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Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

If you are someone who needs a hotel which is modern, shiny, renovated, all doors oiled and all upholstery new – in other words, positively wrung of all personality and charm – just stop reading. You won’t be happy here. Its beauty will escape you, and that would be a crime because this place is definitely special.

Built in the 1980’s, this enormous hotel used to be the hot spot in Candi Dasa, with a discotheque downstairs, endless suites and rooms, and a huge staff. Please don’t be put off by the abandoned look of 2/3's of the exterior (these days, only about a third of the hotel is in use), because inside lies the relic of a grand and magical hotel.

After running in horror from the place we had booked months in advance, we took a taxi and went hunting on our own. Visiting homestay after hotel, there were either no vacancies or no A/C. Then we happened on the Rishi. We stood in the reception area and took in the view of the ocean (which, believe me, is exceptional), relishing the amazing cool breeze coming off the water and straight onto our tired and sweaty faces. The stately furniture with worn upholstery spoke of bygone days of glory. They welcomed us and gave us fruit juice is cold glasses ( I know this is standard, but somehow they did it with an extra flair). Then they took us upstairs, and we just fell in love. It was so retro cool – from the aqua colored fridge (that worked just great), the funky kitchen non-kitchen (no stove, but a sink), to the side table light controls by the bed. YES, it needs renovation, but it is still glorious! There is rust on the beautiful fringed lampshades from too many years of sea air, and some of the wood is worn or cracking. You don’t dare open the ancient TV doors for fear of them falling off. There are stained tiles, and only one of the huge pools is filled – the other a giant empty cavity. BUT WHO CARES? It is CLEAN, it is AFFORDABLE, and it is MAGICAL. With A/C and free wifi (which usually worked best in the reception area), it was modern enough for us! The people who work there are completely attentive, helpful, and pleasant. Eating breakfast (great choices and everything yummy) in the large and beautiful dining room, I imagined I heard whispers from long ago, back when it was filled to overcrowding with happy guests; the clink of coffee cups on saucers, the scrape of forks on plates, the murmur of voices discussing the new day’s activities. We got a corner suite on the second floor, and they brought in a bed for our son. They helped to hang our mosquito netting (which most people don’t need, but we are deathly allergic to mosquitoes). And then they eagerly assisted us with everything and anything we needed. We walked the lovely beach when the tide was out. At night, we swam in their wonderful, large and clean pool, which is right up against the ocean. No bothersome bright lights in our eyes – just the cool water and the sound of the sea. During the day, we sat outside on our 2-sided balcony and watched the waves, or lounged down by the pool in the ample shade of their lovely garden and read books. We walked throughout the town and ate at warungs and restaurants, shopped, and enjoyed the affordable offerings of it’s many spas. We didn’t need a car – we could easily walk everywhere, however there is ample parking in the large parking lot for many vehicles, which made taxi pick up and luggage handling extremely easy.

We met one lady who has been coming there for 30 years, and now that she is retired, stays for months at a time. We met another group that had been coming for 20 years; best friends for over 50 years, one of them comes 3 times a year, staying at least 10 days at a time.

We realized we had found a Bali version of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” – minus the senior citizens. It is cash only, but there are plenty of ATMS in town. It is a true piece of Bali, and we hope that many more will visit and explore the charm of this enchanting place.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
9  Thank gadfly58
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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

We spent here over a week in october 2016. Hotel looked very old so was the room and furniture. Bathroom was extremely unclean, was even afraid to take a shower without flip flops. However, the staff as in most indonesian places is really polite and helpful. We've been told hotel's owner do not invest to renovations so unfortunately they have to count with bad reviews regarding cleanliness. Apart of this, they dispose with nice swimming pool opened 24/7 and their own beach acces. We really appreciated the location by the ocean in a calm part on the north Bali. Also the main northern highlits were accessible on motorbike within half an hour.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Nika K
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Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

We had a nice stay here for 2 nights. As many of the other reviews state the hotel is old and a bit run down. However, our room was clean, the beds were very comfortable and the air conditioning worked well.

The pool area is the best aspect of this hotel, really amazing view of the sea and comfortable sun loungers. The pool was clean and a lovely temperature.

It has a good location with many bars and restaurants around. Breakfast was included and was very good. The staff here are extremely friendly.

Overall we had a nice stay here and would recommend it to anyone who isn't too fussy.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Jodie F
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Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

The staff was nice. It was fairly clean and has a nice pool looking out over the ocean, but the hotel is very dated. Breakfast was included and okay but very basic. Similarly priced to other accommodations in the area (of which there are lots), so probably not your best bet.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Jennifer M
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Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

The front area of this hotel looked unpromising: run-down rooms on upper floor, empty lobby, worn-out furniture etc. The room I stayed in was nice though.

The superior room - nearby the pool - was spacious with twin beds, nice terrace and large bathroom.

Lighting in the room and bathroom was dim making them feel damp.

Breakfast was generous in size although in limited options.

Pool was the highlight of the hotel with great view of Lombok Strait and direct access to the beach.

For a short stay, this hotel is a good option. There are other nicer hotels around, though. So if you want to stay longer, look around.

Stayed: September 2015, travelled with friends
2  Thank EndroCatur
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