All things considered, Cafe Locca Homestay is excellent value for the price!
A recent winner of the Best Hostel of Bali award, Caf Locca Homestay is located in the heart of southern Sanur. It is only a five-minute walk to the beach, with a wide choice of bars and restaurants as well as cheaper local eateries right on its doorstep. It is in walkable distance from the Sarbagita bus, which is the only reliable public transportation of Bali and which gives travelers the option of discovering Kuta, Nusa Dua, or Uluwatu easily and cheaply from here. However, it is on the far end from Denpasar and the harbor to Lembongan and to reach these places, one would definitely need some kind of private transportation.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Caf Locca offers two dorms, which are quite different. While one is in a wonderful authentic Balinese mini villa, the other is on the upper floor of the boring concrete building where the reception is located -- and you will not know which one you are placed into until you arrive! Even though the rooms themselves look pretty much the same from the inside, one building has the swimming pool right outside; from the other, it's a two-minute walk to the pool. Besides, while the one in the villa has a wonderful and spacious bathroom with huge mirrors and a sparkling new bath tube, the dorm in the main building is tiny and plain and only has a shower to offer. However, even despite these differences, all rooms and bathrooms are impeccably clean; air conditioned; and there are free towels, shower gel, and shampoo available for guests to use.
Without doubt, the best part of the hostel is the huge and clean swimming pool with comfy sunbeds all around. A beautiful outdoor kitchen and eating area are right next to it as well, where guests can serve themselves to tea and coffee all day long, play the guitar, or watch any of the available DVDs on the garden TV. However, the rules about who is eligible for breakfast -- which is served here as well -- have recently changed and are not entirely clear.
As it's conveniently located, clean, and comfortable with a lot of added extras like the swimming pool, free hot drinks, and shampoo, it can be an ideal place to spend some relaxing days as well as a good base from which to discover Southern Bali.