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“Rustic living, not for neat freaks... Or those weirded out by ants.”
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Ranked #23 of 48 Senggigi B&B and Inns
Vancouver, Canada
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“Rustic living, not for neat freaks... Or those weirded out by ants.”
Reviewed 30 July 2012

Stayed with the fiancee for two days in late July 2012.

Approximately 30minute car ride from Teluk Kode harbour area, where the fastboats drop you off. Private cars will try and charge 200K rupiah for the "1.5hr ride". Can likely contact your hotel/guesthouse for a pick up ahead of time for much cheaper. In comparison, shuttle from Baleku guesthouse back to Teluk Kode and including the slow boat tickets to Gili Meno = 50K each.

Baleku guesthouse is located just south of the Sengiggi town centre. Approx 3 min by motorbike.

Clean courtyard. Restaurant has reasonably priced food. Try the grilled fish, terrific. Breakfast included.
Friendly staff and available air conditioning.
Free shuttle into town and free pick up too (driven by wife/family of owner).
Reasonably priced tours offered.
Motorbike rentals + helmets: 35K for manual, 50K for automatic.

Washroom/shower is a single room, the style of which is the type with floors slanted to drain water from both the shower and sink, into a single floor drain.
Heavy mildew/mold smell in washroom. No hot water available, at all.
Regular ant problem on and around the sink area. Found ants on our toothpaste and toothbrush at one point. To be fair, the area is surrounded by farmland and goats, cows and chickens are running around everywhere.
No towels, had to be requested. No soap provided, but never asked as we had our own.
Single bed sheet provided as blanket, requested a second.
Free Internet, but inconsistent connection.

Tolerable stay. Likely would not stay again unless disrepair and ant problem are addressed.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

Note this place is now called Baleku and it should be listed under Senggigi rather than Mataram.
We stayed here based on the reviews on TA. Its a good value choice but I think some of the other reviews are a little stretched.
The rooms are decent size although could be a little cleaner, the bathrooms are of the outdoor variety which we normally like but they didnt have basins so washing your hands, teeth etc has to be done using the shower outlet and in general it needs to be cleaned more regularly.
The grounds are very nice with fish pond (which is where the fish on the menu comes from).
The owners were great and very kindly helped us with transport to Mataram when we were extending visas. They also provide free transport into and back from Senggigi town (a couple of km's away).
There is a black sand beach across the road but it is quite dirty so recommend people head up to Senggigi main beach.
The restaurant serves very affordable meals, quality was ok but I was quite sick while I was there but cant tell whether it was from their restaurant (wife was fine). I was concerned by some of the hygiene issues with staff not washing their hands.
Staff - there is a lot of staff here and generally they are good but once the owners are off the property things seem to grind to a halt, when we first arrived we ordered 2 drinks (it was 35c and had been travelling 7hrs) but after 25mins we told them to forget it. Later in the stay we had no water in the shower after waiting over an hour I called the owner on his cell and then things seemed to happen.
So in summary - if you are looking for budget accomodation near Senggigi I think this is a good choice (it was very busy with locals and tourists) and Wayan (who was great in responding to emails and helping with transport) and his wife are good hosts, just be aware that service can be slack at times. All in all decent value.

Room Tip: we were upstairs which is more private but i think shower less powerful
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

We stayed at Bale Kampung longer than originally planned as the place was excellent value, clean and well run by helpful and friendly staff. Free transport in Sengiggi and scooter rental help make it a good choice and way better than some of the other places we stayed in Bali / Lombok for the same price. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

The rooms are basic, but nice, clean and great value for money. With fast Wifi/internet available. They also offer a free pickup and drop off service into sengiggi, which is really useful.
The staff are really nice, friendly and helpful, and offer a really good guide service for many locations around the island.
I would recommend this place to anyone who wants a visit to this area of lombok and is looking for good value for money, and really friendly staff.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

Our Stay at Bale Kampung began as just a night and 15 days later I'm trying to find a reason why I should leave. Wayan & Ekka the guesthouse owners are a world of knowladge on both Lombok & Bali. We arrived knowing nothing and leave local experts.

The staff here are fantastic, if only europe operated in the same manner. There are motorbikes for rent, the beach literally infront of the guesthouse. The restaurant has a beautiful setting with a huge fish pond and an exquiste decorational rice paddy. The food is really great - Reccomend the Ayem Taliwang - Drink - Must try the Home made rice wine...like none other...I Promise...

The location of Bale Kampung is 1km from the center of Senggigi, And they have no problems with taking you or picking you up in the free shuttle (operates 24/7) Anything you need to know or do is right here.

If thats not enough they have a great roof terrace with tables, a sofa and DVDS galore....Always good for those lazy days....

After 5 months traveling we havent found anything better...
If you pass and dont stay a night.....You will have missed out....

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: BaleKu
Address: Jalan Raya, Senggigi, Lombok 83121, Indonesia (Formerly BaleKampung Senggigi)
Region: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Senggigi
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #23 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Senggigi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — BaleKu 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BALE KU Homestay & Restaurant is a CHEAP HOMESTAY in SENGGIGI are situated on the coast road and are only one hour from Lembar Ferry Port and 90 mins from Lombok International airport just 90 mins. Also very close to the Boat for the GILIS ISLAND making us a great stop-off location for a trip to or from the Gilis or for your first few nights in LOMBOK. Simply cross the road in front and you are on the BEACH. The price start from only Rp. 150.000,-/night (not for high season). All paket is including BREAKFAST, FREE INTERNET, FREE TRANSPORT, FREE MOVIE EVERY NIGHT Let,s come and feel oue FRIENDLY SERVICE. Baleku also provides massage services, tour arrangements, Ticketing, car rentals, motor bike and bycicle. Laundry services are also available !!! Let,s come and feel our FRIENDLY SERVICE ... more   less 
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