Saturday, 4 August 2012

Kokonut Suites - Hotel review

The hotel bar and restaurant is at the front of the hotel facing a main road. Breakfast was served here, I did not have any other meals or even a drink. The restaurant and bar area is covered but open to the air, it has fans overhead but no air-conditioning. A series of tables serves as the restaurant and some comfortable lounges in the bar. The decor was nice with lots of green. Traffic noise was a bit distracting but by day 4 I had learnt to ignore it. Balinese music played in the background.
View from the restaurant out to the street.
Breakfast was the help yourself buffet type. What I consider fairly standard for this quality of hotel. The bar area had hot drinks and cold juices and plenty of cold water. The cold buffet consisted of freshly prepared fruits including papaya, pineapple, 2 types of melon, plus a fruit salad and whole fruit such as orange, banana, apple, local fruits and a fruit salad. There is also a small selection of cold cuts including cheeses and pressed meat and a basic selection of cereals.
The continental breakfast area had toast making facilities with bread rolls and white and brown sliced loaves. A selection of pastries looked appetizing and a range of jams and condiments for the bread/ toast.
Fruit and bits and pieces
Eggs for the hot breakfast were cooked on demand. The chef made a nice omelette although possibly not the most exciting in the world. Nothing wrong with the quality and presentation I have merely been spoiled by some excellent omelettes in the past so tend to be over critical. With hindsight I think that some extra choices of ingredients such as spring onion, chives and herbs could have lifted the omelette. A selection of hot dishes included standard bacon and sausage plus a changing variety of local dishes. These were all reasonable and kept warm in a Bain Marie. Rice porridge was also available.
There was plenty of food even though the hotel was almost empty. Actually the hotel was fuller than I thought, I am an early riser.
My room was light airy and modern in look and feel. Sufficient accessible power outlets although you will need adapters to convert from the round 2 pin Asian outlets.  I was at the back of the complex on the top floor. It was quiet and private. A small balcony furnished with 2 cane chairs and small table faced south over rice paddies. However new development was occurring and it will not be long before the rice paddies are subsumed.
Taken at night - the living area
The bathroom was concealed behind a full-length mirror off the bedroom and was clean and well maintained. It comprised of a tiled bath with a shower hose, toilet and hand basin. There was plenty of hot water.
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The bedroom had a king size bed, small study desk, hanging closet with an inbuilt safe. Bathrobes and thongs (flip flops) were provided. There was a phone by the bed and reading lights. The main living area had a comfortable lounge, large TV with about 50 channels and a coffee table.
A dining area and kitchenette completed the suite. The kitchen had plenty of cupboard space and surface area to prepare food, but lacked accessories. Beyond the basic crockery and cutlery were a stove top, saucepan, water jug, and microwave. Lacking even a sharp knife food preparation was limited to reheating and boiling water, not that I attempted either. If I had there were no facilities to wash up with afterwards. A fridge contained a well-stocked mini bar at reasonable prices. Two complimentary bottles of water were delivered most days. Overall the place was clean and comfortable. If you looked closely you could see evidence of poor workmanship and scuffed tiles, a cigarette burn in the couch but nothing to distract you from a good stay. Overall I also found the staff were all very friendly and helpful.
The available facilities were fine. There is an onsite massage which I did not try. Also a large pool with tasteful surrounds. The water was too cool at this time of year, although I was there early evening when the day was cooling anyway. Maybe at midday it would be fine. A small gym near the pool and wireless internet that was generally good but had occasional drop outs. The Wi-Fi was not suitable for watching video but sufficed for email and Facebook. North Americans will consider the internet to be totally inadequate.
My view- next visit will not be as nice.
The hotel is sufficiently distant from the main tourist areas that you are not hassled by people with Viagra and other substances. Yet 5 minutes in  a taxi will get you to Seminyak Square, Kudeta, Potato Head or the beach. It took me 30 minutes to power walk or longer if I  strolled. There are plenty of eating options nearby. Commencing over the road at the Strudel, a meat eaters paradise. Turning left as you exit the hotel and walking along Jl Petitenget will lead you to a number of places all within a few minutes’ walk. There is a mini mart next door and massage places varying in cost quality and salubriousness.

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