Our Superior room was located in the underground rooms beneath the main common area overlooking the stream below. While spacious with high ceilings, none of the Superior rooms have any windows. Our room had a foul stale smell. The Superior rooms are the lowest grade rooms in the complex so I don’t know what they are superior to, we were already in the basement. The bed was a large king sized bed with foam mattress. The floor was polished tile & cold on the feet. There was tea & coffee facilities. A 68 cm CRT TV with local channels. The bathroom although appeared clean needed some disinfectant as the smell of stale water was hideous. My theory was the last person urinated but didn’t flush the toilet & the room had remained unoccupied for a week or more. Although the water pressure in the shower was strong. As previously mentioned by another reviewer the towels here were thin & pretty old.
The wi-fi signal from the underground Superior rooms was very weak to non-existent. Really only accessible from the common area around the reception, restaurant or pool.
The hotel common areas are beautiful & scattered with moss covered Hindu statues & idols which lead to the restaurant area which has indoor, covered & open tables which had a nice atmosphere in the evening. There isn’t much space to walk around but the hotel is lush with plants & has an exotic feel, I think this is the best overall aspect of the hotel. We found this place on a hotel booking website priced as a mid-range hotel but did not realise it was in the middle of nowhere nor did its description really convey this.
Like previous reviewers have mentioned, Ubud Hotel & Villas is located inside a quiet suburban area next door to a Catholic convent for nuns. There definitely were no young virgins here, I looked. The main road is Jalan Bendungan Sigura-Gura, about 5 mins walk away but it’s mostly local cheap fare. If you’re looking to explore the neighbourhood on foot, the largest institution around is the University Brawijaya which is about 20 mins walk away where taxis can be found. The train station is a fair way about 7kms & not really possible to walk to easily.
With the slow wifi, dank smelly basement rooms & isolated location from the city we decided to leave the next day for the Merbabu Guest House across town. No doubt these are first world pains but its a buyers market these days.
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