by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 26, 2019
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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
- Poppies Restaurant – Built in 1973, one of Kuta’s first restaurants is still very elegant. Shady courtyard setting and not as expensive as imagined. Almost opposite the hotel. 1-minute walk.
- Club Havana Bali Restaurant & Bar – Kebabs, tortas, and grilled seafood. Popular hangout with chessboard, live music, and children’s meals. About 100m towards the beach. 1-minute walk.
- Un’s Restaurant – Award-winning, serene, and as classy as Poppies. Look for signs about 150m further along the lane towards Jalan Legian. 2-minute walk.
- The Victory Bar & Restaurant – Adorable courtyard setting very rare in Kuta. Even more uncommon are the drag queen shows. About 100m past Club Havana. 2-minute walk.
- Bali Agung Restaurant – Classic Kuta café/bar with a counter facing the street for people-watching, TV sports, and oodles of specials. Alongside the Victory. 2-minute walk.
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.