Need a hotel near Denpasar airport? Green Garden's a cracker!

Green Garden deluxe room

Bali-AirportIt's a common travel dilemma: your flight arrives into your holiday destination late at night and you're paying for a hotel room you barely use. When it's time to head home, and the flight leaves around 11pm, it's just as tricky. The hotel checkout time is usually midday (some earlier); most hotels are happy to extend a late checkout until 3pm but that still means a lot of hanging around at a restaurant or (heaven forbid) the airport. Try extending until 6pm and you'll be charged 50% of the accommodation room rate for the privilege.  That can be pretty costly if you've paid up to $250 a night for your lovely room, and often well outside the budget. SHE is no stranger to airport hotels - in fact SHE thinks it's the perfect option if you're in transit or departing late at night. And here's a cracker: The Green Garden Beach Resort and Spa, located in Tuban, Bali less than 10 minutes drive from Denpasar Airport. SHE recently paid $55 for a room at this hotel, arriving at midday from further up the coast of Bali and departing at 9pm. SHE was travelling with a buddy so that's the princely sum of around $28 each - fantastic value!

Green Garden deluxe roomThis is a great 3 star hotel that could easily compete with many 4+ star options in this area. It's 'old school Bali' and SHE loves it, tucked away at the end of a dead-end street so nice and quiet with minimal passing traffic. The rooms are neat and clean, a good size, with a balcony overlooking the pool (and it's huge given the resort has just 15 rooms). We had a delicious lunch of chicken satays, nasi goreng, and mie goreng washed down with Bintangs. All very reasonably priced with the bill coming in at around $12.

The staff were friendly and helpful, if not a little bemused at our very short stay! We had everything we needed along with IMG_3239strong wifi and no dropout issues (it's pretty rare in Bali). Complimentary transfers to the airport were a welcome bonus.

SHE's heard the owner of the property has plans to completely renovate the resort, adding more rooms and a rooftop pool. SHE would be very sorry to see this hotel change - sentiments echoed by many guests who've stayed, returned often, and shared their comments on travel sites. Until then, SHE'll be back and we'll enjoy it while we can!