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Common Questions

Where is the Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest? 
The hotel is in Kuta Village in Kuta District. It is a few kilometres out from the tourist area and the beach
What kind of hotel is Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest? 
The hotel is a 4-star premium hotel meant for holidaymakers and business travellers.
What services does the Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest offer? 
The hotel has a pool, gym, restaurant, bar and cafe. In addition, there is room service and free Wi-Fi.
Is there a pool in the hotel? 
Yes, there is a small open-air pool.
Is there a gym in the hotel? 
Yes, there is. But it was in bad condition during our visit.
Is there a room service in the hotel? 
Yes, there is. It does not cost extra.
Are the rooms spacious? 
Yes, the rooms are more spacious than in many other hotels.
Is there Wi-Fi in the hotel? 
Yes, there is and it is free.
Is the hotel noisy? 
The hotel is quite peaceful but the noise from the corridor and other rooms is hearable.
Where to make a booking? 
We recommend booking on Booking.com.
Can we recommend staying in the hotel? 
Surely. The hotel is very nice for staying even a longer time.

Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest in Bali - Detailed Review

Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest hotel swimming pool
Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest is on busy Sunset Road but one can enjoy a peaceful atmosphere by the pool - swim, enjoy drinks from the pool bar or just sunbathe.

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In winter 2023, we decided to travel to a tropical destination to escape the cold Finnish winter. We chose Bali which was more than 10,000 kilometres away from our home. Despite being aware that the island offers much to see and do, we decided to book our hotel accommodation in a single location mainly to save on our travel budget and for other reasons. We chose Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest in the Kuta area because the hotel had good reviews, its location was practical and the price was the best. Read from our hotel review what the hotel was like.

Winter Break in Bali

We spent a month-long trip in Bali in the middle of the cold Finnish winter. When the temperature falls below -10 C degrees in Finland, spending a few weeks in a tropical environment is more than welcome. After we had evaluated a few Asian destinations, we chose to travel to Bali. It was a perfect destination with daily sunshine, many sightseeing and outdoor activities and the hospitality of the Balinese people was just amazing. Affordable hotel prices made the island an even more attractive option.

We do not usually write comprehensive hotel reviews where we have stayed but this time is an exception. We stayed exceptionally for a long time in the same accomodation which made the hotel and its staff familiar to us. Because we liked the hotel's concept, we decided to write a hotel review in a detailed way.

Kuta - Bali's Tourist Area

Kuta village is a crowded tourist area in Kuta District, Bali. Even though we prefer nature destinations, we still decided to stay in the Kuta area because all the services were near and it was easy to move around from there. Transportation in Bali is cheap so using taxis was not an issue for us. However, we were surprised about the long driving times on the small island due to traffic congestion mainly on Sunset Road and the Ubud area.

For first-time Bali visitors, we do not recommend driving yourself since the traffic culture is less safe than in Western countries.

Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest

Swiss-Belhotel International is a hospitality company founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Hong Kong with other properties overseas mainly in different Asian countries. The hotel chain has multiple hotels in Bali and we stayed in Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest in Kuta.

Sunset Road
Sunset Road is congested. Luckily, you can't hear its noise inside the hotel.
Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest
From outside, the Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest does not look special. But when you get inside, you will easily fall in love with it.

Below, we share our experiences with the hotel. During our 4-week stay, the hotel became our Balinese home.

Location

Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest is located on Sunset Road, one of the main roads of Kuta. The hotel is a little outside of the tourist areas which is just good. There are more local restaurants and services nearby and they are cheaper compared to the price levels in the main district of Kuta. Reaching Kuta's main tourist areas and beaches takes only 15 minutes with a taxi ride or 30 minutes by foot. For example, a taxi ride to Kuta Beach is often less than 1 euro.

The reception of Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta
The reception of the Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta with high ceilings and a touch of greenish nature in its surroundings.

Near the hotel, there are spas, restaurants and a big modern shopping mall, Trans Studio Mall. There are also grocery stores and a supermarket, Grand Lucky, with a good selection for daily needs and foodstuffs only a few minutes walk away and an inexpensive laundry is also nearby. Cash can be withdrawn from many ATMs located near the hotel. We think that the hotel's location is perfect if the longer distance to the beach is not an issue. Even though Sunset Road is crowded with cars and motorbikes making the surroundings noisy, it is still peaceful inside the hotel. Swiss-Belhotel is a good place to unwind in the eastern part of the hectic Kuta.

It is easy to walk in Kuta but crossing streets may become a nightmare. We advise optimising walking routes and avoiding unnecessary road crossings. If so, be deliberate and confident in your actions when you want to cross the road - holding up your hand and making eye contact towards drivers to stop the traffic.

