In summary, it’s extremely good value for a bit of luxury in a great location. We liked this hotel so much we’ve booked again for this year (2014) so I would highly recommend it (and do regularly on the forum!). And apologies for the lateness of this review (we stayed there last October).
We chose this because it’s on Jalan Bisma so quieter than Monkey Forest Road but also close everything including yoga at the Honeymoon Guesthouse in the mornings. It also has Wifi in the rooms which a lot of hotels in Ubud don’t seem to have.
I tried my luck and negotiated $110 AUD pn for a deluxe room including taxes, breakfast and in-room Wifi, much less than on the website. Their initial email response was relatively quick, within a day or so and they were fine with this price. While we were there we asked to see some other rooms and were quoted about $135pn for the suites (no private pool) and $240pn for the villas (with private pool) – considering the quality of the hotel, these are good prices so it’s definitely worth seeing what you can get.
Location – very good. Jalan Bisma is a relatively quiet street, but still close enough to walk to everything (10 mins to Ubud market). There are quite a few eateries in the immediate area. Café Des Artistes is next door – the food was certainly fine but nothing great. Semu Jaen across the road and north a couple of doors however was something great – really liked the food and very reasonably priced.
Hotel itself – beautifully presented, Balinese style but very up to date. The land on which the hotel stands is long and skinny as most blocks are in Ubud – running back from the street in order are the lobby, pool area and guest lounge, with four deluxe rooms (two upstairs, two downstairs) and a one-bedroomed suite next to the pool. Then there’s the breakfast pavilion with three pool villas around it. Then there are two sets of four deluxe rooms (2x2 again) facing each other and then finally the two bedroom suite looking over the gorge down the back. This suite is three stories and can also be divided into one deluxe room and one one-bedroomed suite by locking the door between them (deluxe room down the bottom). We had room 28, a deluxe, which was in the back set of 2x2s on the upper floor. It’s a bit of a walk to the pool from the back rooms and suite but certainly nothing arduous.
The villas are very nice with a large dressing room and separate shower. They have more storage than a deluxe room as well as a private pool and a small outdoor area. The bedroom was the same size as our deluxe.
The one bedroomed suite looked good, with the lounge, a little kitchen area and a loo downstairs and the bedroom and bathroom upstairs. The bedroom was again the same size as the deluxe suite but it also had a dressing room and a separate shower.
Lovely grounds with lots of greenery and frogs at night.
Room –The room was a usual hotel layout with bedroom and ensuite bathroom and reminded me of Italian houses – all marble tiling and huge rooms. There was a lounge, coffee table and desk inside, and chairs, table and an airing rack out on the verandah.
The room looked across to other rooms but there was a little verandah garden so the view was partly obscured.
There was a TV but we didn’t try it to see if it worked.
Bed, pillows – the bed was huge (kingsized, anything less would have looked tiny in the big room), very comfortable and we got three pillows each. The linen or at least the washing could be improved as the coverlet seemed singed or browned in places and the sheets, while very clean were greying. This really let the room down as crisp white sheets and an unmarked coverlet would really have been in keeping with the level of quality otherwise.
No mosquito net but the room is relatively well sealed (including a ceiling instead of going straight up to the thatch) so unless you leave the door open you shouldn’t get many mossies. There didn’t seem to be as many as the coast anyway.
Storage – there was a luggage alcove that fitted both out suitcases as well as a wardrobe with both hanging and shelves. Quite a lot of room.
Bathroom – very big with great amounts of space on the vanity and convenient power outlets. The shower was over the bath with pretty poor pressure. It was all done nicely but the design meant that water ended up all over the floor and had to be mopped up with a towel. But the water was hot when needed (a lot of places have just lukewarm and occasionally I like a good hot shower) and the bathroom had lovely marble tiling. As with every other hotel, the hairdryer was useless.
Lighting – good although not really that bright. Bedside lamps, stand up lamp, light over vanity in the bathroom.
Aircon - effective, mostly quiet although it ticked a bit at night.
Full length mirror – no.
Wifi – bit dodgy at first but after they rebooted the router it worked fine. We had a limit of two devices but that was not a problem.
Security, including safe –the safe was tiny, could only just fit a very small laptop in it. It had a keyed lock not combination.
Windows/doors – small one in bathroom too high to open. Big front sliding doors in the bedroom. Thin day curtains then thicker night ones. Front door was a bit dodgy to close.
Breakfast – usual eggs, bread and croissants, fruit, beverages (not buffet). Eggs are always tasty as they’re free range. Staff in the breakfast area were very nice.
Staff – cleaned the room once a day including tidying up and folding stuff we’d just left lying around, showing quite a sense of humour in arranging it (after it happened once we were a bit more diligent about tidying up after ourselves!). They also did a turn down service when we went out at night.
Top points to Ketut at the front desk – we had gone to Bridges for dinner and it started pouring with rain. We asked the waiter if they were able to organise a taxi and he asked where we were staying. We told him and he went off – we thought he was just ringing a taxi or driver but he rang Samhita, thinking they had a car that could come and get us – Ketut grasped immediately what was happening and as Samhita doesn’t have a car, organised a taxi (and pre-bargained a price at 20,000) for us.
Laundry - There’s no hotel laundry - they recommended a laundry a few doors down and when we got some washing done we ended up with marks all over our lighter clothes, so perhaps the hotel uses the same place for their linen.
Noise – I’m a light sleeper and I really notice noise so ignore this bit if you don’t have this curse.
As mentioned by another reviewer, you do get a bit of noise from the local bars and restaurants but we found this only on Saturday and Sunday nights until around 10pm. It didn’t keep my husband awake so it’s not that loud. No early morning roosters either and didn’t hear any frogs (unlike Komaneka on Monkey Forest – that was like a frog brass band playing next to the room all night).
There was a bit of noise inside the room - the bar fridge was really noisy, so we moved it to the bathroom so we could sleep, luckily the cable was long enough to reach the outlets in there. The cleaners didn’t know what to make of it at first! The airconditioner sometimes ticked loudly but I used earplugs and could sleep fine. If the hotel was booked out you might get a bit of noise from other rooms because of the marble floors.
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