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Champlung Sari Hotel
Ranked #95 of 199 Hotels in Ubud
Reviewed June 20, 2012

Ok, grounds , rooms ,views , monkeys. All good.
Winge, we booked by phone the night before after an Internet check . Asked about early checking told 12 ok . Arrived 11 which we new was too early but were prepared to wait. Told no 2pm that's it , O.K maybe it's was a language problem on the phone so we made no fuss and went for a walk around town. Came back at 1.30 again on the hope on getting in but got the same female , this time she was rude and said that we dad already been told checkin was at 2.
We have often arrived at hotels early and if the rooms are ready there is no problem. Anyway as we were worn out we waited out the last half hour. But at 1.50 another couple arrived to be shown straight to their room . At 2pm on the dot we were told our room was ready. This was after the same women walked past several time glaring at us.to us it was clear the woman (wish we had her name) was just making a point.
I don't like leaving bad feedback , but this was amazing ,it left a bad taste in my mouth and put a downer on our Ubud experience. During the rest of our stay the staff were superb ,,,,looks like they have one bad egg in the batch. It's a shame.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

We stayed at this resort for 1 night . Reception staff took along time to see us and direct us to the room. They told us to take a seat and call us when ready. took a long time. Still over all We all loved it . We had an adjoining room as there 2 adults and 2 children. the rooms were amazing and so were the bathrooms. There were no towel rails to hang the towels and the toilet was hard to flush. Our Tv stopped working and came straight away and tried to fix it to no avail so they bought us a different one. My boys loved the 4 poster bed with fabric draped around it. We had units on the ground level near the restaurant. The buffet breakfast was nice with a lot of fruit. . It was lovely and a lot of fun seeing the monkeys. My children loved it. Not far from the Monkey forest. The staff are all lovely and very friendly. It cost us $160 for the 2 rooms for the 1 night so i thought that was very expensive.

Room Tip: Ask for the downstairs room with the 4 poster bed and amazing marble bathroom.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Sonja G
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

The hotel is quiet and in Ubud centre. This is a nice little oasis. Before reading the rest of this, let me say we were on a 4 star tour and stayed in a total of 4 hotels on Bali during our holiday.
It struck us as odd that small things let this hotel down. For example, there are not enough glasses, bowls or cutlery at breakfast and on both mornings we stayed we had to go up to the bar and ask for something - day 1: glasses, day 2: all three of these items. Behind the bar an employee was trying to wash up and was working so fast that one of the glasses was smashed. Wet glasses were being put over by the juice dispenser at the rate of three at a time (rather than a whole tray full appearing from a kitchen having been through a dishwasher). In the other hotels we stayed in on Bali, the range of food choice and quality of the breakfast was also much better.
As another guest commented here on TripAdvisor, the towels were old and had lost any white fluffiness they might have once had - yet bizarrely the house maid had made swans out of these on the bed - this superficially looked nice - a lovely touch - until they were unfolded! The bathroom was enormous - but was a vast space of tiling with nowhere to hang a towel, no shower rail or curtain, and no hairdryer. The pool area was nice, as indeed was the pool - very relaxing. But why are there low beach loungers set out with patio-set style tables that are completely the wrong height to use with the loungers?
The fridge was so noisy we unplugged it.
On checking out the hotel staff did not trust that we had not used the minibar, and we had to wait while someone went to check if we had taken anything which delayed our departure. This did not happen in any other hotels we stayed at in Bali.
The hotel could so easily be much, much nicer, as it is nicely situated and has a peaceful garden. The owner needs a kick up the butt to sell the place or put some money in - it wouldn't take much to make a big difference. Otherwise tour companies will start to choose other hotels to put their guests up in. Hope the owner reads this!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Anita-Ella
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

We (3 adults) stayed at this hotel for three nights which was three nights too long. We were supposed to have a Deluxe Room and were given a below standard room. The linen was dirty with old stains, and smelly, the white towells were grey, they had put three single beds into this room with barely enough room to walk between beds. The bathroom door would not close properly and no screen or door on the shower. We enquired at reception about a room change, only to be told that we had the best room. Upon insistance, we were told to pack our bags and they would get us another room.They inferred that we would be in our room in about 30minutes.....3 hours later, around 9pm we were given our room. upon inspection, the room was indeed bigger than the previous one. however the bathroom left a lot to be desired. There was also no screen or curtain on the shower, a rather dirty looking bath, hand basin and toilet. There was one wall which was central to the bathroom which was covered with green moss,and when you looked up to the ceiling, well..... there was no ceiling The hotel backs on to the Monkey Forest which is all good,but when you have a large piece of your bathroom ceiling missing, well that only means one thing. Monkeys sitting on the roof edge watching you take your daily shower, or whatever else one does in a bathroom. So upon reflection,Ubud itself is a beautiful place to visit with lots of shopping and lovely restaurants and cafe's,and also a lot of other resorts and hotels.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Leeanne W
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

The location of the hotel adjacent to the Monkey Forest and a 5 minute walk to the heart of town was perfect. The rooms, the ambiance of the setting and landscaping all combined for a great place to stay in Ubud. It was so convenient to many small restaurnats, cafes,and shops of every kind. Sharing breakfast with monkeys every morning was particularly entertaining. There really wasn't a downside that I can think of. Friendly staff, great car and driver to take us through the region and see the sights complimented our stay. I don't think one could go wrong staying here.

