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Old Jan 26, 19, 1:38 pm
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Originally Posted by craigthemif View Post
It's starting as 1 because the old, decrepit Hyatt (before shutting down for renovations) was a 1.
It wasn’t in that bad of shape when closing. I was there the last month or two.

They could have easily opened as a Cat 2, and I don’t think you’d have heard much complaining. I’m sure they want to get the hotel back to decent occupancy.
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Old Jan 27, 19, 12:56 am
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Originally Posted by Jaimito Cartero View Post

It wasnít in that bad of shape when closing. I was there the last month or two.

They could have easily opened as a Cat 2, and I donít think youíd have heard much complaining. Iím sure they want to get the hotel back to decent occupancy.
Agreed. I liked the old Bali Hyatt especially at that price point. Looking forward to check out the new property next week.
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Old Jan 27, 19, 8:17 am
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Agreed. I liked the old Bali Hyatt especially at that price point. Looking forward to check out the new property next week.
It was my favorite Hyatt in Indonesia when it closed. Always great employees, reasonably priced, and I just enjoy Sanur more.

I canít wait for my trip back in July.
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Old Jan 27, 19, 9:54 pm
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We spent 6 nights at the HR in early January. I think Iím well equipped to offer the following observations, seeing that weíve stayed at GH Bali several times (and also Westin/W/SR/Laguna/LM/Sheraton/4Ps/Conrad/IC), as well as all Hyatt resorts in SE Asia.

When we stayed, just a few weeks after the hotel had opened, some things were still a little rough around the edges (e.g., check-in and check-out took a long time as something was off with the credit card machines), but mostly, we were impressed with how smoothly things ran. The hotel has some great and incredibly hard-working staff.

Suites either werenít ready, or werenít available, so we ended up with the best non-suite room, an ocean-view Premium room. These are 39sqm, and located on the ground floor. I like being higher up, but learned that due to the shape of the building, rooms get smaller as you go up. I was shown an ocean view room on the top floor, and itís noticeably smaller (under 30sqm). The Premium room was very well appointed, and clearly, a lot of money had been spent on the remodel. The rooms are rather narrow and very long Ė bathroom, sleeping area, sitting/dining area, and an outside terrace. Itís a good layout, given the available space, and the only downside Iíd point out is that you donít have a lot of natural light. As is common in Bali, very few of the rooms have a view of the ocean, due to the angles of the buildings, and various obstructions. We had one of the handful of rooms where you could see the water, along with the very pleasant hotel grounds with old-growth trees.

The pool and outdoor restaurants are brand new, and the lobby is huge and has also undergone a thorough remodel. The pool area is fairly plain, and reminded me a bit of HR Danang. Lots of empty loungers (probably 80%+ vacant) when we were there, but of course the hotel wasnít in full operation yet. Beach also has countless loungers, with no more than a half dozen taken at any point. Like at GH Bali, thereís a public walkway between the property and the beach, and occasionally non-guests try to poach loungers; this is very well policed. Most Bali beaches are lame, and itís hard to say whether this one is better than the one at GH. At the latter, swimming is borderline even during high tide, and during low tide, water recedes way out. Form that perspective, the HR beach is better. On the other hand, the GH beach is wider, more kept up, and perhaps more ďgrand.Ē The HR beach has life, though Ė fishing boats to watch and some local activity, so Iíd prefer it.

The club lounge is excellent, certainly for a Cat 1, but also compared to other Hyatt resorts in Asia. Itís of the outdoor variety (like GH Bali and HR Hua Hin), fully covered, and very large. Breakfast would be strong for any club lounge Ė 3 hot Indonesian items (fried noodles etc), an egg station with real bacon/potatoes, a soup station, cold cuts (including, some days, delicious tuna tataki), fresh fruit, and very tasty breads/pastries. The evening happy hour is also strong Ė 4 hot items, usually two fried (wonton etc) plus two semi-healthy (like satays or teriyaki fish), cold cuts/vegetables/dips/breads, plus a delicious selection of desserts. As seems to be standard with Hyatt, there is no cocktail list, and the mixers supplied are basic. That said, staff are eager to please, and will mix drinks using the fresh juices and soda/ginger ale/etc thatís available. Of course you can also get creative on your own. All things told, Iíd probably rank this club lounge ahead of not just GH Bali, but also of the HRs in Danang, Phuket, and Hua Hin.

