Staff Picks hotel review: Hard Rock Hotel Bali

Published April 16th, 2014

Planning an epic trip to Bali? Want to know where to go to be in the midst of all the action from shopping to nightclubs to beaches with heaps of onsite bonuses included in your hotel stay? Let us introduce you to Staff Picks – staff-approved hotels to ensure you have the best stay possible in the most amazing places with plenty of cool freebies included. Student Flights Parramatta Consultant Jed Buencillo checked in to the Hard Rock Hotel in Kuta to check it out. Here is his lowdown on the Hard Rock Hotel and Bali.


Jed at Waterbom Bali water park.


I’ve been to Bali before – staying in Seminyak and Ubud – but on this trip I stayed at Hard Rock Hotel Bali in Kuta. The Hard Rock Hotel is right on Kuta Beach in a great location –close to all the markets and walking distance to Beachwalk Shopping Center. Being a Hard Rock Hotel, everything is heavily themed, which is great because it sets it apart from everything else in Bali. Music memorabilia is a huge feature and there’s a very evident theme throughout the entire hotel.


Deluxe Premium Pool Access room at Hard Rock Hotel Bali.


I stayed in a Deluxe Pool Access Room. Besides the exclusive access to the Chill Out Pool, which was amazing, the Hard Rock has a guitar menu that allows you to have your own jam session in your room with any Fender on the list. And the best part is; it’s free! Also free and exclusive to the Staff Picks hotel package is a bucket of Bintang beers on arrival, breakfast and wi-fi. The selection at the buffet breakfast is second to none!


Cabanas at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel Bali.


Some of the other great features about the Hard Rock Hotel Bali include the friendly and welcoming staff, the Centerstage nightclub/bar and the great drinks. Special mention must go to the hotel pool. The hotel boasts the biggest hotel pool in all of Bali known as The Pool – it felt like a small ocean with a bar in the middle. You can rent a cabana right next to the pool and order food from the phone inside. Then a waiter on rollerblades brings out the food – even your meal is themed to fit the Hard Rock Hotel and mine was shaped like a guitar! If you want to get a little more active, the property also has a rock climbing section and a great gym.


Jed learning to surf in Bali.


With such a great central location, I packed a lot into my Bali trip. I went to Waterbom Bali water park, shopped at the Kuta Markets, got a full-body massage for about AU$8, had dinner at Cocoon Beach Club for my birthday, went to the pool party at The 101 Bali Legian hotel, and enjoyed a sunset seafood dinner on Jimbaran Bay. I also learnt how to surf with Pro Surf School Bali, visited the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, and went quad-biking with Bali Discovery Tours in the jungle.


While everything was great, if I had to choose one thing I would say the adventure activities were my favourite. At Hard Rock Hotel Bali, I’d recommend checking out the Centerstage club/bar and the pool bar, which is very relaxing. Honestly? I would recommend everything above – I had a great time. Hard Rock Hotel Bali is a fun hotel that would appeal to anyone who wants to be in a young environment.


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