Kuta's beachfront is separated from the hotels by Jalan Pantai Kuta. In the afternoon it becomes a veritable parking lot, crammed with traffic, horsecarts and people.
Set towards the northern end of Jalan Raya Pantai Kuta, just before the Legian Nirwana, you'll find the mid-sized Alam Kul Kul Resort. Unlike its larger and brasher neighbours, this is a low-rise, cottage style hotel with pleasant meandering gardens and two swimming pools to choose from. Rooms are well kept and quite spacious, if a little long in the tooth. All rooms come air-conditioned and with... Read our full review of Alam Kul Kul.
If you can afford the expense of the Bali Dynasty, it is the perfect family resort as it provides a full range of activities to keep families entertained during their stay. Activities include cooking lessons, water volleyball, bingo and tugs of war for adults and frog catching and fashion shows for kids. The multiple pools provide choice for easily amused children and the rooms are very sleek and... Read our full review of Bali Dynasty Resort.
The just shy of 200-room Harris Resort Kuta Beach is, well, very orange. While the decor is vaguely reminiscent of mall meets low-cost airline meets 24-hour diner, this is actually fantastic value and if you're travelling with kids in tow and want to stay in the Kuta area, this should be close to the top of your list. The four-storey hotel encircles a large freeform swimming pool and houses quite... Read our full review of Harris Resort Kuta Beach.
The Pullman had its soft opening in early 2011 and when we visited in mid-2011 only the front wing was open for business, with the remainder expected to open by September 2011. We were shown one of the deluxe rooms by the especially obliging staff and, while it's out of our budget, if it is in yours, this hotel should be on your shortlist. The room was not huge but had a very classy finish with... Read our full review of Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana.
Poppies I is a small laneway that connects Jalan Pantai Kuta with Jalan Legian. Along this lane and the lanes that run off are some of Kuta's cheapest hotels. Expect a fair bit of racket from the nearby bars at night.
It feels like you're in the middle of the Amazon jungle as you make your way through the plant life to your room at Mimpi Bungalows. The lush plants cool the entire area and provide an abundance of shade and add to the general character of the hotel. The clean rooms all contain hot water bathrooms, fans and bamboo furniture and retain a certain style that is missing from many other hotels in the... Read our full review of Mimpi Bungalows.
This three-storey complex just off Poppies I has a decent pool and good value rooms. Each room comes with air-con, hot water bathroom with bathtub, old TV with international channels and better than average beds. Rooms are very comfortable and most would be happy to spend the afternoon in them reading a book or lazing around. The balconies that overlook the pool area are also very relaxing and... Read our full review of Persona Beach Inn.
At first glance Secret Garden appears poor value when compared with its peers, but there is something about the feel of this place that is worth the extra money. Funnily enough, it does feel like a hidden garden oasis in the middle of the Kuta hustle and bustle because of the professional staff, the peacefulness of the pool area, the cleanliness of the rooms and the upkeep of the facilities. Each... Read our full review of Secret Garden Inn.
Although located on Gang Sorga, Waringin is actually set back about 100m from the road meaning that you get the feel of being right in the middle of a village — and you are. This is the side of Kuta you never get to see, the portion behind the shop fronts where local people actually live, and it truly is shocking. The peace and quiet of the surrounding homes seeps right into Waringin Homestay... Read our full review of Waringin Homestay.
Persona Beach Inn next door is a similar quality establishment to this the Bali Diva Hotel, but is ever so slightly cheaper. Bali Diva also has air-con, hot water bathrooms, cable TVs and comfortable rooms with verandas overlooking the pool area. The hotel was built in three stages, so the rooms are a mix of old and new, but they're all the same price so be sure to ask for a newer one. Breakfast... Read our full review of Bali Diva Hotel.
Hotel Sorga really has quality even though it's slightly old. Staff pay attention to detail here and the rooms are very well maintained, the paintwork is fresh and it's ultra clean — no bugs or cobwebs to be seen. The pool is clean and a good size and the pool furniture is in good nick which makes it a perfect place for sunbathing. The most expensive rooms have air-con and TV and the cheapest... Read our full review of Hotel Sorga.
Set on a laneway towards the off-beach end of Poppies I, Kuta Townhouses is built like a modern serviced apartment complex in the West with high-rise buildings surrounding a courtyard with a communal swimming pool in the middle. Inside, the rooms are very Western with air-con, cable TVs, WiFi, microwaves, big fridges, lounge suites, plush beds and very modern bathrooms. The superior apartments... Read our full review of Kuta Townhouses.
Although the official address of this hotel is Poppies I, it is located on a laneway off the main Poppies I which eventually turns into Gang Bedugul. It's a bit rough around the edges at Lima Satu with darkish rooms and worn pool furniture but the rooms do have hot water, air-con and comfy beds. It's an absolute bargain with these facilities but also has the addition of a reasonable sized pool.... Read our full review of Lima Satu.
You get slugged a premium if you're a double here and that means that the rooms when you stay as a couple aren't really that great value. But as a single, the value is fantastic. All rooms overlook the pool with private balconies, have air-con, cable TV and hot water bathrooms that have been renovated and are therefore extremely bright and clean. It's a three-storey complex that is not too big to... Read our full review of Masa Inn.
