Novotel Bali Benoa
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... offers from shop keepers and taxi drivers, it hold nothing on Kuta. Every 2 seconds a new offer comes your way, mix this with motorbikes parked all over the place, 5 people per square meter and the heat, it is very easy to feel uncomfortable here. I was in Kuta for a reason though, and that was to see an old friend in Asti. I hadn't seen her for 6 or so years so it was exciting to catch up. Unfortunately for me she was working in the DVD shop, but we still got to have a good convo, ...
... First hurdle at checkin crossed I don't think they even looked at our passport details. The plane is an hour late, no announcements here though, but we are sat by the AC unit so we are cool in the stuffy little airport departure room. There's probably no more than a hundred people in the waiting room and once you come through the scanner you can wander in and out and even outside where the planes are pulling up on the tarmac to unload & load. The ...
... what we were looking for. A few days later we ran into a couple from London that strangely enough had experienced the same 1 night stay at the other place as us. We are convinced that they only stayed at the other accommodation because our place had someone who paid the regular price instead of the discounted internet rate. Ohhhh well. They were our favourite couple that we had met during out 5 months of travelling. We seemed to have a very similar laid back attitude and sense ...
... for post WWII art and there were so many bold, vibrant, engaging paintings. I sometimes leave art galleries a bit indifferent though I loved this one. We then looked round the royal palace proper which actually wasn't that impressive and ate a suckling pig and rice dinner from a local restaurant. It had blood pudding with it which I'm not normally into but wolfed it down this time around. The storm clouds were then gathering and we retreated to the guesthouse ...
... trash discarded thousands and thousands of miles away by another person that perceives no consequence to their action, or perhaps doesn't care. I never remember Florida beaches looking this way--do they just clean them or are they not in these ocean current/wind paths?? Behind me, good ole Mickey D's loomed smiling at me with those golden arches. If that didn't tickle my fancy, right next door was KFC, The Coffee Bean, and then Pizza Hut. Yes...all within sight ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNovotel Bali Benoa Tanjungbenoa
Nice ambient, good food, and great beach!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Bali Benoa Tanjungbenoa
We have been staying at the Novotel at least twice a year since 1996. Many people would feel that that is boring but from our frequent stays at this hotel we have developed lifelong friendships with the amazing staff, and know that we will be having a wonderful break without any inconveniences. The grounds as others have mentioned are immaculate. The rooms lovely and very in keeping with the Balinese style. The breakfasts are unbelievable...if you can't find a food that will make you happy at this buffet you have a serious problem! The staff in all the restaurants are lovely, friendly without being instrusive and always happy to accomodate any requests.
The two redeeming qualities of this hotel is that it looks beautiful and that the customer service staff are lovley, but that's where it ends.
Our holiday to the Novotel was in June 2006.
I stayed at the Novotel Benoa for 4 nights, and was sorry i had to leave to check into the next hotel i had booked!
I had the misfortune of staying in this hotel for 2 nights. The Novotel Benoa is advertised as a "5 star luxury resort". In reality, it's a 3 star at best. The only good thing about the hotel is it's location, being near some excellent restaurants ( 'Casa Luna' just down the road, is superb and very reasonably priced ). And the rooms themselves...the wooden floor is in very poor condition. The door to the balcony didn't close properly, nor did the bathroom door. The air-conditioning unit was extremely noisy. The pool area is beautiful but very small. It only takes 10 people to make the area look crowded. The beach it is on is just horrible. There are absolutely no grounds to walk around, as the hotel structures take up the whole site. Despite the glossy brochure which makes the 'resort' (which it's not) look beautiful, I will never ever stay at this place again. Pay a bit more and stay at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa. It leaves the Novotel Benoa for dead. Avoid avoid avoid this place!
We stayed 3 nights there in June 2003, having flown from Hong Kong. We only paid £35 for the bedroom each night, incl a very good breakfast buffet. The bedroom was nice. Yes you have to cross the street to go to the beach but it's litterally 3 mins walk through a very nice lounge!
Really nice stay
We arrived to find that our rooms were ready and were interconnecting as requested. They were ground floor close to the main pool on the beach side of the resort. Having stayed at this hotel several times there were no surprises. It is very tasteful, pleasant staff, good location, great pool and comfortable rooms. Only complaint was the airconditioning- our room was good but the kids room was substandard despite 3 work orders. Personally I think that they all need to be replaced as they have put in a few years now. Breakfast buffet was good. We ate at the hotel for 1 night- Italian buffet, it was great. Prices reflect that of a 5 star hotel.
After an EXHAUSTIVE hotel search we decided on the Novotel. It was exactly what we wanted: rustic but modern, casual but chic. The hotel is not large but its a wonderful little grassy oasis in Bali. Very personal. The pool is great with big stone Gargoyle-type things that spew water. We found the prices were very reasonable for food and spa service compared to other Nusa Dua hotels. Great little ice cream menu with wonderful sundaes for $4.00. The little childrens club is more thatn adequate for young ones. If you book, you must get one of the villas (room 219 or 222). Each has a CD player with CD's, the bathroom is great with the shower in the bathroom but the huge stone tub is OUTSIDE!!! A high wall makes it totally private. When booking, call the hotel direct and you might get a better price. The rack rate for the villas is about US$350. Travel services offered it for $220. The hotel website had it for $170. When we called the hotel we got it for $140 (Jan 2003). DRAWBACKS: the beach is small and there is a watersport place next door so sitting on the beach is very noisey, but contrary to belief, Bali beaches are pretty lousy. Also there is very little storage space in the villas. I supposed your not supposed to take more than a bikini to Bali..... But I still recommend it if you want a stylish and cozy place. We use asiatravel.com or southtravel.com when booking asia. Good luck fellow travelers!