Upon arriving in Bali I opted to stay in the belly of the beast known as Kuta. Not far from the airport its infamous for traffic jams, wild party goers and over aggressive natives looking to sell you anything. Knowing this I wanted to experience the madness at the beginning of my trip so I booked 3 nights at the Asana Agung Putra Bali.
The hotel is located on Popies Lane 1, a narrow road lined with swap meet style street vendors selling cheap Indonesian wares of all kinds. You’ll also find bars, restaurants and a mish-mash of stores catering to tourists. Definitely be cautious of where you step, the sidewalk sized cobblestone road is shared by pedestrians and motorists alike. From what I’ve heard this is one of the first streets to be developed in Kuta and it has seen quite the transformation over the past few years.
Asana is near the end of Popies 1. I made the rookie mistake of letting my cab driver drop me off at the beginning of the street. So after 30 hours of travel time I was lugging 2 bags and a backpack down the road trying to find the entrance. Initially it was a bit overwhelming but the natives pointed me in the right direction and I made it in just fine.
Now this hotel is quite lovely IF you book a deluxe room. I believe 90% of the hotel has been remodeled and the 10% that is not you will want to steer clear of. My favorite thing about it was the modern lines juxtaposed with charming Balinese details (such as the intricately carved entryway doors). The staff is friendly, accommodating and look to do whatever they can to ensure you have an enjoyable stay. I definitely recommend this hotel.
Personally I don’t think Kuta is as horrid as its made out to be. It is what it is and if you go in knowing that what can you really complain about? Besides, who complains when in Bali? Not I.
I’ve moved on though. I’m currently adventuring in south Bali on the Bukit Peninsula. This area is much less congested and instead of beeping horns I hear countless roosters beckoning in a new day. More to come my friends.