As for which Hyatt to choose in Bali, I think it depends on individual preferences. In some ways Iím inclined to say that at 5k points, the HR is such a strong buy, itís not even worth considering other hotels. Value for points aside, here are some differences between HR and GH that may help your choice:

- The GH has about twice as many rooms, is very spread out and feels very generic. The difference in size perhaps also means that it has some ďbetterĒ attractions Ė for instance, I would think most kids would prefer the GH pools.
- In terms of suite upgrades, itís worth considering that the entry level suite at GH is almost 100sqm, and they often upgrade further to a massive 140sqm suite (weíve even been getting those recently without applying DSU). I havenít seen any of the HR suites, but the website lists them at 54-78sqm (I assume that, like the rooms, they get smaller on higher floors). 54sqm would be fine for a couple, but for a family, you may conclude that youíre better off in the GH suite thatís almost twice as large.
- Thereís obviously a difference between a newly remodeled hotel (and weíre talking thorough remodel, with a lot of money spent) and one thatís 30+ old with only some touch-ups. We never had bad luck with any of the rooms at GH, but there have been reports of some rooms that are in desperate need of an update.
- In terms of location, I find Nusa Dua pretty dreadful. Itís a gated community, and the GH could literally be located anywhere in the world. Youíre captive, and there are few good food options in walking distance. All you can walk to is other large hotels plus the dreadful Bali Collection Ė basically an outdoor mall with mediocre food and overpriced tourist stores. From the HR, you can walk outside to a number of decent restaurants, stores (many mediocre, some not), even see some village life (including a fishing harbor). Sanur is very quiet compared to the tourist hell of Kuta, but IMO in a pleasantly laid-back, rather than boring way, and in any case it feels a lot less like a nursing home than does Nusa Dua.
- If cost is a consideration: Prices for food at GH are high by Bali standards (probably because, see above, there are fewer alternatives around). The HR food is reasonably priced, 80-120k for a poolside pizza or salad. Local restaurants are minutes away, so the HR probably priced their menu to be competitive.

Anyway, make your bookings and enjoy! Nice place, and great deal!
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Old Jan 28, 19, 3:26 am
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Thanks for the detailed review!
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Thanks for the review. Loved it!

Looking forward to see what the suite is going to be like and will ask them to have a look at the Premium Room as well for comparison.
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Thanks a ton! We have a two rooms (one a suite) booked for a stay in July... I've been struggling with the thought of changing our stay out of concern that I haven't seen a ton of information on the property. You've set my mind at ease. I really appreciate it.
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Old Jan 28, 19, 11:08 am
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Originally Posted by jpdx View Post
- In terms of suite upgrades, itís worth considering that the entry level suite at GH is almost 100sqm, and they often upgrade further to a massive 140sqm suite (weíve even been getting those recently without applying DSU). I havenít seen any of the HR suites, but the website lists them at 54-78sqm (I assume that, like the rooms, they get smaller on higher floors). 54sqm would be fine for a couple, but for a family, you may conclude that youíre better off in the GH suite thatís almost twice as large.

