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“Lovely affordable hotel in magnificent Seminyak location.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bali Reski Asih Cottages
Ranked #137 of 280 Kuta B&B and Inns
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Lovely affordable hotel in magnificent Seminyak location.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2012

I am writing this review to add balance to the previous negative post. This is a delightful place to stay in popular Seminyak a 5 minute walk to petitegnet beach and many shops, restaurants and ku De Ta beach club.

The room and bathroom was large and clean. The TV has 60 channels with excellent reception including a number in English. Air con was very effective.

The staff are very friendly and accommodating. The nice pool area is large enough and very well maintained as is the lovely garden which has a pond with turtles. So cute.

Although you can tell this hotel is not new for example by the bathroom fittings we found everything to be in excellent working order.

Given the great location and amenities for AU$65 per night it is very good value for money.

I would not hesitate recommending this hotel and will definitely stay here next time we are in Bali. We would have stayed longer but the hotel was fully booked !

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

Just the fact that they charge 25,000 INDR (more than $3US) for a can of Coke is an indication of management's contempt for the hotel's guests. Not even at the St. Regis in Nusa Dua, one of Bali's most exclusive and expensive resorts, do they charge that much. To put it into perspective, this is more than the price of many full meals in the same town. And they actually laugh when they tell you how much it is.

We originally requested a booking of three rooms for six nights, planning to make this our base for day trips to other parts of Bali. Upon check-in my daughter and I paid for one night for our rooms (109, 110), but, unfortunately, our travelling companion paid for two nights. Prices are quoted in US$ and the exchange rate given to our friend was extortionate.

First of many problems arose immediately, as the sliding-glass entry door of room (105) was nearly impossible to open and close. The lock was damaged and we had to literally fight to get into the room. The door to room 109 was so heavy/difficult to move that I had to push hard with both hands to try to shift it. Why should we have to struggle and strain our muscles to get into and out of a hotel room? It was absolutely ridiculous! We actually had to go back to reception and request that they do something about the doors, and we weren't even yet in the rooms!

The next day the runners on my sticking door were oiled, but the door was still difficult to move. When returning to the room I had to put down anything I was carrying in order to dedicate all my strength to pushing/pulling the door open and then closed again once inside.

Upon examination, it was obvious that the lock on 105 had, at some time in the past, been either broken into or damaged in some other way. Pointing this out to staff and requesting that it be repaired met with blank stares. We could never discern whether or not staff understood what we were saying as there was so little appropriate response. Coming to the room again and again and struggling to open the fatally damaged lock is not a solution. Whether staff fights with the lock or the guest does, the flaw remains. Just fix the damn lock! Upon returning to the room after dinner, there was such a struggle to get into the room that the key broke in the lock! So while I stayed in the insecure, unlockable room, my friend went to reception to report the problem. After some period of time they replaced the lock in the door, when the real problem was the damaged lock section that the lock fits into when closed. After the replacement, the manager (or whoever he was) had to fuss and fiddle to get the lock to close, yet again.

This was around 8pm when we had been planning to go out to dinner, but between my protecting the room while my friend went to get help from the office, waiting for the so-called fix (which was no fix at all), STILL struggling with the lock, the evening passed by and we were unable to go out.

After this first disastrous night spent dealing with broken locks/dysfunctioning doors, we knew our stay would be as brief as possible. So we informed reception that we would all check out after our second night. This meant packing (again) and finding another hotel, which can be time consuming. But the solution was simple: return to Mamo Hotel in Uluwatu where we'd spent the two previous nights and where we should have just stayed.

Other problems at Seminyak Suites:
Pillows are old and mildew/sweat stained
Toilet in 109 did not flush
What good is bottled water supplied with lift-off caps if no bottle opener is provided?
Stagnant, untended pools of water outside suites are breeding grounds for mosquitoes but no mosquito nets are supplied in rooms.
Rooms were possibly nice at one time but very much in need of TLC/overhaul now
Settees and cushions so dirty/worn we did not want to touch them
Property very poorly lit at night so pool unusable, plus varying levels of walkways (small steps here and there) unseeable in the dark caused slips and foot injury

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Restaurant cook actually makes hand-cut fresh fries. Very good, even though over-priced at 30,000INDR.
Old wooden floors in rooms were nice.

However, to add serious insult to egregious injury, during breakfast at the outdoor cafe on our last day there, we noticed what appeared to be smoke billowing across the property toward the rooms. "Oh, that's nothing," said the kitchen employee, "it's just bug spray." Suddenly we realised we were being bombarded with pesticide! Here we sat with an 18-month-old baby in a fog of poison, being told it was nothing to worry about! My daughter jumped up and rushed the baby in the opposite direction toward the front of the hotel. Everyone else (including other guests) quickly covered their faces with sarongs or whatever they had handy and removed themselves from the scene.

