Review: The Stones Hotel – Legian Bali, Autograph Collection (Pool Suite)

Nightly rate: IDR 637k nett (S$58)
Nightly rate after 15% off Marriott eGiftCard: IDR 514k nett (S$47)
Length of stay: 3 nights
Date of stay: Mar 2021
Membership level: Titanium Elite

The Stones Hotel – Legian Bali, Autograph Collection opened in 2012 with 307 rooms in 5 floors.


Location

The hotel is located in the touristy street of Legian in Kuta. In non-COVID times, be prepared to be swarmed by taxi touts outside the hotel. Get a Grab Car or GoCar from the hotel lobby to avoid them.

  • 8 mins walk to Beachwalk Shopping Center

  • 15 mins drive to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)

  • 1 hr 5 mins drive to Ubud Town


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Arrival

Upon arrival, we had our temperatures taken and were assisted with our luggages before being directed to the reception.

I had booked the base room and was pre-upgraded to the Pool Suite 2 days before arrival.

Platinum members and above get to choose a welcome gift of either daily breakfast or 1,000 points (worth S$10) per stay. As the rate that I booked already included breakfast, I received the points as my welcome gift.


The room (Pool Suite)

Room 347 is 90sqm / 968sqft in size.

Like other parts of the hotel, the room is mostly made of plain walls with very dim lighting. It’s probably intentional to give guests the ‘cave’ vibe.

The hotel also made a very interesting decision to place the bath tub on the balcony, which can be closed off with curtains, of course.

Like my experience in Renaissance Bali Uluwatu, the housekeeping team made a lot of noise while cleaning the rooms near me on all 3 days. I could hear them shouting, singing loudly and slamming the doors open and shut. It was very unpleasant to experience their lack of professionalism.


Best rooms

In general, I always request for a room on the highest floor possible and it must not be a connecting room (for less noise).

The Premium Plunge Pool rooms and all other rooms on the ground floor offer very little privacy. I would avoid them for future stays. Choose a room on the highest floor possible for less noise and better view.


Breakfast

Breakfast is complimentary for Platinum members and above who chose it as a welcome gift.

It was served at Stones Kitchen via an à la carte menu. Food quality was good.


Other facilities

The swimming pool is massive for a hotel of this size. There is even a swim-up pool bar, which was closed during my visit.

The gym is large and well-equipped. However, because of the low ceiling, sections of the gym did not receive sufficient natural light and was poorly-lit.


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Ratings

Breakfast: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Location: 9/10
Room: 8/10
Facilities: 8/10
Elite member recognition: 9/10
Value (for what I paid): 10/10


Bottom line

Other than the noisy housekeepers, I enjoyed my stay. Other staff in the hotel were great throughout my stay. However, Legian/Kuta is not a great area to stay in because of how busy/noisy it is, unless if that’s what you’re into. This hotel typically charges about 3 times more pre-COVID and there’s no way I’d pay that sort of rate in future for what the hotel offers.


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