Smart style, gracious hosts
Lokal Bali Hostel is hands down our favourite hostel in South Bali. It's pricey for just a bed, but here you get way more than that.
Closer to the airport than busy central Kuta, it makes it an excellent stopover if you’re in transit to other parts of Indonesia or beyond (if your bags are light, you could easily walk), yet it's still only a 10-minute walk to the beach. Hidden back from the main road down a bamboo lined path, the hostel looks and feels more like a stylish home, with a welcoming spacious lounge and garden swimming pool. The owners and staff are even more welcoming than the surroundings.
Polished cement walls, cool tiled floors, whitewashed wood and large artistic black-and-white photographs of Bali establishes the smart contemporary decor style. The large photo over the reception desk of smiling dancing kids is of the owner’s family. The entire hostel is pristine, and even though it had only been open seven months when we stopped by in June 2017, we get the impression it's going to remain that way—it seems a labour of love, not just a money-spinning business (they put the “host” in hostel).
Unfortunately there is only one private double room on offer (be quick), but the spacious eight-, six- and four-bed air-con pod-style dorms provide plenty of creature comforts, with quality mattresses and linens and ensuite bathrooms. The curtained pods offer privacy and each is fitted with personal lighting, power outlets and hangers. The smaller four-bed dorms have lockers within the pod, and for larger dorms the lockers are within the rooms, disguised a stylish sideboard.
Rooms we viewed had windows facing the pool that could be opened for fresh air and closed with blackout curtains for a bit of shut-eye. Spotless ensuite hot-water bathrooms offer a decent ratio per bed, with two or three generously sized combo shower / toilets for each dorm.
Spacious communal areas offer a large flatscreen TV with Netflix, boardgames and books, as well as a long communal table for tucking into the included breakfast (quite a spread from what we witnessed), or sharing a communal meal if you'd like to whip something up in the roomy open-plan kitchen. If cooking isn’t your thing, a stack of excellent local eateries are on the doorstep.
Catch some rays in the backyard pool—large enough for a splash about, but not really for Olympic medallists, or just laze about in the shady bale with a book.
You’ll need to book in advance for Lokal Bali Hostel, as its well deserved excellent reputation is growing fast. If they are full, consider modern-style and friendly Bread & Jam Hostel, but you’ll be sharing the dorm there with a few more bods and they don’t have a pool; for another hostel with a pool, try Kayun Hostel. If a traditional homestay is more your scene, Anata The Kubu Homestay will set you smack in the middle of Kuta in a clean basic air-con room (with a cold-water shower) for around the same price tag.
Address: 93 Jalan Kediri, Tuban
T: (0361) 475 3707; (0819) 0333 8388;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º10'12.91" E, 8º44'17.14" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
Eight-bed mixed dorm. Six- and four-bed mixed dorm 205,00 rupiah; four-bed female dorm 210,000 rupiah.
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|Dbl air-con private bathroom||390,000 rupiah||390,000 rupiah|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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