Hilton and American Express have just launched an amazing sign-up offer for their new Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express. This card offers a lucrative welcome bonus plus Gold Elite status after meeting the minimum spend requirements.
We mentioned how you could redeem for 25 nights at Category 1 properties which are 5,000 points per night, and when you redeem 5 nights in a row, the fifth night is free, meaning you can stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai for 25 night for free, which is what one of our readers did!
The Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai is only one of two Hilton properties on the island of Bali. The hotel is located 500 meters away from the airport and provides complimentary shuttle service between the airport and the hotel (this is especially nice to have after arriving on an international flight and being exhausted).
Once in the expansion multi-story open air lobby of the hotel, the check-in counter is located to the right, with a lane for Elite Hilton Honors members on the end. There are tons are areas for seating as well as an activity information desk which is managed by a third-party company and I found to offer standard tourist activities at somewhat high prices.
Very friendly and smiling receptionist warmly greet you and begin the process of check-in. First they scan your passport, take a credit card for incidentals, and lastly sign a piece of paper with the whole process taking less than 5 minutes.
As a Hilton Honors Gold member, I was upgraded to a suite on the 3rd floor looking out into the front parking area of the property. The room was modern with neutral colors, tile floors, and plenty of space. The room features a full and a half bathroom, a dining area, small couch with coffee table. Additionally in the entrance is a credenza with mini fridge and electric kettle, complimentary water, tea, and coffee above.
Next a door leads into the bedroom, which featured a king size bed. There was nice towel animal on the bed with a note from the hotel wishing me a pleasant stay. The bed was very comfortable, and the four large pillows made for an easy night’s rest.
The full bathroom featured a built-in tub and a large rain shower.
Toiletries are by Peter Roth Thomas toiletries and include tooth-brush and mouth wash.
Being a Gold Elite, I get complimentary breakfast, which was served at The Garden Grill restaurant on the ground floor overlooking the pool area.
Pretty large variety of food offered at breakfast with pastries, waffles, fruits, yogurt, bacon/sausages, made to order eggs, Indonesian and Chinese cuisine dishes, as well as numerous juices/teas.
Breakfast was certainly an enjoyable treat every morning and staff was very attentive to make sure the service was run professionally.
After breakfast, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner and the hotel has poolside beverage and food service. It’s quite nice to have the dining area overlooking the pool, especially with such beautiful weather.
The hotel is in an area that requires you to use transportation to go most anywhere in Bali including the beach which is why I would recommend renting a scooter or using taxis/Ubers if you stay here. The hotel is relatively central to all areas of the region and you can get to most places within a reasonable time including Kuta, Sanur, and Jimbaran Bay. Taking an Uber to Potato Head Beach Club cost about 4 USD and takes about 30 minutes.
Overall the hotel itself was well maintained and the pool area quite beautiful. It exceeded all my expectations I have for a Hilton Garden Inn. The staff is very friendly, and the hotel presents itself in an upscale manner. For the value, this will be my to-go property if I visit Bali in the future.
Additionally, if you’re looking to earn even more Hilton Honors points, then consider the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card.
If you were to get both of these cards and complete the minimum spending requirements, you could.