Hotel Type

Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest is a 4-star premium hotel suitable for holidaymakers but you can also have conferences at the hotel. As a premium hotel, it has everything you need: restaurant, bar, gym, outdoor swimming pool, spa and wellness centre, conference area, parking garage and 24-hour reception.

Reception and lobby
Behind the reception, there were soft chairs. Arriving and departing customers were often sitting there before leaving for the airport.

Rooms

We stayed in a Deluxe Room. It was a basic but spacious room meant for two people. Our room didn't have a balcony but better room classes in the same hotel have. In addition to a queen bed, the room had a work desk, a chair, a small round table and a softer chair for relaxation. A safety deposit box was also available. There was a small television with access to international TV channels. In addition, there was a small fridge, water heater and instant coffee and tea bags/creamers and sugars were refilled daily as needed. There was a clothes rack, wardrobe and slippers were provided. The bathroom included a toilet and shower. A hairdryer was available and toiletries were provided. Compared to other similar hotels, the bathroom was a little bigger. It had a wooden door showing signs of decay due to constant moisture from water splashing during a shower.

A Deluxe bedroom of Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta
A Deluxe bedroom of Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta. Daily housekeeping is included in the room rate.

The other room classes are: Grand Deluxe, Junior Suite and Executive Suite.

Our room had an excellent air conditioner. It was almost too efficient so we had to turn it off now and then to keep the room warm enough. We were not expecting to feel cold in Bali but that happened quite often because of the air conditioner. Luckily, the shower offered warm water with good pressure.

The view from our bedroom at the Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta
Every morning as we opened our hotel room's curtains, this greenish relaxing view with birds playing brought us into a good mood.

The room was a typical but spacious hotel room of a 4-star hotel. It was not in perfect condition anymore but still clean and comfortable. The Hotel's housekeepers cleaned it well every day even though the cleaning times varied daily from 9:30 AM to sometimes as late as 4:00 PM.

Complimentary drinking water at Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta
Two water bottles as complimentary drinks were provided to us daily during our stay at the Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta. Tap water in Bali is not safe for drinking.

Restaurant and Cafe

The hotel has a restaurant called Oak and Cafe Bule. Even though the cafe and restaurant were on different premises, they had both the same menu. There were no separate staff working in Cafe Bule but you had to call them by a bell. The staff then came from Restaurant Oak or the bar.

Cafe Bule at the  Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta
We loved enjoying our favourite afternoon drinks at the hotel's Cafe Bule overlooking the busy Sunset Road.

In practice, Restaurant Oak was the only place to eat in the hotel. In the morning, it served a hot breakfast buffet and after that, it transformed into an a la carte restaurant which was open until 11:00 PM. The restaurant offered also room service without extra charges. Foods and beverages could be ordered to the hotel room just by dialling the number 2.

Some of the warm foods at the breakfast buffet varied every day but the main staples in Balinese cuisine like rice and fried noodles were always present. Generally, these warm foods were spicy which Indonesian foods are famous for. For Western taste, there were croissants and toasts but not much more. For example, hams, cheeses and traditional butter were missing. Two cooks were preparing eggs according to customers' wishes and waiters brought food to the table. The buffet tables included fresh salad, assorted fresh sliced fruits (papaya and watermelons), puddings, tea, coffee and juices.

Breakfast buffer
Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest has a delicious breakfast buffet. The friendly staff made enjoying the food even nicer.
Salad buffet at Breakfast
In addition to warm food and fruits, the breakfast buffet had salad ingredients.

When we were having breakfast, there was a lot of smiling staff at the restaurant. Used plates and drinking glasses were cleared from the table faster than you could imagine.

Restaurant Oak served Asian and Western meals. For example, we tried pasta, black pepper beef, burgers and pizza. The best thing was that the price level was low considering that hotel restaurants are typically expensive. Naturally, the restaurant served alcoholic drinks but we preferred having thirst-quenching drinks like milkshakes and smoothies. During our holiday, we ate multiple times in the hotel's restaurants because the food was just so appetizing and the plating was excellent.

Restaurant Oak meal
We ordered food to our room often. Salad and pasta with a chocolate milkshake and strawberry smoothies were more than good.
Restaurant Oak meal
Black pepper beef was incredibly good.

A bar was attached to Restaurant Oak. We liked especially its cosy atmosphere and friendly staff. We felt that all of the staff and their trainees valued their customers by always delivering polite and friendly customer service. Communication skills in English by the staff could be further improved.

Great food and friendly restaurant staff are great reasons to dine in the Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest.

Dessert in Cafe Bule
Cafe Bule and Restaurant Oak made excellent desserts. They did not only taste good but looked awesome.

