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Green Garden Hotel
Wednesday, 11 April, 2007, 3:01 pm
Filed under: Best Kept Secrets - Bali


This is where we choose to stay.  A small hotel with an excellent restaurant, staff that have worked there for a long time that they now feel like family and a small, but private pool that does not have drunken men hogging it.

Suriah and Hendra who mange the hotel know all the guests and do their up-most to make everyone’s stay special.  Nothing is too much for the staff.  The staff entertain children as well ensure that they are fed first when it comes to placing your order in the evening.  Most nights there is entertainment and whilst the singers are by no means good, it is always fun to watch and sometimes join in.

The owners of this hotel also own the Febris Hotel across the road, which is a newer establishment.  It’s restaurant has the same menu and some of the staff used to work at the Green Garden prior to opening.

There is a laundromat, money changer, supermarket, ATM and internet shop next door.  Discovery Shopping Centre is a five minute walk away, as is WaterBom Park and plenty of restaurants.  Pepito Supermarket and restaurant are a 15 minute walk in the opposite direction from Discovery Shopping Centre.

We always get a family room, after-all we do have a five year old with us who gets his own bunk bed.  The family room is big, has a small balcony (we love watching the streetscape at all different times of the day), has an excellent sized bathroom that if I was sick it wouldn’t be so bad having to stay in that bathroom – to date that hasn’t happened on any trip to Bali!  The room has a safe, a good sized cupboard, a good sized fridge and television with cable.

The food at the restaurant is excellent and when we are too lazy to go out for dinner, we just stay in as there is heaps to choose from the menu.  I think we have almost tried everything on the menu.  The breakfast is a buffet of both western continental breakfast and Asian treats – I always go the Asian as there is so much variety and something different everyday – there is also an al-a-carte breakfast menu if you choose to have an American breakfast.  Remember bacon in Asia is not the bacon we are used to so don’t be disappointed – just take it all in as an experience.

 One thing that does annoy me is that Westerners seem to forget their manners when visiting Asian countries – a please and a thank you never goes astray!


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