All of the wonderful reviews Ellie's receives are legit.
We stayed for 12 nights and, by the end, felt like family. The staff are always happy to give advice, recommendations, offer a towel, make you a cocktail, or order your dinner in Indonesian! Everyone tries to ensure you have a pleasant stay and I never once felt hurried or pressured by any of the staff. When the internet went down due to a severe storm in the evening, we played cards with the staff and learned new games and card tricks.
However, just like most families, there are good aspects and edges that could be smoothed out. Below I list some of these:
1) Free Wifi. I can't believe the 5 star hotels in Nusa Dua charge $15 a day for Wifi. Ellie's is free. The signal can be picked up in the lobby, by the pool, and in the dining area 24-7.
2) Free or cheap delivery of food from local restaurants. Because Ellie's only serves breakfast (which is very good) you can have food delivered and Ellie's staff will serve it to on nice hotel platters, making for a very enjoyable experience. This is a great service and really helps to keep costs down for a traveler!
3) Four pillows on the bed. I can't tell you how many budget hotels skimp on the bedding. The beds and pillows are very clean and comfortable.
4) Free pool cabana. Again, the 5 stars charge $25 a day to use them. Ellie's "cabanas" are two lounge chairs with well-used cushions and umbrellas. Comfy and effective!
5) Fair price cocktails. Liquor is expensive in Bali. If you weren't able to score some in Duty Free, Ellie's has a standard list of cocktails for about 50000 rph a glass. 5 star hotels offer the same cocktails at 110000.
Information to help you plan a great stay:
1) We stayed in a "mountain view" room. The view was really of a local garbage dump. This was only a minor inconvenience to us since we used the common spaces during our stay.
2) Less than bare minimum toiletries in the bathroom. You are provided with one small round of soap, one small jar of shampoo which was filled from an economy bottle, and one similar small jar of lotion. There is no comb, brush, or hair dryer. Also, the towels here are not plush hotel towels, but are comparable to heavily used towels you may have at home. Sometimes the bath towels are replenished in sets of two, other times three. At times only one washcloth is given - I guess this has to do with line drying the towels and the number of guests? Also, the bathrooms have the typical deterioration due to heavy use, island construction, and hot and humid temperatures. (I will provide photographs.) There was very little water pressure in the shower. If toiletries matter to you (I admit, they do to me), bring your own.
3) The pool seems to be professionally cleaned only once a week. This means there is regularly debris in the pool - I find it fun to scoop up the tropical leaves and flowers, but if you need a pristine pool, this might bother you. In between professional cleanings, the staff regularly skim the surface water of the pool, but the bottom does collect debris.
4) Because there is only one main attendant on duty at a time, there are frequently periods where there is no one at the front desk to assist you. This is because the attendant is providing towels to other guests, plating delivered food, or skimming the pool. Get on island time and be patient (they can't hear the bell placed on the desk anyway). Or, order/inquire at least an hour before you become desperate.
5) The location. This has been mentioned in reviews before, and the location really is Ellie's only significant drawback. A taxi to Geger beach is about 28000, to Padang Padang about 78000, and Seminyak is about 78000. Often times it is difficult (impossible) to get a metered taxi back to the hotel and you are forced to take local, unmetered, cars. These local drivers will quote a price that is double what your cab cost. Haggle. You can usually get them down to around where the cab was. Better yet - avoid local transport and walk to the nearest hotel and hail a cab from the street, or arrange for the cab driver who took you to the beach to come pick you up at an agreed upon time. - All this to say, taxi's aren't THAT cheap, so factor that into your decision to stay in a location like Ellie's.
I want to reiterate again what a lovely time we had at Ellie's. My intention in posting the "how to plan" items was not to, as the Balinese say "Break their life", but to give other travelers the opportunity to plan wisely and know what to expect.
Should we return to Bali, you will find us staying at Ellie's.
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- Also Known As:
- Ellie`s Hotel Nusa Dua
- Ellies Nusa Dua
- Ellies Hotel Nusa Dua
- Ellie's Bali/Nusa Dua