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Puri Dewa Bharata Hotel & Villas
Ranked #113 of 143 Hotels in Seminyak
Noosaville, Australia
2 reviews
“Value for money, not best location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

I recently had two separate stays at this hotel, one stay was in a downstairs villa and the other was in an upstairs villa. We also had family staying in a deluxe room.

Overall the hotel is quite relaxing and staff are only too happy to do anything to make your stay comfortable. Nice pool area although small, I enjoyed that as there were less people around. Restaurant is basic but nice and offers a selection of Indonesian and Western food for similar prices to what you'd pay in decent cafes/restaurants in town.

The upstairs villas are definitely the most basic of their accommodation options and they all differ, some have shower curtains, some don't (which means the toilet gets wet), some have internal locks that work, some don't. Little differences like that. One of our friends had a room that had an extremely uncomfortable bed but when they spoke with the staff they were changed to another room that was much better, so if you experience a problem, just talk with the staff. They'll help if they can.

If you are booking two rooms and have an upstairs and a downstairs villa you can share the common area that normally only comes with a downstairs villa - this is really good for families or groups as you then have somewhere to hang together without being in an actual room or one of the public areas - as long as they've booked you in the rooms directly over each other. We had one of our rooms upgraded to a downstairs villa for free and we found this setup great for our family group.

Location is not the best part of this hotel. We choose it because it was close to a villa that other family members booked. There is a major hotel/shopping development being built across the road and that will really lift the overall area when its completed. You can't hear any noise from the building in the hotel though. It was about a 15min walk into one of the main shopping areas of Seminyak and about a 20min walk to the beach. That being said the hotel runs two free shuttles a day into Kuta and then you only have to get your own transport back from wherever you are. If you use a Bluebird taxi that runs a meter it will cost less then IDR25,000 to get from any area in Kuta/Legian back to the hotel. The challenge is to find one that charges by the meter during high traffic times. There are plenty of taxis though so you can either just keep stopping them until you find one or agree to pay a bit more to one not using a meter. I did this on occasion if I had tired kids, but I didn't pay more than IDR40,000. Some will ask for a lot more than that, but it shouldn't be necessary to pay more. All taxi drivers I used knew exactly where the hotel was so that was handy.

Overall value for money is good and I enjoyed the simplicity of the hotel and the older Balinese style. I would stay here again unless I needed to be more central for any reason on the next holiday. Don't expect 5 star for the price of this hotel and be aware that the upstairs villa's are their most basic and I don't think you'll be dissapointed. It was certainly more relaxing that staying in one of the major hotels with hundreds of other people which I have done before.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2012

What is all this talk about great value for money?
I booked room that was about $AUD60.00 a night. I have stayed at plenty of other places in Bali that are far better value for money. Its quite sweet and staff are nice but for me value for money does not mean a relatively run down basic room at $60.00 a night. If you can get out and about and explore, there are much better deals out there.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012 via mobile

Great value hotel considering the price.

Nice swimming pool...not large but very relaxing.

Friendly staff and atmosphere.

Location is good but may be a little tricky if you yard new to Bali n

A great German Resturant just down the road.

Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

As my husband and I turned up we had no idea what to expect - the last couple of trips to bali we had spoiled ourselves so we decided to take a bit of a risk and try something less than 5 star. On arrival we did get ready to move to plan B - but after settling into our standard no frills room we took a stroll to the resturant and pool. Upon relaxing, getting a nite to eat and quickly getting to know the staff we felt right at home. This hotel is very low key and comfortable place to stay - you can relax with no pretenciouness around you and let your hair down. No frills but very friendly and good for the budget. Excellent location and very close to legian and the main hub of Seminyak. We loved the freedom to move around easily and a very relaxing holiday and we will certainly return....A clean, friendly helpful hotel...

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

the rooms were in very bad condition with stains on the walls and our air con leaked! however the staff are so nice and the pool is very nice and clean with just enough sun beds too! the food we had at breakfast and lunch was always very nice too! traditional balinese building in a good location too! only 10mins walk to the beach and only a minute to the shops!! great place if u dont plan on staying in the rooms

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

I travelled around Bali for 17 days with my husband and 74 yr old mother. We booked a "family villa" at Puri Dewa Bharata and stayed for 6 days.
The Good: The hotel and villas are on Jl Nakula (off Jl Raya Legian) and central to shopping and restaurants. The "family villa" comprise of seperate upstairs and downstairs "villas" with a private undercover courtyard with koi pond and seating area. The pool is semi-shaded for most of the day and therefore usable at all times. The staff are mostly friendly - I have to make specific mention of Dewa who made arrangements for mum to see a dentist when she broke a tooth. The hotel is also across from a couple of medical practices and at least 5 pharmacies in a 500m radius. There is a variety of good restaurants, including Extrablatt (a "German Warung") and Il Warung (an "Italian Warung") - I kid you not!!
The Bad: The "downstairs villa" (occupied by mum) was lovely and modern, with a new aircon (and remote!). The "upstairs villa" (I suppose mostly used by the kids in a family) was frankly awful. Not only does the interior decorating suck but the aircon was old and hardly effective. Even worse, no remote, you had to turn it on by hand and turn it off by hand. And that was it - no settings, just on or off. The first floor also meant that there was no respite from the traffic noises on Jl Nakula, which is CRAZY busy. It is one of the main arteries feeding to Kuta and Sanur. You wake up to traffic and fall asleep to traffic. Thank goodness for earplugs! The bathroom paint was peeling and the ceiling was covered in water marks and moldy patches. As often experienced in a homestay the bathroom is also one big "wet room", except that it was not built as such and water therefore did not drain from the toilet area. When you used the toilet you had your feet (or shoes) sitting in a centimetre of water.
The ugly: Unfortunately we had a lot of (unseasonal) rain. This would not normally bother me except that windows did not close properly, roofs were leaking, the downstairs "fancy" bathroom turned into an indoor swimming pool and the downstairs undercover seating area became a serious slipping hazard. Glossy tiles + torrential rain + leaky roofs = :(

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2012

If a property suggests they are a 3 star venue then that is what they are! This place always suits me, and it is worth exactly what they charge! I have been staying here for the last 10 years and so has my family and friends. This place is great for a holiday in the best location between legian and seminyak, it suits me for a quick cheap break or a transition stop between exploring other parts on Indonesia. The other guests mostly consist of Indonesian tourists and other savvy travelers who know a great find when they stay here. No big crowds, no missing out on sun lounges, no lining up behind mass consuming western tourists for breakfast! This place is like staying at an Indonesian family home where you are looked after and once introduced the staff will never forget your name.
The hotel is a of a basic nature, but that's what you are paying for. Don't be disappointed when the cost actually matches the product!!
Unbelievable location that gives you the main highway out of town just 2 mins away and legian street a 5 min walk up the street. Enjoy this place for what it is, and respect that a beautiful family are behind the scenes and often working right under your nose.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Property: Puri Dewa Bharata Hotel & Villas
Address: Jl. Nakula no. 11 | Nakula Street number 11, Seminyak 80361, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Seminyak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#79 Spa Hotel in Seminyak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Puri Dewa Bharata Hotel & Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A hotel with well-built Balinese concept. Designed in indigenous traditional architecture with fine stones - woods carving decorate each room of the hotel. 48 Rooms divided into 10 villas (with downstairs and upstairs rooms) and 28 spacious rooms in a building feature. The downstairs villas are in large double bed with kitchen, bathtub /shower with hot / cold water, spacious lounge room. All rooms equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, fridge with mini bar and IDD phone. ... more   less 
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Puri Dewa Bharata Village Hotel Seminyak
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