by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 11, 2019
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Mercure Bali Legian – Stylish, compact, and very convenient for all the action in Kuta and Legian.
Squeezed along the invisible border between Kuta and Legian, this hotel is new, central, and comfortable, showing no pretenses about opulence. Motel-style rooms are compact and functional, featuring Balinese art and colorful retro furnishings. Superior Rooms face the busy ground-level pool and have no balconies, while most Deluxe Rooms do have balconies but overlook the main road (which is even noisier). The rooftop pool with its trendy music and funky lounge chairs is favored more by the younger crowd, while others may prefer lounging about the ground-level pool and its attached children’s section. The Mercure faces a very busy intersection but traffic is often at a standstill and therefore, not that noisy. Honestly, it’s all about the location, location, location.
Mercure Bali Legian – The Location
- Address: In the middle of the most popular tourist region in Bali. Corner of Jalan Melasti (called Jalan Sriwijaya) just over the intersection and Jalan Legian (the main road through Legian and Kuta).
- Area: At a major intersection along the invisible border between Legian and Kuta. Surrounded by all the facilities both areas provide. About 500m from the beach.
- How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 20 minutes, depending on traffic.
- Handy to: All the facilities in Legian and Kuta.
Mercure Bali Legian – The Basics
- Guests: Most guests seem to be couples and small groups under the age of 40. The hotel tries to attract families but more space, serenity, and facilities can be found at other nearby resorts.
- Kids Club: The Kids Corner is comparatively low-key, with children’s movies some nights.
- Beach: The beach is about 600m away (7-minute walk), via Jalan Melasti road. Wide and shady, with drink stalls on the white sand. Waves can often be more suitable for surfers, however, so take care and swim between the flags.
- Views: Most rooms face the road, stone path, adjoining hotel, or best, the pool inside. Those on the 5th floor overlook the noisy second pool.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Deluxe King rooms feature a sizeable plunge pool.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the hotel for all guests.
- Parking: Almost no parking is available onsite on this very busy corner. Think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)361 938 6100
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: accorhotels.com
Mercure Bali Legian – Amenities
- Pool: 3 pools. At ground level, shady, and set up for families. Children’s pool attached. A nicer and less busy one on the 4th floor (almost on the rooftop) featuring loud music and funky décor.
- Spa & Fitness Center: The modest spa and gym have limited space but are adequate.
- Other Facilities: Business Center.
Mercure Bali Legian – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Between the lobby, pool, and roadside, the Ancak Restaurant & Lounge offers tasty meals all day, including vegetarian options and children’s meals. The hip Lounge Bar attached serves cocktails, wine, and snacks.
- Breakfast: Not included in the rates.
- Room Service: Available 24/7.
Mercure Bali Legian – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior Rooms • Deluxe Rooms with Balcony • Family Rooms • Junior Suites • Executive Suites • Deluxe King with Plunge Pool
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas but OK in the gardens.
- Best Room: The Deluxe King with Plunge Pool is nearly twice the size of the standard rooms. Also quieter and features a sizeable pool.
- For Families: Some rooms and suites have connecting doors but the best option is a Family Room. These have a double bunk bed (for children under 12) in the same room.
Mercure Bali Legian – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Walkable to everything that Legian and Kuta 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). Drivers hang about street corners but it’s best to organize this through the hotel. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali and renting one in Kuta/Legian is madness. Motorbikes are easy to rent and useful for getting around the backstreets of Kuta and 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 1.5km south of the hotel. (10-minute drive).
Mercure Bali Legian – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Bella Italia Legian – Adorable bistro offering more than just pasta and pizza. Noisy corner opposite the hotel. 2-minute walk (150m).
Places listed below are within 500m along Jalan Melasti, the main street to the beach from the hotel.
- Coffee Corner Bali – Perfect for a caffeine fix as well as healthy salads, juices, and sandwiches. 2-minute walk (190m).
- Lemongrass Thai Restaurant – Classy courtyard setting and extra-long menu of authentic food. 4-minute walk (280m).
- Koko Bar and Restaurant – Classic Kuta eatery, varied menu, quiet setting, and super-friendly staff. 5-minute walk (400m).
- Sidewalk Café – Asian food, burgers, and pizzas served at tables on the footpath and quieter ones upstairs. 5-minute walk. (450m)
- Warung Kampung (0)852 3820 5004 – The ‘Village Food Stall’ is an adorable respite, 100m back from the road. Authentic local food and genuine hospitality. 6-minute walk (500m).
- The hotel is along the main shopping street, Jalan Legian, with endless minimarts and other shops of various quality in both directions. A more congregated and varied selection of places to eat, drink, and shop in comfort is at the world-class Beachwalk Shopping Center. On the beachside road in Kuta, going south. 20-minute walk (1.6km) or 17-minute drive (3.5km).