Hotel Review: Conrad Bali
Conrad Bali is the flagship Hilton property on Bali. While the hotel is not the newest Conrad out there, it is still a great place for holidays. Read in this review, why especially the value for the money is amazing at the Conrad Bali.
After enjoying The Legian Bali, I went on to try another hotel on the island. As a HH Diamond member, the Conrad Bali was an obvious choice.
- Classification: Four Stars
- Room Category: Oceanfront Room
- Month of Stay: November
The hotel is located in Benoa Bay, where one resort is located next to another. From the airport, the drive to the hotel is approximately 15 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic. The check-in is handled in the main lobby, which is very spacious and has a relaxed atmosphere.
Despite the size of the hotel, the check-in was very personal and warm. It took just a couple of minutes until I had the keys in my hand and was walked to my room.
Oceanfront Room at Conrad Bali
While I had booked a Standard Room, I was upgraded to an Oceanfront Room thanks to my Hilton Honors Diamond status. The room as such wasn’t bigger, but featured lovely sea views.
Upon entering, you can find the bathroom to the right and a spacious wardrobe to the left. Further into the room, you’ll find the typical hotel room design.
There’s a spacious King Bed with two bedside tables to the right, facing a flat-screen television. Next to the bed, there’s an armchair with a coffee table, while next to the television, you can find a proper working desk with a fairly comfortable chair.
I’d say that the room design at the Conrad Bali is quite nice with bright colors and a comfortable lighting. Yet, the room was not any special on the same hand. There’s also lots of wear and tear. It’s quite obvious that the Conrad Bali shows its age and might need a renovation sometime soon. The small balcony with a view of the beach and sea was quite nice though.
To my surprise, it was relatively quiet there at most times as my room was located in one of the buildings further away from the center of the resort. Something else worth mentioning is the little monkey waiting for me on the bed.
Bahtroom of the Oceanfront Room
While the room reminded me of a typical Hilton, the bathtroom was way more ‘Conrad’. Not only is there a window to the room, making the bathroom quite bright during the day, but the bathoom is also very spacious.
There’s a single sink with lots of storage room, a deep-soaking bathtub and, both seperated, a toilet and a walk-in shower. Once again, it’s worth noting that the Conrad Bali isn’t a ‘fresh’ hotel anymore.
Thus, the shower pressure isn’t that great anymore and there is also no rainshower head.
Executive Lounge & Food at the Conrad Bali
One of the things making the Conrad Bali such an amazing place to enjoy for Hilton Honors Diamond guests is the Executive Lounge, which is a rariety for resort-style Conrad properties. While the lounge as such is a little confusing, only offering evening cocktails and drinks during the day, you can enjoy a couple of more benefits if you have access.
First of all, you can enjoy a relatively private breakfast in the Suites Area (that’s also where the Executive Lounge is located) of the hotel at the Japanese restaurant. In addition, there’s an Afternoon Tea offered at the same restaurant or in the Lobby Bar.
Last but not least, you may enjoy the evening canapés (there’s no buffet, but you’re offered a tray with a couple of snacks) with a drink of your choice in the lounge. All the food I tried was very good and served restaurant-style, which I appreciated.
The Excecutive Lounge as such is a decent place to sit down and features a nice terrace, too. Yet, I wouldn’t spend too much time there as the resort offers nicer places to sit down.
Speaking of food, I also had a snack via room service one evening, which was quite good as well.
Breakfast at the Conrad Bali
I’ve already mentioned that you can have breakfast at the Japanese Restaurant in the morning if you have access to the lounge. At the same time, you may also enjoy breakfast in the main restaurant. As I wasn’t too much looking forward to a big buffet, I went to the Japanese Restaurant.
This one offers a relatively limited buffet with a cheeses, cold cuits, fruits and soups. In addition, you may order a couple of different options from the á la carte menu.
The food was high quality, the servers are friendly and proactive and the atmosphere was very calm (I was the only guest for like 30 minutes).
Thus, I’d recommend enjoying breakfast here rather than in the main restaurant, which surely offers a way more extensive buffet, but is also way more crowded.
Pools, Gardens & Beach at the Conrad Bali
If you are on Bali, you are mostly there for relaxation. The Conrad Bali is a great place for that due to its size alone. You can properly get lost in the endless gardens, which are in an immaculate condition.
When it comes to pools at the Conrad Bali, there’s quite some choice, too. The most private and relaxed options is the Suites Pool, which can only be accessed by Suites guests and those holding a HH Diamond (sometimes also Gold) status. It’s a nice pool for swimming and there are great daybeds around.
Other than that, there are large lagoon-like pools near the beach, which can be accessed by everyone. There are dozens of dozens of loungers in several areas around the pool.
Some are more private, other more exposed. The pool is quite nice as well as you can properly swim for ages without reaching the border. There’s also another pool, which is great for laps.
Most importantly, the Conrad Bali also offers a mostly private beach, which spans along the resorts’ coast. Sadly, the beach isn’t that great for swimming or relaxing as you can’t swim out all that much due to the beach area being fenced off the “real sea”.
In addition, the Conrad Bali is located in a water sports area. Thus, it’s noisy and smelly at the beach. Surely, the Conrad Bali offers several more facilities to keep active from a well-equipped, but dark and very old gym (the machines are more than 20 years old), to areas with table game, pool and darts to a library.
So, I’m sure you’ll enjoy your holidays at the Conrad Bali in this regard.
Overall impression of the Conrad Bali
While I totally enjoyed my stay at the Conrad Bali, I’d say that the hotel is not really on-par with the typical Conrad standard. As a Hilton Honors Diamond member the resort is still truely amazing as the value for the money is incredibly good with the Excecutive Lounge and further benefits.
For guests without a status, the hotel still offers a good value for the money as the food is very high, the resort as such is very enjoyable and the rooms are comfortable even though they are not the most modern. I’ll surely return to the Conrad Bali even though there might be better luxury hotels on Bali.