Room Tip: Rooms on second or third floors might have a better view.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mikechawaii
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

My husband and I stayed at this hotel in a superior room 3 nights in april 2012. I would rate this hotel as a poor to average hotel, it has some pros but a lot more cons. We enjoyed the 2 pools and our room was fairly clean, comfortable and made every day and the location is very good. Staff was polite, but not really helpfull. We took a trip one day which started at 3 o'clock in the morning and we announced them about it the previous night, but they didn't prepare any breakfast boxes for us. They said that we could get them the following day, but the next day they said that 'It's ok, no problem', meaning that we won't get anything. It was really disturbing. Anyway the fruits at the breakfast were rotten, I found a snail in the salad, and all was poor quality. Of course the price was high, not a value for money. This hotel needs new towels and a renovation, I would not recomend it, not because of the room, just beacuse of the staff and the food. The monkey who came to the hotel were cute and not agressive at all.

Room Tip: We received the last room in the back corner of the garden, near a construction site... :( I would...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank agcika
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

A group of us stayed there in March for 4 nights to do some yoga led by one of our group.

Although not yet properly equipped for peaceful, comfortable yoga, the hotel itself is a real jewel in the heart of the amazing and Soul-full town of Ubud, deep in the green of Bali. I absolutely loved it!

I stayed in an old style room which was dark and a bit tired, but clean and peaceful. Whitewashing the walls would lift them up a bit, it was all beige and browns with ceiling beams. Despite that I loved the old style room and all that wonderful old stone masonry on the outside added to the charm of the place. The bathroom was basic but functional.

There are 2 reasonable sized pools, but more pool towels are required. Though I believe this was mostly due to the guests who tended to hang on to them rather than return them! I didn't try out the spa because you get cheaper options just up the road in the many massage places in Ubud.

If you like sharing your breakfast with the local macaques then this is the hotel for you. They tend to invade the hotel grounds in the morning as they get the first whiff of breakfast cooking! I don't advise you challenge the larger males though, they can be quite aggressive but the hotel staff are always at hand with catapaults and long poles to keep them away from you as best they can (no, they don't actually hurt them). I discovered they love boiled eggs and bananas, so I recommend you avoid having these on show if you want a peaceful breakfast and do sit in the middle and not around the edge of the seating area!

We only ate at the restaurant twice as we wanted to explore other options. The food I had was very good, particularly the tuna steak with salad.

The hotel staff are lovely, friendly and helpful. As are most of the Balinese that I met there.

There's plenty to do around Ubud apart from taking in the local vibes. It's an artists haven, so plenty to see. The Ubud streets are full of shops, restaurants and spa's. What more could a girl want? I recommend you barter as they bump up the prices for tourists and don't get caught out by the local currency either, it can be confusing, all those zero's. Of course they want your money, that's human nature, but they are all very friendly if you only offer them a smile, but be firm when you want to say 'no thank you' :)

Overall it's pretty cheap to eat there, it's the hotel prices that are going up due to it's ever increasing popularity. That said, they generally always have offers on to fill up the last few rooms, particularly out of season when we went. We had a very good deal as there was a group of us.

You can also easily and, relatively cheaply, hire taxi's for the day to do your own thing, or even hire a moped if you're brave enough to compete with the millions of other road users and contend with the pot holes in the roads. There are many excursions you can book too. We did a half day downhill bike ride through the paddy fields which included a simple but delicious local lunch and a visit to a coffee plantation where you can sample the famous Civet pooh coffee, apparently one of the best in the world. Great fun.

There are so many touristy things you can do, but if you're into all things spiritual as we were, visit the temples or ask the locals to take you to a good and honest healer. We did the latter and it was an interesting experience to say the least! And no, he wasn't the one from 'Eat, Pray, Sleep' as that particular healer apparently now charges a lot more since becoming a local celebrity :)

Ubud is a must for any visitor to Bali and this hotel was really quite lovely and I didn't want to return to the noise and high rise of Singapore at all!

I love Bali, beautiful people and a beautiful and still relatively unspoiled island despite it's popularity. I will return to explore further afield when I can.

Room Tip: Older style rooms have rustic charm. Take a torch for unexpected electricity black outs due to storm...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Champlung Sari Hotel

Address: Monkey Forest Street | P.O. Box 87, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#82 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range: $30 - $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Champlung Sari Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 103
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