I have stayed at the Grand Kumala for the past 9 years each June, and sometimes in December. Kumala is an economical, mid range, older hotel that is comprised of 3, 3 story buildings around a garden and swimming pool and several double-decker Villas and blocks in the front of the property. The buildings are all well built, the front villas in the traditional style and the rear as standard hotel units but with large front lanais. The groundskeepers at Kumala are the best. They are always keeping the place lush, trim, and covered in orchids around beautiful statuary. Large palms flank the pool side and interesting fruit trees and hedges create a feeling of privacy within the main complex. While jalan Werkudara and Double 6 road bustles outside, inside Kumala it is as peaceful as can be. Location is a big part to the bonus of staying at Kumala as it straddles the areas of Legian and Semiyak where so many great restaurants and world class shopping can be found.
Why do I and so many others from around the world come back so often? The Staff and the consistency. The Staff is some of the most pleasant. They are by now like family, only kinder and better looking. The Security is personable and always watching and caring for the property, so that a single female business traveler such as myself feels safe and secure.
The small restaurant on property is nothing fancy, but a fresh breakfast alongside the pool each morning helps me to organize my day of business. The main lobby and its adjoining lounge and bar has free WiFi, and a TV that is always screening new releases. The rooms at Kumala are decorated with tradition Indonesian art and contemporary paintings. Bathrooms include a full bathtub and shower on marble floors and sink. Beds are very firm and traditional and bedding is no frills but clean and good smelling. Where the Kumala's fixtures are not as new as her younger sister hotel the Kumala Pantai down the road, the friendliness, security, and consistency of this well established standard brings us back again.
Room Tip: I prefer C block rooms on the inside court yard. Good AC, and spacious rooms