Bali’s oldest hotel
If you love the idea of staying in a hotel with a bit of history, consider a night at Inna Bali Hotel, Bali’s oldest. Opened in 1928 as Bali Hotel by a Dutch cruise line, over the years the hotel has seen many famous guests, including Queen Elizabeth and Soekarno.
Nowadays the hotel is part of the government owned Inna chain, but unfortunately the grand old dame is not so grand, and a little world weary, however discounted walk-in rates make for a reasonable deal. The wonderful deco facade and stately lobby hark of its former glory, and offer a promise that some of the rather basic rooms don’t meet, yet they are still comfortable.
Rooms are housed in longhouse blocks, quieter rooms behind the lobby and others (not so quiet) across the busy street. The standard room we were shown was looking rather shabby with pealing paint and a bit of a whiff (which may have abated when the air-con is turned on), however better and more spacious deluxe rooms surrounding the swimming pool are our pick.
Classically styled, tiled rooms are a little worn at the edges, but clean and are appointed with dark wooden furnishings, air-con, TV, fridge (in deluxe only) and tea-making facilities. Beds are comfy, but sheets are a tad on the grey scale. Clean hot-water bathrooms offer plenty of bench space and are equipped with tubs. Furnished verandas provide a spot to relax, sip a (BYO) G & T and dream of bygone days. Two large suite rooms are also available, but they're close to the street and very noisy. Unless you can get a good deal, they seemed very overpriced.
The medium sized swimming pool is a bonus, but like the rest of the hotel looked dated yet it is clean and inviting on a hot day. A couple of sun loungers will keep the sun-worshipers happy.
Staff are helpful and pleasant and WiFi is included, but breakfast was not for the walk-in price. Meals are available from a smart looking open-air restaurant near the lobby. Inna Bali Hotel has a great central location right on Jalan Verteran, very near to Lapangan Puputan Badung (Puputan Square).
We think the published rates are way beyond the value, yet we were offered an excellent rate as a walk in, a bargain considering it has a swimming pool, not to mention a rich past. For a bit more of a spend (but less than the published rates at Inna Bali Hotel), Grand Mirah Boutique Hotel is a decent nearby modern hotel with a pool.
Address: 3 Jalan Veteran, Denpasar
T: (0361) 225 681; F: (0361) 235 347
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º13'0.67" E, 8º39'17.47" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||181,500 rupiah||750,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room||281,500 rupiah||975,000 rupiah|
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