We chose this place base on the good reviews and we can say that its met our expectations on terms of the room, view and the friendly staffs. Our room- Hanoman , has a very big bed, make up of 2 adjoining super single beds and a daybed , very spacious bathroom with a bathtub plus a semi open shower overlooking the rice field but not an open air as mentioned in their website.
The best part is the balcony where you can have your meals and a daybed for relaxing with uninterupted rice field view and I suppose its the only room with such wonderful view. We spent most of our time here during daytime and having breakfasts as well as afternoon tea. A selections of breakfast menu to be ordered the night before and we found out the fried rice and Jaffle (Toasted sandwich) are the best. There is no Tv here thats make it very quiet at night with bottles of Bintang (beer) accompanied you. A mini bar with drinks well stocked but its overpriced. Not much facalities around , you can walk to the adjacent rice field via a small bridge or the the nearby villages, or just take a dip in the small pool. Signs of aging can be seen from around the property from the building and the furnitures. Our wardrode in the room can't even close properly. Despite complaints from previous guests about low water pressure, nothing seems have been done to address the problem.
This property together with their sister hotels are always booked out and they just raised the rate in October, I think its time for the management to do something about this aging hotel.
The staffs here are very friendly, attentive and would recommend some good eating places. Everytime you pass the reception, you will bw greeted. They do provide free shuttle to Ubud town which comes very handy as Alam Jiwa is about 5 km from town and there are hardly anything nearby. The problem is being always fully booked, the shuttle can't cater to such high volumn and we were make to wait as least 30-60 minutes for the ride back to hotel. Perhaps , the management/owners should add another vehicle since the business is so good.