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“Cockroaches & food poinsoning”
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Hotel Amed Cafe
Ranked #11 of 18 Hotels in Amed
Australia
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“Cockroaches & food poinsoning”
Reviewed 20 May 2011

We arrived here by chance, & were told there was no air-conditioned rooms, so we opted for one of the rooms on the poolside. The mosquito net around the bed was good considering the walls & windows were a good 5 inches apart.
The bathroom was below the bedroom and upon inspection seemed clean enough for 1 night. However, come nightfall dozens of cockroaches appeared. My partner got extreme food poisoning from dinner; which was fairly pricy in comparision to many other places.
I would not stay here again nor would I recommend others too.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Reviewed 27 April 2011

We stayed in Amed for 5 nights. Amed is very quit but also a nice place to get away from the buzz of the more touristy places on Bali. Amed Café is one the original Hotels in Amed and has a lot of charm.

We stayed in their best and most expensive room located on the second floor over the restaurant with a very nice view of Puri Agung. We liked the hotel very much, but we must admit that the general cleanliness of the rooms and the state of the hotel could be so much better. Our refrigerator had large visible stains inside and some of our windows in our room could not be locked just to mention a few things.

The restaurant is OK for a few meals (especially breakfast and lunch) but their dinner is overpriced (compared to the smaller Warungs around the neighbourhood) and the quality of the meals needs to be lifted. We choose to eat at some of the smaller Warungs not far from the hotel and we had a very good experience trying these (for half the price :-)).

Their divingcrew at the hotel is recommendable and their excursions around the area are very well executed but expensive (make sure to negotiate a better price if more than two people). The divespots around Amed are fantastic (especially Tulamben) so make sure to have a few dives while staying in Amed.

Unlike most other hotels in Bali that we visited Amed Café does not have wi-fi and the internet is not free of charge when staying at the hotel.

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2011

We ended up in Amed Cafe by chance, as we arrived in Amed while it was raining and didnt feel like looking around too much. We got a discount on one of the rooms at the top of the road, which was beautiful - outside bathroom, big comfortable bed, air-conditioning and charming balcony with a day bed. Clean and well designed.
We were right above the street, so it was a bit noisy, but nothing too much.

We found the staff unhelpful and the man working at the shop, also run by the Amed Cafe, was down right rude, grumpy and always trying to squeeze the last rupiah out of us (lied about prices and once upped the already given price for bananas from the girl that also works there). Unfortunately its the only place in Amed to find a lot of conveniences, so even after moving to a different accommodation, we had to deal with them.

The pool is cold and the kids only tried it once, which is not a good sign. I liked the view and the buildings around it - very cozy and beautiful.

We had asked if its ok to pay by credit card and got affirmative answer. On the morning we were leaving, we made our way down and got ready to pay at which time the woman behind the counter says "Oh, you could pay by credit card before 10am, because now there is no electricity". This part we were not told, so now we were stuck with the kids in the lobby. It was getting close to the time when our 2 year old would need a nap, so I asked if its ok for us to go back to the room for him to sleep while we wait for the electricity - "Not possible" was the answer, short and sweet. Why, I was not sure, as the hotel was empty - we saw not one other guest while we stayed there.

If you are after beautiful, comfortable room, that would be the place. Everything else was quite underwhelming and for the price, was not good enough for us.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Boulder, CO
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2010

Amed Cafe is one of the many options in the Amed area. We stayed in two of the more modern rooms rather than the older bungalows.

our rooms were very nice, clean and modern. They both had balconies large enough to have a day bed with mosquito net so you could use in the evening. The larger of the two rooms had an outdoor shower-very cool.

The pool was nice though it had two significant issues. the steps were covered in a coating of algae/slime which many people slipped on (including me). The design of the pool was such that a slip of the stairs may result in hitting the concrete, not just falling into the water. I saw many people slip even after I warned them to be careful-the stairs were that slippery. I approached the staff twice about getting the steps cleaned. They assured me both times that they would be cleaned and they never were. Secondly, the pool had an incredibly strong inlet pipe that poses a safety issue for all, but especially small children. It should be covered with a grate large enough to eliminate the risk of hair, fingers, swimshuits being sucked into it which could result in firght, pain, cut fingers, chunks of hair being pulled out, or even drowning to a kid. Again, when approached about this, the staff was unresponsive and unapologetic.

