Grandmas Hotel in Seminyak is ideal for visitors to Bali who are looking for an urban edge to their beach holiday. The clean, contemporary design and décor give the hotel a boutique feel, and my first impression was that staying here should cost more than it actually does. The affordable room rates along with the convenient location and amazingly helpful staff are Grandmas’ strongest suits. Palms and tropical greenery surround the restaurant and the lobby, and the hotel front side is covered with beautiful green vines.
The atmosphere is quite relaxed, the lobby and the walkways are decorated with natural wood details and glazed concrete. During the day most of the guests are centered around the pool that gets quite crowded during cocktail hour. Next to the pool is the restaurant that serves some delicious food and cheap cocktails during cocktail hour. Grandmas Hotel is an ideal starting point for exploring Seminyak on foot.
The hotel is located in downtown Seminyak, only five minutes away from Seminyak beach and near many popular restaurants, bars, and shops. Seminyak beach is more laid-back than Kuta Beach but they are still a bit too crowded as two of the most popular beaches in Bali. While we’re at it, check out this honest perspective of Seminyak. Kuta Beach is also not too far from the hotel (around 20 minutes driving). Grandmas Hotel in Seminyak seems like a popular choice for young partying people who come to Bali to enjoy both the beach and the nightlife. Down the road from the hotel, you will find a lot of cabs if you need to go anywhere and there are also several rent-a-bike stores in a walking distance. Grandmas Hotel is around a 10-minute drive from the Petitenget area, 15-minute away from Kuta, and 30 minutes away from the airport.
Style & character
The lime green, plant decorations, and accent color throughout the hotel add a sense of calm to the place which is really important for a hotel. The decoration is extraordinarily used to divide the communal areas from the rooms and this whole clever layout of the property makes it impossible to guess that there are 113 rooms in this hotel. The hotel also has its own traditional restaurant with great food, a bar with a billiard table, a small pool, and a spacious, modern spa.
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Service & facilities
The circular open-air pool is open every day until 10:30 PM. The pool isn’t really big and there isn’t much space around it so you can’t expect much privacy. However, the pool is very well maintained, clean, and looks very inviting.
The hotel’s spa offers different, affordable treatments, including haircuts, manicures, pedicures and various massages. The spa is open from 9 AM to 10 PM. The staff is really friendly and helpful and the check-in process is fairly fast.
All the guests have complimentary breakfast in the restaurant that serves both, traditional and continental food. Lunch and dinner aren’t included in the price but the prices in the restaurant are more than affordable.
The hotel is accessible for people with disabilities.
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The rooms in Grandmas aren’t the biggest ones in the world but nevertheless, you’ll be in for a comfortable stay. All rooms have a luggage rack, desk-space, wall-mounted TV, coffee and tea, a small fridge, and really comfortable beds. The bathrooms are equipped with shower gel and shampoo, as well as basic toiletries. The rooms have air conditioning and are very well maintained.
The rooms have horizontal windows that let a sufficient amount of natural light in the room. There are green vines peaking from the window and that makes the rooms even more relaxing. The walls and the bed sheets are white, adding to the relaxing atmosphere in the room. Also, the rooms are styled with green accents on the doors, chairs and bed runners. All rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi which is pretty fast.
Two different room categories from which you can choose are the single double bed or two twins. If you can choose, go for the upper-floor rooms because they tend to be a bit quieter because they’re farther away the neighboring bars.
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Value for money
The price varies depending on the season and the prices for a double room vary between IDR350,000 ($28) in the low season to IDR 500,000 ($38) in the high season (including breakfast). When you compared these prices with the hotel’s appearance and the package that you’re getting, I could say that this is one of the best value-for-money hotels in Bali.
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Grandmas Hotel also has a property near the airport. You can get their last day airport package for IDR 450,000 ($35 USD) and spend your last day relaxing in this beautiful hotel. The rooms are a bit bigger here, they have a fancy restaurant and a big, more private pool. The last day package also includes an amazing 3-hour spa treatment to round-up your Bali vacation. A complimentary drop-off to the airport is included in the package.
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- An amazing location close to Seminyak square and a 5 minute walk away from the beach;
- The rates are more than affordable for the location and features that are being offered;
- Rooms are well-maintained, clean, and comfortable;
- Small pool and a spacious, modern spa;
- The hotel has a restaurant that serves a delicious Western, Indonesian, and Spanish cuisines;
- Complimentary mineral water, coffee, and tea are provided in the rooms;
- Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and is not charged extra.
- The rooms are a bit tiny;
- The noise from the nearby bars can be a bit loud at times but not after midnight.
Overall, Grandmas Hotel is an amazing value-for-money option and a great place to stay during your vacation. Passport Symphony recommends it to all travelers visiting Bali.