Nice atmosphere away from the beach crowds

Reviewed February 13, 2012

A single traveller, I booked 3 nights here by email to ther website at US$57 per night, including breakfast. I liked the location at the centre of Denpasar, and the shady grounds (though part of the garden facing Jalan Gajah Mada has been sold and is now occupied by a bank). The hotel has a nice Dutch colonial atmosphere, and there is an army of staff maintaining the place and sweeping up all the fallen leaves. My room (no. 30) was a goods size with a comfortable double bed and ( a bit of a rarity in Indonesia) good bedside lights for reading. The air conditioner was quite old but worked very well, and the cathode ray TV had many cable channels, including BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, Australian Network, TV5 in French, Deutsche Welle, NatGeo, Animal Planet, HBO and other movie channels, and others in Spanish, Russian and Chinese. There were tea and coffee making facilities (fill the jug in the bathroom using a glass, as the jug would not fit under the tap) and two glass bottles of drinking water each day. The room was very clean, but The staff did not always replenish the tea bags, coffee or water unless requested. There was a small refrigerator that fortunately was not filled with minibar drinks. The hot water was quite hot, but often took a long time to get hot, and there were plenty of towels and cheap soap. The main issues I had were that the toilet did not always flush well and kept running, wasting a lot of water, but it always did flush eventually after playing with the lever, and the door lock did not look very secure when locking to go out (it was much more secure from inside the room). The dining area has a nice view of the garden and the pool, and a choice of several breakfast packages, including American, Continental or Indonesian. I had the Indonesian breakfast each day,with very tasty chicken rice porridge (bubur ayam), muesli with plain yoghurt (not very Indonesian), toast and the dreaded pineapple jam, and very good coffee.I had lunch there one day (ayam goreng Kalasan fried chicken and rice), but it was quite a small serving and on other days I had chicken soup (soto ayam) at the Sumber Asih restaurant, about 50m to the left up Jalan Veteran. The staff are friendly and helpful. This hotel is a good choice in Denpasar away from the tourist hordes at Kuta, just don't expect that everything will be immaculate or work properly.