A Balinese friend told me about the soft opening prices of the hotel. My suite was 400,000/night instead of 520,000. I usually stay at Prima Cottages in Sanur for the same price and Prima is highly rated on trip advisor and it's a reliable standby that's showing it's age e.g. ventilation screens have holes near ceiling that let in mosquitos but it's decent and clean with a friendly experienced staff.
Semarandana is pretty close to the beach and it looks like a Venice Beach modern hotel. The room was clean and modern looking. Didn't realize the towels were in a drawer under the sink until inquiring at the front desk for a towel after drying myself off with the bath mat.
The only window was the one at the front of the room that looks out over the pool about 1 metre from the room's front door. If you're lucky enough not to have any partying Russians or Bulgarians it's probably for the best though it was quieter after the police came to make them get quieter. Basically if you want privacy close the curtain and enjoy the dark room. We could hear guests shuffling furniture until 1 am in the room above but that's not the hotel's fault.
The hotel is brand new, the staff is young and probably friends of the Balinese owner who is an architect. I like supporting locally owned hotels more than big chains. There are more run down guest houses nearby that charge the same price as this place. The architect made an efficient use of a very small lot, not a problem if you don't mind seeing everyone come and go. We had a hilarious British couple next to us, e.g. sitting 1 metre away from our front door on their front area by the pool and that was fun because we were in the mood to socialize. The pool is small but clean.
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- Also Known As:
- Semarandana Bali/Sanur