AWESOME or AWESOME? User PERPECTIVE will determine the answer.
-THE ECONOMIC PURISTS’ PERSPECTIVE. Are these spartan boxes with a bed worth the high (for Bali) ask?
I don’t remember much of ECONOMICS 101 on account I was daydreaming about the hot biker-babe in the front row, but I think some dude named ADAM SMITH claimed no price is excessive if it clears the market. And considering these rooms were booked solid during my stay it looks like from the ECONOMIC PURISTS’ PERSPECTIVE they aren’t overpriced.
But I’m not too sure about dodgy economics – not called it the DISMAL SCIENCE for nothing. Consider that old saw: ask 4 economists their viewpoint and you’ll get 27 different opinions.
-SURFER DUDES’ PERSPECTIVES will be overall positive – there are few places where you can check the take-off zone only 10m below and 70m out from yer room balcony or restaurant deck – not to mention the short paddle. And BINGIN tends to be a quality break which seems to attract more than its share of body-boarders. Fast, dangerous IMPOSSIBLES is only 500m left.
-GOBSMACKED LOCATION FREAKS PERSPECTIVE – awesome views, sunsets and the sound of the ocean at night will blow away all non-coastal residents and many coastal dwellers too. I’ve stayed at hundreds of coastal resorts and backpacker/surfer joints the past 40 years (I’m a beach/island nerd) and only one other place was its equal. So here’s another group who will fire in very positive reviews.
THE ECONOMIC RATIONALISTS’ PERSPECTIVE – they may well appreciate the view, but consider the place’s shortcomings don’t justify the premium. I'm in this group – the website room pictures write a cheque reality can’t cash. Further, I apply the perspective thing to OTHER PLACES the same money or less can get me.
-Those views, that location!!
-Nice vibe – surfers are friendly laid back people away from the break: anywhere they congregate tends to good vibes.
Some reviews knock staff. I found NYOMAN a lovely lady and her two female helpers dour but efficient. I like efficiency. Hell, one even used my name – where did she get that?
- King mattress lumpy but pretty comfy. Mozzie net in good condition (didn’t see any).
- Food inexpensive and okay. Plenty of nearby alternatives including upmarket.
- Spacious deck outside rooms nice place to spend time. Seats/tables/killer views. Had “day bed” where one guest slept alfresco overnight.
- rooms literally a box 75% taken by king size bed. Quiet fan but no aircon. No wardrobes or wall hooks to hang stuff. Mattress a bit lumpy. Thin doona thing instead of top sheet – a bit of an overkill in pre-dawn cool. Single mirror in main room with small shelf under only.
-no welcome drink, no bottled water in room. Breakfast not inclusive.
- cold water only. Shower pipe in wall, no shower-head. No sink, just 40L (ex-paint) bucket.
-wall separating bathroom only went 75% to the roof. This air gap, other gaps to adjacent rooms plus rattan walls made privacy a joke. I could clearly follow conversation 2 rooms away. Privacy freaks and bashful honeymooners will not be whelmed.
-floors damp and gritty – down to sea proximity and maybe sand off distant beach, more likely grit from adjacent rocks and paths.
-cliffside steps a real hassle for old geezers like me with shot knees. You can’t get a vehicle near this place.
-some adjacent properties have guys to carry bags down super steep steps. No guys at N+N.
--service sometimes a bit slow; got the idea place a bit understaffed.
-small beach accessible bottom half of tide only and reached by100m rock-hop. See TRIPADVISOR’S dedicated page.
-You can get a basic backpacker room like this for less than a third the price in Kuta.
-The same money gets a comfy/spacious aircon room in a lower-midrange Kuta hotel with pool and inclusive breakfast.
-I had a much better room with aircon and equal views/location at PADANG PADANG immediately before Bingin. Only slightly dearer.
-The place next to N+N had better rooms at the same price. Also basic surfer dogboxes with outside bathroom, no views (but equal from the restaurant deck) for a third the cost.
-I looked at N+N’s more exxy rooms: a bit bigger, tiled floors and proper bathroom separation, aircon, but cold water and still overpriced.
- surfboard hire idr10k/hour: standard for area. Board selection pretty good.
- get transport to drop you top of cliff near MICK’S PLACE. Take laneway at left (facing the ocean) which soon becomes steep steps. Go straight down – when in doubt keep right. Look for signs DR DING and NYOMAN AND NYOMAN half way. N+N is the furthest east of Bingin’s absolute seafront joints.
- the unfit and arthritic are advised to give the super steep steps down the cliff-side a miss.
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