Poppies Hotel in Kuta, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 26, 2019

Review of Poppies Hotel in Bali.

Poppies Hotel – Historic and charming oasis among the chaos of Kuta.

One of the very first hotels built in the region, Poppies features a subtle but appealing Balinese design. The gardens are sprinkled with fountains, bridges, goldfish-filled ponds, and thatched umbrellas with rattan chairs. Detached and hidden behind dense foliage, the gorgeous cottages feature a corner lounge, thatched roof, open-aired bathroom, and private porch facing flourishing gardens. The stylish pool, which is not unnecessarily oversized, is lined with shady palms and adjacent to a library, bar, and jacuzzi. Quietly secluded behind lofty stone walls and directly opposite the equally-renowned Poppies Restaurant, the hotel is only meters from an endless selection of shops, cafés, and bars, and 500m from the beach.

Poppies Hotel – The Location

  • Address: At the eastern end of Poppies Lane I in the southern part of Kuta, the major tourist region in Bali.
  • Area: Along a very narrow part of the lane stretching between the 2 main roads: Jalan Pantai Kuta, which heads north one-way alongside the beach and Jalan Legian, the main shopping street, which heads south one-way.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 15 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: All the facilities at Kuta. Beachwalk Shopping Center. Perama shuttle bus office.

Poppies Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Most guests are older couples relishing the serene setting and perhaps, reliving trips to Bali from decades gone past.
  • Beach: About 500m from 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: All cottages overlook the lovely gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at an old-fashioned boutique hotel like this.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: No parking. Only brave and experienced taxis venture along Poppies Lane I. And think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 751 059
  • Email: Send a message through their website poppiesbali.com
  • Website: poppiesbali.com

Poppies Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: Stylish pool lined with shady palm and spouts. Communal jacuzzi alongside.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of old-fashioned boutique hotel.
  • Other Facilities: Reading room (library).

Poppies Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: No restaurant on-site but virtually opposite is Poppies Restaurant, which is part of the same company and was built way back in 1973, before the hotel. A small pool bar at the hotel provides beers and cocktails.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Not available.

Poppies Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Cottages.
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in or near the rooms but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: All cottages are the same inside but the quietest ones will be further from the lobby and lane outside.
  • For Families: Although management does not forbid children, this is one of only a few hotels in Kuta not to cater to families in any way. Far better options elsewhere.

Poppies Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking: Walkable to everything that Kuta has 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, only 300m around the corner. (3-minute walk).

Poppies Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

Shops & Markets

  • Poppies Lane I is jam-packed with minimarts and shops of various quality. Even more shopping is available along the main road, Jalan Legian. For a congregated and more varied selection of places to eat, drink, and shop in comfort, head to the world-class Beachwalk Shopping Center, about 700m away. Stroll along Poppies Lane I towards the beach and then north up the beachside road. 9-minute walk.

Poppies Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel is located in the popular region of Kuta.

The hotel is located along a very narrow section of Poppies Lane I in the middle of Kuta, the most popular tourist region in Bali.

The small entrance is easy to miss.

The hotel entrance is easy to miss.

The green resort is a welcome respite from the tattoo parlors and nightclubs.

One of Kuta’s first hotels, Poppies is an oasis among the myriad of tattoo parlors and nightclubs all around.

The garden is filled with ponds, statues, and bridges.

The cottages are sprinkled among quaint gardens which feature ponds, statues, and bridges.

There are several sitting areas in the beautiful gardens.

Among the gorgeous gardens are numerous sitting areas.

The beautiful pool has plenty of shade.

The pool is shady and nicely designed.

The jacuzzi is by the pool.

Alongside the pool is a jacuzzi, available to all guests.

The reading room is located by the pool.

At the top of the steps alongside the pool is the reading room.

The small bar is popular with guests.

The hotel is not large to warrant a restaurant onsite, but a small bar serves guests at the pool.

The traditional cottages feature thatched roofs and wooden doors.

Each cottage features the same traditional design, thatched roof, and wooden door.

All cottages comes with a large porch.

All cottages feature a substantial porch.

The spacious cottages are well-decorated.

Cottages are spacious and lovingly decorated.

The cottages have an appealing sitting area.

A corner sitting area in each cottage adds immensely to the appeal.

Poppies Restaurant opposite the hotel is very classy.

Part of the same company and virtually opposite the hotel, Poppies Restaurant is as classy as expected.

Club Havana is a fun place to hang out in the evenings.

A fun night out is guaranteed at Club Havana, about 100m along the laneway towards the beach.

The Victory is known for its courtyard seating and drag queen shows.

Just past Club Havana, The Victory provides a divine courtyard setting and drag queen shows.

Bali Agung offers a good selection of food and drinks.

Alongside The Victory, about 200m towards the beach from the hotel, the perennially popular Bali Agung offers a wide range of drink and food specials.

Poppies Lane I is lined with several stalls.

Named after the Poppies Restaurant, Poppies Lane I is full of stalls.

The Beachwalk Shopping Center has a good selection of shops and eateries.

About 700m from the hotel, the Beachwalk Shopping Center offers a huge range of places to eat, drink, and shop.

Kuta Beach is about 500m from the resort.

The renowned Kuta Beach is at the other end of Poppies Lane I, about 500m away.

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