This is a sweet place located on Hanoman right across the street from the awesome Kaffe. It's well located to take the bus and to do most of your central ubud things on foot. Make sure your room does not face actually Hanoman -- the traffic is noisy and irritating. I'm not sure that you can escape the traffic noise in Ubud at certain times of the year, however.
Here's what I liked: Great breakfast -- the friendly worker brings a thermos of boiled water and leaves it just outside of your door at your balcony, along with tea and coffee. You can get up and do your coffee/hot drink thing without actually going anywhere. Very nice touch. The rooms are spacious and clean. The bathroom is good too. The fan was effective -- I'm not sure that A/C is necessary in Ubud, then again I don't generally pay extra for A/C anywhere. I wish the room had a fridge, but then I wish for this everywhere.
Personally, I found it a little expensive for what it was, but I might be out of step with the going rate of travel these days. I booked early on Agoda and paid almost $30 per night. To be able to travel for several weeks solo, this inho is a premium price. I reserved because I was on an evening flight to Denpasar and knew that the last thing I wanted to do upon arrival was drag my pack to any number of small pension type housing arrangements. It made a very good impression on me after the 30 plus hours of travel it took me to get there. This is saying a lot because I'm usually disoriented whenever I get somewhere. I also liked the convenience. I didn't like the traffic noise, but ear plugs alleviated that for the most part...more on this later.
The service was lovely and I was assisted in getting the Perama bus onward to Lovina. There seemed to be a lot of civic pride and the owner spoke at length to me about the history of this part of Ubud and some of its family stories. It was a great introduction to Ubud in particular and Bali in general. I must admit, though, that I was really shocked by the amount of traffic of motorcycles, cars, buses: you name it. I've travelled elsewhere in Asia and I'm told that this traffic has reached a crisis in Bali -- it's obvious why this is, but I am usually on foot and so this place was convenient. You'd need some form of transit to explore further afield.
I returned to Ubud at the end of this particular trip and opted to stay closer to the rice paddies, further north on Kajeng. I discovered that I prefer that area, though the accommodation at Gusti's was more expensive and less spacious. The area was awesome and more in keeping with the kind of experience I'd hoped to have in Ubud.
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