My 5-year-old daughter and I saw some pictures of this hotel in a travel brochure and thought it looked beautiful. We read some online reviews and many past guests said that it was special. They were right!
There are plants literally crammed into the hotel grounds which climb all the way down the hill to the Tjampuhan River. There are animals too: squirrels, birds, lizards, carp ... it is alive.
We took advice from a Trip Advisor reviewer and opted for a fan rather than aircon room. Ubud is cool enough to sleep well at night without cold air blasting on you. The bathroom was a touch shabby but not enough to worry about. None of the rest of the hotel looked tired; the pools (one spring-fed and cool, and one warmer and surrounded by frog, monkey and human sculptures), restaurant, reception were beautiful and full of character.
The Ubud Writers Festival was on during our visit and the Monkey Forest Road hotels were heavily booked. The Hotel Tjampuhan is a better alternative anyway. It is close enough to walk to the Palace to see the evening dances; or to the Monkey Forest Road to shop, eat and visit the monkeys; and it has the added advantage of being almost at the start of a fantastic walk through the rice fields. And any time that you're too tired or hot to walk there is a reliable regular shuttle service into town.
The staff were lovely but not obsequious. Our daughter was shown how to fold the fancy napkins; just one of those little things that's a nice distraction for a lone child. Feeding the carp with a leftover breakfast roll was a daily highlight.
Just one word of warning. The paths around the hotels are steep and uneven, so if you have trouble with knees hips, etc you will need to organise a room near the reception and restaurant.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tjampuhan Ubud
- Hotel Tjampuhan And Spa
- Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa Ubud, Bali