Themed hotels are very trendy these days, and I think it's a great idea. Hotels are no longer only providing a room to sleep during your vacation/trip, they also provide a lifestyle. You could choose a hotel room/theme according to your personality.
However, I have never heard a themed hotel opening in Indonesia before. So correct me if I'm wrong, but I think The Spot at Legian is the first themed hotel in Indonesia. That is why, when a friend told me about it, I knew I had to book at least a night stay there during my trip to Bali last week.
I was a bit skeptical about The Spot's area before. It was located in Legian, the hustle and bustle area of Bali. Now, I'm not saying that it's a bad area, in fact many tourists love it because Legian is THE place if you want to have fun. That's where the hottest clubs and nightlife places are. However, whenever I go to Bali I prefer a relaxing, lazing by the beach type of holiday. So staying at the heart of Legian was not my first choice, since I thought it was going to be really noisy. However, I still wanted to give The Spot a try.
When I checked in, I asked for "Union Jack" room as I was attracted to the room design which I think is a bit "Brit-Rock"ish. That room was not available for that evening. So they put me in "Monalisa" room. At first I thought Monalisa room was going to be a room with a replicated Monalisa painting hanging on the wall. To my surprise, Monalisa room is so cute! The room walls are dark green on some sides. There are 3 big posters hanging on top of the bed. The first poster has picture of the cartoonised version of Monalisa drinking coffee, the second one eating spaghetti, and the third one showed "9pm" clock and she was sleeping. Too bad I didn't bring a decent camera with me, but do check out The Spot website or blog, they have picture of the posters.
The room was decent sized. I have stayed in even smaller budget hotel rooms with more expensive rate, so I think this is all right. Even in the bathroom, there's still quite a room to "breathe".
The bed was really comfortable, unlike some hotels with really thin uncomfortable bed that gave me backache in the morning. I was really happy with the Monalisa room.
Since I was curious what other rooms were like, I asked one of the receptionist girls to show me some other rooms that were available. She politely and kindly showed me around. All the rooms in The Spot have different wall colours and themes. What pleased me was... they have popular culture themes, such as "Audrey Hepburn" room, "Friends" room, "The Simpsons" room and many more. That would make people who, let's say, is a die-hard fan of Audrey Hepburn, feel intrigued and would love to visit Bali and stay in that room! What a great idea :)
After the "room tour" (which I thought was really awesome, more awesome than touring the monkey forest ;P), the receptionist lady told me about Fabulously Feet, a nail salon slash reflexology place located beside the hotel (but still within the hotel building). To be honest I've ever been to Fabulously Feet in Sanur a few times before, and I loved their mani pedi, so I didn't mind and gave it a try. It was decorated similarly as the one in Sanur, with colourful lanterns hanging on the ceiling, purple sofas (which are SOOOO comfortable). I think Fabulously Feet suits the theme of The Spot because they are also colourful and funky.
In the evening, I was surprised to find that the Monalisa room was not at all noisy. I slept really well that night. My friend who was staying in the India room which was right across Monalisa room was also saying that she wasn't troubled by any noises from the clubs. I believe some of the rooms there MIGHT be more prone to the club noises. So if you go there as a family or want to have more relaxing holiday, do ask the receptionists for rooms that are not too noisy.
The next morning I went to the rooftop bar for my breakfast. The rooftop bar was not very ready yet as they were still renovating the pool. I had the full breakfast which was : toasts, omelettes, muffin and a glass of pineapple juice. The choc chip muffins was one of the best muffins I've ever had in my life. It was so fluffy.
So overall, I think The Spot is a very interesting and exciting hotel, especially for those who wants to experience Bali's hottest nightlife, The Spot in Legian IS the place to stay. As for the service, it was decent enough. After all, it's Bali. I've hardly been disappointed of Balinese hospitality. They're all very nice and very polite. Since I go to Bali quite often, I MUST pre-book the Union Jack room next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Spot Legian is a 21 rooms boutique hotel in the heart of Bali. Our rooms are individually decorated and has its own theme. Located at the famous Jalan Raya Legian, we are only 100 meters away from endless options of bars, restaurants and clubs, and only 10 minutes away to Kuta Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Spot Legian Bali