The old Bali Hotel on Jl. Veteran or the Pemecutan Palace Hotel are the only palaces to consider. The Bali Hotel was buikt in the early 1930s and was once the colonial oasis in Bali – the rijstaffel is still good and the swimming poll courtyard charming.
They are score of other hotels in the us$3 to us$20 category. Many are located on Jl. Diponegoro around the Hotel Denpasar. The two popular ones are the Adyasa and the Two Brothers Inn.
Adyasa (20 rooms), Jl. Nakula 23, Denpasar Tel:22679, Losmen-style rooms arranged around a central garden. us$4 to us$8 including breakfast.
Hotel Denpasar (83 rooms), Jl. Diponegoro 103, P.O. Box 111, Denpasar, Tel: 26336, 26363. Half of the rooms have air-condition and hot water. A favourite of large Indonesian tour groups from Java. US$6 to US$30 a night.
Hotel Pemecutan Palace (44 rooms), Jl. M.H. Thamrin 2, denpasar, Tel: 23491. This hotel takes one side of the extensive Bandung palace. Some rooms with air-condition and hot water. US$15 to US$24 a night.
Natour’s Bali Hotel (71 rooms), Jl. Veteran 2, P.O. Box 3, Denpasar, Tel 25681-5. Centrally located in Denpasar, just a block from the main intersection and town square. Good restaurant and bar. Many rooms qith air-condition and hot water. US$20 to US$40 a night.
Two Brothers Inn, Jl. Imam Bonjol, Gang VII/5, Denpasar. Friendly losmen for budget travellers. Near the Tegal bemo terminal. US2 to US$3 a night.
Denpasar Has The Best Chinese and Indonesian Restaurants On Bali, so if you are passing through or have errands to run here, be sure to stop in for a meal too.
A popular little streetside restaurant located on Jl. Gajah Mada near the banks, and half hidden from view behind an array of potted palm trees, is the Puri Selera. It serves excellent Chinese food, such as asparagus and crab soup, frog’s legs and sweet sour pork.
Most fun in Denpasar is the Night Market just off Jl. Gajah Mada where portable kitchens on wheels provide sate, fried rice, noodle soup and hot drinks.
For local free, the expatriate’s favourite is Rumah Makan Betty on Jl. Kartini, which has a not-so-scipy menu of Javanese and Chinese dishes. Try the tahu goreng kentang (beancurd and potato curry), bubur ayam (rice porridge with chicken) and their nasi campur.
The Balinese favourite, however, is the Rumah Makan Wardani in Tapakgangsul, a modest dinner serving traditional dishes (daytime only).
For a full range of Indonesian chicken dishes soup, fried chicken legs, liver sate, curries – visit the ever-popular Kartini Restaurant, diagonally opposite the Indra Cinema near the petrol pump.
The Gajah Mada Restaurant near the traffic lights on Jl. Gajah Mada also serves first class Javanese food. Their ayam lontong (chicken with rice cubes) and curry dishes are a gourmet’s delight.