Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort – Review of My Good Stay

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Starwood certainly is well represented in Bali. There are two new properties (Sheraton and Le Meridien) and four older ones (St. Regis, W, Westin and Laguna). I have now stayed at all of them. There are two more properties opening in the next 12 months.

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I had eagerly waited for the opening of this hotel that has been under construction on my previous couple of visist. I finally had a chance to stay there in March.

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Location

The hotel is located in the center of Kuta in a very busy neighborhood. The road in front of the hotel is one-way, so it can take some time to get there, as taxis need to navigate the small side roads.

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Hotel is around 30 to 45 minutes from the airport by a taxi, but the traffic at times can be murderous in this area.

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The hotel is part of Beachwalk shopping and entertainment complex. This area of Bali is very commercial and best suited for those that prefer urban environment with bars, night clubs and shops.

Check In

The reservation had been upgraded to one of the suites before arriving to the hotel. I was able to get them to assign us a proper ocean front suite on the 3rd floor facing the Kuta beach after some small talk with the front desk.

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The suite wasn’t ready, so I decided to work for an hour in the lobby bar.

Suite

This was a proper 100 square meter ocean front suite on the 3rd floor.

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It had a large living room with a work desk, sofa, and separate table.

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There was an outside balcony that wrapped around the suite.

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The bedroom was functional and had the Sheraton bed.

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Bathroom had shower, bath tub, and the usual Sheraton amenities.

Pool

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The pool at this hotel is not huge, but then there is the beach just right across the street.

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There are plenty of sun beds all over the court yard.

Fitness Center

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The fitness center of this hotel was really small, but had the modern equipment that one would expect brand new hotel to have.

Food & Beverage

We only used the hotel’s F&B outlets for the breakfast.

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There were plenty of options, as is the case most of the time in Asia.

Kuta Beach

This beach is popular with the surfers, but it is not appropriate for swimming.

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There are numerous small outlets selling beer and you can use their chairs to sit down and watch the sun set.

Conclusion

The upgrade that I received at this hotel was very good, but it is not something you can expect as a standard SPG Platinum member.

The security of this hotel is not as overwhelming as is the case with some other hotels in Bali. They could have better signage inside the building, however. I first had some trouble finding my way to the street level exit due to lacking signs.

The room had nothing Balinese. But then, if you come to Kuta, that is what you can expect. It felt that the hotel could have used more money to furnish the suite. It was rather sparsely furnished and especially the living room sofa looked cheap. Is there Ikea in Bali?

I like this area of Bali, if I am planning to go out during the weekend. I would not, however, spent more than a day or two here before moving to somewhere else.

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  1. OMG, the traffic noise when you opened the door to the balcony! I could have stayed here but chose the Holiday Inn Baruna Bali because I have plenty of PC points. But I preferred Ubud to any Kuta resort.

    • It is in very busy area of Kuta and there is lot of traffic in front of the hotel. It was not disturbing, when the doors to the balcony were closed.

      I have stayed at the Holiday Inn Baruna Bali once or twice. Wasn’t very satisfied with the PC PLT benefits (or lack of them) that I received there. Nothing wrong though.

      There is new Holiday Inn Express coming up in Kuta and Holiday Inn Resort in Benoa area very close to he Conrad. Saw both construction sites.

      • It could be the season. I booked the standard room on points at Baruna and got upgraded to oceanview. I just posted my review and pics on my blog. We also got 20% off breakfast. I did like the cinema in that Beachwalk Mall, we saw Oz the Great and Powerful 3D for $5 each! It would cost 4 x that in Australia and we killed a hot, sticky afternoon.

  2. Looking at the pictures, this could have been Hawaii. Would love to get your overall opinion on Bali and what to hit/miss. (Kuta looks to be a miss…)

    • It really depends, what you are up to. There are areas such as Kuta that are very commercial and serve their purpose. But I wouldn’t fly from the US or Europe to stay there. It perfectly fine for i.e. Australians that can hop there and let the hair down for the weekend.

      Ubud is considered more traditional area and is inland. Sanur, where the Bali Hyatt is located, is not as commercial as Kuta or Nusa Dua and has ok beach.

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