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The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection
Ranked #36 of 148 Hotels in Seminyak
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 December 2011

The Royal Beach is right on the beach (it's wrongly located on the trip advisor map) and also on the road leading to Seminyak's main drag, so ideally located. It's one of the older resort hotels,but well maintained, and with huge, mature gardens, that really make it feel like an oasis away from the increasingly traffic riddled streets of SW Bali.
There are two good restaurants, though I only had breakfast there, which I would say is absolutely 'best in class' so well worth getting an inclusive rate. One of the restaurants is right on the beach. There are two big pools, one family oriented and one quiet and secluded in the gardens.
Being older, the public spaces and rooms are also more spacious than some modern places, but look to have been recently refurbished.
If you want a hotel environment (villas are another popular option in Bali, which I have used in the past very successfully) this has a lot to commend it. Though less stylish than its neighbours such as the Oberoi, this is better value.
Good free Internet access throughout the resort, but other incidental charges are, like most big chain hotels (this is Accor) over the top, typically 3 or 4 times what small independent hotels charge.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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theroyalmanager, Manager at The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2012

Dear keithuk,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It is always nice to receive positive feedback. Your input has been served as an encouragement to our team to continuously improving our services.

We are looking forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to the resort!

Sincerely,
Ana Dewi Permana
Marketing Manager
The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali

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Reviewed 14 December 2011

The main areas of the hotel are pleasant enough -the entrance lobby is large and airy, the well tended greens and ponds, and the inviting swimming pools- but the room although fairly spacious, was quite a disappointment.
Firstly there was a musty smell when we entered the room, I guess it was damp or humidity from the air-conditioning. Second the electronic accessories were faulty a) fridge was hot, I mean the drinks were not even room temperature as they were heated up by the lamp in the fridge, and b) the kettle ignores its auto switch so beware that all the water boils away and it might catch fire! Third, the toilet and shower was very poorly designed, and fourth there was a dearth of power plugs in the room, making hair-drying and phone charging etc rather difficult and inconvenient. (I should also add that our friends had rooms with air-conditioning that didn't work).

To expand on the third point, I thought the toilet facilities very awkward to use. The toilet and shower seemed very makeshift in the way it was renovated. There was barely enough space to sit on the toilet and close the door which is kind of like a stall rather than a room (gap at the top which makes it very convenient for talking to someone else in the room). There was a weird 20cm gap in the wall between the toilet and the shower which allows the water from the shower to spill onto the floor of the toilet. The bath is separated from the room by a set of blinds, so essentially this entire bathroom and toilet is an "open" concept toilet, not segregated by glass nor wall. The laundry basket is massive and is placed rather inconveniently by the side of the shower door and beside the sink. This made opening the shower door rather limited and also impeded access to the sink. There was barely any table top space by the sink, it was like one of those "floating" designs and there is no where to put your hairbrush or moisturizer. The only real useful mirror is the one behind the sink, but you don't really get a full length view of yourself.

I was quite disappointed about the power plug situation, once my partner hooked up a computer there was no other accessible plug around the room. We eventually found one deep inside a dark cupboard where we placed the kettle and hairdryer (have to alternate), when they could have made the access a lot easier from the counter where they have the tea cups and coffee mugs. Very strange. I put on some water to boil in the modern electric kettle but didn't realize that it had all boiled away until my partner decided to have some and almost burned himself touching the plastic handle.

What were the plus points? Well, the safe does work and the water pressure in the shower was reasonable and hot. There are dressing gowns and slippers (important to me). The bed was large and fairly comfortable (although the TV is too low for viewing when you're lying in bed). The impressive Seminyak beach, pools and polite staff were all very pleasant. I would suggest that the owners of the property spend a bit of money hiring a decent interior designer, renovate the rooms to make them match the level of tidyness and impressiveness of the rest of the facility. And if you do renovate, please can you change the interior of the wardrobes to some lighter color, the room is already dark as it is and a black interior makes it impossible to see where I put my things.

Room Tip: We stayed on the ground floor (Room 150) of the main wing of the hotel which had convenient access t...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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5  Thank OctoberSun
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theroyalmanager, Manager at The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2011

Dear OctoberSun,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us and regret to hear that it did not meet your expectation.

At Mgallery, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer; therefore your feedback is very important to us. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address the problem and prevent future occurrence.

Again, thank you for giving us such constructive feedback and we hope that you would give us another chance to better serve you in the future.

Sincerely,
Ana Dewi Permana
Marketing Manager
The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali

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Reviewed 12 December 2011

The resort is directly on the beach with two nice pools and a lushes tropical garden

The service and food overall was excellent I really enjoyed the satay sticks and the squid in curry.

I found the rooms a bit dated and below standard for the level their advertise. But overal a great experience

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed 8 December 2011

Even though we arrived early, we really didnt think they would make us wait the 5 hours to check into our room. YES THEY DID!!!!! we sat around in the heat waiting for our room, we asked a staff member if the hotel was full, his reply was NO,
Location perfect, sunsets perfect, Husk restaurant was nice, we asked if we could take a cup of coffee to the pool area less than 10 yards away we were told NO you have to drink it in the restaurant. strange!!
Staff pretty friendly. breakfast nice, overall food was good, drinks expensive.
At check out time we were asked if we had used the mini bar, we replied yes, one can of coke had been drunk, this showed on our final bill,which had just been finalised, another lady in reception then said 'We have information you have used the mini bar' I said yes ive paid for it about 2 minutes ago and have it on my bill. the receptionist didnt appologise, I walked away annoyed at the lack of communication between the staff.
Overall not a pleasent experience at the start of our 5 day break, and another worse experience right at the end.We travel to Bali from Perth 4 times a year and try alot of the hotels . Give me the Padma, or intercontinental any day. To the management we stayed in room 372 just 2 days ago, We wont stay at your property again... neither will friends who waited for an update about your hotel before booking!!!!!

