Brown Feather boutique hotel, Bali

Jl. Batu Belig No. 100, KerobokanBali, Indonesia

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USD 40

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Brown Feather

Overview

Budget hotels in the Seminyak area tend to fall into one of two categories: uninspired chain hotels or shabby guesthouses far from the downtown action. Brown Feather Boutique Hotel is the rare exception: a highly affordable boutique hotel in up-and-coming Batu Belig that oozes charm and individuality in spades.

 

Stepping inside Brown Feather is a bit like entering the home of a worldly collector, so it’s no surprise that this eclectic boutique hotel was inspired by its Indonesian owner’s travels around New Orleans and Europe. From the entrance, dramatic recycled-wood doors open onto a cosy living room, complete with a highly Instagrammable collection of antique gramophones and classic motorbikes. Beyond, the guestrooms line a vine-draped courtyard overlooking a tiny swimming pool, with a picturesque rice paddy field behind.

 

Breakfast, served in the homely, exposed-brick kitchen, is a delight; while just down the road you can have your pick of some of Seminyak’s hottest tables, including Sardine, Métis and Mozaic Beach Club. If you’re searching for a charming and well-located place to stay in Seminyak that’s also easy on the wallet, then look no further than this.

 

 

Facilities

  • Babysitting
  • Bicycle rental
  • Concierge
  • Laundry & dry-cleaning
  • Spa treatments
  • Parking
  • Safety deposit
  • Airport transfers
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Breakfast menu
  • Smoking area
  • Non-smoking rooms

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Category:
Boutique Hotel
Setting:
Beach
No. of rooms:
16
Pets:
No
Children:
Yes
Swimming Pool:
Yes
Restaurant:
Breakfast only
Disabled Access:
Yes
Recommended for:
Sleeps in the City
Solo Travellers
Budget Boutiques
Weekends from Singapore

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What to Know

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fantastic location within a short taxi ride to Seminyak, yet away from the traffic jams and chaos.
  • The charming décor has a cosy, homey vibe -- it feels less like a hotel and more like staying at a really cool friend's place.
  • Overall, it's excellent value for money.

KEEP IN MIND

  • Rooms are compact with no wardrobe space (although with all of Seminyak to explore, you probably won’t be spending much time indoors).
  • Most rooms overlook the interior courtyard and therefore lack privacy.
  • The dark-coloured swimming pool looks more like a fish pond.

 

PACKING TIPS

Get your beach-style game on -- if there's a place to see and be seen in Bali, Seminyak and Batu Belig is it. Just be sure to save room in your suitcase for shopping.

 

A room at Brown Feather boutique hotel in Bali

Rooms

Overlooking the inner courtyard, Brown Feather’s 17 guestrooms are small but cosy havens that are bursting with style and personality. Inside, you’ll find wrought-iron bedframes, quilted bedspreads and vintage writing desks, lending a quirky charm. A row of patterned glass-panelled doors leads to the bathroom, complete with copper-hammered sinks mounted onto vintage Singer sewing machines -- it's enough to make any self-respecting hipster swoon. For more privacy, go for a room on the second floor, although those who have trouble packing light should note that there is no elevator. We think it's worth paying a little extra to upgrade to one of the Deluxe Halona View rooms, which come with windows overlooking the rice fields; or even to the Suite Magena.

An affordable boutique hotel that oozes vintage charm, surrounded by some of Bali’s top restaurants.

The kitchen at Brown Feather Boutique Hotel

Food & Drink

BREAKFAST

Every morning, an a-la-carte breakfast is served downstairs in the cosy kitchen with its charming cottage vibes and communal table. Try their signature Nasi Goreng, or fried rice tossed in carrots, hazelnut, turmeric, shallots and topped with a sunny-side egg; best when washed down with a glass of ginger tea with honey or fresh coconut water. Breakfast is not included in the room rate, but prices are fairly reasonable at around USD 5-7 per person.

 

EATING OUT

There’s no restaurant at Brown Feather Boutique Hotel, but not to worry: you’re just a five minute walk away from some of Bali’s hottest tables. Head towards the beach and you’ll soon find the Anthony Bourdain-endorsed Hog Wild in Bali (formerly known as Naughty Nuri’s), serving up the best American-style BBQ ribs in town. For a healthier option, pop into the laid-back Watercress Café nearby for an organic afternoon lunch with delicious salads, pasta and smoothies. In the opposite direction, the eternally-chic Métis is an ideal place to enjoy some French-Mediterranean fine-dining for lunch or dinner, using only the freshest ingredients and featuring their homemade foie gras specialty. Finally, you can always count on Sardine for Asian and Mediterranean-inspired seafood, under a soaring bamboo structure overlooking a rice paddy field.

 

Swimming pool at Brown Feather Boutique Hotel

Activities

AT BROWN FEATHER HOTEL

Relax out on the laid-back outdoor terrace with friends and browse the small selection of jewellery,  trinklets and other curios for sale in the lobby. You can call for a massage or spa treatment in your room, although given how small the rooms are, you're probably better off heading elsewhere (see below).

 

POOLSIDE

Right smack in the central courtyard is a small, rectangular swimming pool, although this doesn't get much sunlight and we personally think it'd be better off with some fish in it. There's a small wrought-iron daybed on a tiny deck at the end, overlooking the rice fields, but otherwise there's not much room for lounging.

 

NEARBY

The hotel pool is a little uninviting, so instead we suggest you head down the road to Mozaic Beach Club for lazy afternoons by the pool with a cocktail in hand (tip: the food is also excellent here). Afterwards, treat yourself to a luxe mani-pedi at Think Pink Nails, a chic, NYC-style nail bar just down the road. Looking for a makeover? Rob Peetoom Hair Spa nearby is a super-chic Dutch salon with a wide range of glamorous hair and beauty treatments. Later in the evening, take a stroll along Batu Belig Beach and enjoy the spectacular sunset views.

 

Your Booking Makes a Difference

For every booking that you make at Brown Feather, Indistay will donate 1% of profits to the Friends of the National Parks Foundation to conserve tropical rainforests in Borneo.

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Getting There

BY AIR

Thanks to the island's worldwide popularity, Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) serves a wide variety of domestic and international flights from around the globe, including Singapore, Australia and most major cities in Asia. Despite the name, the airport is actually located in Tuban between Kuta and Jimbaran, and not Denpasar City itself.

FROM THE AIRPORT

Brown Feather is located about 30 minutes drive from the airport, depending on traffic conditions. The hotel can pick you up from the airport for an additional charge of IDR 200,000 one way (IDR 250,000 after midnight), or else taxis can be found in the arrival hall directly before the duty-free shop.

In The Area

LOCATION

Brown Feather is located in the neighbourhood of Batu Belig, on the border of Bali's trendy Petitenget and Seminyak areas. Enjoy the convenience of easy access to some of the island's hottest bars, restaurants and shops but without the non-stop traffic jams and crowds. Sun-lovers will be glad to know that Batu Belig Beach is just down the road.

 

GETTING AROUND

Jalan Batu Belig is quite a busy road and there's no sidewalk, so we don't really recommend walking here. Taxis are plentiful and cheap, and can take you anywhere around the Seminyak area for about US$3. We recommend Blue Bird Taxi for their honest and reliable, metered services. The hotel's front desk can also assist you with ordering a cab, and can also help arrange for a hired car with a driver for half or full day tours around the island, starting from IDR 300,000++.

 

Driving Distances

 

Airport: 40 minutes

Beach: 5 minutes

Shopping: 5 minutes on foot

Restaurants: 5 minutes on foot

Ubud: 1.5 hours