We spent 7 nights in this hotel, and overall it was a good experience. The hotel is very nice, brand new (built 2013) and the rooms are correctly furnished and very nicely lit. Bathroom is great, shower takes a while to get hot water from, but it works.Cleaning is very thorough every day. Fridge and safe were included in our room.
Location is a bit far away from Kuta and Seminyak. You cannot walk the distance, best to take a hotel shuttle, a taxi or rent a car or scooter. There is supposed to be a twice-a-day shuttle to Seminyak, but it only goes one way, and sometimes, if the shuttle is used for other purposes, the trip is not available.
The beach nearby is Echo Beach, which is a surf beach, with massive waves and black (volcanic?) sand. Not the most beautiful beach around. It is good for surfers, I guess.
Service is great, room service is cheap, and they accomodate extra requests. They even gave me a piece of cake for my birthday, which was a pleasant surprise.
There's breakfast included, which is from 6:30-10:00, which is great if you want to sleep in. Food is plenty and delicious.
The only thing that we found lacking was the Wifi. It kept dropping us off the network, and it was not suitable for anything else but email and basic browsing. You could not watch a youtube video on it. Even uploading pictures was a drag. I deducted one star because of this. I do not think this is a general problem in Bali, as we used a number of free wifi outlets in the city, and the speed was fine.
Give this area 5-10 years and it will be developed as Kuta or Legian. If you need a more quiet place, and don't mind the additional cost of transport, this is the place for you. Would visit again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- FRii Bali Echo Beach, a True Home for Those Who Crave the Surfing Adventure. FRii Bali Echo Beach is a Unique Stay (Thematic Hotel) under FRii Hotels Brand which developed by PHM Hospitality. Located close to Bali's beautiful coastline at North Seminyak area, Canggu, FRii Bali Echo Beach makes it easy for the surfers to catch some waves as it is within 5 minutes walking or 3 minutes driving distance to Echo Beach that is known as one of the best surfing spots in Bali Island. It's a true home for those who crave the surfing adventure. FRii Bali Echo Beach features 77 Unique Rooms encompassing of FRii Room, FRii Ocean View, FRii Pool Access, FRii Pool View, and FRii Family. All rooms are completed with LED TV with International channels, mini bar, coffee & tea maker, and bathroom with shower. For dining option, the hotel offers Seaduction Food | Rooftop | Bar which serving Western, Asian, and Indonesian food where all guests can enjoy and chill out with ocean view. Other facilities include 2 swimming pools with a pool bar, free Wi-Fi access at all hotel area and internet corner, surfboards locker area, surfboards rental & surf lesson, surf retail store, and free parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- FRii Bali Echo Beach, Hotel Canggu