Accommodation in Kintamani Bali

by Nick on October 12, 2006

by Nick | October 12th, 2006  

A trip to Kintamani is 3 hours, one way from Kuta. Some people like to do that on day trip, but others prefer to stay in the area and have a chance to relax, look around and try to escape the mad tourist rush during the day.

Penelokan, the crater-rim village to the south of Kintamani has a decent hotel, the Lakeview Hotel (0366) 51394. Rooms overlook the crater, and the hotel has decent rooms, with hot water. Mid-range pricing.

I don’t personally care for the Penelokan / Kintamani villages. If you look at a physical map of Bali, you’ll see a line of mountains going east-west across the central northern part of the island. Stroms come in from the south and clouds always form on the southern side of the mountains. Penelokan and Kintamani, being the top corner where the clouds tend to hang. If you go through Kintamani and round the northern rim of the Batur crater, you’ll be amazed. The north coast is immediately in view and the skies clear.

Down in the Batur crater there are 2 main villages to stay, Kedisan, to the right as you reach the crater floor, and Toya Bungkah to the left.

Choices of accommodation inside Batur Crater:

Toya Bungkah:

Cheapest:

Awangga – located in Toya Bungkah, next to the large Puri Bening Hyato hotel. This place is a simple guest house.

Nyoman Mawar – located in Toya Bungkah on the main road. Simpe rooms, cold water. (0366) 51166

Nyoman Mawar II – located close to the lake in Toya Bungkah. Nice view of the lake with cold water. Simple rooms. (0366)52508

Pualam – located just off of the main road in Toya Bungkah, close to the hot springs. Clean simple rooms. (0366) 52024

Tirta Yatra – Located very lcose to the lakeside in Toya Bungkah, next to Volcano Breeze Cafe. Cheap, not so nice rooms.

Laguna – Located on the main road in Toya Bungkah. Simple decewnt rooms.

Better quality rooms:
Arlina’s – Located on the southern edge of Toya Bungkah, next to the main road. Hot water and verandahs for lake view. (0366) 51165

Lakeside Cottages – located next to the lake in northern Toya Bungkah. Different priced rooms. TV, hot water, spacious cottages available. (0366)52149

Puri Bening Hyato – located in northern Toya Bungkah just south of the main road. Not the greatest bargain by all accounts. Has a selection of room type, hot water available. (0366) 51234

Kedisan:

Putra Mulya – simple cheap rooms (0366) 51754

Losmen Semadi – simple rooms, okay view of the lake. (0366)51819

Hotel Segara – has variety of rooms. Top rooms have TV, hot water. (0366) 51136

Hotel Surya – Decent place, not too expensive. top rooms have hot water, good view of lake. (0366) 51378

Whenever a Balinese place offers TV, you should ask if it is cable, or just local TV. Staying in one of these cheap simple places isn’t the worst thing in the world, though you wouldn’t stay there more than a couple of nights.

In my opinion, after a one night in Lake Batur, or even on the first day you visit, a better option of a place to stay will be Ubud. If you look at a map, Ubud is a straight shot from Kintamani. You can be there in 1 hour 20 minutes. Another option, would be to take the 13km, scenic road, down the coast at Bondalem. You do this by heading past Kintamani and hanging a sharp right at Dausa. At the coast are a couple of lovely places to stay including Poincianna, just south of Tejakula. Doing that sets you up for the next day. You could head north along the coast to Lovina, or south along the coast to Tulamben and Amed.

If driving all the way back to Ubud, after a day exploring Kintamani / Batur crater, is too far, you can try the Blue Yogi Cafe in Tegallalang, which has 2 nice cottages. Be sure to call if you need the rooms (0361) 901368.

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Dee April 12, 2007 at 9:32 am
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Nick,
I’m off to Bali for about 5 days with another girlfriend.Our first stop would be to go to Batur straight from the airport and spend the night there.Am wondering if that is the best thing to do or should I head to Ubud,spend the night there and arrange for a sunrise trekking at Batur from Ubud itself.We’re on budget travel so hope you could help.And should I opt to stay at Batur ( I arrive Denpasar 130pm – ish) what can I do around there while waiting for the night to come?Food wise and trekking arrangements ? (Ps:Actually I would prefer to email you)Thanks!!And oh,please note we are 2 female travellers from Malaysia (would that actually make a difference?)

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