I have been in Indonesia now on a tight budget for 2 months doing research, I am used to budget spots, and do not expect frills for such a good price. That said, I want to list the small problems and big problems with this room.
I should have known there was something wrong when walking into the hotel, three different people started to shout the room rates at me.
Small problems: 1. Roaches everywhere in the night 2. the stench of the bathroom, the smelly water in Indonesian budget hotel bathrooms is somewhat normal, sort of like sulphur. Usually you just keep the door shut. But the smell in this one was so rancid it was like rotting broccoli, and it just permeated the whole room, I tried to tolerate it and bought a candle, but the door was so warped it wouldn't even close (don't come to these rooms without a candle), I then had to tie it to the towel rack with a sarong to keep it shut and keep out the smell. 3. the floors and walls were covered in dirt and mold, and there were two cigarette butts on my floor when I moved in 4. it looks like a dungeon, there are no windows. 5. So-called security is getting drunk off arak around 8 pm and tries really hard to make me drink too. I don't think security should be drinking, or making customers feel like they should too. 6. This hotel is next to a house that keeps a lot of chickens, so if you are okay with the crowing beginning at 3:45 in the morning, with acoustics that make it sound like it's right in your room, then it should be ok, This isn't chickens crowing off in the distance though, it is right next to where you sleep, and I needed headphones on nearly full volume.
Big problems: After night one, I wake up with horrible pain in my eye and by day 2 I am in the hospital with a bacterial infection of the eye. I've never had this before. Like I said, I have been in far less developed parts of Indonesia for 2 months now, and night one I get an infection here. The doctor wrote a note to the online booking company so I would get my money back for unsanitary conditions and mold, I checked into a new hotel. I left 2 days before my pre-paid booking said, and they wanted to keep my money at LA Inn! Without the doctors note and the third party booking agency's intervention, they would have pocketed $60.
Lessons learned: when LA inn makes you sick get documentation or they will keep your money
There was one good thing: you could use the pool at AP Apartments which was nice but always eerily empty.
- Also Known As:
- LA Inn Bali/Kuta