Review: The Kana Kuta, Bali

The Kana Kuta is a newcomer in the hotel chain-penetrated hospitality industry of Bali (specifically in Kuta), but is already making a name, and it’s easy to see why.
photo from The Kana Kuta’s website

The entrance is quite a bit tricky to locate because the main building is behind the Star Anise Restaurant along Jalan Setiabudi.

The open layout and spacious lobby will welcome guests upon arrival. You’ll get more of a resort feel than a hotel.
The cheerful staff immediately greeted me, and served a refreshing drink, mini samosas, and cold towels while I was being checked in.
Once the check in process was done, another staff took care of my luggage and assisted me to my room. She was very nice and speaks English well (as with most of the staff), and was very much willing to attend to my needs. She even brought the adaptor to my room when I called the front desk to ask if there’s one that I can borrow.

I was given the Executive Room, which was very spacious and spotless. I liked the contemporary design. The deep red and black accents were balanced by the white sheets, cream walls, and light wood furnishings.
The cabinets were huge, and there’s plenty of space to stow the bags and/or luggage.
Other amenities include an electronic safe, coffee and tea making facility, writing desk, and a couch that can be turned into a day bed.
I also love that they provided rubber slippers instead of the fluffy ones.

The bathroom was not that spacious, but it doesn’t feel cramped.

They don’t have a tub, but it’s okay as I prefer a shower stall just because it’s easier to take a bath. The water pressure’s a bit too strong, though.

The hotel facilities include a modest swimming pool, gym, meeting rooms, and a play area for the kids.

The Kana Kuta is not in the beach area, but they have free scheduled shuttle services daily to Kuta Beach.

Seleriana Restaurant
Buffet breakfast is served at Seleriana Restaurant which faces the pool. 
There’s a good selection including live congee, noodle, and egg/omelet stations; breads and pastries; fresh fruits; cereals; and some Japanese, and Western fare.

I would also recommend that you try out the Grand Rijsttafel at the Star Anise Restaurant. It consists of 20 Indonesian dishes, and is perfect for families and/or group of friends. 

Grand Rijsttafel
Soto Ayam (chicken broth, egg, cabbage, glass noodles, fried shallot);
Ikan Asam Manis (grilled fish with sweet & sour sauce), Udang Sambal Goreng (fried prawn with chili sauce), Telur Bumbu Bali (boiled egg with spicy sauce), Ikan Bakar Bumbu (marinated grilled fish with raw Balinese spices), Opor Ayam (chicken with curry sauce), Sate Ikan Bali (minced fish skewers), Ayam Taliwang (Taliwang style grilled chicken), Sate Ayam (traditional chicken skewers in peanut sauce), Otak-Otak (grilled minced fish cake in banana leaf), Gado-Gado (rolled Indonesian vegetables with peanut sauce), Kacang Panjang Bumbu Kalas (long bean with coconut sauce), Terong Kecap (fried crispy eggplant in soy sauce), Tempe Manis (fried bean cake with sweet soy sauce), Perkedel Jagung (sweet corn fritter), Tuhu Telur (omelet with tofu), Rempeyek (Indonesian peanut crackers), Acar Kuning (vegetables with yellow pickle sauce);
Cake Tape (sweet cassava muffin), Es Campur (Indonesian mixed shaved ice dessert);
served with yellow rice and Teh Botol (bottled tea)
Make sure you schedule your dinner at Star Anise on either Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday at 6:30-7:00 pm so you also get to watch the Balinese Dance Performance.
As I was out most of the time visiting Bali’s attractions, I didn’t get to spend much time at the hotel. But I was always welcomed back with a smile, and the staff are genuinely interested to know how my day was. 
When I checked out, I asked the front desk where I can get a Blue Bird Taxi to Ubud, and before I know it, the taxi was already pulling up at the parking lot.
When in Kuta, stay at The Kana and you won’t be disappointed.
Jln Setiabudi No 8, Kuta
Bali 80361 Indonesia
Tel: +62 (361) 8496100
Twitter: @TheKanaKuta

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