Sometimes I wonder how I actually make it through travelling. I am a massive secret worrier, an over-thinker and a bit of a control freak. But I think my number one worry when it comes to travelling is the thought of missing a flight. Seriously though, I just think I would stand there and cry. One thing that Bali does well is traffic, that’s for sure, so when I had the chance to stay close to the airport at the GrandMas Plus Hotel Legian for my final night in Bali I took it.
I’d previously stayed with GrandMas right at the beginning of my time in Bali at their Seminyak hotel and thought it was great. The GrandMas brand is all about comfort, convenience, simplicity and has the Bali culture right at its core. And that’s all whilst being in great locations. You can read my review of the GrandMas Seminyak here but carry on for my views on the GrandMas Plus Hotel in Legian!
Prime location to explore Legian and catch your flight
You’ll find the GrandMas hotel right in the heart of Legian on the corner of its main road, Jalan Legian. This area of Bali is teaming with shops, restaurants and spas and has a vibrant nightlife too. It’s definitely a tourist hotspot and if you’re looking to shop till you drop then the GrandMas is in the perfect spot. As well as being right in the heart of the busy streets, it’s also just a stone’s throw away from Legian Beach, a great place for surfing, relaxing or just taking a stroll. Legian is right in between popular Kuta and Seminyak so the GrandMas is a great base if you wanted to visit these areas too.
In relation to the airport, you can’t get too much closer unless you want to hear the jets flying over you every few minutes – which is so not the way to relax! The Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar is a mere 4 km away and a short 15-25 minute drive. With the GrandMas being so close to the airport, I was able to enjoy as much time in Bali as possible before my flight and there was no panic about being late. What a great way to end my trip in Bali!
Compact and comfy rooms
I stayed in one of their ‘Cozy Double’ rooms and it was perfect for my short stay. Each room has a quirky piece of walk art which adds a great burst of colour to the minimalistic rooms. It’s been cleverly designed to maximise space and provide all the comforts you want in a hotel.
The rooms have a small desk with a drawer and chair, a safe and a small area to hang clothes if you like to unpack. As well as this, there is a kettle, tea and coffee, complimentary water and even a small fridge, all in one great compact unit. There’s a flat screen TV opposite the bed with plenty of English channels to choose from and good quality free wifi that easily reached the room.
The double bed was really comfy and a good size for the room, leaving plenty of floor space around it. The bed had a duvet on it which being a Brit is something I’m used to and it definitely helped with the great night’s sleep I had.
The bathroom has a sliding door which is perfect for this compact room and the bathrooms are modern and well laid out. The shower was spacious and the complimentary shampoo and shower gel is a nice touch. It was also great to see these items in refillable bottles rather than miniatures. They also have a great system where bedsheets are only changed if you place a card on the bed and towels are not changed if they are hung up.
The only unusual thing about our room was that the small windows above the bed actually looked straight into the windows of the bedroom opposite which meant we had the blinds shut for our whole stay for privacy. It wasn’t an issue but I definitely wasn’t expecting it.
The GrandMas Hotel Legian offers 3 types of room to suit all types of visitors. They are simply a double room, a twin room and a triple room. They are all made in the same sleek design and definitely make it a great base for anyone visiting Legian.
Wonderful customer service
I caught a taxi to the GrandMas and from the moment I stepped out of the car I was welcomed to the GrandMas my the staff managing the front area. These guys were so happy and funny and it was a great way to start my stay. The receptionists were welcoming, calm and incredibly polite which instantly made the hotel feel like a little oasis away from the business of Legian.
Throughout my short stay, every staff member I met said hello and they were always offering their help if I needed it at all which was so lovely of them. It was great to be able to talk to everyone and see so many people around the hotel. From the lady who organised the breakfast sittings to the staff working in their gorgeous Spa I was lucky enough to use, everyone was so lovely and they lived up to the incredible Bali service the island is famous for.
Breakfast in a rainforest
Ok, so it’s not exactly a rainforest in the hotel, but their awesome Courtyard located in the centre of the hotel with its tropical plants hanging right from the top of the building certainly gives it a tropical feel. Breakfast here is slightly different to what I’ve experienced at other hotels as it sort of sits between being a buffet and a la carte. You are offered the choice of 4 breakfast dishes to have as your main meal and then there is also a good selection of bread, pastries, fruits, cereals and Indonesian breakfast items on the buffet. I actually really liked this as it meant I didn’t go completely crazy with food like I usually do at a buffet!
As well as the Courtyard, the GrandMas Legian has a popular Italian restaurant, Bella Italia, adjoining it. I didn’t have the chance to eat here but from experiencing other Italians here, Bali can definitely make some good pizza!
Great extra amenities
I’ve mentioned it briefly, but I was lucky enough to have a traditional massage at the beautiful Rehat Spa which is a beautiful space. My treatment started with a welcome tea and the chance to choose the oil I wanted during the massage. The spa itself is beautiful, relaxing and the lady who did my treatment was great.
If you’re wanting to get around Legian a little quicker then the GrandMas offers complimentary use of their bicycles as well. I love this idea as it’s environmentally friendly, it provides a way to see a lot more of the area and of course, it’s great if you’re on a budget!
So, if you’re looking for a place to stay that’s in the heart of popular Legian whilst also being close to the airport, I would definitely recommend the GrandMas Plus Hotel Legian. Being close to the airport means a stress-free journey whether you’re arriving late after a long flight or heading off home. The hotel offers simplicity and comfort without compromise in a great location to explore the area and make the most of your time in Bali.