Hidden hipster hostel
More the style of a boutique hotel than a hostel, swank Kosta Hostel is a little out of the way, but as it's such a terrific option it still deserves consideration.
Kosta is tucked away in Jalan Dewi Saraswati III, a little off the main drag yet still only about two kilometres to the beach or one-and-a-half to Eat Street. Kosta was up and running but unofficially open when we dropped by in June 2017 and they were still putting the finishing touches on some facilities.
Behind a high wall, a wonderfully airy, high-ceilinged, double-storey wooden building houses a funky tropical-style cafe downstairs and upstairs will be a combined yoga studio / gallery / chill space when all is complete. An adjacent double-storey longhouse block accommodates the three- and four-bed dorms and private rooms (which are essentially the same) and overlooks an inviting decked pool and lovely leafy garden.
The simple polished cement air-con rooms are small, but bright and airy, each furnished with two solid metal bunkbeds, with personal lighting on a dimmer switch, two international power sockets per bed (no need for an adapter), decent mattresses, crisp white linen and a burst of tropical colour with throw cushions. A small Shaker-style bench, homespun-style rug and framed artworks add warmth and flair to the cool bunker-esque room.
Three-bed rooms and dorms are similar to the four-bed variety, but with one double-bunk plus a single bed. Three-bed female dorms and private rooms throw in a hot-water ensuite bathroom, and for the other dorms, clean share bathrooms are behind the rooms off a central hallway. Lockers (BYO padlock) are in a separate room, which is not ideal if you need access to your stuff during the night.
Rooms open to a share terrace and balcony furnished with padded benches, but most guests were making use of the sun lounges and shady poolside bale when we visited. The organic-shaped pool sparkles but doesn’t get a lot of sun—you’ll have to head to the beach for a tan. Once the poolside bar opens and the foliage grows along the fence line, this great spot will be even better. A 150,000 rupiah towel and key deposit is required on check-in and breakfast is not included, but the cafe offers a terrific Western cafe-style menu, so you can have your smashed avo on toast and latte fix;it’s a bit pricey for every day though.
We love the style of Kosta Hostel and the relaxing pool area is a top spot to meet other travellers. We do think however it’s a little overpriced considering breakfast isn’t included, especially for the private rooms as you can stay in a decent central hotel for the same spend. That didn’t seem to bother the travellers here when we visited, as they were at full capacity. For a better value funky-style private room in a more desirable location check out Brown Feather on Jalan Batu Belig and another decent dorm option to consider is Karisa Pods.
Address: 77 Jalan Dewi Saraswati III, Kunti II, Seminyak
T: (0361) 9347 500; (0813) 3888 5854;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º10'21.71" E, 8º41'11.93" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled|
Four-bed mixed. Three-bed female dorm with ensuite: 200,000 rupiah.
|160,000 rupiah||160,000 rupiah|
|Triple air-con private bathroom||540,000 rupiah||540,000 rupiah|
|Quad air-con private bathroom||720,000 rupiah||720,000 rupiah|
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