Nice pool is busy all day, a beachside restaurant and bar, and dated spa
Since Bali is all about fun in the sun, it’s no surprise that most guests here will be found outside during their stay. With that in mind, the hotel’s outdoor features are its biggest asset. The pool is a nice area with a shallow end for kids and plenty of sun loungers. There’s also a pool bar. The beach is another high point and the hotel has loungers set up on the sand (just keep in mind that tides in Sanur mean swimming isn’t always ideal). The restaurant straddles the beachside promenade and has sheltered seating and tables right on the sand. It hosts entertainment on select nights, and food is relatively well liked by previous guests. A breakfast buffet is available, but not included with all rates. There are three meeting rooms, the largest of which can hold up to 200 people, and the lawn is often used for events like weddings (which will mean a bit of loud noise into the evening). The hotel has a spa, but it’s not the most attractive space we’ve ever seen. Massages and treatments are available. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.
Prime beachfront location at the northern end of Sanur’s beachfront promenade
Without a doubt, the highlight of a stay at this hotel is its location. The Inna Sindhu Beach sits right along a stretch of Sanur’s beach and its famous beachfront promenade. There are lounge chairs set up on the sand, and the restaurant spills across the promenade as well. Guests are constantly coming and going between the hotel and the shore, and there are almost countless other beach bars and cafes in either direction. It’s a seven-minute walk to even more restaurants and shops along Jalan Danau Toba, as well as to the bustling Sindhu Night Market. The northern end of Sanur’s main tourist drag, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, is a 10-minute walk away for higher-end boutiques and more upmarket dining. Budget at least 30 minutes to reach the airport by taxi, as traffic can be unpredictable in this area. For farther flung sights like Tanah Lot and Kuta, expect at least a 45-minute car journey, though travel times can climb to well over 90 minutes to reach Kuta.
Mostly tired and dated, with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and minibars
Let’s start with the good: There are four rooms here that were overhauled in 2015 and they are far nicer than anything else you’ll find at this hotel. Unfortunately, our pictures only reflect these nicest rooms, which are done with fresh fabrics, clean-lined wood furniture, and cheerful pops of bright colors. These units also have separate living rooms and larger terraces. Otherwise, interiors are dated, worn, and tired — expect to see scratches and scuffs everywhere from the walls to furniture, and even smell a few musty odors. These rooms are done with blond furnishings, shades of maroon and orange, and old-school satin fabrics. Junior Suites are housed in single-story bungalows set around the hotel’s grassy lawns and pools, while Deluxe Rooms are in the main building (some of these have partial sea views from balconies). Standard features include air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, electric kettles, safes, and two free bottles of water. Bathrooms feature either stall showers or shower/tub combos. Of course, those in the modernized rooms are far more attractive, but in other units expect tired wood and marble finishes. Hairdryers and simple toiletries are provided.
Much like its sister hotel, the Inna Grand Beach Bali, this budget property has seen better days. It still draws a steady stream of guests due to its prime beachfront location, but interiors are mostly worn, tired, and dated. The 61 rooms range from standard hotel rooms to Junior Suites, some of which have living rooms, though it’s worth noting that the four rooms overhauled in 2015 are far nicer. Otherwise, aside from air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs, don’t expect much in the rooms. The lovely pool has a shallow area for kids and a bar, and there’s a restaurant and bar right on Sanur’s beachside promenade. If you’re willing to lose direct beach access, the rooms at Oasis Lagoon Sanur have a lot more style and rates that are about the same.
One of Sanur’s oldest beachfront hotels remains relatively popular, but is showing its age
The government-run Inna Sindhu Beach doesn’t sit at the top of Sanur’s beachfront properties, though that doesn’t stop it from retaining a fairly loyal following. While the claims upmarket status, don’t be misled: This is a budget property through and through. From the outside, this is a nice enough place to unwind by Sanur’s tranquil seas. The lawns are emerald green, fruit trees line the walkways, and a mix of families and retirees lounge or play around the pool all day long. You’re also likely to spot couples sipping a few glasses of wine on their terraces as the sun starts to set. Inside, though, rooms are mostly a let down and the style is dated and worn. The hotel does host local events from time to time, including weddings, so be aware that it may be a little rowdy on rare occasions. Otherwise, for travelers who don’t plan on spending much time in their rooms — and who want relatively reasonable oceanside prices — this property might be a decent bet.