The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection
This beach was quieter than the beach in Kuta but it still had everything going on! Surfing, body boarding, massages on the beach and people trying to sell you sunglasses, tattoos and even swords! Ha ha.
We stayed there all day working on our tans, saying no thank you to all the sellers and did some body boarding as preparation for surfing!
The water was seaweed free, and when the waves crashed it left the water feeling like a foamy bubble bath.
Aaron started off being un easy of the sea but by the end of the day I think it grew on him!
We got the hang of the body boarding and listened out for surfing tips so hopefully next beach trip it will be surfing time!
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali - MGallery Collection
We stayed 8 nights in December. I've travelled around different countries before and this is one of the best resorts I've been to. The staff were very friendly and courteous. Rooms were modern and impeccable. Grounds were manicured beautifully. Breakfast was the best and the general atmosphere of the place was peaceful and exactly what i was looking for in getting away from the busy regular grind. Would definitely come back! Well Done Sofitel Seminyak!
Certainly no 5 stars !
the infrastructure is quite OK and the rooms are nicely decorated. It is very clear that the hotel is poorly managed and service is not at all at 5 star level.
Breakfast is perfect and worth the 5 stars. Everything is 90% OK, but the last 10% is missing and is irrating.
The staff is doing their best, but it is very clear that they are not managed and that leadership and clear procedures are missing.
We stayed in the Sofitel for 4 nights. The hotel and the service was wonderful. We loved the tranquil setting and beautiful gardens surrounding the hotel. Away from the hustle & bustle of Kuta. They have two fabulous pools. If not the pools, you could walk right to the beach. Rooms and bathrooms were spacious and very clean. Most rooms have a balcony facing the garden. Hotel has a great ambience and its a perfect place to relax. Last but not the least, the breakfast/brunch buffet was scrumptious. Definitely recommend this hotel.
This is an excellent hotel (we stayed there for 9 nights in late September). The rooms are a good size and fitted out to a high standard. The hotel has 2 pools (one sunny, one more shaded) and excellent access to the beach The pool bar is a little overpriced but it is a nice 10 min stroll along the beach to Legian for lunch so it is not a problem at all. We would definitely stay here again. We also recommend Lucky Day for evening meals and Gado Gado for a special occasion.
Sofital Seminyak: Safe but not Exceptional
We stayed our last night at the Sofital as a splurge, and found the hotel somewhat disappointing. First off, our check-in was a disaster: we sat waiting for 10 minutes to check in at the recption desk while watching the sole service person answer three phone calls while we sat there looking at her. (A pet peeve: I hate when people answer the phone when there is a live human right there). The hotel was booked solid, which meant finding a lounge chair by the pool was a challenge, to say the least. Many people took pads and laid on the grassy section between the pool and the beach. Rooms are good-sized, clean, and homogenous. You could be in a big hotel almost anywhere. The hotel is right on the beach, in a pretty quiet section with minimum numbers of vendors, but often the waves are too rought to go in. This part of the coast is best for surfers, not swimmers. Much nicer are the nearby Oberoi, Legian, and Resor Seminyak, but you will pay more than twice as much. Be sure to cross the street and dine at the Gado-Gado -- it's a wonderful restauarnt with equally wonderful service.
Renovations all complete
Have no fear - the Sofitel Seminyak is a good place to stay. I have stayed there when it was called The Imperial about 3 years back, then again as the Royal Seminyak last year and now as the rebranded Sofitel Seminyak in May 2005 (some taxi drivers still only remember it as The Imperial although that was several years ago now - worth knowing when you are trying to get back there).
The bad reviews the place got arose between Sept 2004 and April 2005 when renovations and upgrading occured and were justified - we checked in for a weekend break in December 04 and they tried to give us a room next the renovations - no way the place was a construction site and we went somewhere else, but that is all finished now and our stay in May was very pleasent. In fact we had about ten friends with us and I think everyone really enjoyed the stay.
The new rooms are clean and very large - note if you are travelling with a baby, or a child this hotel is a great choice as the rooms are all on the big side. Phone ahead and ask the hotel for a corner room and you may get a very large room of about 46 sqm.
