Love Fashion Hotel, or more commonly known as Love F Hotel is a newly minted hotel right at the heart of Bali’s busiest and most popular hotspot of Kuta. The hotel was opened just last July and features over 200 rooms and suites in total. Love F Hotel is owned by FashionTv, an international lifestyle and fashion broadcasting channel. Since the hotel is not owned by a hotelier or conglomerate, I am sure that some readers will not have heard of FashionTv or Love F Hotel. However, if you are familiar with some of the other offerings of FashionTv, such as F Club in Singapore or the f.Diamond cruise liner, you will probably be able to get a sense of what to expect from Love F Hotel. Being located right along Kuta’s busiest street which is famous for its exciting night life, Love F Hotel shares the same characteristics seen along the street and promises fun, convenience and excitement to all guests. With this, I must say that the hotel is not suitable for all types of guests and without further ado, read on to find out if you should give this new hotel a try.
Jalan Raya Legian II No. 121, Kuta
Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Bali is an ever popular tourist hotspot and one of its most densely populated region is that of Kuta – home to the famous Kuta Beach and the exciting night life scene. Most visitors to this place seek fun, sun, drinks and clubs and there is no better place than Jalan Raya Legian, home to Love F Hotel and an endless choice of restaurants, bars, clubs and even shops. Needless to say, it is obvious that the hotel is very accessible to these places and guests are treated with endless options when it comes to dining and night life.
There are a myriad of restaurants and cafes along the main road of Jalan Raya Legian and all are located within walking distance of Love F Hotel. Guests are also not restricted to only local cuisine, as the entire area is home to more tourists than locals and so, the restaurants are geared to cater to tourists as well. Tourists have options ranging from local delights such as Nasi Campur and Mee Goreng, to something more Westernised such as German cuisine. These restaurants serve up rather yummy dishes and even though they serve tourists for the most part, prices are not high and I am sure that many will find that dining along Jalan Raya Legian is still cheaper and more affordable than eating out at restaurants back at home.
For those who prefer local food at even more affordable prices, take some time to stroll around the smaller side lanes such as Jalan Popies I and Jalan Popies II. Over there, you will discover some treasures also known as Warungs, which are actually small restaurants or cafes usually owned by families, serving up delicious local food. A mixed rice dish with dishes comprising 2 meats, 1 egg and 1 tofu can cost as low as 25,000 rupiah which is just below 2 USD! The food is also very palatable and those who truly wish to experience Balinese cuisine and culture will find these Warungs a hit.
Food aside, the hotel boasts an excellent location suitable for guests who wish to experience the bustling busy lifestyle of Bali. The ever so popular Kuta Beach is a mere 15 minuted walk from the hotel and guests can head to the happening beach for a day of surfing or tanning. Over there, you can take surfing lessons or rent a surf board to catch some waves while the lazy ones can sip on refreshing iced drinks while lounging on the sand. Children will also have tons of fun playing with the sand and swimming in the rather gentle waters. After a long day at the beach, wash up back at the hotel and you can get ready for Bali’s exciting night life. After all, Love F Hotel is located along Jalan Raya Legian, which is Kuta’s party hub. There are a countless bars pubs and night clubs located along the street and many of them are rather popular internationally. One example would be Skygarden, a very well known nightclub which often features international DJs and a spontaneous and fun crowd. Safety is also not an issue as most clubs have a large squad of bouncers that perform security duties such as maintaining order on the dance floor and conducting body and bag checks at the entrance. Tourists will notice that entrance fees to these night life hotspots are also rather cheap and paying an entrance fee of around 10USD will get you a night of fun plus one or two free drinks.
Walk along the street and you will come across numerous convenience stores that operate on a 24 hour basis. Guests can purchase all necessities from these shops and it is common for many tourists to purchase essential items such as sunblock, soap and shampoo as they are usually much cheaper in Bali.
In Bali, public transportation is almost non existent. There is no train system and bus services are only available on main roads which are wide enough to accommodate the large buses. Hence, the main mode of transportation would be via taxi or a motorbike. A tip would be to hail taxis only from legitimate companies that charge a metered fare, such as the Blue Bird Group taxis. This helps safeguard tourists by ensuring that they are charged fairly and that the driver is not a cheat. Renting a motorbike is also easy as many shops by the road offer such services. Should you choose this option, do make sure that the bikes are of decent quality and that a helmet is provided. Although locals do not need a license to ride a motorbike, the law requires foreigners to have an international license so do make sure you have yours as well. Otherwise, guests can always arrange to have their own drivers to take them around town and the prices of these drivers are very affordable, at around 500,000 rupiah for a full day of service. I would say that this is the best mode of transportation should you desire to visit several places in a day as the driver will know the roads well and can navigate safely through the always congested roads of Bali. Getting to the hotel from the airport is also quick and easy, as the airport provides hotel transfer albeit at a more expensive price of 120,000 rupiah and the journey takes only about 20 to 30 minutes.
