Jalan Batu Belig 100, Kerobokan, Bali T: (0361) 473 2165
Freshly-opened Brown Feather on Bali’s up-and-coming Jalan Batu Belig is the cutest little hotel we’ve seen in quite some time. With just 16 gorgeous, colonial-style rooms spread across two storeys, a paddy outlook and pool, it’s a great little place for those looking for something a bit different away from the crowds who are willing to spend at midrange rates.
The immaculate air-con rooms, which come in three varieties, are just lovely, with cool tiles underfoot, wrough-iron beds (or at least wrought-iron style), beautiful bed linen — we were told some of the coverings were antique Javanese textiles — and decent amenities, including tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, minibar and lovely looking toiletries. Bathrooms are separated from the rooms by lovely wooden and decorative glass doors.
Standards are upstairs, and smaller than the downstairs deluxe, but aside from the size they are the same. A junior suite is also on offer, with the main difference being it comes with a copper bathtub — the others only have showers.
One friendly staff member told us the Jakarta-owned place had been open for five months, but another said five weeks — it all seemed more like just five weeks, but perhaps that was an earlier soft opening. Either way, everything is in pristine condition.
Rooms are set up in a U-shape around a long rectangular pool that doesn’t offer much in the way of loungers — there’s just one at the head of the pool next to the paddy — but as you can pretty much roll from the downstairs rooms into the pool, this shouldn’t be too much of a big deal. As far as we can tell, the pool doesn’t get too much direct sunlight, which means it’s probably not a great space for laying around in for too long anyway and the water should be deliciously cool.
We were quoted 650,000 rupiah ++ for the small rooms, rising to 750,000 rupiah ++ for the more spacious offerings, then 875,000 ++ for the suite. These are the current low season rates, and are the same on their website — they rise to 850,000, 1,000,000 and 1,250,00++ during the high. It’s probably worth paying extra if you do want the bathtub and a bit of extra space, but note that these kinds of tubs can take a while to fill if the water pressure isn’t good, so can be a letdown (we didn’t try the pressure here though).
Breakfast is included in the rate at the small on-site restaurant, boasting a blend of recycled and retro furniture and exposed red brick.
Facilities are otherwise limited, but you’re in a great Bali location for exploring shops, restaurants and bars, just a five-minute taxi ride away from Mozaic Beach Lounge as well as the Petitenget strip of bars and restaurants. If you’re staying here, you must also check out nearby Watercress, and if you’re a pork rib fan, Naughty Nuri’s is close too — though we do prefer the original, grungier Ubud branch. A great pair of souvenir shops is also nearby — Saraswati papers and Kevala ceramics are just a short walk west.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 21st April, 2015.