Hard Rock Hotel Bali

3 weekends back saw our whole office of 15 people spending an interesting 3 days together at Bali. Usually for events like this, the team either end up closer than ever, or worse off than before. Let's just say we all had a fantastic time.

We were put up at Hard Rock Hotel Bali. I must say I was (secretly) excited to check the hotel out so I can add Bali into our next holiday destination. The Hard Rock chain of hotels always had a reputation of being family friendly with a touch of "edginess". 

They have something for everyone of every age is what I hear people raving about.  I have never been to any Hard Rock Hotels before. Nope! not even the one at Resorts World! So, you can imagine the expectations I had of the place.

The unfortunate thing was that the moment I stepped into the room, I knew I wasn't going to like it. It came with a musky smell that hinted the "oldness" of the establishment. While I can tolerate dated furnishing and lack of amenities in a hotel room, having a funky smell is definitely a no go. Apparently, only those who stayed in wing 6 experienced the smell. Perhaps I was unlucky. 

The bedroom. I actually love the doors to the bathroom... not until I realised it has some issues with the opening and closing. 
A view of one side of the bathroom 

As our schedule was packed, I wasn't able to explore much of the hotel, hence what I can cover is limited. However, I do think that the live band at the Hard Rock lobby bar was fabulous. Loved the music and the energy that radiated through the hotel the moment you walk in at night. 

This is the centrestage, of simply referred by us as the lobby bar/pub. 

Buffet breakfast was also a draw for the hotel. They has a good range of Asian food which included my favourite breakfast of roti prata and fried beehoon. The Western fare of cakes and pastries was acceptable, not the best I have tried, but good enough for me to want a second slice of their butter cake. 

I managed to use the gym on the second morning. Well, as with the age of the hotel. the equipment needs some updating too. Not that they were bad. Just that they were old. 

My colleague managed to hit the pool at the hotel. It is very nice for family with kiddies who like to spend the day splashing around. It is apparently similar to the one in Singapore, where it is a sand-pool. My colleague did not like it though. And, the slides was closed for repairs. Speaks a lot about the condition of the hotel as a whole?

In all honesty, if you are not going to be in the room the whole time that you are that the hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Bali still has it's merits with all it's facilities on site. It is across just across from the beach, which is great in terms of convenience. Plus, there's so many eateries, massage places, pubs and bars in the vicinity. Great for an all girls crazy getaway or maybe a beachbum-ing type of couple fun.

Ending off with a view of the beautiful Kuta beach. 

Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Jalan Pantai, Banjar Pande Mas, 
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Tel: +62 361 761 869
Fax: +62 361 761 868

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. Review is wholly my initiative and opinion.