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Funky four-star Artotel is sure to delight lovers of contemporary art and architecture. Sculptural kite-inspired panels adorn the facade of the impressive multi-storey corner building, positioned just three minutes' saunter from the sea.

Travelfish says:

Designed by Jakarta architectural firm Studio TonTon, the hotel is a canvas for notable Bali-based contemporary artists and a visual feast for guests. Large sculptural works greet the traveller, and the lobby is given over to a contemporary art space with temporary exhibitions, worth popping in for a squizz even if a stay is not the cards.

Putting the art into hotel. : Sally Arnold.
Putting the art into hotel. Photo: Sally Arnold

Air-con rooms feature large murals, with artwork on each floor created by a different artist. Simple and stylish furnishings and design using a neutral palette employing wood panelling and mosaic-tiled floors highlight the paintings. We only viewed “Studio 30”, the smallest of the room categories, and though the size was adequate and not cramped, we’d go for a larger room if your budget allows (the numbers refer to the square-metre size of the room). Beds are bouncy with quality linens and there’s options for twins or doubles. Side tables, desk and storage are all built into wall panels, creating a homogenised look.

Higher room categories provide additional seating and some rooms add small unfurnished balconies. Along with the standard flatscreen TV, WiFi, minibar and safes, rooms have iPod docks for your choice of cool tunes and pod-style coffeemakers for a fresh brew. Bathrooms are simple, smart and clean with hot-water rain-showers and tubs in the higher categories.

Funk factor turned right up. : Sally Arnold.
Funk factor turned right up. Photo: Sally Arnold

Rooms are comfortable, but due to the open spaces throughout the hotel and hard surfaces, they can be noisy—take earplugs or look elsewhere if that’s a concern. The interior of the hotel features an open stairwell and grand atrium with hanging sculptures and large paintings. Climb to the rooftop where a fabulous infinity pool offers views to the sea. You’ll have to get in quick to grab a sun lounge, as they are a bit thin on the ground, and we could imagine the pool being rather chockers when the hotel is full, as it’s not that large.

The rooftop cafe is an excellent spot for a sundowner and some of the seating offers paddling opportunities. The cafe and pool area close at 19:00, which seems a little early, however you can indulge in the art of eating 24 hours a day at the street level restaurant, Roca, and enjoy live music nightly. An included buffet breakfast is served here too. Artotel offer an on-site spa and regular events which include movie nights, also open to non-guests.

Living on the edge. : Sally Arnold.
Living on the edge. Photo: Sally Arnold

We love the refreshing hip design, but staying at the Artotel is a very different experience than a beachside resort or more personable guesthouse. This is more like a city hotel, and is indeed a local chain with branches in Jakarta and Surabaya. Check their website for latest deals. If your taste is a tad more classical, Maison Aurelia may be more to your liking.

Contact details for Artotel

Address: 1 Jalan Kusuma Sari, Sanur
T: (0361) 472 1000;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º15'39.4" E, 8º42'19.26" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Standard double room
Studio 30
900,000 rupiah 900,000 rupiah
Superior double room
Studio 40
1,300,000 rupiah 1,300,000 rupiah
Deluxe double room
Studio 55
1,500,000 rupiah 1,500,000 rupiah

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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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