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Meme Surung Homestay
Ranked #21 of 28 Munduk B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 16, 2012

Accommodations were basic. Clean, mosquito net, simple adequate bathroom. Terrace with 2 chairs and table was nice, but non-existent view due to heavy growth of trees directly in front.

The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. We had an issue with loud plumbing (honking noise proceeded after each toilet flush), however the staff immediately resolved much to our surprise.

Breakfast was also nice - served in a somewhat scenic part of the 'resort'. Basic fruit, eggs and toast, coffee/teal deal.

The only downside was the treacherous route to our room. We visited in low season, ergo cobblestone pathway was wet, mossy and slippery. If you're backpacking it won't be an issue. But if you are rolling a suitcase along a fairly long windy uneven path with a 2 sets of stairs, most difficult!

Often i find these cheaper accommodations to be high on customer service, but the rooms itself are basic. Overall, you get what you pay for. The Hilton it is not, but has it's own unique charm.

P.S. If i were to do this trip all over again, i would spend the extra $ for a more comfortable stay with more modern amenities.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

Munduk is a very small, lightly touristed hill town on a narrow ridge between two beautiful valleys. It can be wet during the rainy season, but in good weather it provides glorious views and nice hillside hikes with numerous waterfalls. The drive to get there has wonderful valley and lake views.

Meme Surung Homestay is a great value. It is located in the center of Munduk, providing better access to shops and small restaurants than the fancier and much more expensive resorts outside of town.

It has two very nice modern bungalows (numbers 4 and 5) and several older, darker, more traditional rooms. Trees block the view from the bungalow patios (probably planted to prevent hillside erosion), but the open air dining area has a nice view over the valley.

The modern bungalows are large, with very high ceilings, a double and a single bed (each with romantic mosquito netting), and a small bathroom with shower (no tub). Hot water is excellent.

The only drawback to the two modern bungalows is that the bathrooms share an attic space, so one’s neighbors are clearly audible (hopefully the management will block this off).

The room rate was less than 30 USD per night, and reservations can be made and paid online through Expedia.


The staff were very friendly and helpful during my
visit. They even let me use their PC for internet access when my tablet did not work well. They can arrange hiking guides (recommended since trails are not marked) and transportation.

The rate included a nice hot breakfast (eggs, fruit, toast). When I left very early on my last day, the staff was kind enough to prepare a breakfast for me the night before, and served it in my room. I did not even have to ask for this extra service.

I used the Ubud tourist shuttle to get to Munduk (about 15 USD, does not run every day depending on demand) and a public minivan to get back to Denpasar and then Sanur (about 3.50 plus 3.50 USD).

The southbound public minivans run through Munduk very early (5-6 am) and also (I am told) at mid-day. Simply flag one down as it passes through town and ask the driver his destination.

One can hire a car and driver for about 50 USD, but I was told that they take the main highway with no detours for sightseeing and no photo stops, so that option seemed no better than the public van.

I would happily stay at Meme Surung again if the modern bungalows are available. Because of a very wet rainy season in March 2012, I did not get to do any major hikes, so I look forward to going back to Munduk sometime. It certainly is less crowded and more natural than Ubud.

If Meme Surung's two modern bungalows are not available, next door is Guru Ratna, with smaller rooms but good views.

Room Tip: The two modern bungalows (#4 and #5) are the best. The traditional (historic Dutch) rooms appeared...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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3  Thank efsch
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

The hotels is very nice and food is good but the entire compound does not belong to them and the local family who lives also on the compound has a few rosters(cocks) who start to tell you that it is time to get up at 3AM. Could not sleep afterwards!
price is fair
we decided then to go a few meters further down to : Karang Sari..also good and nice food, friendly owners...and no Rosters!

Room Tip: If you still decide to stay, take a room in the back!!!!
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 29, 2010

We found meme surung totally great value! Yes it's simple but we thought the people were very friendly, the breakfast was lovely and the room was clean (considering you're in the mountains!) plus the views surrounding are gorgeous. Munduk itself is very quiet with not much for tourists in the way of eating, but we found a lovely local warung 'warung kita' with a little balcony eating area where we ate delicious nasi goreng for 12000rp (1 euro) every day for lunch! We'd definitely recommend Meme for a simple mountain village get away!

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Thank HayleyandKim
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Reviewed September 25, 2009

The bungalows have beds with nets (clean and not a rip), the showers have a german gas water heater of the kind that works very poorly (in order to have it hot enough, it is hardly stronger than a drip), but nice views, good breakfast, and hey, $25.

We booked here because their sister property Puri Lumbung Cottages didn't have room for that night. We arrived late and moved to the other place by noon but I have to say the breakfast was decent, the place was quiet. And the views were just spectacular.

The downside is it is really basic but they did provide water in the room. Everybody was super sweet and nice throughout. It's just a very basic hotel, wouldn't even call it a homestay but if that's what they want to call themselves, fine... In other words, not like you have to share dinner with the hosts, there's a restaurant area.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank dutchblonde
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Reviewed January 22, 2009

Well, this place was listed in the Lonely Planet. There are a number of places to stay in Munduk, and this one sounded charming with its old Dutch colonial buildings etc. However the family that lives in the the only colonial buildings (rooms are additions) don't seem too enthused to have guests around. There are staff that seem to be on lone from the Puri Lumbung Cottages up the road. They appear to resent being sent to work here ($20/night) and would much rather hang out at the posh resort ($67 and up/night).

Simple requests like having the room's floors properly cleaned of reptile droppings is beyond their capabilities. Bugs in your food at the cafe are also a common event at each meal. Beware of moldy bread too. I know it is hard to keep the bread fresh in the humid and warm climate, but it couldn't hurt for the cook to actually look at it before he toasts it. I don't think it is too much to ask considering we were the only guest there for three days!

Now having said that, there is a wonderful view from the cafe over the valley. The rooms are large, fairly bright and feature hot water. The surrounding gardens are charming and fairly well cared for. Primarily they need to review their staffing and show some more enthusiasm for running the homestay. To be fare there was one good staff member who waited at the cafe on the evening shift. Still didn't stop the bugs from being in our meals, but then again the darkness helped make them more palatable. They did manage to add our lodging and meal bills up correctly, without any additional inexplicable charges which I appreciate.

Would I stay there again? Not really. Beyond the staffing problems, the residents appear to only just barely tolerate the guests.

  • Stayed: January 2009
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Reviewed October 8, 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Meme Surung Homestay

Address: Jalan Kayu Putih | Munduk Village, Munduk, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Munduk
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Munduk
Price Range: $25 - $31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Meme Surung Homestay 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For those visitors wishing to experience living in the Balinese home. Meme Surung featuring a combination of Dutch and Malay architecture, located at a quiet spot, off the road and up a hill in the middle of the village of Munduk about 1 km bellow Puri Lumbung Cottages. Meme Surung has 9 rooms with large bedrooms and attached bathrooms. A long veranda extends in front of the rooms, with views of mountains and tropical gardens. A small restaurant, overlooking the scenery serves guests staying at the homestay. Meme Surung can accommodate families, single and double occupancy. ... more   less 
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