We stayed in Sri Sunari for 5 nights at the end of October. The guest house is beautifully built with nice landscaping and a relaxing pool to dip in at the end of a long day of exploring around Ubud. All of the four rooms are airy, spacious, and beautifully appointed, but the upstairs rooms do provide a measure of privacy, plus you get the full benefit of the breeze coming off the rice fields in the afternoons. It is true that air conditioning is really not needed in Ubud if you get access to a little breeze.
As other reviewers have pointed out, it is quite removed from the town itself. The nearest restaurant is probably 1 km away, although the main restaurant and cafe area of Ubud is further. It would be OK if there was a sidewalk to walk on, but you are forced to walk on the road itself. We solved the problem by renting a scooter from Nyoman, the manager, which is quite affordable at about 6 USD per day. Riding around in a scooter isn't for everyone, but if you are OK with it, it makes Sri Sunari's isolation a non-factor.
The staff is lovely and do their best to help but asides from Nyoman, they speak almost no English. We only saw Nyoman 2 or 3 times the whole time we were there, and this was only in passing. Consequently we had to figure out everything on our own. Other reviewers have mentioned how helpful Nyoman was, I hope he goes back to making himself more available to his guests than when we were there.
The views from the upstairs rooms are nice, although they are building something between the guest house and the rice fields, so the view will be partially obscured. Looking out on the other side though, it is still wide open.
All in all I consider Sri Sunari a great value when you consider the rates, the beautiful layout, the great rooms, and the peaceful setting. If you can live with the "cons" mentioned, then book it by all means.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sri Sunari is a 4 suite inn, located at the head of the rice fields a short way from the busy center of Ubud. Peace and quiet, delicious free breakfast, lap sized pool and full time staff make for a wonderful Balinese experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sri Sunari Guest House Hotel Ubud
- Sri Sunari Guest House Ubud, Bali