Ramada Bali Sunset Road, Legian Review
Bali is known for having wide array of affordable upper class hotels which is very friendly for a budget traveler like me. I am not talking about the 5 star hotels that you browse in glossy magazines that I still could not spare to splurge.
With a budget of below 40usd a night, after being overwhelmed with a tantamount of mid-range budget-friendly 4 star hotels on Agoda, I have finally picked a hotel which definitely ticked all the list that I am looking for.
Ramada Bali Sunset Road (formerly as Best Western Premier Hotel) which pegged at 36USD a night, certainly favored my list.
Upon arriving at the al fresco lobby, I was greeted by a staff and assisted me to the front desk and asked to do the usual check-in procedure. I arrived at quarter to 2pm, but apparently I still had to wait for the clock to strike at 2 before they handed me the key.
They were apologetic and I am aware that it was part of their standard operating procedure, but it would have created a better impression if they were lenient to a few minutes of early check-in.
I booked a superior room and requested for a higher floor but unfortunately, all the higher floors were occupied so I was billeted at ground floor. Luckily, the were enough sunshine that passes through the window.
The room was cozy, clean and smelled pretty fresh but it felt a bit cramped as the huge and comfortable double bed dwarfed the room. It has 22″ cable TV, a spacious cabinet, mini fridge, electric kettle, mugs and free instant coffee sachets & 2 bottled water.
The bathroom was good, but again it felt cramped as the door is just hair line thin from hitting the toilet seat. It has complimentary toiletry kit and an easy-to-use hot and cold shower.
The wifi signal in my room was a bit weak and sometimes get disconnected but the speed was pretty good in most places of the hotel.
They provide two bath towels but I requested for another set. Within less than a minute, my request was granted!
Swimming Pools and Roof Deck
They have 3 pools, one at lower ground floor and the other two, which are the kids pool and infinity pool, at the roof deck.
The pool has a bigger role in choosing this hotel. I wanted an infinity pool with less crowd and endless sights – to my delight, i was not disappointed! Throughout my entire time in the pool, I was literally by myself! I would have swam all night long if the pool had a heater.
Adjacent to the pool is the gym, so in case you need to chiseled up those curves and muscles, you’ll never have to go far!
There are also 2 in-house restaurants and a spa that are ideal as there weren’t much short distance establishments around the hotel.
There is a complimentary breakfast buffet (included in the room rate) which starts from 5.30am to 10am. There were a decent amount of food to choose from – Indonesian food, continental food, fruits and vegetables salads, juice, teas, milks and some pastry desserts.
Generally, the food was fine although some food need reheating. But overall, my tummy was satisfied and I couldn’t really complain at all!
I was time-pressed before checking out as I made a
quick few dips at the pool before hitting the shower and packing my stuff. The receptionist called and informed me that I only had 5 minutes to vacate the room otherwise I would be charged for late check-out.
I know it was my fault and couldn’t really blame them, but it would be helpful if they call at least 15 minutes earlier so the guests would not have to rush. (As a result though, I realized I left my teeth retainers when I arrived at the hotel in Kuala Lumpur.)
I got at the front desk on the dot and they had to check the room before I could finally check-out. It was fast and I didn’t have to wait long. I asked if I could leave my luggage and they happily accommodated my request as I wanted to try their spa promo for 225,000 IDR (16USD) which consists of 1 hour body scrub and 1 hour Balinese massage.
In general, staying in a 4-star hotel for only 36USD a night is definitely a steal! Throughout my stay I didn’t have an awful experience and I could say that I was more than appeased with the price I paid.
The only downside is the location as there are not enough establishments around the place. The good thing though a huge souvenir shop named Krisna is just across the road and I was able to buy some souvenirs, clothes and local food snacks cheaper than the one being sold at the street markets.
This hotel is definitely recommendable especially if you want a peaceful and relaxing night away from the noise in tourist side of Kuta.
Address: Jl. Sunset Road No.9, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Disclaimer: This is not a paid nor an x-deal entry, but how I wish it was! Everything was purely based on my experience without any influence of a third party.