After searching & reading review on TA to match w. our price range, a little wary about this place, I decided to book it anyway...and it didn't disappoint us. Given the fact of us coming from the Four Season Hotel in Singapore, this place is far cry fr the amenities & the accomodation, but it centrally located, clean, convenient & offer a good place to rest for your busy days in Bali.
We got here very late at night, so no welcome drinks, most staffs was gone. No restaurant open after 10pm within close proximity to this hotel...so if you get there late, bring some snacks of ur own.
The hotel is a small, quaint, clean place, offer enought essentials for your stay. But nothing fancy (match w. the price we paid of $60usd) The common areas are clean, landscape well manicured. Pool is clean, small & inviting. The hotel is not really a walking distance to anything...This part of Bali is not a walking friendly place...no sidewalks at all...So anywhere u wanna go, u have to take a taxi, not too expensive...Room is clean, a little moldy smell, but we use the incents we bought to burn daily, so not a big deal...
Im not a big fan of their bathroom, moldy smell, shower pressure is really weak, and the towels they supply everyday is old looking & kinda yellowish looking...I wish I took my own towels w. me. I'm not too fussy, so I burned incents to do away w. the smell...AC works good.
Every units has its own patio space outside where u can relax, chill, smoke, if u r smoker. The decors is simple, quaint, to match with this hotel. Safety box, iron board, hanging closet, hangers...free bottle water daily. I didn't use the hotel spa or the pool, but they look nice. The staffs are somewhat friendly...if you try to be friendly w. them, they will reciprocate. The restaurant next door provides good breakfast, but you will get tired of their food after day 2.
If you need a clean, comfortable, not too fancy, functional hotel in Seminyak with good price, i recommend this place...if u dont mind a little moldy smell in the bathroom. If you spend most of your time exploring the island, busy w. ur activities and just come back to the hotel to shower, rest & sleep, this is the place...if you want more, with more services...this is not the place.
All shopping & restaurants are nearby by taxi...not walking distance. I also realized that this is the rainy season in Bali, also high season in Bali, so if you don't want to catch the rain everyday (it rain on & off) this is not the time to go (we visited Jan 2012) This part of Bali (Seminyak, Kuta, Legian..southwest of Bali) is not the most beautiful part of Bali. I came w. the expectation of gorgeous water/beach & beautiful scenery, but didn't feel that way after exploring around. You have to stay in Ubud, Kintamani, Gianyar...if u want more tranquil, authentic, magical feels...
As far as restaurants, do try Potato Heads, Ku De Ta & La Lucciola...they are very nice, good food, gorgeous setting & cool vibe in Bali. Separate reviews will follow on these places. Try the dancing fingers massage of Jari Menari, it's amazing! Don't try Bali Ratu Spa in Kuta, overprice, overrated and not good massage as you would expected.
Must do/see: Uluwatu (temple on the tip of the island), visit Kuta/Legian shopping, Tanah Lot temple, Ubud is great for art & home decor shopping, Kintamani (w. active volcano & mount Batur (magical view & feel)
What I love most about Bali is its people, sweet, friendly, honest, simple & respectfull. Go enjoy with an open minded, explore & have a wonderful time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ivory Resort Seminyak located in Seminyak area, Bali's most fashionable district, just 25 minutes drive from Ngurah Rai International airport, The center of gourmet cafes, street restaurant & bars, home wares and fashion stores where an international mix of celebrities and cosmopolitan jet setter flock of shop, dine and party. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ivory Resort Seminyak Hotel Seminyak
- Ivory Resort Seminyak Bali