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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Isobella K
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theroyalmanager, Manager at The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2011

Dear Isobella K,

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali. I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations; please allow me to express my sincerest apologies.

At Mgallery, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer; therefore your feedback is very important to us. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address the problem and prevent future occurrence.

We appreciate your sharing your concerns, and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the near future.

Sincerely,
Ana Dewi Permana
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The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali

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Reviewed 6 December 2011

Our most humble gratitude for the upgrade offer by this facility for my wife and I with our friends whilst on our honeymoon.
The garden suite was lovely and whilst a little dated, was in very good order and the staff made the experience second to none.
If any people had any complaints, i would hate to know what they wiish for in a resort stay because i thought it was lovely and the staff fantastic.
Greg

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Romer666
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theroyalmanager, Manager at The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2011

Dear Royal Guest,

Thank you for your kind compliments. It is great to know that you had a memorable stay with us. Your feedback will be a great motivator to our team to maintain the standards and to continuously improving our services.

We are looking forward to the pleasure of serving you better in the future.

Sincerely,
Ana Dewi Permana
Marketing Manager
The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali

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Reviewed 5 December 2011

This hotel was introduced to me by my travel agent as ex Sofitel hotel. it just beside anantara hotel, but with much more reasonable price than Anantara exorbitant prices.
The moment you enter the location, you will have impression that this hotel have a luxury of spaces which most of new hotels will not able to effort it, considering land prices in bali that has shoot up.
Everything was spacious, including the lobby, rooms, alley, gardens, beach area, restaurants. love that you can move freely.
Hiding just 10 minutes walk from Dyanapura club area, but quiet enough to keep your holiday peaceful, with own beach access. good services, nice beach swimming pools and additionally romantic buffet on the beach at night. this is truly Bali experience. i will recomend anybody to try this hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled on business
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Thank limwiehan
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theroyalmanager, Manager at The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2011

Dear limwiehan,

Thank you for such a nice review and for recommending our hotel. It is always nice to receive positive feedback.
Your review will be served as an encouragement to maintaining the standards and to better serve you in the future.

Sincerely,
Ana Dewi Permana
Marketing Manager
The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali

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Reviewed 1 December 2011

An amazing resort with a relaxed atmosphere from the moment you arrive. Our flight was delayed by 7hours however the staff were extremely accommodating with our late arrival.

We were ushered to our rooms and given a welcome brief of the room and resort facilities.
The rooms were equiped with all the luxuries to make your stay enjoyable...cable TV, air con, soft bedding, safe, and a great selection of bathroom amenities including nail files, combs, sewing kit, bath salts!

The resort grounds are massive and can make the walk back to your room a bit of a task in the Bali heat. But it's worth it! The pool(s) are clean, however a bit warm in the Bali heat.

The buffet breakfast is delicious with a selective of Eastern & Western foods (sushi, noodles, eggs, bacon, pancakes, fruits, cheese, soup, croissants...etc).

Throughout our stay we were fussed over by the staff and all our requests were met...from the tables we wanted, to cocktail orders. The cocktail prices were reasonable at around 80,000 IDR for resort pricing.

The resort prices in general are a lot cheaper than I was expecting and the hotel transport reasonable (25,000 IDR to Seminyak restaurants Ultimo/Rumours or 30,000 IDR to Legian).

There's free internet in the common bar area which is useful.

The Spa is luxurious and great for a splurge to indulge yourself. Although a bit more expensive than the street spa/massage parlours.....it's worth the money for the beautiful (air con!) treatment rooms. You will feel pampered!!

Overall, an excellent stay & I highly recommend this property.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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theroyalmanager, Manager at The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2011

Dear mytravelagent,

It was a pleasure to having you stay with us. Thank you for taking your time to giving us such a nice review. One of our goals is to ensure that our guests have memorable stay with us and we are glad that you had one.

Again, thank you for feedback and recommendation. It will motivate our team to maintain the standards and continuously improving our services.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the resort.

Sincerely,
Ana Dewi Permana
Marketing Manager
The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali

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Additional Information about The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection

Address: Jl. Camplung Tanduk, Seminyak Beach | PO Box 3384, Seminyak 80033, Indonesia (Formerly Sofitel Seminyak Bali)
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Region: Indonesia > Bali > Kuta District > Seminyak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#14 Business Hotel in Seminyak
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Seminyak
#19 Family Hotel in Seminyak
#25 Romantic Hotel in Seminyak
#32 Spa Hotel in Seminyak
#34 Luxury Hotel in Seminyak
Price Range: £102 - £182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection 5*
Number of rooms: 142
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A boutique hotel directly on the Seminyak Beach, surrounded by uniquely designed 4.5 hectares tropical garden. Featuring 128 rooms and 17 private villas, it is within walking distance to Seminyak fine dining restaurants, trendiest bars and luxury shopping. With outstanding modern Balinese architecture, the hotel offers a distinctive and memorable stay wrapped with the warmth of Balinese culture on every stay. ... more   less 
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Sofitel Hotel Seminyak Bali
Sofitel Hotel Denpasar
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