- In terms of location, I find Nusa Dua pretty dreadful. Itís a gated community, and the GH could literally be located anywhere in the world. Youíre captive, and there are few good food options in walking distance. All you can walk to is other large hotels plus the dreadful Bali Collection Ė basically an outdoor mall with mediocre food and overpriced tourist stores. From the HR, you can walk outside to a number of decent restaurants, stores (many mediocre, some not), even see some village life (including a fishing harbor). Sanur is very quiet compared to the tourist hell of Kuta, but IMO in a pleasantly laid-back, rather than boring way, and in any case it feels a lot less like a nursing home than does Nusa Dua.
I do have the TSU confirmed into the larger suite at the GH, so it at least feels like a "better" deal. In terms of location - we are planning on day trips to the countryside for a couple days, and relaxation at the resort for the rest of the time, and having it more secluded is not such a bad thing. Considering how inexpensive it is to get a private driver/tour in Bali, the location seems less important.

I really appreciate the thorough review and advice!
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Old Jan 28, 19, 11:20 am
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Originally Posted by sch_flyer View Post
I do have the TSU confirmed into the larger suite at the GH, so it at least feels like a "better" deal. In terms of location - we are planning on day trips to the countryside for a couple days, and relaxation at the resort for the rest of the time, and having it more secluded is not such a bad thing. Considering how inexpensive it is to get a private driver/tour in Bali, the location seems less important.

I really appreciate the thorough review and advice!
Itís also about how much time you waste. You add at least 30 minutes, and often an hour coming from Nusa Dua if youíre going to Ubud or other places more inland. Plus the same on the return.

If you have the time, stay at both. Thatís what we did in 2011. We started in Sanur, and once we got to the GH, we wished we had stayed at the unrennovated Bali Hyatt the entire stay.
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Old Jan 28, 19, 2:51 pm
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Great review jpdx. We stayed here in 2013 and been waiting for it to reopen. Going back in June. The lounge experience seems as nice as it was in 2013.
I looks like the green pool is now the main pool and green no more? It was my favorite pool/spot when we were not getting massages at Suar (so cheap but great massages). That's the part we really like about Sanur. There are lots of cheap food, shopping, and massages to be had in the area.

I wouldn't split time between Sanur and Nusa Dua. Even we stayed only 1 night during our last trip, after coming from Sanur/Ubud, that was enough to completely write off Nusa Dua from the map no matter how nice the hotel. We didn't come all day way to Bali to be not in Bali, if you know what I mean. And don't underestimate the traffic like Jaimito stated.
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Suites either werenít ready, or werenít available, so we ended up with the best non-suite room, an ocean-view Premium room.
Firstly, thanks for the great review.

BUT, Iím booked in a suite on points for 5 nights a month away. Did the property give any indication or feedback as to when the suites are ready to be occupied? The difference between a suite and regular room is a big matter to me (no, Iím not a DYKWIA) so with advance notice Iíd rebook elsewhere if not available.
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BUT, Iím booked in a suite on points for 5 nights a month away. Did the property give any indication or feedback as to when the suites are ready to be occupied? The difference between a suite and regular room is a big matter to me (no, Iím not a DYKWIA) so with advance notice Iíd rebook elsewhere if not available.
If youíre booked on points already, then you should be ok.
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If youíre booked on points already, then you should be ok.
I think youíve missed the point. Whether I paid in currency or points is irrelevant. Per my question, what is relevant is the unknown date which suites are actually available. Hyatt.com shows availability for my dates but the reality could be very different.
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Old Feb 2, 19, 7:22 am
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I think youíve missed the point. Whether I paid in currency or points is irrelevant. Per my question, what is relevant is the unknown date which suites are actually available. Hyatt.com shows availability for my dates but the reality could be very different.
You could ask Hyatt Concierge to confirm with the property for you.
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Old Feb 2, 19, 7:43 am
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I think youíve missed the point. Whether I paid in currency or points is irrelevant. Per my question, what is relevant is the unknown date which suites are actually available. Hyatt.com shows availability for my dates but the reality could be very different.
I have one tomorrow for a week, will upload pictures in the evening or early next week.

In the system suites showed on sale as per MAR 1st so definitely not a problem for your dates.
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