Well, I have to agree with pretty much everything Subber from Sydney said about the Ananda Resort in Seminyak (what a very well written review it is) except I got to choose the actual room we had and our bed and our shower was (much) better.
Here's the story: We were on our last night of a 6-day Bali trip from Darwin. We both live in Darwin. Our first 2 nights were at the Casa Padma Suites on Jalan Padma in Legian and I like it there. See the review for that stay. We then drove ourselves to Lovina and stayed at the very beautiful Rambutan Villas - see the review for that stay. We drove back to the south and needed a room for the night and the Casa Padma was "full" so we went off in search of another room, in the trusty Toyota Avanza. We came across the Ananda. It seemed well located (that turned out to be true) and they advertised rooms from 399,000Rp per night. I paid 500,000 but thought I didn't want to argue because I had just driven from Lovina. The Front Desk man was extremely friendly and polite and I had just been into one of the schmicko hotels a bit further north where they told me one night was $US525. I laughed at that. I don't mind luxuries in life but danged if I will pay $US525 for a bed for the night! What are they thinking??
I looked at the room we would be having and it was OK. My g/fr ended up saying it was totally OK. That surprised me because we'd had a quite comfy trip that far.
I'll disagree with Subber on the bed quality. Our bed atthe Ananda was the best we had in Bali - soft and comfy. We used it rather liberally as well and it was fine.
The property though is desperately in need of a big makeover. It is very well situated and it's true there's a cluster of restaurants right where Ananada is. We went to the Cafe Bali for dinner. I will go back and try more food places there. I kept thinking what a good investment the Ananda Resort could make.
The pool area is inviting. There is a 24-hr mini market across the street.
They let us park our car right near the front door for free.
They were very friendly.
And, the WiFi is free.
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