My family of three stayed here for just one night earlier this month. We spent IDR 600,000 (USD 62), but may have been able to bargain down a bit with some effort. It takes 20-25 minutes to walk to the corner of Monkey Forest Road and Ubud Main Street. And the traffic does not make it a pleasant walk.
On the plus side: the second-floor room was spacious and had nice old wood floors; it had a big veranda furnished with cushioned chairs; the grounds are extensive, well-kept, and even include rice fields; there's a pleasant pool; and the breakfast was generous, tasty, and delivered quickly.
But the room (5) was poorly designed and had seen better days. The lighting was poor and included a bare bulb in the bathroom, which features lime-green tiles with rather depressing flower designs. Or maybe it was the color that was so creepy. The toilet is built on a 10 cm. pedestal, so you are literally sitting on a throne. The designer didn't think about ventilation--none of the large windows open. Get a breeze by opening the doors to the room and veranda--and avoid occupying the room while someone is doing the business in the toilet. (A huge window is there right next to the shower/tub, but it can't be opened and there's no fan.) Most annoying was a ragged sheet metal edge on the inside of the bathroom door that could easily cut one's hand.
Termites left wood shavings under one bed and the sheets were not particularly clean. The foam mattresses were uncomfortable--fat people and those with dicky backs in particular should beware.
Even with all those complaints, this is a place that should work well for some people. We spied a frequent guest who checked in and had a very specific room request--she clearly knew what she was doing. At a lower price, a better room at Melati would be a good option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Melati" means jasmine. This delightful complex consists of several 2-storey structures, each with a number of rooms all ensuite with balconies, looking out over the gardens or ricefields. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Melati Cottages Hotel Ubud
- Melati Cottages Ubud, Bali