After referring to our guide book we headed straight to the Topi Inn for our stay in Padangbai, and weren't disappointed when we arrived to a colourful, chilled out place at the quiet end of the beach. The downstairs area had plenty of seating space, computers, books and blackboards advertising western dishes and fresh baguettes.It looked like the perfect hostel, and although our room (100 0000 Rp) wasn't the best we'd seen by far, the relaxed atmosphere persuaded me to stay.
However, my opinion of Topi Inn quickly changed for the following reasons, and I unfortunately left feeling disappointed.
The computers were set at a fixed rate, which is completely reasonable. However, unlike any other guest house I have stayed in, they also made a charge for wifi, which began and ended when you alerted a waiter downstairs.
The book swap was a 2 for 1 policy, which had to be approved by the staff.
There were films shown in the upstairs common area in the evening. The guest house also made a charge for this - again something which I have never experienced before. If you didn't want to watch the film this also left you with no where to sit and relax in the evening as downstairs (as we learnt) is first, and foremost, a restaurant in the evening.
The fresh baguettes were very overpriced at 30 000 Rp and came without any sort of garnish or chips. We later learnt if you wanted salad with your cheese it is an extra 6 thousand. Not a lot of money, but you're just left wondering why!
Overall this is a place which offers very basic rooms, for those on a budget, but operates primarily as a relatively expensive restaurant. Topi Inn comes across as a confused establishment, and would work better as a restaurant alone. I wouldn't recommend this as a budget place to stay, you can find far better deals elsewhere.
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- Also Known As:
- Topi Hotel Padangbai
- Topi Inn Manggis, Bali