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Padma Resort Legian
Ranked #2 of 87 Hotels in Legian
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 July 2008

First trip to Bali paid $1.50 a night for “Losman accommodation”; Since then have stayed in several cheap to moderate rated hotels in Legian area, all positive stays; this year upgraded to The Padma. Length of stay, 15th – 25th June in Deluxe Chalets (1 King, 1 Twin) with request for interconnecting rooms. Late arrival, 11.00pm at Hotel Reception, offered 2 X Twin Chalet rooms, 1 ground and 1 first floor above each other. Reception apologised and explained that Interconnecting rooms are subject to availability and check next day for available vacancy. With such a late check-in I was not surprised about vacancy issue and was happy to sort out next day. Checked with Reception 1.00pm and transferred to Interconnecting Chalets following day. Padma is a large hotel complex and it must be difficult to juggle so many “Guest Room Preferences”. With a smile and some patience, things do get sorted out.
Chalets are spacious, with tasteful décor; quiet air-conditioning that does cool, large clean bathroom (Tip: wet clothes dry faster in bathroom o’nite with door closed than out on balcony), and yes agree with previous review, one of the best hotel beds we have slept in. Cleaning staff maintained rooms in good order and are always happy to act on any special requests. Nice touch was having beds turned down each night. Had no hesitation leaving, “Thankyou Tip” at end of stay.
Complimentary breakfast is fabulous, huge selection, Bella Rosa and Tenkai are worth experiencing for that special dinner with some exceptional dishes offered, however with drinks can be an expensive night. Plenty of cheap eats in surrounding streets, Wali Warung, Legian Snacks, Posers and Wayan & Friends worth a try, plus plenty others.
Gardens are postcard perfect; a stroll at night is magical, new garden ponds mentioned in earlier review looking really good.
Swimming pool is magnificent, and we always managed to claim a lounge, although prime positions poolside do go early, preferred the hill overlooking beach, which can be accessed through rear entrance.
Car hire (with driver) easily arranged at reception, not as cheap as outside hotel but more convenient and we were able to negotiate fair price. Blue Bird Taxi always available, ask at desk. Even Hotel Exchange Rate compared to money changes outside is reasonable.
Thumbs Up!!!!!!! To Padma and Staff, who always greeted with a smile. We'll be back next year.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 June 2008

The Padma is a fantastic hotel we loved our stay there ,the staff are so helpfull and freindly everyone is always so pleased to see you everyday.the rooms are large ,clean, very spacious ,flat screen tv dvd cd player .bathrooms modern plenty of room larger shower on the lower floor ,but we liked the balcony on the upper floor ,ice cold air con,the beds are sooooooo nice and the pillows divine. we stayed in a garden club challet well worth the extra for the club benefits go to the outside upper deck to watch the sunset with a cocktail be there early about 4.45pm to get the best seats.bella rossa breakfast is a must for the view in the morning buffet breakfast great too ,the theme night dinners are great value we tried the tepenyaki night lovely .the pool is great as are the grounds immaculate presentation everywhere, try the spa as well very relaxing and well worth a visit .i dont see how any one can have anything bad to say about the hotel but you will always have people who are never happy....try the padma it is fantastic we stayed for two weeks next year three weeks.

Stayed: June 2008
4  Thank 007Perth
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Reviewed 25 June 2008

We stayed at the Padma in February this year for 2 weeks and loved it (refer earlier review), we booked to stay again in the last leg of our 19 night trip for 8 nights 5 – 13 June.

We arrived from Lembongan Island at the Padma @ 4pm to be advised our room was not yet ready (even though we booked and paid in full 6 weeks earlier). We spent the next 3 hours at the Club Lounge waiting for our room and receiving very little drink service in the lounge – we actually gave up trying to order a drink, and receiving no advice about our room until we chased them up about it. The poor drink service seemed to be due to too many guests for the singular bar staff to manage.

After finally being taken to our Garden Club Chalet the disappointment really set in. The bathroom was covered in black mould and the view from our veranda was of the construction site (new garden ponds). !Next morning I enquired about changing rooms to a Junior Suite – no problem, “will be ready soon”. Some 36 hours later, still having not unpacked, we finally moved to the Junior Suite which was roomier and cleaner and of course, more costly.

Down to the pool after breakfast, what a joke with the pool towels covering 95% of loungers and yet nobody on the loungers for hours.

