I stayed here a week over the Christmas break. I got a good room (3B), possibly the best room in the place, overlooking some Balinese foliage and also a little bit of local housing. I got an airport pickup which was ready and waiting when I stepped out of the gate and reasonably priced (300k Rp).
The building seems new or at least refurbished recently, although it may just be well maintained. Tiled and clean throughout with a nice open space on the top floor overlooking the same foliage/housing and a small garden on the bottom floor.
The price was very reasonable for what I got, ~$30/night. The A/C works very well and isn't loud which can be a problem with cheaper places. The hot water takes a couple of minutes to kick in but doesn't run out so is probably on a continuous electrical system. The mini-fridge is handy and also not loud. The daily cleaning service is great, I never had to ask for anything. They refill the instant coffee and water for the kettle everyday too. There's even lockable draws on the desk you can use for valuables if you're worried about it (I wasn't, but I used it anyway for convenience). The bed was pretty comfy, a thicker futon style mattress on a wicker base. Sometimes whomever cleaned the room left the fresh towel origami'd into a swan, which was cool.
I was surprised at the lack of mosquitoes. Not sure if that was the location or the season. Either way - didn't have a single mossie in the room and only saw one or two in the common areas.
It's just shy of 2km directly north of the centre of Ubud (Ubud Palace/Markets), just follow the road south, it's impossible to get lost. You do have to walk roadside for the first ~400m, there's no footpath. It's lightly downhill on the way into town and naturally lightly uphill on the way back. I'm a walker and don't mind sweating so this was fine for me. Otherwise a few dollars will get you a ride there or back.
The hostess (Annie? I think?) was great, we had a couple of friendly chats and whenever I did need anything like a taxi she was very helpful. The rest of the staff were also friendly and helpful.
They have what looks like a black labrador (likely a cross with something) that had a lovely temperament with me. They also have one not-skittish pet cat and one very-skittish pet cat. Neither approached me but the not-skittish one was happy to accept petting. All animals looked well cared for and in good health and friendly. Even the skittish cat was just scared and ran away, wasn't a hisser or anything.
There's a basic local shop a couple of houses down where you can buy extra water, instant noodles, chips, etc.
They have access to a pool off site but I never did end up trying it out.
Downsides if you're picky:
- You might think the shower/bath is a little sub par with some of the seal on the bath missing... but everything works just fine and it's just an appearance thing. The important things like the toilet, basin and where you stand in the shower are perfectly good and clean. If you go in expecting a perfect bathroom you'll be disappointed. If you go in expecting a fully functional one with a couple of cosmic blemishes then you'll do fine.
- The walls are a little thin, it's not hard to tell if any other guests are using the common area or even talking in the adjacent room if it shares a wall with yours. You can't necessarily make out the words but there's no doubt they're talking. Noise from outdoors is audible - the sounds of crickets and the like is noticeable at night, and you can hear dogs when they arc up. If you're a light sleeper, this may be a problem. I am not a light sleeper, it didn't worry me in the least.
- If you want to be able to step outside right into the restaurant district then you're out of luck. You probably want something more expensive on Monkey Forrest Rd. The closest serious restaurant/warung would be Ibu Oka (as seen on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain) but it's just before the Ubud Palace so it's a good 20 minute walk away at a moderate pace. Either arrange transport (with the front desk), hire a scooter/motorbike, or enjoy the exercise.
All in all, great budget accommodation.
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- Also Known As:
- Guest House Kudos Hotel Ubud
- Guest House Kudos Ubud, Bali