Development of tourism in Bali Island in recent years had made progress. As a world tourist destination, Bali has various accommodation facilities in supporting the tourism sector. Many restaurants, lodging, spa, and other tourist attraction have been built well in this awesome island. The business of tourism service provider in Bali is a favorite for the developers,s one of them is built a nice accommodation like hotel. Stay in hotel is one of the best choices to spend your holiday in Bali.
In Bali, the number of hotels, especially in Badung Regency and Gianyar Regency had enough. If you spend your vacation to Bali, there are many choices of hotels with a variety of interesting offers which is offered. But if you want to stay at the hotel that floored 20, you will not find it in Bali Island. This is because there is Bhisama (customs rules) that apply in Bali, namely the height of the hotel that was built in Bali Island should not be more than 15 meters and it aims to keep taksu (sanctity ray) of Bali Island. But in this time I would like to discuss about the hotels are old hotel those are full of stories, memories, and the witness of tourism’s history in Bali.
1. La Taverna Hotel
La Taverna Hotel is one of the first hotel was built in Bali. This hotel is witness of tourism development in Bali. La Taverna Hotel is a three-star hotel. It is located at Danau Tamblingan Street, Sanur, and it takes the time approximately 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport. This hotel has rooms with the nuances of the classic and also private balconies for guests who stay in this hotel. For the culinary, La Taverna provides Isola Bar and Restaurant which serves various special dishes both traditional and modern. You are also can find various dishes from various countries, such as Italy, France, United States, and others.
2. Bali Hotel
Bali Hotel is the most luxurious hotel in the 1930s. The hotel is located at Veteran Street, Denpasar which was built in the Dutch Colonial Era on August 22, 1927. This is the first hotel in Bali Island that serves the tourists spending their holiday in Bali at that time. In that decade, more than a hundred of foreign tourists come to Bali using Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij steamship which is anchored in Buleleng.
In 1932, precisely on April, stars comedian, Charlie Chaplin is also came to Bali with his brother, Sidney. They want to enjoy the uniqueness and beauty of Balinese culture. In Bali Hotel they stayed for a week. Now this hotel is named Inna Bali Hotel. There are several world figures staying in this hotel, including the President of Republic Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno and the prime minister of India, Mahatma Gandhi.
3. Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel
This hotel is the luxury hotel located at Hang Tuah Street, Sanur, South Denpasar. Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel was inaugurated in 1966 with art features and Balinese culture. This hotel has 10 floors and the numbers of rooms are about 574 rooms. This is the highest hotel in Bali Island which was designed by the first president of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno. At that time, the president designing this hotel with the expectation as a tourism icon of Bali Island beginning grows again after the completion of the Second World War. Now, this hotel is equipped with luxurious facilities such as swimming pool, restaurant and beautiful gardens. To reach this hotel, it takes about 20 minutes from Ngurah Rai International airport.
The uniqueness of Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel is a room that should not be rented out, namely the room number 327. Why this room can’t be occupied by guests? Because in 1993, Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel have suffered severe damage due to fire. All of the building and the rooms was burned, but there is one room which is still intact, namely the room of 327. This room is considered sacred and believed as sacred room of the president. The room of 327 isn’t rented as a form of homage to the designer, the president of Ir. Soekarno who has not had time to stay at this hotel.