Stylish central hostel with a pool
If you are on a budget but don’t want to skimp on location, style or a swimming pool, Kayun Hostel at the Legian end of Kuta (the nicer bit) offers wallet-friendly, comfortable pod-style dorms and decent value private rooms.
The hostel features the cool ambience of polished cement floors throughout, with an air-con cooled 16-bed mixed dorm and 10-bed female doom leading off the streetfront cafe and opening to the courtyard swimming pool. Private doubles, twins and quad rooms are housed in a separate single-storey longhouse edging the pool, and upstairs above the cafe and dorms.
Solid built-in curtained pods are arranged lengthways on two levels, large enough to sit up comfortably, with solid safety rails on the top bunks and sport crisp white linen on decent mattresses. Personal reading lights, power sockets, a small shelf and hooks and under-bed storage lockers (BYO padlock) are all provided and the female dorm adds a dressing table with pretty whitewashed carved-framed mirrors to get your party face looking perfect. Dorm beds are available to guests aged 16 and over only.
Poolside deluxe rooms offer a shared terrace with comfortable retro-styled seating and amenities include air-con, mini fridge, TV and a small safe. Beds are comfy with clean linens, but we didn’t notice any toiletries supplied, so BYO soap. Built-in cement benches and sinks add to the industrial styling. Semi-outdoor ensuite bathrooms have solar-warmed rain showers (on cloudy days expect cooler water). Smaller and somewhat compact superior twins and doubles lose the fridge and outdoor terrace (they open to a hallway), and bathrooms are smaller and indoors.
The smallish aqua-coloured swimming pool is a terrific asset, lined with white sun lounges, excellent for getting to know other travellers, although you’ll want to head to the beach for a tan as it’s in shade most of the day. The communal lounge/cafe offers TV, DVDs, boardgames, breakfast (at additional charge) and beers.
Kayun Hostel looks great, but on the downside we thought it could be a bit cleaner, although to be fair, we dropped in before the cleaning staff had done their rounds. If you’re staying in the dorms and are not planning on partying late, choose a bed far from the door, as it's right next to the communal area. We thought staff could have been a bit more welcoming to potential walk-in guests too, however we’re not morning people either. Taxis, cafes, laundry and the beach are all nearby and the general vibe is pretty friendly.
If your budget is really tight, Kuta Beach Hostel offers old-school style bunkbeds in six-bed dorms and you can use pool at The Kubu Hotel opposite. If you simply want the best hostel bed in town at any price, Bali Lokal Hostel at the airport end of Kuta is stylish, friendly and spotless with a terrific pool and communal areas. Note that Kayun Hostel has another location in the middle of Kuta, known as Kayun Hostel Downtown, but we thought this one on Jalan Patih Jelantik offered the better deal.
Address: Jalan Patih Jelantik 176, Kuta
T: (0361) 752 370;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º10'23.86" E, 8º42'36.14" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
16-bed mixed dorm or 10-bed female dorm.
|96,000 rupiah||96,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room||240,000 rupiah||240,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room||280,000 rupiah||280,000 rupiah|
|Quad air-con private bathroom|
|384,000 rupiah||384,000 rupiah|
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