I'm rating this under the homestay category. Overall, it's a good place to stay with great location, very central just opposite the football field, 5-10 minute walk to Royal Palace, Ubud Market and even the popular Babi Guling restaurant. There are all sorts of shops beside Warsi's house, spa and massage places, money changer is just opposite the road, theater for Bali's popular dances, etc.
Warsi's place is quite big, has 8 rooms in 2 floors of the 3 total bungalows, and a beautiful garden. Our grouped basically occupied all the rooms. The bungalows are at the back of the property so it's pretty quiet even if it's in the main road, Monkey Forest Road. The only music you'll hear will be around 7-8pm every day coming from the nearby theatre, but it isn't really a bother. It's quiet enough for you to hear crickets and birds :-)
The rice paddies are actually behind their property. Ibu Warsi (which means Mama Warsi) mentioned that they bought the land long time ago, all just rice paddies and they built their home there. The entrance is actually not that obvious. Except for a sign on top of the doorway canopy, all you see is an alley that sells sarongs and paintings. But when you get further in, you'll see a casual small wooden desk on the right which serves as the reception and a simple tour menu board on the left. Ibu Warsi usually sits there or at the nearby coffee table. On the left is their own private house, where she and the family lives. There's always a family member outside doing the handicraft work and just hanging around, always ready to help if you need anything. The staff consists of Warsi's son and her nieces and nephews. Not all of them could speak English, but they're all very friendly and will eventually get to what you need. Then as you walk further to the back, you'll find the guest bungalows and the garden with a small bridge and pond as well as a small private temple.
The bungalow decors are a bit of Balinese style. There are two floors to each bungalow, and each room is like a very simple villa, with a sitting area outside. The bedrooms and bathrooms are quite big, although they are very basic. Each room also has two double beds, a side table with a lamp, a ceiling fan and a locked cabinet to hang and put your clothes as well as other items, and an airconditioner (not available in all rooms so be sure to ask) which works quite well to cool the big room. The room is relatively clean, bed linens were freshly washed although I'd see some dust on the table cloth on the side table when we arrived. You'd know that they have cleaned the place before we arrived but you will see some nooks and crannies that have obviously been missed, and some of them really because it's old.
Same thing with the bathroom. In our bathroom in particular though, some small black specks seem to fall off the ceiling every now and then, that looked like tiny dots, ants or insects, too small to tell. Not much of an issue as we could just easily wash it off the bathtub before using. Towels looked old and dull, but cleaned. Water pressure is average, and the hot water is mostly ok, except for some few seconds that it the heat seems to weaken - probably when we're all in the shower at the same time.
Breakfast was simple but yummy. Two mornings, I've had the Banana Jaffles, fresh tropical fruits and Bali Coffee. Banana Jaffles are bananas sandwiched between two breads using a sandwich griller. I think they also had papaya inside. It is usually served to you at the veranda outside your room. We had a room at the 2nd floor, and it had an excellent view of the rice paddies. What a wonderful way to wake up! The third morning, I had some eggs and tomato on bread instead of the jaffles.
They also have free wifi all over the place, including the rooms. There is only one single power socket in the room so it's good that I had a dual adaptor. Oh, but we found another one at the terrace outside the room.
On my free day, when the rest of the group went ahead already, I had the place to myself, except for a new guest that came to stay a night. I was able to sit and have a very good chat with both Ibu Warsi and Warsi's son and it was really nice to get to know them more. It really felt like home. Knowing that I wanted a slow day, they also made some recommendations for me to just make a circular walk starting from Warsi's House on Jalan Monkey Forest, to Ubud Main Road for the Ubud Market, and walk around the local shops at Jalan Hanoman towards Monkey Forest and back. It was a good 1-1/2 hr walk with some stops at the market and some of the local shops of course :-)
It's a great option especially if you're in a budget and doing a homestay gives you an opportunity to get to interact more with the locals. Overall, I'd say it's a good place. I personally prefer it to be a bit more cleaner though. If not for that little problem, it would have made it a perfect place to stay.
- Also Known As:
- Warsi`s House Hotel
- Warsi`s House Hotel Ubud
- Warsi's House Ubud, Bali