Friendly, family-run hostel
So you’d like to meet other travellers, but still want to experience a real Bali homestay? Ning Homestay is the perfect halfway point. This terrific, friendly hostel offers one eight-bed dorm and one private double within a family compound.
Newly opened in December 2016, the pretty garden was still establishing when we visited in January 2017. The tiled air-con dorm is plenty roomy and bright with natural light that can be blocked for a good night’s sleep. Bunks are solid metal, high enough to sit under comfortably, and top bunks are fitted with a safety rail that looks like it might work. Comfortable beds sport chocolate brown bottom sheets and a doona in case the air-con gets too chilly, and bunks have individual reading lights, power points and large lockable lockers (keys provided) sitting next to the head of the bed, offering a little privacy when you sleep.
Two ensuite hot-water bathrooms (not a bad ratio for eight beds) with shower/toilet combo are spotless, as is the rest of the room. However, there’s not much room for your toiletry bag. You’ll have to be quick to score the double room, as it’s the best value we’ve seen in Sanur. The style is smart and comfortable. Along with the large comfy bed, the bedside table sports a lamp for reading (only on one side), and a wardrobe keeps you from tripping over your backpack.
Verandahs are decked out with a bunch of colourful beanbags and small tables, and tables and chairs in the garden, along with triangular lounge cushions on the family bale, offer plenty of relaxing hang out areas. A bar/open kitchen in the garden is where the friendly owners can whip up a fresh juice, snack, or sell you an icy beer, however the kitchen isn’t for guest use. Free drinking water means you don’t have to add to the excessive plastic, and you can get a hot cuppa for afternoon tea free too. WiFi is included and laundry service is offered. The owners are charming and keen to keep you happy and can sort you out with transport and local info.
Ning Homestay is tucked away in a quiet corner off the main drag in the middle of Sanur, just a five-minute walk to the beach. Call ahead to check their latest deals: they were offering three nights for the price of two when we dropped in. Ning Homestay is our first choice in the backpacker price range in Sanur, but if you’d prefer a hostel with a swimming pool, head to Cafe Locca in south Sanur or Bintang Bungalows in North Sanur. Alternatively for a good value private room in a family compound try Annie House 168 (Annie’s Homestay) in Gang 1 off Jalan Danau Toba (T: (0857) 3882 6867) or Little Pond Homestay.
Address: Gang 3, Jalan Kesari 1, Sanur
T: (0823) 3910 7639;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º15'42.87" E, 8º41'57.59" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||70,000 rupiah||100,000 rupiah|
|Sgl air-con private bathroom||140,000 rupiah||200,000 rupiah|
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