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Legian beachfront

Legian's beachfront strip is given over mostly to higher end resorts and hotels. Unlike Kuta the beachfront is traffic-free. There is a road, but cars are not allowed on it.

Bali Niksoma
Luxury - over 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Padma Utara
T: (0361) 751 946

The beachside Niksoma is a lovely boutique hotel with rooms boasting dark wooden furniture and bright white walls and sheets, giving a high contrast, sleek and chic look. The TVs are massive flat screens, the linen high quality and the bathrooms bright, clean and modern. The pool overlooks the ocean and is very popular among guests wanting the laze around all day -- what could be more perfect?... Read our full review of Bali Niksoma.

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Hotel Puri Raja
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Padma Utara
T: (0361) 755 902

Right next door to Sari Beach, this is by far the better deal of the two. Hotel Puri Raja offers superior and deluxe rooms, with the former in two-storey buildings at the rear of the resort and the deluxe in two-storey lumbung-style lodgings closer to the beachfront. We were only able to see a superior room, but it was a good one. It was spacious, very clean, and had chilled air-con, a... Read our full review of Hotel Puri Raja.

Blue Ocean
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Legian
T: (0361) 730 289

If basic and old rooms are your thing and you love the beach, this is a brilliant hotel -- if not, this place could be a nightmare. The nightmare stems from the rust on many of the metal surfaces in the rooms which lends a dirty feel despite the rooms actually being very clean. The rooms have hot water outdoor bathrooms and not a whole lot else except some primitive cooking facilities -- but you... Read our full review of Blue Ocean.

Padma Resort Bali
Luxury - over 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Padma 1
T: (0361) 752 111

The sprawling Padma Resort Bali is one of, if not the, largest property in the Legian area. A veritable maze of pathways weave their way through the resort, eventually emptying out onto a good stretch of beach frontage. Two traditional swimming pools lie near the beach (one is a kids' pool) while in the back corner of the resort is a third lagoon-style pool that abuts the multi-storey building... Read our full review of Padma Resort Bali.

Puri Naga Seaside Cottages
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Double Six
T: (0361) 730 761

The brochure claims a 10-minute walk to Kuta Square, but this isn't true. A better claim would be 60 seconds, as this is its selling point -- proximity to the beach. Given the close to beachside location, the rates are an absolute bargain, even if the rooms are old and the furniture hasn't been updated since the '80s. The big pool is worth a swim in even if it proves to be unpopular with guests... Read our full review of Puri Naga Seaside Cottages.

Ramada Resort Camakila
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Pura Bagus Teruna
T: (0361) 752 877

This is a compact property running from Padma Utara down to the beach. The vast majority of the rooms are configured as deluxe and are available in three- and four-storey buildings running down to the beach. Both from the reception and the beachfront it is an impressive looking property, but it feels a bit cramped as you walk through. This is especially the case at the rear... Read our full review of Ramada Resort Camakila.

Bali Mandira
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Padma 2
T: (0361) 751 381

While not quite the size of the sprawling Padma Resort across the road, the almost 200-room Bali Mandira remains a very large, low-rise property with most accommodation in the form of duplex chalets decorated in a Balinese-style brick and stone finish. The Mandira has an elevated horizon pool near the beachfront which, while providing great views, remains a bit of an anomaly from anywhere else... Read our full review of Bali Mandira.

Jayakarta Hotel
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Werkudara
T: (0361) 751 433

The Jayakarta Hotel is a massive hotel with two big pools and more than 300 rooms. It's typical of a family resort with daily activities and in-house restaurants, and is therefore best left to families with kids as couples travelling alone won't get the peace and tranquility they're searching for. The rooms are a tad old looking for this price range, but they're clean and feature air-con, fridge,... Read our full review of Jayakarta Hotel.

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Legian off the beach

Jalan Padma Utara and Jalan Werkudara bisect Legian in a north south direction. These two roads (they run into one another) and the gangs that run off them are home to the majority of Legian's off the beach hotels and cheap guesthouses.

Puri Damai
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Werkudara
T: (0361) 730 665

Puri Damai calls itself the first boutique losmen in Indonesia, and for once this is a hotel that deserves the boutique label. The layout, in a U-shaped, two-floor building overlooking a pretty and lush garden, for some reason brought Melrose Place to mind, but that doesn't do the place justice. Puri Damai offers one- and two-bedroom compact apartments, all with semi-outdoor kitchenettes and the... Read our full review of Puri Damai.