Apparently this happens twice a month with no warning to guests that they are about to be bombed with hazardous chemicals! The mind boggles. And the staff have obviously been brainwashed into thinking there is no harm in this, as they stood by as we abandoned our now impossible to eat breakfasts. What this is doing to their lungs and overall health on a bimonthly basis doesn't bear thinking. Of course the hotel will say "it's beyond our control, it was off the property", but they could, if they gave any kind of a damn about their guests, keep a record of when this would occur and provide a warning. Guests could then decide for themselves if they wished to eat breakfast in a poisonous haze.

We couldn't get out of there fast enough. Luckily we had requested that a friend pick us up and return us to a civilized hotel where we felt welcome and cared for. Of course before we could be on our way, we had to deal with check out and discussion with staff. Due to the problems, especially with the never-ending hassle of the broken lock on 105, we thought a refund of one night’s accommodation was due us for that room. Of course, all of the male staff who had been so prevalent during our time there had disappeared, leaving one young woman at reception. She got the "reservations manager" on the phone to speak with us, and he, who had opened the door himself on more than one occasion and replaced the lock, insisted that the lock was now "fine". Instead of dealing with the refund request, he began to whine something about our not notifying them that we were leaving ahead of our booked time. It was obvious he was just trying to change the subject, as I had very clearly informed them we were leaving and the various reasons why.

Regardless of what staff have to say about all this, however they try to obfuscate, deny responsibility, place blame on us or otherwise avoid culpability, the fact remains that they couldn't care less about guest comfort, safety or quality of stay. We were informed by a staff member that the hotel is well aware of all the problems such as faulty doors and non-flushing toilets and that as of the end of April 2012, the hotel will close for a seven-month refurbishment. So, obviously, right now they are just trying to grab every American dollar they can and to hell with the guests and problems caused.

We stayed in four different hotels in two weeks in Bali and Seminyak Suites was by far the worst. As for being a "resort" as in the name, that is one sad, sorry joke. Don't make the mistake we did. Stay somewhere, anywhere else!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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12 Thank KateinVancover
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Singapore
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67 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

We stayed four nights at Seminyak Suites Resort and, to be honest, are left with bitter sweet memories. I'll try to be as honest and impartial as possible here.

First off, getting from the airport to the resort. Get the taxi from the counter on the right after exiting the arrival hall. The price is fixed at 70,000 rupiah (as of April 2012). The taxi driver was not very sure where the place is and we had to stop at a few places to ask for directions. The reason is that the resort is along a quiet alley. An easier way to direct the taxi driver would be to tell him to head towards the Oberoi Hotel at Seminyak. The road, Jl Sari Dewi, is just to the left of the Oberoi Hotel entrance.

The resort in general looks a bit jaded. From what I hear, it has been around for about 20 years, so it might have been a grand place before, but signs of wear and tear are beginning to show. We booked the Superior room which is basically the rooms on the upper levels. The Deluxe rooms are below. And then, there are one bedroom units which are located at the back of the resort.

The room we were assigned to was ok. The floors creaked a little, there were some mozzies flying around. You can see that the place is aging by checking out the toilets. The toilet seats probably could have been changed because the plastic seats were getting a little stained. The shower handles were showing stains as well. The bedsheets were not really dirty, but they had some sand on the sheets which were easily taken care of by dusting them away. The water pressure changed between normal and low. Okay, the good parts: water is provided in every room. The TV had like eighty channels. The first few are the local channels, but scroll on up and you'll get other English shows, movies and sports channels. The decor has a personal touch to it, as opposed to the other hotel chains.

Now here's the story of the first night. The airconditioning in the room did not seem to work very well and I woke up about two hours later covered in sweat. After kicking away the blanket, the mozzies had a feast. Then, I could hear something scurrying around in the attic. I am assuming it was a rat or some kind of rodent. Also, a rooster seemed to have its day and night senses completely wrong because it was making noise the whole time! Needless to say, it was not a good night sleep. And another thing, the beds face the sliding door which leads to the balcony, which in turn faces east. So, at about 630AM, you will wake up because sunlight will shine right on your face, if you haven't woken up by the rooster yet.

Moving away from the room, breakfast is served every morning. Simple but nice. The pool is something like a wading pool. I didn't go into it during this trip and didn't see anyone else either, but some people were lazing around on the lazy chairs there. The location is pretty good. As many have said, it's about a ten minute walk to the beach via Ku De Ta, and about fifteen minutes to Seminyak Town area where the restaurants and shops are.

On the morning of the second day, we requested to change rooms. We knew we couldn't do much about the rooster or the sunlight, but maybe we would fare better with the rat in the attic and the airconditioning. Since we were headed out to Ubud that day, they told us that they were going to assign us another room and it would be ready when we got back later that night. However, when we got back, the new room was not cleaned. It took them half an hour to do it but by that time, we were so tired we decided not to change rooms and just sleep in the same room. Maybe it was the fatigue but we did not get disturbed that night. Oh, and the airconditioning worked okay this time, but we did have to change the remote control because it was displaying a temperature of 0, whatever that meant.

