We stayed at Pondok Pundi for a total of 5 nights and overall, we had a wonderful experience.
It is centrally located, and while it is on the busy Monkey Forest road, the rooms are set far back so the road noise was never an issue. The setting is magical; we were in room 301, a corner room with it's own balcony with an amazing view of the pool down below, and a glimpse of the rice fields. The intricate wood work framing the windows and the door was quite impressive. The queen bed was comfortable. It has a flat screen TV (oddly mounted above the doorway), A/C, small refrigerator, electric kettle for complimentary coffee and tea, free WiFi with a strong signal in the room.
A few minor quirks:
1. every night, a member of the staff would knock at our door to ask us to complete a breakfast selection form. The hotel's full service restaurant (called Icip Icip) where breakfast is served just opened a few weeks ago. It was really unclear why we needed to complete the breakfast form every night when could have easily placed our order when we show up at the restaurant.
2. While everyone in the staff was quite friendly, most speak very little English and communication was sometimes a challenge. There was no "reception desk" per se. The only person who had good command of English was Wayan, who really tried hard to be helpful. One time we tried to make an outside call from the telephone in our room. We could not figure out the correct prefix number to dial in order to make the call. We dialed zero for assistance. The person who answered clearly could not understand what we were asking so he simply hung up. The hotel is in the midst of expansion, adding 4 more rooms plus a spa. I just hope they devote more attention to the customer service side of the business.
Despite the (minor) quirks, I would still highly recommend Pondok Pundi as a place to stay in Ubud. It has a great deal of charm, excellent location and overall great value for the price.
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