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Kakiang Bungalows
Ranked #135 of 542 Speciality Lodging in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Sheffield UK
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109 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Unfortunate”
Reviewed 11 July 2013

On arrival we were shown to our standard room, this was located on the ground floor with a terrace at the rear. The room was furnished with solid wooden furniture, and the bathroom was quite dated. We were surprised that there was no TV or coffee/tea making facilities which is unusual as these are now standard in most hotels. We did not mind about the TV as the channels available in Indonesia are limited and we do not watch much TV when on holiday. The room did smell a bit damp but we had arrived in the middle of a very long tropical rain storm. We unpacked and settled in to relax on the terrace as the rain had stopped, unfortunately there appeared to be many dead and dying bees around the terrace so we closed the doors and retreated inside only to discover the bees appeared inside as well! The staff were very helpful and came to try and solve the problem with insect spray. As this was clearly having no effect we asked to be moved rooms. They very kindly moved us to another room, an upgrade on our original room and also offered us a complementary meal. We then went on to have a problem with the room safe having locked it but then being unable to unlock it! Once again the staff were very helpful and came to our aid, finally discovering the batteries required changing. We were informed that they would sort out the bee problem and we would have to return to the room for the 3 and 4th night of our stay. On day 3 we returned from a very long day trip to go to the original room. On opening the door there was an overpowering strong smell of chemical insect repellant which was really unpleasant but more worryingly a bee soon appeared in the ceiling light. Once again the staff came to see the room, caught the bee and removed it, however we were not convinced that the bees were all gone and asked to be moved. The hotel was full so whilst we waited for them to find a solution we went to use the complementary meal. After contacting the manager we were given a refund, they had telephoned 3 hotels with available rooms and drove us to all 3 for us to view the rooms, we made our choice and they then delivered our luggage.
Overall they dealt with the problem, the staff were extremely pleasant and did their best to help us.

Would we stay there again, probably not, maybe if we made sure we booked the newer large room, the hotel has a Japanese owner and the majority of visitors are from Japan. This is OK but all the signage in reception is written in Japanese which is not very helpful.

Room Tip: The larger new rooms are preferable
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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English first
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2013

It was our first time ever stayed in ubud. And we choose in kakiang at luxury room. The parking lot was so very small. I think the kakiang's bakery is over rated. We have had better.

The room was clean and tidy. The bathroom was clean. The location was strategic. Near the monkey forest and bebek bengil. When we stayed, we also visit naughty nuri and murni.

But....we hardly fall asleep. Why? Although no one of us smoking, we can smell the odour. And about the breakfast....so very standard.

Room Tip: Maybe.....make sure that it wont smell?
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2013

Location
Kakiang Bungalows is located at the south-end of the main streets of ubud but that's just a 15minute walk away. Don't be put off by the location because the immediate vicinity has everything you need (convenience store, money changer, internet cafe, restaurants etc.) and is just 5 minutes walk away from the monkey forest.

Service
Service provided is excellent. Staffs are helpful and polite all the time. They can arrange taxi bookings, car or scooter rentals for you. Breakfast is provided at the bakery which is situated at the doorstep of the hotel. Breakfast comes with tea or coffee and you get a choice of local food like rice or noodles; or your classic western stuffs like pancakes, french toast or eggs. Afternoon tea which consists of tea or coffee with a slice of cake it provided too.

Room Quality
Stayed on the ground floor units and it was clean, spacious and comfortable. Safe and fridge are provided but my room did not have a tv. Staffs clean the rooms everyday. Two bottles of mineral water are provided each day. Wifi is available throughout the whole vicinity.


Good experience overall as they are able to match up to what you are paying for.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2013

What can't I say about Kakiang Bungalow ! The staff are polite and accommodating, there is unlimited hotel shuttle use in Ubud at your request (my favourite thing and most convenient), there is a super bakery with great meals located on the premises. The location itself is central to Ubud and minimart,atm and restaurants (Nomad,Ubu Rai ect.) But the best thing is the daily rate! It's cheap, very,very,very clean and very comfortable. Staff are attentive and respond quickly to requests. No its not 5 star (apart from the bungalows 2) We stayed in a normal run of the mil room my wife and I in one room and mother in-law and son the other and had no quarms at all. If there was anything at all I could pick at it would be the shower roses which need to replaced with faster flowing ones but that's being picky.
We loved this place and WILL be returning in October this year for our next Bali escape....Thankyou Kakiang we love you

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2012

Stayed 2 nites in the villa room no.1 facing the pool. Hotel was clean & tidy, bathroom was great with good ventilation.

Only downside was that staff was not really well-trained & could not offer much suggestions to good shopping/ tourist areas.

Do bring along mosquitoes repellient.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Malang, Indonesia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2012

At first, we hadn't had any plan to stay here. So, it was my great luck to get such a wonderful room in Kakiang Bungalows. The upstair room had a great amazing view in the morning. Green field, colourful flowers, blue sky and the bright sun were all well-blended into one fantastic unforgetable panorama you could have on the room's balcony. It also had clean and tidy spacious room, with beautiful bathroom you could use in comfort, as if the place was made to pamper us all the time with no doubt. My big regret was I couldn't have stayed any longer than one night that time.

Room Tip: * The upstair rooms are completely so amazing, but the upstair room on the corner (of the buidings...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Non_Sarii
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

We had the upstair room and it was very clean and tidy. Considering the good rate of the room we booked, it came with breakfast and afternoon tea daily at the Japanese Bakery within its premises. Staff were friendly and helpful and helped us made a couple of calls to arrange spa appointments and kecak dance performance too. The hotel also provides drop off and pick up services to/ from ubud market and kecak dance in the evening, they were quite good with punctuality. Overall it is situated at a good location along the stretch of ubud shopping area, and yet not as busy and noisy. We dine at 2 of the restuarants opposite the hotel and they had some rice paddy field view by the balcony.
The downside of the hotel is probably the poor wifi connection in the room, basically just hard to get connection and we had to go to the reception area or the bakery when we needed to get internet connection. And also when the bathroom light/ fan switch was switched on, there was a 'sewage' smell coming out from the fan, not very pleasant if you intend to have a long nice soak in the bathtub which we never did, so the smell didnt really bother us.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kakiang Bungalows
Address: Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
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Ranked #135 of 542 Speciality Lodging in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Kakiang Bungalows 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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