Gym

The fitness room is being advertised on hotel booking sites as one of the hotel's facilities. For this reason, it influenced our decision-making to finally choose the Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest. As we knew that we would be staying for a few weeks in the same hotel, it was important for us to have easy access to the fitness centre. Unfortunately, the hotel's gym was also our biggest disappointment. The gym was small and some of the machines were broken every day even though we complained many times. Sometimes, the fitness room ran out of drinking water and the air conditioner was never on making the room so hot that four small windows were slightly open. Opening the gym's door during exercise helped somehow to let fresh cold air inside. Someone should take care of the hotel's gym because now, it leaves the customers disappointed. We would not return to the hotel before the gym has been fixed.

Treadmills
One of the treadmills in the gym of Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest was often broken.
Gym machine
We asked the hotel staff multiple times to repair this machine as it got broken again and again. The root cause was never fixed. It could be the time to replace all the equipment.

Spa

The entrance to the gym and spa of Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta
The entrance to the gym and spa of Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta

The hotel has its spa services offering different kinds of massage. The Spa room is located adjacent to the gym in which there is a toilet and shower area with two massage tables. The spa treatment services were not proactively advertised but customers may just notice that such service exists in the hotel when someone takes a look at the spa treatment price list while entering the gym.

The spa room of Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest
We didn't try the hotel's spa because there was another nice spa nearby. But we can imagine how nice it would be to get a massage in this room.

Pool

A maintenance report showing the pH and chlorine level status of the Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest swimming pool
A maintenance report showing the depth as well as pH and chlorine level status of Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest's swimming pool.

The hotel has a nice small pool with a bar. Pools always look big in photos but in reality, they are smaller. This was the case with Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest's outdoor swimming pool, too. The small size was not a problem because barely anyone was swimming in the pool so it was big enough for us. The pool was cleaned every day and the water was warm.

There were no staff all the time at the pool bar as there were no regular pool visitors but the staff came promptly once called. The pool bar served the same drinks and snacks as the hotel's restaurant.

Lifts

The hotel has two lifts. One of them was many days out of order. It was not a challenge since using steps is better for your health and the other lift worked well every day. However, when the hotel gets crowded, it would be nice to see both lifts working.

Lobby

The lobby of Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta
The spacious lobby of Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta where we used to sit while waiting for a taxi to arrive.

All premium hotels need a good-looking lobby to give the first good impression. Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest has a nice courtyard lobby with a fish pool and tall green plants. The lobby was an open-air premise so when it was raining, the rain came "inside the hotel". Naturally, the reception, bar and restaurant areas were covered so the rain made the hotel even more comfortable.

pool and plants
In the lobby, there is a fish pool and tall, greenish tropical plants making you feel like you are in a rainforest.

We liked this unique idea by the hotel as they always set a nice rain every morning in their restaurant area that truly sounds like you are in a rainforest or when it is really rainy outside, the natural water rain pours into the hotel's fish pool.

Raining into the lobby
You will realize why the hotel is called Rainforest as you arrive in the hotel's lobby. When it rains, rainwater falls inside the hotel but naturally, dining areas and the reception are covered.

Parking Hall

Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest has its parking hall in the basement of the hotel. It has ample spaces for cars and motorcycles alike. A security guard is usually on duty to ensure security at the place. Taxis are allowed to drop off passengers who are hotel customers in front of the hotel's reception.

Challenges in the Hotel

Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest has amazingly friendly staff but still, we faced minor challenges. During our first days, we had challenges getting the food that we had ordered. For example, we once ordered two meals on the phone and by surprise, only one of them was delivered the restaurant had a closing time so we had to share a meal for two. Later on our vacation, all food orders were eventless as we always confirmed to the waiter that all orders were correct.

On the very first morning of our hotel stay, the cleaners came very early keeping in mind that we had jet lag so we just woke up in the middle of our sleep. Of course, the housekeepers might not be aware of that. However, as a better service, the hotel could have better communication between their staff like ordering cleaning in a way that during the first morning of hotel guests, your room would not be the first in the cleaning order to let customers sleep a little longer.

On the second night of our hotel stay, another annoying incident happened, someone entered our room at 1.47 AM with his key waking us up again in the middle of our sleep. The next morning, we complained at the reception being worried about our security in the next 4 weeks. A helpful female staff contacted the hotel security staff who arrived quickly and promised to sort out what had happened. A few hours later, we got a report from the hotel staff that their security staff had found from the CCTV recordings that it was a member of the staff who had 'accidentally' entered our room. The female receptionist explained to us that they are normally checking vacant rooms at night and a night employee made a mistake by entering our room. We had difficulties accepting the explanation because it sounded weird: Why would they be checking rooms during the night?

Refreshment drinks and fruits as a sign of apology at the Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta
The hotel staff of Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta brought us these refreshment drinks and fruits followed by words of apologies from the management after we complained about security issues.

In the afternoon of this incident, a supervisor knocked on our room and personally apologised ensuring us that the same thing will not happen again. A fruit plate and two glasses of drinks were also delivered for free to us in our room as a gesture of apology. We thought that the hotel management had discussed the case together and they had noticed that we were bothered about the incident. The words of apologies from the management and the basket of fruit confirmed to us that they did their best to appease us.

