This was our third trip to Bali. We've previously stayed in larger more resort style accommodation in Nusa Dua which was at least three times the price of this hotel. Saren Indah cannot be beaten for value for money.
1. Service— Nothing was too much trouble for the staff here from booking to departure. Their English was perfectly adequate for anything we needed to communicate. They organised airport pick up for us all booked by the owner Ary via email. The difference between this hotel and the resorts is that you get the impression that they actually care. Their were really nice little touches like they lit mosquito coils outside our rooms in the early evening and put the outside lights on. These little things matter and I hope they will continue to understand that what they lack in facilities (gym, large restaurants etc) is more than made up for by the little things. The staff were all lovely very friendly and eager to please.
2. Value— This didn't feel like a 3 star experience to us. The price will keep attracting visitors who want good value for money.
3. Sleep Quality—Great location just a few minutes walk outside of Ubud so away from the traffic noise means that the only thing that you'll hear at night is frogs and crickets. You can hear guests in the upstairs rooms moving about but it didn't disturb us. Beds and pillows were excellent and the mosquito nets were much appreciated.
4. Cleanliness— Spotless from the rooms to the pool. Much better than some of the 5 star resorts we've stayed in.
5. Location— A few minutes walk from Ubud (they do provide a shuttle every 2 hours until 10.30pm, we didn't use it). The path takes you along the side of the monkey forest and wouldn't be suitable for anyone with a disability, pushchairs or those with a fear of monkeys. We were a little nervous of the monkeys at first. NOTE don't walk the path with any kind of shopping bag in hand. The monkeys will try and swipe it from you, backpacks seem to be fine.
We liked the fact that the hotel wasn't right in the heart of town which meant if was peaceful. Lovely views of the rice terrace made us feel like we were experiencing a bit of the real Bali.
The paths in Ubud centre are narrow and uneven and the roads busy with tourist and local traffic.
Most days we had the pool to ourselves as people are off on day trips etc.
Rooms—Spacious, comfortable and private, we had a lovely terrace that was nicely screened from other guest rooms. AC, basic TV, tea and coffee making facilities, towels, toiletries, daily servicing. Feels better than 3 star. Free wifi was temperamental but there is a computer you can access in reception.
Food—The food is good value especially if you book the three night package. There isn't a massive range at breakfast. You can order eggs as you'd like them, Nasi Goreng or pancakes. There is sliced bread for toasting, one choice of cereal (cornflakes), fruit, cake and grilled vegetables. You can also order freshly squeezed juices. They are the real deal, (apart from the orange juice which I think was processed). Tea and coffee is also provided. If I were to change one thing I'd add more bread and pastry selections and maybe a couple of cereals. This is the only thing that lets them down at breakfast. Having said that it is still brilliant value for money.
Don't miss—If you want to experience real Ubud get up by 7am and walk up to the local market (20mins). This is where the locals shop for things like fruits, fish, meat, vegetables, and clothes. The roads are teeming with mopeds and bikes, trucks full of people selling everything from eggs to sweet treats. This is not an experience that's put on for tourists but real life. Not sure if this is on every day but we happened upon it two days running.
If you're craving and espresso or cappuccino look out for the organic cafe called Kafe half way up the main street on the Coco supermarket side. They have green juices, flax seed porridge, eggs etc and are open all day from 7.30am. The free wifi is faster than anything that you'll get in Australia, no wonder the place is teeming with Australian, US and European tourists all with their Macs in tow.
Suitable for—Saren Indah is suitable for couples, friends, backpackers who want a comfy bed, and families with older children who don't want to go clubbing or load up empty suitcases with Bintang singlets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amidst lush paddy fields and only 200 meter from monkey forest sanctuary is Saren Indah Hotel which offers travelers the tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of tourists. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saren Indah Ubud
- Hotel Saren Indah
- Saren Indah Hotel Ubud, Bali