The new restaurant is great (and as a Bali regular I think the breakfast buffet they do here is better than many other 5 star hotels). The incrediable ugly 'kecak' dance statue that once filled up half the pool is gone and a new poolside bar installed.
All in all the Sofitel is one of the few mid to upper range (4ish star) hotels in Seminyak right now. If you want to enjoy Seminyak's great restaurants and mod shops then your hotel choices are limited to The Legian ($$$$$), The Oberoi ($$$$) The Resor Seminyak ($$-$ and needing an overhaul) or the Sofitel at $$$. So no brainer - stay at the Sofitel and then walk to Gado Gado accross the road for dinner one night and then Ku De Ta on the beach the next - you won't regret it....
Better than expected
We stayed at the Sofitel with much apprehension after reading earlier reviews. However to our surprise we had a great time!
We were upgraded to a wonderful deluxe room which opened right out to the gardens. The room was huge, very clean, tastefully decorated and came with nice fluffy robes and slippers as well as thin kimono wraps. We could get cable on the large screen TV and there was a huge floor to ceiling mirror next to the king-sized bed! There were also nice little touches such as a cosy window seat for reading, frangipani on the pillow during turn down service, daily fruit and complimentary bottles of water - everything you would expect out of a deluxe room in a 5 star hotel.
Breakfast was served at a nice open air restaurant right next to the pool. According to the staff, much of the pool area, restaurant and gardens have been recently refurbished. Some of the hotel was still under renovation but from our room and the pool area, we couldn't hear a single banging.
Service was really friendly and always came with a smile. Whenever we asked housekeeping for ice, extra water, adapters etc, these appeared very fast at our door. Service at other places such as the reception and restaurant could be a tad slow at times, but hey, this is Bali and their pace of life is much slower - so the best thing to do is just relax and let the slower leisurely pace take you over.
We really enjoyed the pool which overlooked the sea, especially the spectacular sunsets. However, the sand on the beach can be really dirty, especially for those used to pure white sand.
For those who prefer a well-appointed, quiet hotel right by the sea, Sofitel is the place. Great for couples who want some quiet quality time in nice surroundings. None of that loud boisterous surfing crowd here! It is far from the craziness of Kuta, which is easily accessible via taxi within 10 - 15 mins. We would definitely stay here again.
One part of the hotel has been refurbished and the other is still old and sometimes quite dirty. A complete refurbishment is urgently needed. The room, the garden and the swimming pools are OK, but the restaurant isn't pleasant and the beach as well.
The service is sometimes a little poor (for example, very difficult to order a taxi), but always friendly. The Sofitel Seminyak is a 5 stars hotel but there are a lot of better hotels in Bali for an equivalent price, or even cheaper (for example, Le Meridien Nirwana or Bali Hilton which I know too).
We stayed here from 1 til 7 december 2004 and we had'nt a good time here.
This should be a 5 star hotel but I wouldnt give it more than 3 (tops!!)
The rooms are ok but dirty, and not pracical, the sit area is located against a wall an you can't watch tv so you never sit there.
The water was cold most of the time, and we had a 2 inch space between the doors to the terras so we put tape over it so the muscitos could'nt get in.
After complaining about the water they fixed it after three days.
The door was also fixed (after 4 days) But for a 5 star hotel it should'nt be necessary to complain about things like this.
If you want rest I would'nt recommend this hotel also cause the housekeeping is pounding on the door at aboud 8:30 to ask at what time she/he can make up the room???!!!!???!
And if that does'nt wake you up, there's always the gardeners that make so much noise at 09:00(drilling the floor mowing the lawn, shouting) it's almost scarry.
The only thing that you can see this is a 5 star hotel are the prices for drinks by the pool.
We ordered two "singapore slings"and it costed us 24 US dollars, and the worst thing is that it was'nt even a singapore sling. It was a bobbeling kind of limonate with almost no alcahol.
The brackfast was ok (for a 3 star hotel) but just like the hotel room the breakfast area was very dirty, the carped was filled with staines and dried up food and drinks.
This was one of the worst experiences we ever had in a hotel.
When we stayed there there was some renovation going on so maybe in the future it's a little better but at this point I would'nt recommend it to anyone
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