What Could Make the Hotel Better?

Laundry Service

According to our understanding, the hotel does not offer a laundry service. That is why we used a laundry service, Laundry-In Express, nearby. Laundry is an important service in a tropical environment like Bali because you need to change clean clothes often. This was especially true when one of us went actively playing badminton a few days a week during our stay. Usually, the hotel advertises its laundry services by providing laundry bags in the hotel room and a laundry service form to fill up. We haven't noticed such things in the Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest.

Tours

We guess that the hotel can arrange tours but they were not proactively advertising them. Partnering with local tour operators would give the hotel some extra revenue and customers would get in contact with reliable tour operators.

Tranportation

We were never asked if we needed a taxi service - not even when we were heading back to the airport. Naturally, we knew the local taxi applications so ordering a ride was easy for us. Usually, hotels recommend their taxi partners but we are unsure if this hotel has a transportation service.

The hotel could earn much more by actively offering its services.

Maintenance Works

Apart from the lobby which has still a fresh look, most parts of the hotel need renovation. For example, the walls on the corridors were in the middle of repainting works during the last days of our stay. The wooden toilet doors of the hotel rooms show signs of decay. The toilet seat lid in the spa room may need replacement. More importantly, major facilities like the elevator and gym equipment must be ensured to be working all the time or at least maintenance works should be done quite faster.

Rating

We rate Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest as a 4-star hotel for holidaymakers. The room was bigger than usual and had a nice green view of the 'rainforest'. The hotel has all the basic services you need but the staff must make more effort to make it better known to customers. The staff are amicable and very courteous towards guests. The hotel's location is good. However, it needs some renovations and the service processes could be optimized further. Overall, the hotel is a good choice for accommodation either for a short stay or even a long vacation as we did.

Where to Book?

We recommend booking Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest on Booking.com which is our favourite booking site. By using know booking.com, you know to get support if something goes wrong. In addition, it has low rates, good cancellation terms and a comprehensive description.

RECOMMENDATION
Book Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest on Booking.com to get the best rates with good booking terms.

Our Booking Challenges

Because we wanted to stay a long time in the hotel, we also wanted to optimize our price as low as possible. We decided to contact the hotel directly if they could give us a lower rate than external booking sites. It would have been a win-win situation.

We contacted the hotel by WhatsApp, calling them and by email. It was almost shocking to notice that getting a quote from the hotel became difficult. The staff were not able to give prices straight and they promised to get back to us. Sometimes, they kept the promise but the overall reply rate was low. We got the impression that the hotel does not want direct bookings but they recommend using booking partners.

When we finally got an offer from the hotel, it was much more expensive than on 3rd party booking sites. Then, we made the decision, let us book on an external booking site. The hotel will lose revenue but we get a much better rate.

Making wise business decisions is not a strength of the hotel according to our booking experiences.

We at the last breakfast
After the long stay at the Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest, it was time to eat the last breakfast of our holiday. Maybe, we'll return next year.

Common Questions

Where is the Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest? 
The hotel is in Kuta Village in Kuta District. It is a few kilometres out from the tourist area and the beach
What kind of hotel is Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest? 
The hotel is a 4-star premium hotel meant for holidaymakers and business travellers.
What services does the Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest offer? 
The hotel has a pool, gym, restaurant, bar and cafe. In addition, there is room service and free Wi-Fi.
Is there a pool in the hotel? 
Yes, there is a small open-air pool.
Is there a gym in the hotel? 
Yes, there is. But it was in bad condition during our visit.
Is there a room service in the hotel? 
Yes, there is. It does not cost extra.
Are the rooms spacious? 
Yes, the rooms are more spacious than in many other hotels.
Is there Wi-Fi in the hotel? 
Yes, there is and it is free.
Is the hotel noisy? 
The hotel is quite peaceful but the noise from the corridor and other rooms is hearable.
Where to make a booking? 
We recommend booking on Booking.com.
Can we recommend staying in the hotel? 
Surely. The hotel is very nice for staying even a longer time.
Lobby
Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest is bright and green.

Bottom Line

We can recommend having a long holiday in Bali. Even though Kuta is not the most beautiful area in Bali, it has its advantages. Services are near and moving around the island is simple and affordable as you can order a taxi quite fast at any time of the day. There are also beaches nearby and the weather is better than in the north - sunnier and less rainy.

Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest is a good option to stay in Kuta while vacationing in Bali. Since it is a few kilometres out from the tourist area, it is a little cheaper. Still, there are many services nearby and the hotel itself has all the services you need. The best things are the hotel is peaceful and cosy and the customer service is good and polite.

Have you stayed in Kuta? What is your hotel recommendation? Comment below.

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