stone reliefs on my balcony and there were old growth teak furnishings out there too... (huge rainforest tree trunk serving as front desk was quite upsetting to see in light of fact that Bali is key transshipment point for mysteriously sourced timber).
The balconies all face the noisy street (motorcycles revving up there from having turned the corner)... and what's outside there while you sit on your little one-seat balcony? but another five story concrete behemoth being built across the street... not a shrub in sight except behind the hotel, where the delightful Puri Naga Hotel gardens can be glimpsed by wistful Sing Ken Ken guests while trekking down their long echo chamber corridor. Maybe the owner didn't want to guests to realize how gorgeous a Balinese hotel can be, and purposely faced the rooms away from the Puri Naga oasis.
Yes, the rooftop here does have a few bougainvillea plants all around, and they'll look good by next year. The pool is minimalist chic and large, but if the hotel were full, you still couldn't accommodate more than about 20 people in the poolside chairs up there. View to the sea would be so much nicer if they didn't have three insipid "Bali modern" stone fountains burbling away IN THE WAY of your view out to the breakers. The gym is not free for guests, let alone the whirlpool spa inside.
The room was nicely appointed, with good-sized amenity bottles, a huge bathroom, a nice new flat screen with plenty of Euro, Asian, and American channels, and the bed was very comfy. Air con surprisingly noisy, though (bad duct design?), and at one point it brought in cigarette smoke and I had to turn it off. Otherwise hotel was very clean.
It sure could have been located on any beach, anywhere, though. I tried to get outside to the beach as often as possible, just to remind myself where I was. Unfortunately, this part of Legian Beach has a stream outfall across the sand that always seems to smell of sewerage. It's basically the no-man's land between Seminyak and Legian beaches, so you can always walk away from it. Good shopping and nice budget restaurants in either direction from the hotel. ATM machines next door. Clubbing neighborhood means small and medium size discos are within shouting distance.
Worst part of my stay was that, despite hotel being far from fully occupied, they checked a very noisy couple into the room next to mine at 1:30 am, who immediately woke me up as they tried the electronic doorbell and the sliding glass balcony door, chatting and even arguing. Marble floors meant that the woman's heels were clacking along like a jackhammer only a couple meters away from my head. That made me realize that the interior walls were probably just the thinnest sheet rock (gyp rock), negating the considerable sleep value of my nice mattress. Then they were up again at 6 am. Sheesh! Surely late arrivals could be put into rooms staggered away from other guests.
New building/bad construction woes: Toilet tank wouldn't refill, tub drain improperly installed (very little room in draining mode) and the closet door was so poorly installed that the fancy automatic light inside stayed on unless I propped a heavy chair against the frame of the closet door to hold it shut.
Their promo calls themselves a boutique hotel, but this is no boutique (usually an intimate, classy, artistically designed place). It's the pack-em-in investment strategy of somebody from Jakarta.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Feel the tropical, Balinese atmosphere and stylish, chic ambience of ‘Sing Ken Ken’. Sing Ken Ken Boutique Hotel offers 78 exclusive rooms, which include 72 Deluxe Rooms, 2 Junior Suites, 3 Executive Suites and 1 Presidential Suite.Whether you choose to stay in a Deluxe room or a Presidential Suite, you will find luxurious bedrooms featuring a comfortable bed, a private balcony (or patio) and a spacious bathroom with both bathtub and rain shower. All rooms are also equipped with modern amenities including air-conditioning, LED TV with satellite channels, refrigerated mini-bar, coffee & tea making facilities, IDD telephone, WiFi access, hair-dryer and safe deposit box. ... more less
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