I'll try to be fair here - this is a very pleasant hotel and obviously most people are quite happy with it - it just wasn't the right choice for me. Hope this might help someone else looking for the same type of experience.
I knew Alam Jiwa was outside of Ubud, but was under the impression it was just a 10 minute walk away. It was more like a 15 minute walk either through or around the Monkey Forest (loved it!) to the start of Ubud's main shopping/dining area. Then, another 20-30 minutes walk to the center of Ubud. I am an active person and love walking, but that was way too much to be doing every day, even for me, in heat and humidity.
There is a free shuttle provided by the hotel, but this can be slightly inconvenient if, like me, you want to just go independently when and where you want.
Basically, for me Alam Jiwa was a bit too isolated. The location was pretty, but not spectacular. It is in a village south of Ubud, with a few shops (for locals and tourists), a school, and football field - a moderately interesting place to walk around, but nothing like the variety of central Ubud.
I had a lower-level room with air-con. The room was traditionally decorated, with a very large covered private balcony. A nice room, but not great. Room lighting at night was very, very dim - if you like to read at night, bring a flashlight!
Service was very good and I especially liked having breakfast delivered to my room every morning. There's a small pool that I didn't use. Rate was $85 per night. Overall it was a charming place with helpful and pleasant staff, and certainly worth the price. It just wasn't right for me.
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- Alam Jiwa Ubud, Bali
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