Hard Rock Hotel in Kuta, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 25, 2019

Review of Hard Rock Hotel Bali.

Hard Rock Hotel Bali – In downtown Kuta, with vast grounds and endless family-friendly facilities.

This inconceivably massive hotel is right on the busiest corner of Kuta. The Hard Rock theme continues throughout, e.g. autographed guitars lining the corridors. The pools, surrounded by thatched gazebos, seem never-ending and even feature a ‘beach’ with volleyball courts, raised outdoor stage, lifeguards, and beach club. All rooms are luxurious, as expected, and face extensive gardens 200m back from the incessant traffic (but a few may suffer from noise from the adjacent Hard Rock Café). Probably the finest resort in Bali for families, it offers a children’s pool with a playground in the water, exhilarating kids club with extensive activities, and a range of fun things for the whole clan.

Hard Rock Hotel Bali – The Location

  • Address: On a corner along Jalan Pantai Kuta, the beachside road heading north one-way. In the southern end of Kuta, the major tourist region in Bali.
  • Area: Faces the beachside road, near the invisible border between Kuta and Tuban (more commonly known as South Kuta). Across the busy road from the world-renowned Kuta Beach, with endless shops and cafés in all directions.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 25 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: All the facilities at Kuta. Beachwalk Shopping Center.

Hard Rock Hotel Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters for all but most guests are families, so couples wanting a relaxing holiday might be better off elsewhere.
  • Kids Club: The Roxity Kids Club offers a range of supervised activities, including a Kids Beach Party and painting room for the younger ones. The separate TABU Teens Club provides a nightclub, cinema, and oodles of computer games.
  • Beach: Just across the main road is the renowned Kuta Beach. It’s public and very busy at times but wide and shady, and the sunsets are legendary. Waves are often more suitable for surfers, so take care and swim between the flags.
  • Views: No rooms offer sea views; they all overlook the gardens and/or pools.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The King Suites feature a jacuzzi on the balcony.
  • Kitchens: The King Suites contain a kitchenette.
  • Parking: Possibly some free and secure spots onsite. Check when booking. But think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 761 869
  • Email: Send a message through the website bali.hardrockhotels.net.
  • Website: bali.hardrockhotels.net

Hard Rock Hotel Bali – Amenities

  • Pool: Pools everywhere and massive enough for a ‘beach’, fountains, volleyball courts, lifeguard, and beach club. Some sections lined with huge thatched gazebos. Also a children’s pool, with 2 waterslides and a playground in the water.
  • Spa: The Rock Spa is as big, bold, and beautiful as imagined. Also, a yoga/meditation center and exercise classes.
  • Fitness Center: The Body Rock Gym is vast and features a steam room, sauna, and plunge pools.
  • For Families: Extensive playground. Giant outdoor chessboard. Rock climbing.
  • Activities: All sorts available from Giant Ball to Water Aerobics.
  • Other Facilities: Medical clinic. Recording studio. Travel agency. Hard Rock shop.

Hard Rock Hotel Bali – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Hard Rock Café – Part of the chain renowned across the planet for burgers and rock memorabilia. Also, live music until the wee hours. • Jamie’s Italian – One in a worldwide chain run by a celebrity TV chef for all sorts of delizioso food. Children’s menu. Just around the corner, less than 350m (5-minute walk) away. • Starz Diner – All-day dining, on a higher floor for views. Colorful décor, attentive service, and open-plan kitchen areas. • Splash Bistro – All-white seating alongside the pool for pizzas, pasta, and cocktails. Perfect for watching everything going on in the pool. • Starz Deli – Eat-in and takeaway coffee, pastries, and juices.
  • Bars: Centerstage – Near the lobby, featuring enough musical memorabilia to resemble a museum. Loud music nightly. Under renovation in late 2018. • The Shack – Swim-up to the bar on the ‘sandy’ island in the middle of the pool. Open until late. • Sunset Point – Intimate, with limited opening hours, so often ignored. For cocktails and snacks, but sunset views are not always unobstructed.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included but depends on the type of room and how it was booked.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Hard Rock Hotel Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Deluxe Courtyard Rooms; Deluxe Premium Rooms • Deluxe Premium Pool Access Rooms • Deluxe Premium Courtyard Rooms • Loft Rooms • Deluxe Suites • Roxity Family Suites • Rockstar Suites • Luxury Kids Suites • King Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking on the balconies/verandas is OK, but not in the rooms and public areas.
  • Best Room: King Suites are super-large and feature a separate living area packed with extras not offered by rivals, e.g. snooker table, jacuzzi, and home-theater system. Also, dining room, kitchenette, and twin balconies.
  • For Families: Many rooms have connecting doors, but there are several fun options especially for families. The Roxity Family Suites contain a double bunk bed in a separate kids room, and the more spacious and recently-renovated Luxury Kids Suites have a second bathroom and face a special pool.

Hard Rock Hotel Bali – Local Transport

  • Walking: Walkable to everything that Kuta and Tuban (to the south) have to offer.
  • Public Transport: In lieu of any public transport, the Kura-Kura Bus company links Kuta with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes confusing.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: To go anywhere within southern Bali, hire metered taxis which are abundant, cheap, and comfortable. For longer distances, organize a chartered car with driver (for a negotiable fare) at the hotel. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali, and renting one in Tuban/Kuta is madness. Motorbikes are easy to rent and useful for getting around the backstreets of Tuban/Kuta/Legian but not so elsewhere in southern Bali.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach another town outside of southern Bali, e.g. Ubud, buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. The main operator, Perama, provides services all over Bali from its office on Jalan Legian street in Kuta, about 1km away (quicker on foot than taxi). (13-minute walk).

