I have stayed at Ananda a number of times. Most recently with a group of guests/friends (11 people in total).
Ananda is one of the oldest hotels in Ubud. It is set amongst rice fields and has a wonderful feel. It is outside of town, but it is still possible to walk to Ubud Center (though a little bit of a hike). Nonetheless, there are many taxi drivers ALWAYS outside and available to take you anywhere you'd like. [note: The best of the taxi drivers is an older guy named Wayan. He has been a driver since the 1970's and knows everything. He is VERY fair/honest]
There are approximately 80 rooms at Ananda and three pools. The rooms are nice with some problems. The a/c's sometimes have issues, some people complain about a musty/mildew smell, the showers don't have a curtain (you stand in the tub with a hand-held sprayer--it is quite inconvenient), and the rooms are exceptionally dark (not well-lit).
The breakfast is fantastic. Many fruits available. Service is nice (though not exceptional). The grounds are beautiful (except the few times/year when they burn the rice fields).
They have now 4 yoga spaces available if you'd like to host a retreat. They were a good company to work with, but have changed their policies. Now they require 50% non-refundable deposit in order to book/host a retreat/group.
There are plenty of other good options available in Ubud in this price range. But it's not a bad option.
Note:: My wife and I travel around the world (mostly South and Southeast Asia) year-round. We stay in 80-100 hotels per year. We also tour many more hotels for our guests & tours (about 300 per year). We generally seek out hotels that are highly rated on TripAdvisor and Agoda so my reviews are naturally skewed toward the high end. My reviews are generally based on overall value (how much you get for what you pay). We generally stay in low mid-range hotels but have stayed in everything from hostels to luxury 5-star accommodations. If I give a 4 or 5 star rating you can rest assured it’s a nice hotel. It goes without saying that I have received nothing for submitting this review.
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- Also Known As:
- Ananda Cottages Hotel Ubud
- Ananda Hotel Ubud
- Ananda Resort Ubud
- Ananda Cottages Ubud, Bali