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Karangsari Guest House
Ranked #9 of 26 Munduk B&B and Inns
Santiago, Chile
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“Best place ever!”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

I must say im doing a round the world trip for on year, almost finish... and this is one of the best place i ve stayed... the owners are really welcoming, helpfull and kind, the staff is great, i felt like a king... From the room and restaurant you have amazing views and sunset. The food is amazing!!!! I would definitly come back without thinking it twice!

Room Tip: I prefer second floor!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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L'Hay-les-Roses, France
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Spent there 3 nights, in room n°5 (350kIDR). The room is nice, white walls, nice bed and a large terrace on the garden, with beautiful view on the forest (seems some guest saw the sea, they maybe had too much Bintang...). The place is clean, even if we had to ask to towel change and if the bathroom cleaning is average (when you are staying few days at least).
The place is quiet with a beautiful garden and mountains view, but anyway you may be waked up at 5 or 6am because of all animals around, and the only road crossing Munduk is not far as well... I guess this will be the same in all Munduk accommodation.
Restaurant menu is limited and meals quality is average, you have better to go outside in some warung or restaurant (see Don Biyu).
Maybe they saw previous guest comment on TA, they gave us the map from another Guesthouse for the treks, it was OK for us - means you can make some beautiful walk around without guide.
Location is great, in the village, not far from the walks start points, from warung, shops, .. (a lot of accommodation are 1 or 2kms above the village)
This is still a good value hotel, but consider to have your meals outside.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in June 2013. The first night, there was some confusion with the rooms and we ended up having to stay at the lower building (not the one beside the desk or with the gardens, but the one lower down another ramp/flight of stairs). This room was not great. It was tiny with barely enough room to walk around the bed. It also had a moldy smell, and a funny line of ants going in and out. The washroom was also dark and dingy.

The next night, we were moved up to the main building. This room was actually quite nice! Smelled clean, balcony etc. If we had just stayed here, I would have rave reviews.

The staff was also not great. Although kind and perfectly friendly, they were not very helpful in terms of trekking maps or arranging transportation elsewhere. We asked about prices for transport and they never got back to us. We ended up walking up to the Aditya homestay and arranged our transportation there, as they were more helpful. Their hiking map was also FAR more detailed and far better than the one at Karangsari! My advice is that regardless, go grap this map from Aditya.

Frankly, although the upper room was pretty, Aditya was nicer for better value. If you can, stay there.

Room Tip: Stay in the main building ($5 more/night). The other rooms in the lower building are not nice at all...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Katwijk, The Netherlands
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Karangsari is a guesthouse located in Munduk. Munduk is a very small mountain village with not much to do except hiking or exploring Bali by motorcycle.
Karangsari is perfectly located with stunning views on the valley of Munduk. For 20 euro's a room this place is a bargain! The staff is very helpful and eager to help. The rooms are good value, only negative point was that our rooms were located next to the busy road but during the night the noise was bearable!

I've also checked the other places in Munduk but Karangsari was defintly the best place to stay for our budget!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

The staff is very friendly. That's the best part of this place. The rooms are not nice: white tiles in an unattractive building close to the road, what makes it quite noisy beacause of the traffic. The breakfast is really very poor.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

The location is good, but considering that the area is very small that's not saying much.
The property is very pretty, however the room I had was disappointing. My room was way down back behind the main building. There was only one small window and no circulation whatsoever.
While the room itself was clean, the bathroom seemed as if it hasn't been finished and was quite dirty.
The food was decent at the restaurant however a little more expensive than elsewhere in Bali.
The staff spoke a little English, but not much. The map I was given to the waterfalls and rice paddies was very hard to understand and we found later that there was a MUCH easier way to get there.
Wifi was only available up by the restaurant (I'm sure the rooms up there were able to access).
Overall it wasn't anything impressive and compared to other places in Bali it was just too much money for what they were offering.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at Karangsari for two nights and were absolutely charmed. We had a lovely upstairs room with a cute balcony which was perfect for watching lightening storms and beautiful sunsets. The room was immaculate and really beautiful with a four poster bed that was exceptionally comfortable. Munduk is very small so obviously the location is perfect and near to everything.

The staff were very welcoming and helpful! We asked Kuri for directions to the Bayan hot springs and he spent half an hour drawing a detailed map for us (I do not recommend driving independently to them despite our trusty map as it was very difficult even though Kuri had written on it in Balinese: "please help us find the intersection for the hot springs" which was very smart!). Also, every time it rained there were umbrelas placed outside our door which was very thoughtful. We could not have asked for better service!

Although breakfast could not be served in a better location with an exceptional view, we were very disappointed with just having toast. We inquired about whether we could buy additional items like eggs but this was lost in translation. A big recommendation would be to offer your guests the option of purchasing more for breakfast for those with bigger appetites. Our days were disorganized because we had to eat lunch shortly after breakfast. To be fair though, they did offer us two servings of toast.

Overall this place is a peaceful, beautiful, mountain retreat and is a wonderful place to visit.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Property: Karangsari Guest House
Address: Jalan Kayu Putih | Banjar County, Munduk 80612, Indonesia (Formerly Karangsari Homestay)
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Munduk
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Ranked #9 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Munduk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Karangsari Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The guest house is located at the west end of the small village of Munduk with scenic views over the hillsides, covered with rice fields, fruit trees and jungle. From Munduk, you can start many hikes and treks, from short walks to waterfalls up to long treks to lakes or the biggest Banyan Tree in Bali. ... more   less 
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