A base close to the airport
Most visitors tend to leave Bali’s capital as soon as they step off the plane, heading straight to a private villa in Seminyak or a party in Kuta. However, Downtown Denpasar hides many treasures; there are temples to explore, markets to get lost in and plenty of malls to appease even the most jaded shopper.
Consider a stay in Denpasar if you’re only visiting for a short time or want to get off the well-worn tourist path and do most of your exploring on foot. Most hotels are aimed at domestic business travellers so you can rest assured you’re only minutes from Ngurah Rai airport. Step back in time at the colonial Inna Bali Inn, or settle into an elegant room at the Genesis Hotel and Spa.
Bali’s best kept secrets
Bustling and multicultural, there’s more to Denpasar than meets the eye. One of Bali’s best kept secrets is the affordable Adi Yasa Hotel. Considered one of Bali’s oldest hotels, Adi Yasa is in an excellent location within minutes of Museum Bali, Puputan Badung Park and the famous Pasar Badung market.
If it’s a home away from home feel that you’re seeking, then the hosts at Nakula Familiar Inn will welcome you with open arms. You’ll feel like part of the family when staying at this tranquil, urban sanctuary. Guest rooms are bright, spacious and offer an air-conditioned space to unwind after a day of bargain hunting at the markets.
Those on a budget will be spoiled for choice in Denpasar thanks to its array of affordable accommodation options. You can rest easy in a comfortable space, and still have plenty of spare cash to spend on activities like island hopping, cooking classes or lively nights out.
You can enjoy air-conditioned comfort and a private balcony at the Grand Santhi Hotel, which is also close to the Bali Museum and Bajra Sandi Monument. As an alternative, the POP! Hotel Denpasar Teuku Umar is a fun, eco-friendly hostel with basic, yet modern facilities.