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Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa
Ranked #70 of 200 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 October 2013

I love staying at Tjampuhan with its gorgeous two swimming pools and a unique spa in a cave! Owned by members of the Ubud Royal Family, the hotel has history and ancient roots everywhere. Great breakfast buffet too.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

My husband, 8yo daughter and I stayed here for 4 nights from 21 September 2013. This was our 8th trip to Bali but our first time staying in Ubud. The Tjampuhan exceeded our expectations. We stayed in a deluxe raja room (the raja rooms have aircon - the others don't), our room also had a ceiling fan. The room was the most spacious we have ever stayed in whilst in Bali and also the most traditional style of Balinese room we have ever come across. Note that the mattresses are extremely hard. We really cannot fault this resort. The room was done up spotlessly every day, the bathroom was big - and very clean compared to some 4 star resorts we have previously stayed in! From our upstairs room in "Lebah" section we could see the river. We loved to sit out on the balcony at night and just listen to the river, frogs, geckos and other insects. We never missed having a TV once! The surrounds were the most amazing tropical paradise we have ever experienced (and we have travelled to many different countries and continents). There are a lot of steep steps, we are quite athletic but were still out of breath by the time we got to the top. If you are in poor health or very elderly then this resort is probably not for you. Breakfast was far better than we expected, we could pick whichever table we wanted, food was great (note - no bacon - in case you are a bacon lover) and the view was wonderful. The staff at this hotel were very friendly and obliging. The pools were lovely and the spa centre was WOW - be sure to have a massage and try the spa pools afterwards. We only walked into Ubud centre once - it took almost half an hour due to dangerous footpath/drainage works but normally would only take 10 mins. We used the shuttlebus every other time - very convenient and runs every hour. We booked one tour through the hotel, we had a very good no nonsense driver - Nyoman, phone direct on 62 81 2460 2233 or email ketutdarsa88@yahoo.co.id - if you book direct you will probably get it cheaper. Please also remember to take insect repellent. The hotel will provide a plug in for the room but you may also want to bring along some mozzie coils if you plan to sit outside at night (we bought some from a little hardware type stall at Ubud Market).

Room Tip: The raja rooms are the only ones that have airconditioning. Note that no rooms have televisions.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank MurielandG
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

We stayed for 2 nights at the Hotel Tjampuhan and left only left thinking we wouldn't likely return. There were definitely some great things about this hotel. The location is great, just a 10-15 minute walk to downtown Ubud (which initially I thought would be annoying, but after taking the shuttle for 3 minutes we decided it was a perfect distance away) so it's quiet yet close enough to the action that it's there if you want it. It backs up to the river which is wonderful, it's just a stunning site from any location in the hotel.
After reading some of the reviews posted we were wary of the bathrooms. We figured, we're living in India, so what could be worse, right? Well, we walked into our room at all seemed great—it was just beautiful with a great view—but after the toilet wouldn't flush and we discovered ants everywhere we asked to fix these things or be moved. 30 minutes later 3 men were working in the bathroom and it flooded...we were quickly moved to another room, the furthest room in the entire hotel. View was still great and the bathroom functioned, so we accepted it gladly and set out for the pool.
Luckily there are 2 pools, one on each side of the hotel, the one we went to was a ghost town so we dipped our toes and the water was very cold. Too cold to enjoy a leisurely swim, so we ordered beers to enjoy poolside. A very expensive bill later we decided that any beverages we wanted to consume we would bring in from a mini-mart.
The breakfast was pretty good. A good variety of options. We decided not to eat there other than the included breakfast because of our beer experience deciding it would be far too expensive. But, there are a few food options close by that are good. Bridges restaurant is a bit pricey, but well worth it. It was our celebratory dinner and we couldn't have asked for more delicious food, wine or service. A VW van across the street from Tjampuhan sells hot dogs but their Nasi Djingo is amazing! It's spicy, but so so good. And for under a buck it's not a bad deal.
Internet is only available in the lobby and restaurant (although very spotty in the restaurant) and you need a constantly changing password everytime you use it. Didn't enjoy the spa, but it looked amazing.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Katie R
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Wow, the gardens and location are stunning. Staff friendly and ever helpful. The room, especially bathroom was overdue for a revamp. There are lots of stairs to navigate so be warned. Depending on where your room is, the noise from traffic can be annoying. My biggest issue was with the restaurant. At breakfast the staff would clear away your dirty plate but leave your dirty cutlery on the table. Why? Small things but overall really enjoyed the stay.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

It's a historical place! It's old but lovely. I enjoy the sound of the water on the stream while watching a squirrel jumps from a tree to another. It lullabies me to take a nap in the pool side. The thing that I love so much is the natural spring swimming pool. The water is a bit colder yet refreshing. Although I found it not that clean, I don't mind at all. (It comes from nature!)

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Thank nanape
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

So having read the reviews I was a bit concerned about our stay but the hotel was great... Just what I had expected. This was my second visit to ubud but my first stay here... If u can afford it go to the Pita mah ha but taking my 2 daughters meant a few budget constraints! Yes it is old style , not 5 star but the setting is divine as are the swimming pools and staff. Try the Bali batik bike tour... Mostly downhill we loved it. Sedona spa is fantastic value and purpose built... Beautiful

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank A N
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

We had 3 rooms near reception for a reunion of 3 older sisters after 22 years. The hotel was extremely helpful in bringing our arrangements together and because of this Tjampuhan was a good base. We had read negative comments and had concerns but were pleased with our experience and the friendly and positive attitude of the staff. Although this hotel is not suitable for the frail we managed well though some members were unable to access the pool.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa

Address: Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#54 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#61 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range: £55 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The classic Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa, built where two sacred rivers meet, has been legendary since 1928. As the first hotel in the artist colony of Ubud, this royal guest house graciously hosted celebrities and foreign painters such as Walter Spies. ... more   less 
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