The Stones Hotel Bali is a beautiful hotel situated on the southern tip of Bali. Located in the Kuta/Legian region, the 5-star hotel is close to all the nightlife and action of Kuta Beach but is sheltered away from the main drag to still provide guests with a calming, quiet and relaxing atmosphere. At The Stones Hotel Bali, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Sleep in and relax poolside during the day and then enjoy the nightlife of this vibrant part of town all night.
The Stones Hotel Bali is located approximately 30 mins from Denpasar International Airport. There are no good public transportation options from the airport so make sure to book an airport shuttle ahead of time (or take a taxi). Once here, you won’t need a car or a scooter to get around as beach access is located directly across the street and numerous shops, restaurants and nightlife are situated nearby. And the hotel is well-known to all the major tour operators so you won’t have a hard time arranging pick up/drop off services for your daily activities.
The lobby and reception areas of the hotel are just beautiful and remind me of the open-air lobbies of the mega-resorts found in Hawaii. Here, you can relax in the spacious seating areas or use as a meeting point for your party.
On this trip, my friends and I booked a 3-night stay at The Stones Hotel Bali to explore this beautiful island. I booked a standard room (deluxe room) and as a Marriott Rewards Gold member, I received a complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Pool room upon check-in. I was assigned room #543, a Deluxe Pool room located on the top (5th) floor of the hotel.
The Deluxe Pool rooms are very spacious and elegantly designed with clean colors, soft lighting and modern fixtures. My room was furnished with a king bed, sitting area and a 42-inch LCD television. There was no proper work space but really, you’re in Bali. How much work are you really gonna do?
Here’s the one awkward part of the room. As you enter the room, you walk through the bathroom to get to the main part of the room. The bathroom isn’t enclosed per se but the individual parts of the bathroom are enclosed. The sink and vanity areas are open but the walk-in shower and toilet areas are individually enclosed with glass walls. The glass walls of the enclosed areas are frosted for privacy but you can still see through the translucent surfaces.
The bathroom area was very spacious but the toilet/walk-in shower enclosures were very tight. You won’t be taking a couples shower in here. Archive branded bath and body products were provided along with miscellaneous personal hygiene items such as dental kits and cotton swabs.
The only thing separating the main portion of the room with the bathroom is a curtain so it might be weird if you are not traveling with a significant other.
Other room amenities include a Bose soundock, mini-fridge, in-room safe, iron/ironing board, robes and slippers. 3 bottles of water are provided every day of your stay.
All pool view rooms have a balcony with a sitting area and an outdoor bathtub. Traveling with a significant other and want to have some privacy in the outdoor tub? Just close the outdoor curtains to give your balcony complete privacy. My room had a view of the pool and of the Indian Ocean off in the distance.
A few minutes after I arrived to my room, the hotel sent up a welcome letter and a bowl of chocolates. It was a nice touch.
If you’re curious about upgrading from a Deluxe Pool room to a Premium Pool room, know that all the Premium Pool rooms are located on the first floor of the hotel. Instead of a balcony, the Premium Pool rooms have a personal splash pool located outside. If you really care about having a personal pool, this might be a nice upgrade but I personally don’t think these rooms are great. They are all located within view of people (like me and my camera) just walking by and this area tends to be louder than the higher floors.
Other hotel amenities include five different restaurants, a spa facility, pool, fitness center and a business center. There is no concierge lounge located on-site so Marriott Rewards Gold members and above receive complimentary breakfast at the Stones Kitchen restaurant. Breakfast is served between 6:30 AM and 10:30 AM and there’s a fantastic selection of both western and Indonesian/Balinese cuisine including an omelet station and dessert bar. Yes, you can have ice cream for breakfast and you should.
The fitness center is located on the second floor and is open 24 hours a day. The gym is open and spacious with plenty of natural lighting to make the space feel bright and airy and it actually has a decent space to work out. The fitness center is equipped with benches, free weights, resistance machines and a variety of cardio equipment to burn off all those vacation calories.
The business center on the other hand, only consists of two desktop computers and a printer. I’m guessing not many people need to get much work done while vacationing in Bali.
The hotel pool is the highlight of The Stones Hotel Bali and it does not disappoint. The 3000 square meter pool is surrounded by lush gardens with hammocks, cabanas and plenty of lounge chairs for guests to enjoy and relax.
The Stones Hotel Bali Bottom Line
Overall, The Stones Hotel Bali is a fantastic hotel and my friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The hotel is definitely one of the nicer hotels in this area and it is perfectly situated in the heart of town. The central location allowed us to walk and taxi our way to the many shops and restaurants of this vibrant area and the world-class amenities allowed us to relax and decompress. If you’re gonna be in the Kuta/Legian area, I would definitely recommend a stay at The Stones Hotel.
Have you guys stayed at Stones Hotel? If so, please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
The other trip reports in this series include:
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- Star Alliance Lounge LAX
- Singapore Airlines Economy Class, Los Angeles to Singapore
- Singapore Airlines Economy Class, Singapore to Bali
- Korean Air Lounge Seoul, a Priority Pass Lounge
- SATS Premier Lounge Singapore, a Priority Pass Lounge
- The Stones Hotel, Bali
- Hilton Bali, Nusa Dua
- Singapore Airlines Economy Class, Singapore to Los Angeles