Hard Rock Hotel Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Only 400m north (5-minute walk), the international-standard Beachwalk Shopping Center is packed with great places to eat and drink, as well as a food court, ideal for trying Indonesian food.
  • Anywhere along the main road will be noisy and none offer sea views. So much better than the renowned fast-foot outlets nearby is the Rosso Vivo Italian Dine & Lounge. It offers classy cuisine, bright décor, and live music. About 350m north up the beachside road. 4-minute walk.
  • Far quieter are places along Poppies Lane I, which heads inland about 250m north along the beachside road from the resort lobby. 3-minute walk.
  • Sandbar Kuta – Renowned position (on the corner of the main road and Poppies Lane I) for people-watching and cocktails. Also popular for all-day breakfast, outside bar, and tempting food specials. 3-minute walk.
  • Pronto Pizza – Casual street-side setting and authentic food, including pasta and focaccia. 50m down the lane past the Sandbar. 4-minute walk.
  • Kuta Puri Restaurant – Classic Kuta-style eatery for the usual Indonesian and Western standards. Children’s meals and Indian food. Opposite the Pronto. 4-minute walk.
  • Club Havana Bali Restaurant & Bar – Kebabs, tortas, and grilled seafood. Well-liked hangout with chessboard, live music, and children’s meals. About 400m down the lane from the Sandbar at the corner. 8-minute walk.

Shops & Markets

  • Oodles of minimarts everywhere and shops in all directions. For a congregated and more varied selection of places to eat, drink, and shop in comfort, stroll (400m) up the beachside road to the world-class Beachwalk Shopping Center. 5-minute walk.

Hard Rock Hotel Bali – The Hotel

The resort is located in the popular tourist area of Kuta.

The resort is on a major corner facing the beachside road in Kuta, the major tourist region in Bali.

The massive resort's lobby is set 100m from the main road.

The resort is truly massive, with the lobby set about 100m back from the main road.

The famous Kuta Beach is opposite the resort.

The world famous Kuta Beach is just across the busy road from the resort entrance.

Kuta Beach is crowded but fun.

Kuta Beach is public and often crowded, but shady and always fascinating.

The main swimming pool dominates the resort.

The main pool dominates the resort.

The pool's waterslide is always very popular.

The waterslide is always popular with the younger ones.

The main pool has several thatched gazebos around it.

The main pool is lined with thatched gazebos.

The main pool also has a beach.

Remarkably, the main pool even has as beach!

The resort playground is located in a pool.

The playground in the resort is inside a pool and always lots of fun.

The resort has several family-friendly activities around the grounds.

The resort is well set up for families, with plenty of activities all around the grounds.

The hotel has several memorabilia lined along the corridors.

All Hard Rock hotels are known for the musical memorabilia lined along the corridors.

The Rock Shop sells Hard Rock's famous souvenirs.

Part of the complex but around the corner from the lobby is the Rock Shop which sells, among other things, the famous Hard Rock t-shirts.

The Hard Rock Café is by the resort entrance.

Alongside the resort entrance is the renowned Hard Rock Café. (Incredibly, one way to get around chaotic Kuta is by horse and cart.)

The Shack is a popular swim-up bar.

At the resort, The Shack is the quintessential swim-up bar.

Jamie Oliver's classy bistro Jamie's Italian is by the lobby.

Around the corner from the lobby, Jamie’s Italian is a classy bistro, one in a chain operated by the celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver.

The on-site Starz Diner offers excellent meals and views.

The Starz Diner inside the resort offers views and tasty meals all day.

The Sunset Point bar offers great views of the pool, beach, and sunsets.

Open from about 3 pm to 9 pm is the intimate and often-ignored Sunset Point bar, offering views of the pool, beach, and sunset.

The Splash Bistro by the pool is known for its pastas, pizzas, and cocktails.

Alongside the resort pool, the Splash Bistro is the place for pastas, pizzas, and cocktails.

The Splash Bistro has poolside seating on a wooden deck.

Splash Bistro provides tables on a wooden deck alongside the main pool.

Another outlet near the lobby also sells Hard Rock souvenirs.

As well as the Rock Shop open to the public, another smaller outlet near the lobby also sells Hard Rock souvenirs.

Room blocks mostly face inwards and offer no sea views.

Rooms are in multi-level blocks, mostly facing inwards so none have sea views.

All accommodations face the gardens and pools.

All rooms and suites face the shady gardens and/or pools.

The spacious rooms feature undersized balconies and verandas.

Rooms are spacious but the balconies and verandas are undersized.

Rosso Vivo in the neighboring resort is a classy Italian cafe.

In a neighboring resort 350m up the beachside road is the classy Italian café, Rosso Vivo Italian Dine & Lounge.

The Sandbar nearby offers an outdoor bar and daily specials.

A landmark at the corner of the beachside road and Poppies Lane I, the Sandbar provides an outdoor bar and food specials.

The Pronto Pizza café serves authentic fare within walking distance of the resort.

Just up Poppies Lane I, about 300m from the resort lobby, is the quaint and authentic Pronto Pizza café.

Kuta Puri Restaurant serves a good menu of affordable dishes.

Opposite Pronto Pizza, the Kuta Puri Restaurant offers an extensive range of inexpensive food.

Club Havana near the Sandbar is a good place to hang out at night.

Lots of fun is guaranteed at Club Havana, along Poppies Lane I, about 400m from the Sandbar at the corner with the main road.

The famous Beachwalk Shopping Center is also within walking distance.

Only 400m up the beachside road from the resort lobby is the world-class Beachwalk Shopping Center.

Beachwalk's food court has several eateries serving good local food.

Among a multitude of places to eat at the Beachwalk, the delightful food court is ideal for trying local food.

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