Since we were going to have four nights there, we checked if we could try out the deluxe room on the ground floor. We were given one for the last night by topping up 100k rupiah. Basically, the deluxe room is larger, and with the space, they have put in a sofa. And, very importantly, the beds do not face the windows so you can sleep in if you choose to. Actually, for the additional money, I recommend getting the deluxe room.

The resort is well taken care of. The pool was maintained properly and cleaned. Plants are pruned nicely, the area is swept of leaves. The staff are friendly and ready to help.

For the management, just some tips to make this place even better:
1. Have a list of TV channels in the rooms.
2. Have a hair dryer in every room (there is only one in the whole resort).
3. Perhaps, some improvements in the bathrooms.
4. How about having thicker curtains? Maybe, two rails: one with the current curtains, and another with thicker ones.
5. Just taking note of some fittings e.g. the airconditioning remote control, one ceiling bulb was blown.

That's about it. All the best.

P.S. I had to give Sleep Quality two stars only just because of the first night. If not, it would have been at least three. So, overall, I'll say three stars, pushing to three and a half.

Room Tip: Get the deluxe room and pay the little extra.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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15 Thank deekay744
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

We wandered into this place after our other accommodation had been double booked and what a great find it was! We wished we could have stayed longer. We were always greeted with big smiles and fantastic service from very lovely people. The restaurant was great and "breakfast starts from 7am until whenever you like". A very short walk to the beach down a lovely laneway. I recommend this to anyone that wants to stay in Seminyak without the high price. The swimming pool was big and clean. The rooms had everything we needed and there was also a lovely balcony which overlooked the pool.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank DomLB
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Bend, Oregon
Level Contributor
86 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

Overall a nice place, a little bit old, but well enough maintained. Spacious.

This is unrelated to the hotel itself, but an ant crawled into my partner's ear and bit her inner ear. This traumatized her, but she didn't hold it against the hotel as there were ants in just about every hotel we stayed at in Bali.

It's not far from the beach or the main parts of Seminyak, and the staff was generally friendly.

The food was edible, not amazing but acceptable.

There was a cat that hung out around the porch of our room, which didn't bother us.

Also the tropical creatures of the night can be heard, many of which probably live in the pond next to the restaurant (frogs).

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank kevinhoy
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Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

First of all, great location! Just a short walk to Seminyak Beach and Ku De Ta. The hotel's restaurant was very accomodating to special requests and the supper menu is delicious.

However, on the day we were due to check out, there wasnt anyone manning the reception. So we waited 15minutes before someone appeared. Also, as it was raining heavily that day, none of the hotel staff offered us an umbrella when we wanted to go back to our hotel room to lockup/pick up our luggage. Instead, staff used the umbrellas for themselves while we were left to walk in the rain. I was shocked at this lapse in service as the other staff have been very friendly and accomodating throughout my stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ell l
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Quinns Rocks, Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

Just returned to Au after another amazing 2 weeks at Seminyak Suites. Nothing has changed since last year (we have been a few times in the last 13 months), 20 room hotel, approx. 20yrs. old, two storey, semi-detached suites each overlooking the swimming pool.
Quiet, friendly, clean, good value for money and excellent position - Seminyak! Entry next to Oberoi and a couple of minutes by taxi down a small one way road or 5 - 7 minute walk to top end shopping and many popular places to eat.
However, this will be our last visit with Ian, Lambang and Casey in attendance. Goodbye guys and hope your new venture in Flores (neighbouring island to east - 50min flight), will be even more of a success when your small hotel is completed later this year.
Because we have enjoyed Bali and your last venture so much we will join you when you're up and running. No, we probably won't be trekking through forests to find waterfalls or horseriding around huge lakes, certainly not going to see komodo dragons feeding on live whatever, but we love relaxing, fishing in pristine waters, driving around to see the sights and not having to fight with heaps of other tourists for footpath room. We will add a week or so on Flores to our next Bali trip later this year just to see what this is all about. We've heard the deals will be just as good! Good luck and prosper, thanks again for all your help and hospitality. Cheers, a family of Aussie fans.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms larger verandah but stairs rather steep, downstairs roomier inside. All rooms great v...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ROBERT D
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balijazz, Manager at Bali Reski Asih Cottages, responded to this review, 30 January 2012
Hi guys and thanks for the great review here. It has been a pleasure seeing you so many times since November 2012 and it's been great spending those times together. This is our last day at Seminyak Suites Resort and tomorrow we start putting 100% effort in to getting our new boutique resort up and running Labuan Bajo Hill Retreat, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Eastern Indonesia. We look forward to your many future stays with us, even though we know it is so different from Seminyak, Bali. We would like to thank both of you and all our other guests and friends that have supported us over the last three years. Bye Bye to you all for now and we look forward to greeting you in Flores. Kind Regards, Ian, Lambang & Cassey.
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Property: Bali Reski Asih Cottages
Address: Jl. Sari Dewi 12, Basangkasa, Kuta 80361, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Kuta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #137 of 280 B&Bs / Inns in Kuta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bali Reski Asih Cottages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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