Breakfast at Bella Rosa was good as usual, although I did note that most mornings there seemed to be what looked like tiny fruit flies all over the fruit display as well as the breads. Also at Bella Rosa I would order a cappuccino each morning to which I had to pay extra for.

We did not bother returning to the Club Lounge for the cocktail hours the rest of our stay.

Laundry costs seems to have doubled since February, and that was after requesting three times in one morning for a laundry bag and list.

Room cleaning (for which we always leave a daily tip on the pillows) was extremely poor for the duration.

We had breakfast in the main dining area one morning due to leaving early for a bike tour, and I ordered a cappuccino which never appeared, nor was offered any tea or cofffee.

I was pleased to leave the Padma and will not return. It was a very different experience to that of our stay in February 2008 (was there a change of ownership???) The Padma was very poor value and appeared cheap and dirty this visit.

We also stayed @ Laguna, Nusa Dua and Batu Karang, Lembongan Island on this trip and would readily return to both of these resorts.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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11  Thank Jody0411
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Reviewed 10 June 2008

Hotel Padma is amazing! The photos really do not do it justice. We arrived and were instantly blow away by how beautiful the lobby was. The staff was so friendly and always helpful. The included breakfast was amazing. The trip started with big plans to go out and be adventurous, but the hotel was so great that we ended up lounging around. There's a wide array of people staying there, from all over the world, families, couples, singles, etc. I will most definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 June 2008

stayed at hotel padma!! the best ever hotel ever,, could 't ask for any better place... bali is best place ever, and no matter where you stay you would be happy, the niceest people ever and cant do enough for you.... aaaaaaaaa+++++++++++++ natasha thatcher....back in 3 months

2  Thank tashthatcher
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Reviewed 3 June 2008

We have just returned from a 10 day stay at the Padma.
We stayed in a Delux Chalet - room 571. Beautiful large room, King size bed, flat screen TV and full size bathroom. The shower excellent, large shower head and good flow of water.

Breakfast fantastic - something to suit every taste - only complaint was the crispy bacon, just a little too crispy!:)

Pool was great, water tempreature perfect and plenty of pool Chairs/beds available, even if you didn't put your towel out before the crack of dawn to reserve one.

We only had a couple of meals at the Padma, our preference was to eat out side of the hotel. Two places we would recommend: Posers and Wayan & Friend's, both only a short walk on the main road outside the hotel and both had great food at a great price.

The staff at the Padma are wonderful, helpful and very friendly.

Padma Hotel Bali is a large hotel but with the beautiful grounds doesn't seem so large. It is just across the road from the beach and has beach access. You can walk to Kuta along the beach approximately 20 min. or take a 'Taksi'

Would recommed this hotel and will be returning, hopefully in the near future.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank KasSydneyAustralia
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Reviewed 24 May 2008

Padma Hotel is a family hotel by all means. Although we went there during our honeymoon (it was the 2nd hotel during our stay) but it was an excellent break for the calm routine we had at the beginning of our honeymoon. The hotel has excellent facilities to entertain their guests. Swimming pool was really nice although you have to help yourself over there. But it was expected because it is not easy to give a 5+ star service in a swimming pool that's filled with kids an people.
The japanese and Italian restaurants in the hotel served great food. The prices were average and did not seem expensive to us. The breaksfast buffet was our favorate. Nice wide sunny place with a big buffet that has a big variety.
We would definitely stay there again in our next trip to Bali.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: Jl. Padma no. 1, Legian 80361, Indonesia
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Region: Indonesia > Bali > Legian
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Legian
#1 Business Hotel in Legian
#2 Spa Hotel in Legian
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Legian
#2 Romantic Hotel in Legian
#2 Luxury Hotel in Legian
Price Range: £139 - £227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Padma Resort Legian 5*
Number of rooms: 432
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Padma Resort Legian is previously known as Padma Resort Bali at Legian. Acclaimed as a five-star art sanctuary, Padma Resort Legian is a serene paradise under the dancing shadows of the renowned Legian sunset. Just steps away from the traditional art and fashion market of Legian street, the resort is a sanctuary at one with nature. Spaciously set within a romantic 6.8-hectare garden landscape, the resort provides comfortable accommodation, world-class facilities and the celebrated Balinese hospitality that promise wonderful stays for discerning travelers. ... more   less 
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