The massive open grounds at Suji Bungalow are almost impossible to believe when stepping in from the compact concrete jungle that is Kuta. Apart from a large cluster at the back of the property, the bungalows are spread throughout the sprawling complex ensuring noise from neighbours is kept to a minimum. The rooms are clean, contain a tiny cable TV and fridge but the rooms are a bit charmless and... Read our full review of Suji Bungalow.
The prices aren't too bad at the Agung Putra Inn (also known as the AP Inn) and neither are the rooms, but they collect no natural light so there is a slight mustiness to them. The same goes for the dark bathrooms which have the occasional mould spot. The beds are budget quality, but the sheets looked clean. The pool area out the front is popular with guests and a pleasant area in which to relax.... Read our full review of Agung Putra Inn.
Located next door to Lima Satu on the same lane of the main Poppies I that eventually turns into Gang Bedugul, Taman Ayu I is a small guesthouse with budget rooms that are bright and airy. This lifts the place above the rest of the dirt-cheap options in Kuta despite the rooms being small, the beds having thin mattresses and the rooms being very basic. A fan to circulate the air, some cold water... Read our full review of Taman Ayu I.
Much like Poppies I, Poppies II connects Jalan Pantai Kuta to Jalan Legian but has a slightly less chaotic feel due to a wider road. Poppies II and the area surrounding have some great budget options.
Dekuta is a modern complex with a deep, rectangular swimming pool wrapped around by a three-floor apartment-style building. The hotel feels quite new, we were told a year old in mid 2011, but it is actually a renovated older hotel. Each of the rooms boasts a large flat-screen TV with international channels, plush bed with soft linen, modern bathroom with rain shower, bar fridge, safe, air-con and... Read our full review of Dekuta.
Dua Dara Inn is the sort of place you come to if you're on a tight budget, but also want a swimming pool. Aside from the pool with decent furniture, you also get a choice of cold water fan rooms or hot water air-con rooms which are clean and well maintained. Rooms are in two three-storey complexes and are a little bare looking rather than homely. Towels aren't provided, but breakfast is. The... Read our full review of Dua Dara Inn.
Taman Ayu II is located on Jalan Benesari in the middle of backpacker-style eateries and surf shops. It's filled with people under the age of 30 who have come to Bali to surf, drink, party and partake in range of other fun activities, but this doesn't have the obvious effect of making the hotel noisy. All the rooms have clean and modern hot water bathrooms, the more expensive rooms have air-con... Read our full review of Taman Ayu II.
The reception of the Tanaya Bed and Breakfast looks a bit like a fancy beauty salon, but maybe that's what you'd expect from a flashy boutique hotel. The sleek lines and dark wood in the rooms take the boutique feel further and give the impression that you're staying somewhere quite expensive, but Tanaya is not. For the price you get a flatscreen TV with international channels, plush bed with... Read our full review of Tanaya Bed and Breakfast.
The Adi Dharma Hotel operates at the budget end of the resort market and does a very good job of satisfying the needs of families with a big pool with toys, scheduled daily activities and interconnected rooms. The rooms are spotless with big hard beds, big old TVs with international channels, bar fridges and air-con. The hot water bathrooms are quite modern, but not without slight maintenance... Read our full review of Adi Dharma Hotel.
We've got a bit of a soft spot for Un's, probably in part because it is right next to surfer hangout The Balcony Restaurant which does massive breakfasts perfect for a day in the waves (or stomping Kuta's gangs reviewing hotels). Un's has two rows of two storey accommodation overlooking a well-shaded lawn garden area with a swimming pool at the centre. This hotel is very old school in its decor... Read our full review of Un's Hotel.
This gang is a continuation of Benesari and runs north-south till it hits Jalan Melasti. The cheap hotels here are similar fare to those on Poppies 1 and 2 but the scene isn't as hectic.
The rooms here catch an enormous amount of light for a locally-run operation and this stands out above all other features. Because of this, the rooms feel pleasant and comfortable -- perfect for hanging out in. On top of this, they are clean but basic, with the beds of a reasonable quality and the bathrooms of the cold water variety. The rooms are tucked behind a row of shops on Jalan Lebak Bena,... Read our full review of Lolo House Homestay.
In contrast to Lolo House next door, the rooms here don't get an awful lot of natural light, making them feel dirtier than they probably are. Rooms come with a choice of hot water or cold water, the beds have thin mattresses and cheap linen, a pleasant swimming pool is provided (overlooked by some of the pricier rooms) and the staff are extremely friendly. The quiet gardens in which the rooms are... Read our full review of Adus Beach Inn.
This is an older-style high-rise (for Bali) hotel that probably had its heyday in the '80s. Despite this, it's a hotel with the features you'd expect at this price point such as fridge, satellite TV, hot water, air-con and swimming pool, but disappointingly no free WiFi. Some of the rooms have balconies and the difference between the deluxe and superiors rooms is minimal. The beds are big,... Read our full review of Vilarisi Hotel.