Love F Hotel is also a pretty convenient location as it is proximate to many popular attractions and shops. a 30 minute will will take you to Waterbom Bali, the best water park in Asia and ranked 3rd in the world. There, people of all ages will be thoroughly entertained for an entire day with rides of different speeds and thrills. It is also located right across the road from Beachwalk Shopping Centre, a large shopping complex with numerous seafood restaurants and modern stores. This allows guests to kill two birds with one stone and you can easily spend a full day at Waterbom Bali and then at the mall.
Just a one hour drive away is Tanah Lot, probably Bali’s most famous and most photogenic temple. Head there to catch the beautiful sunset as it casts a glorious light over the Tanah Lot Temple. Over there, tourists can take countless beautiful pictures and experience some of Balinese cultures such as petting the sacred water snake and washing hands with holy spring water.
Another beautiful and popular attraction to visits is the Uluwatu temple, which is a 90 minute drive from the hotel. Over there, you can catch a view Bali’s ancient temple against a backdrop of the vast ocean and the sunset there is spectacular as well. The temple has religious significance to the Balinese Hindus and to learn more about the heritage of the Uluwatu Temple, you can hire a English speaking guide for a small token. After taking in the amazing views, enjoy a traditional Balinese Kechak dance also within the compounds of the temple.
For those who love to shop, the hotel is a good location as it is home to a plethora of street shops – something that Bali is well known for. Explore the area and take a walk along many of the small lanes near the hotel and you will discover numerous shops selling classic Bali merchandise, such as Bintang singlets, slippers, hats, watches and many more. However, these shops are only suitable for those who are good a bargaining. This is because many of the stall owners start of by charging sky high prices for goods that should be cheap and affordable. Thus, try not to pay more than 30% of the quoted price. For the inexperienced, this is an opportunity to hone your haggling skills but do remember not to jump into purchasing something. After all, many shops carry similar goods and should you be unable to get a fair price at one shop, you can always try another one along the same street. For those looking for international brands or even designer brands, head to Discovery Shopping or Kuta Square, both of which are within a 15 to 30 minutes drive from Love F Hotel. Over there, you will find familiar brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ripcurl, Oakley and many more. Though the prices at these places will not be as cheap as the street side shops, you will still be able to grab some items at a good bargain.
Unfortunately, Bali is a large Island with many beaches and I must say it is impossible to expect a located which offers guests all of Bali. Hence, should you choose to stay at Love F Hotel, you will have to sacrifice some convenience when it comes to visiting attractions such as the rice terraces in Ubud and participating in water sports in Nusa Dua.
Love F Hotel Bali markets itself as a trendy and hip hotel and I must say that it shows right from the start. Upon reaching the hotel grounds, you will be greeted by friendly hotel staff who will assist in unloading your luggage from the car and show you in. Should it be raining, the staff will shelter you with an umbrella to the hotel’s main entrance which is just a few steps from the car porch.
Remember that the F in Love F Hotel stands for fashion? Well, it sure shows, as the entrance of the hotel welcomes guests in with a red strip of tiles leading all the way in till the end, making the entrance seem like a red carpet fashion runway. Step in and you are instantly flanked by brash winged chairs that give off a boutique feel. Instantly, you will feel that Love F Hotel is an unconventional hotel and that there is much to expect from it, especially in terms of fun and excitement. Before you have the chance to rest on the interesting looking seats, you will be greeted by friendly and pleasant looking female staff, who will direct you further in to the couches, where they will brief you about the check in procedures. The staff are all extremely friendly and polite, never failing to greet you all the time, even as you enter or leave the hotel. I believe that such is the typical Balinese treatment to tourists and guests, as they are known to warmly welcome and accept foreigners, but Love F Hotel does bring hospitality to another level by inculcating such values into their staff and providing them with adequate training on how to offer exceptional service to guests.
While you are resting on the couches, a refreshing welcome drink will be served while the hotel staff assist you in checking in. The procedure is very simple and easy, as you only have to sit there and wait. In fact, there is no need for you to even head to the hotel reception, as the entire process will be handled by the lady serving you. Checking in then takes around 10 to 15 minutes as the staff are efficient and well trained. In fact, I do think that having a hotel staff handle the check in process is a rather good idea, as it obliterates congestion around the reception area and reduces inefficiencies caused by guests. One thing to note is that in Bali, most of their citizens are able to converse in English and the staff of Love F Hotel are in fact very fluent in the language. Thus, there will be no language barrier or miscommunication problems. Should you arrive a little too early and your room is not yet ready, the hotel staff will gladly help to safe keep your luggage and send it to your room when it is ready, while you can head out and explore the streets.
The lobby of the hotel is actually a good place for guests to lounge at and mingle, though I must say it is not exactly a classy or luxurious place to be in. Unlike luxurious hotels or brand name hotels, the lobby area of Love F Hotel has a youthful and trendy feel rather than a relaxing luxurious feel. Also a big screen at the end of the lobby plays fashion videos together with some rather loud music and that only adds to the youthfulness and trendiness of the hotel. However, the lobby is not well cooled and perhaps this is due to its small size and openness to the outdoors. Thus, the air conditioning does little to provide respite from the scorching Balinese sun and many guests would not choose to lounge and relax at the lobby. As a result, the seats in the lobby are mainly used by guests who are checking in and out, but it serves this purpose well.