For someone who has stayed in hostels for a large part of her travelling career, the stay at the Sheraton in Kuta Bali was very welcomed. It was also a drastic change in ‘standard of travel’, given that I stayed in a hostel, some two years ago when I visited Kuta as a student with no disposable income.
We managed to get an upgrade to a Deluxe Ocean suite with my Friend S’ Starwood loyalty points. Yay! Anyways if you travel a lot for business, you can use the points to redeem free nights or get an upgrade. Cool stuff!
Upon entering the room, nice long sofas greeted us. Together with a working desk and a nice flat screen TV. It’s those type of sofas you can stretch out and relax without moving for hours.
The bed was rather comfortable and the pillows were soft and fluffy. I liked the fact that there was an espresso machine in the room! My only gripe was that the check-in took super long.. We arrived at 3pm and only got to check-in an hour later.
It was also my very first time staying in a room with a balcony!
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Catching the Sunset
Although our time in Kuta was really short, we managed to catch the sunset from our balcony, with the sea breeze blowing into our hair. Essentially, we had a view of the beach, without physically having to visit the beach. (Great for those who don’t want sand in their shoes). It’s all very pretty, as the pictures will tell.
I also had the opportunity to visit the hotel lounge, which oversees the hotel pool and the ocean beyond. The rattan chairs came with leg rests, and I felt really strange to be taking off my slippers and stretching out my legs, sipping a cappuccino while enjoying the view #likeaboss.
Service-wise I thought it was pretty standard, akin to that of five-star hotels. Though there was a staff at the lobby who was quite sincere – you know it’s slightly different from the usual polite smiles from hotel staff. It seemed like he was smiling from his heart. I had requested help for directions earlier on, and two hours later, when I was lugging my luggage to the car, he came to my rescue again. It was nice.
If you need an airport transfer, just call the concierge two hours before you leave and they should be able to arrange something. Great if you’re in a big group and need a six-seater.
Have you stayed at the Sheraton in Kuta Bali? Do share your experience!
The Travelling Squid would like to thank her Friend S for sharing his loyalty points : ) She hopes the points can be put into better ‘investment’ uses too ^^.