While the hotel was nice, I cannot recommend that small children use the pool without a very close eye from parents.

Food at the restaurant was OK, but a bit on the expensive side. Breakfast was included but we did not eat any other meals there.

lastly, the dive center was ignorant of current PADI regulations. Our 10 year old has PADI certification (yes, 10 year olds can get 'jr. open water' cert to a depth of 12m). The operators of their dive shop would not let him dive, which was there loss as we spent significant $$$$ at a nice shop down the street for our family of 4 to spend 4 days diving. I would be concerned to use this dive shop if they cannot get the basics correct.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 5 December 2010

I chose the cheaper room away from the beach -- but near the pool! Small but with air con & fridge (Rp300,00 per night during Nov). Had a fab big sofa & hammock on the verandah that I used lots! Take some insect spray though -- quite a few mozzies!
Had a lovely relaxing stay and would certainly return. Internet and Dive/snorkel equip available on-site. Brekky a bit basic -- but adequate.
Had a lovely meal and experience at "Sails" restaurant a few kms up the road -- they do free pick-up and drop off at your hotel -- just ring them!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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austria
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Reviewed 22 October 2010

We stayed 3 nights in Amed Cafe and we enjoyed it. In lower season they charge you 650.000 rph for a premium sea view room, 350.000 rph for a pretty bungalow with garden view and a/c and 250.000 withouth a/c.
As it was the start of our vacation we really wanted to have some seaview and went for this type. It is not a cheap option but for us it was worth it. From the top floor you have a great view to Mount Agung and the ocean. The rooms are nicely made with comfortable outdoor lounging furniture.
Around the area you can go for great snorkeling and diving trips. Tulampen and for snorkeling especially the Japanese wreck east of Amed. There are several nice black-sanded beaches around the area with little frequentation in low season.
We also frequented the restaurant which offers fairly priced local dishes which never disappointed us.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2010

This pleasant hotel is listed in some guidebooks under its official title of “Pondok Kebun Wayan”, but seems to be generally known as “Amed Cafe”. It is located on both sides of the road through Amed, with the restaurant, dive centre and internet cafe on the beach side and reception and most of the rooms on the hillside opposite. There is also a small supermarket, useful for drinks and snacks.

The ladies at reception are charming and helpful and will help arrange transport and tours. There are safe deposit boxes located here also. Breakfast is included in the room rate and consists of a choice of tea or Balinese coffee, pancakes and a small plate of fruit.

We chose a garden view room, with air-conditioning and hot water. Our room was fairly large by Balinese standards and had a lovely terrace with hammock, easy chairs and a small table, overlooking the gardens and small pool. The bathroom had a bath and low-level shower and a sink with a large mirror. The toilet was quite stained – a common problem in Bali – I don’t think that they have heard of spray bleach. The room was cleaned on a daily basis. The one thing that we found a bit strange was the lack of a bathroom door. There was a mesh curtain across the doorway, but there was still an unrestricted view of the toilet if you sat on the wrong place on the bed!

The dive centre posts times of high and low tides on a blackboard outside the restaurant. This is rather useful for working out the time of slack water, as currents can be fairly strong in Jemeluk. Being experienced divers, we did not need a guide, but the dive centre refused to hire us scuba tanks without a guide, with a price to match. So, we walked down the road to the Stingray Dive Centre and hired tanks for 60,000 Rupiah (about $6) each. Jemeluk has some of the best coral in northern Bali and it is easily accessed from the shore here. There are also some artificial reefs on the sandy slope, with lots of fish life and good opportunities for underwater photography.

In conclusion, I would recommend Amed Cafe. Some new rooms have just been built on the hillside and these looked very pleasant indeed, with roofed terraces and a day bed for relaxation. Unless you desperately want a sea view, it is probably not worth paying the extra for these rooms.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Amed Cafe
Address: Jalan Raya Bunutan, Amed, Abang, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Abang > Amed
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Amed
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Amed
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Amed Cafe 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel with Beachrestaurant in a big exotic garden- own Diveshop on the beach - 2 swimmingpool - shoppingcenter with ATM - bakery ... more   less 
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