Grand Sinar Indah Hotel
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Padma Utara
T: (0361) 755 905

This hotel has had a recent renovation to make all of their rooms into deluxes and have also dropped their prices to the old superior room price. This makes the hotel fantastic value because the rooms are of a high quality with satellite TV, fridge, plush beds with crisp linen, clean modern hot water bathrooms and balconies. The big pool is a little odd in its location, but still serves a... Read our full review of Grand Sinar Indah Hotel.

Pearl Hotel
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Double Six
T: (0361) 732 743

The Pearl is a small hotel tucked away behind bustling Jalan Double Six, right on the border of Legian and Seminyak. The rooms are super modern with big plush beds, air-con, fantastic big bathrooms with enormous rain showers, safety deposit box, satellite TV, fridge and free WiFi. A continental breakfast is included daily and the pool is a sight to behold -- deck chairs and umbrellas neatly... Read our full review of Pearl Hotel.

Su's Cottages I
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Werkudara No.532
T: (0361) 730 324

There's a bit of charm in this place that is otherwise a rarity in much of this section of the hotel market. The kidney-shaped pool is tiny, but sufficient, the rooms have satellite TVs and are very clean and also catch the breeze if you choose the non-air-con option. Beds are adorned with decent linen and are comfortable enough although far from plush and the bathrooms have hot water. The... Read our full review of Su's Cottages I.

The Three Brothers Inn
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Padma Utara or Jalan Legian
T: (0361) 751 566

This place feels small and personal with rooms dotted within a beautiful garden of frangipani and fruit trees. The truth is that more than 80 rooms are tucked away here, and they are quite often filled to capacity. The pool feels like a tropical oasis in a jungle clearing. The rooms are very clean, well-maintained, aesthetically pleasing and the air-con deluxe suites really are a bargain with... Read our full review of The Three Brothers Inn.

Abdi Beach Inn
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Padma Utara Gang Adbi No.3
T: (0361) 752 239

The basic rooms here are a little dark and depressing due to an absence of natural light, but offer great backpacker value. Rooms have comfortable cheap mattresses, are clean, contain cold water bathrooms, look out onto pleasant gardens and are very quiet. No toilet paper, soap or towel is provided, but the verandah is a pleasant place to relax with a book and the non-English speaking owner is... Read our full review of Abdi Beach Inn.

All Seasons Hotel
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Padma Utara
T: (0361) 767 688

Prices at this Accor property fluctuate depending on occupancy rates, so in high season the rooms can be incredibly expensive for the quality on offer, while in the low season, bargains can be had. The rooms are very clean and brightly decorated in a modern style and the pool is a majestic big blue thing that is quite popular among hotel guests. Some internet deals include breakfast in the room... Read our full review of All Seasons Hotel.

Rumah Santai Villas
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Padma Utara 2B
T: (0361) 763 328

Rumah Santai is a small, compact villa complex built around a small but stylish hourglass swimming pool complete with dolphin fountain. The villas are large and each has a big bedroom, a large lounge/dining/kitchen area with a stove, flatscreen TV with international channels, comfortable lounge and dining table, plus two air-cons and free WiFi. The bathroom is outdoors and has pebbles underfoot... Read our full review of Rumah Santai Villas.

Su's Cottages II
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Werkudara
T: (0361) 752 127

Both styles of rooms here have essentially the same features, except that the newer rooms' ones are more modern, with flat screen TVs, newer fridges and more luxurious hot water bathrooms. The linen is crisp and neat, the pool is a small oblong which is shaded for much of the day and the staff are very courteous. The newer rooms are the standouts here and offer the best value. In fact, the older... Read our full review of Su's Cottages II.

Pondok Pantai Bhuwana
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Padma Utara Gang Abdi No.2
T: (0361) 752 234

Located in a lane off Jalan Padma Utara, the cool two-storey rooms here are slightly bizarre in that there is a large unutilised space on the bottom floor. Pantai Bhuwana is slightly rundown, and slightly dirty, but has decent beds with mosquito nets and pleasant second-floor balconies. It's a family-run place with friendly owners who are probably caught up in their own lives rather than the... Read our full review of Pondok Pantai Bhuwana.

The Island Bali
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Gang Abdi 18, Jalan Legian
T: (0361) 762 722

We really wanted to like this place, but it just doesn't represent good value at all. While the two 12-bed dorms are expensive for what they are, the deluxe and loft configured doubles are astoundingly poor value. That said, it's a very popular place and there's a friendly hostel-like vibe to the place, but when you're paying 750,000 rupiah for a box-like double room with no hot water and... Read our full review of The Island Bali.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Legian? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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