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Bali Lovina Beach Cottages
Ranked #20 of 24 Hotels in Lovina Beach
Rutherglen, Australia
1 review
“Don't go”
Reviewed 25 January 2014

Having stayed at this hotel many times over the last 20 years, we decided to return with the family. Had rooms confirmed prior, on arrival found management had decided to give our rooms away when they were offered more money for them. So we cannot tell you about the rooms as we had to find somewhere else to stay at additional cost. Bookings and confirmation mean nothing to this hotel stay next door instead for a budget hotel.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

I have personally lived in Indonesia for a long time and seen quite a few things in my time! However, I have never seen anything quite like Lovina Beach Cottages in Kalibukbuk, Bali! When I read earlier reviews about the aforementioned establishment, I was certain those travelers were just that little bit too picky and not used to Indonesian standards. We booked the place at quite an expensive rate, given it was low. Surely, at such a price, the place couldn't possibly be all THAT bad.

Turns out, it could!

The place is run down, the bathroom rather uninviting, sheets and towels smell. When we arrived, the air condition was happily emitting heavy, flowery perfume, presumably to mask the smell of long gone glory.

However, the real horror unfolded at roughly 11.34 pm. We woke up to a certain, rustling sound. Yes, a rat was nibbling away at our belongings like it had no care in the world. Annoyed by the interaction, the rodent made its way under the bed and finally up the wall, where it continued parading around like it wanted to remind us of its supremacy.

With many apologies, we were ushered into another room which was even less welcoming, yet Thank God sans wildlife.

The morning after, the clerk in charge was apologetic yet insisted there was nothing they could about it. Their version of compensation was to offer another room of our choice, all equally hideous, mind you. We left, in a hurry, with no refund or compensation. They have not heard the last of us!

In summary, even without unwanted nighttime visits, Bali Lovina Beach Cottages is waaaaayyyyyy past it's prime and Lovina itself isn't nice enough to make up for its shortcomings! Bali as such is wonderful and there's a myriad of very, very nice budget options and even bargain luxury resorts just a few clicks away. So take 5 minutes to find something actually worth your money. It is most certainly NOT this one!!!

Oh, and the funniest thing: THEY WERE OUT OF RICE! Out of Rice! On Bali, the world capital of rice! In Indonesia .... Again: all out of rice! I still think they were yanking my chain for complaining.

No rice, seriously!

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Needed a place to stay at Lovina in a hurry as our usual Hotel was fully booked, this place had vacancies (Not at all surprising now we have experienced it) I read a few of the TA reviews and found there were the usual spread of good vs bad anyhow decided to risk it (my bad).
Booked through 'Late Rooms' secured the booking with Visa, the cost was US$45 payable upon arrival the cost included breakfast so considered it reasonable and on par with others. Upon arrival a cheerful young man informed us that we would be upgraded to their best room which was a nice gesture however after entering our room I had a quick look around then returned to the reception. The whole place is dirty, run down, over-grown, anything that has not started to collapse or fall down is not far from it these were points I picked up on the way to our room. The room (reportedly their best room ......I cringe at the thought of what their worst rooms are like?) Anyhow a double bed was in fact 2 crappy old singles pushed together, the air conditioner was wheezing out some foul stinking cool air, the towels where not fit to dry a dog after a bath, the tv only had 1 channel operating amidst static, the bathroom OMG!! I cannot begin to describe that little gem. Suitably distressed & upset we returned to reception to be told that there was no refund available and we would forfeit 100% of the US$45 fee. I asked reception if the owner was available (he wasn't) the young chap offered that yes they knew the hotel was in need of some renovations....................Hah!? I suggested the time for renovations had well and truly been and gone. Now the place needed some landscaping, yes bulldoze it flat to the ground, clear away the rubbish then start again. After a rather bad nights sleep our expectations for the standard of the breakfast wasn't very high so we were not surprised when that too was a dismal failure. The fondest memory we have of our stay at Bali Lovina Beach Cottages is driving out of the suitably scruffy pot holed driveway as we left.
In hindsight I will not be swayed when I read some good reviews + some bad reviews what is the saying? "Where there is smoke there is a fire of some sort". There are other hotels more deserving of your $$$$$.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Adelaide
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66 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2013 via mobile

We would never have chosen to stay here but our driver said he had other guests in the past who stayed here. The room looked OK and the staff were very welcoming AND the price was right. Everything else written in the previous reviews has turned out to be true. It proves you must read TA before you use any hotel. I feel so sorry for the staff who must suffer this very run down hotel with very ordinary facilities which they have to keep patching up. We needed an extra key last night (locked ours in the room) the young guy had to use a screwdriver. They didn't have a spare key. Little things like that just highlight the standard of this place. Breakfast is OK. Not a big choice but the fruit is fresh, the eggs are good and the coffee is typical Bali - thick and black.

There are lots of restaurants and bars 5 mins along the beach in the street neat the newly removated temple. Try the Thai at Jasmine Restaurant. Excellent red duck curry.

Cannot recommend the place. It was an experience. Now on to Alam Shanti at Ubud for a real hotel with excellent service, facilities.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2013

The hotel is old and they didn't maintain the cleanness or renew the hotel. The room smell so bad as well as the blanket and the bed felt moist. The hot water is not working and the room is not clean. The swimming pool is looks dirty and the table + chair at the restaurant was almost broken. It is a very bad experience to stay there but i cannot move since i already paid in advance.
While i was stay there, i've had a time to check other hotel at Jalan Pantai Lovina which also close to the Bali Lovina Beach cottages, the other hotel offer me less price than i had at Bali Lovina Beach Cottage with bigger room, bathroom and also cleaner pool.

I do not recommend anyone to stay there

The only good thing is the location which was frontbeach

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jakarta
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2013

I visited this hotel on 13-14 April 2013. The hot water was not working, the bed sheet is wet and not clean, no towel at the room when we arrived. The television channel is only show 3 programs; Indosiar, RCTI and the other one is not clean enough to be seen. Ran out milk while we had breakfast at 7.30AM!?? The chair in the restaurant is old and almost broken.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2013

The only good thing I can say about these cottages is that they are in a good location for Lovina.
Beachfront and pool not bad, and staff also tried to please.
It was obvious, however, that the owner does not maintain the cottages in any way, and does NOT have high standards of cleanliness.
We stayed here with another couple (separate rooms) in February this year, after a lovely stay on the West Coast, and travelled on to other lovely places. This one was the only one I would never return to. There was such dull lighting in the unit, and the hanging lamp shade over the bed was so dirty and full of cobwebs, it was disturbing. Even worse, there was a large cockroach in our room - IN the bed ! Also, the outdoor bathroom was in poor condition, and the rain fell through the roof onto the toilet seat. It was a Balinese style open bathroom, but it's not meant to have leaks over the covered parts, and when I told them about it, they just said : "but it's outside", without understanding it was the covered roof part which was leaking.
Breakfast (which was included) was barely adequate, but served by a nice young Balinese man, who was doing his best with a stingy menu.
This was by far the worst accommodation we have stayed in, and we have traveled extensively, and stayed in cheaper places than this.
If we ever return to Lovina, we will definitely not be staying here.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Bali Lovina Beach Cottages
Address: Jl. Raya Kalibukbuk, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Lovina Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Lovina Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bali Lovina Beach Cottages 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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