Ubud offers literally thousands of accommodation options, and they are growing—increasingly vertically. When a hotel says it's in “Ubud”, this can mean almost anywhere within a 10 kilometre radius, give or take. “Close to Ubud” may see you stuck in traffic for hours. A good landmark to consider when deciding where to stay is Ubud Palace, opposite Ubud market, the traditional centre of the small town.
We have divided up the surrounding areas into the more popular clusters of choices. All you have to do is decide if you’d like a traditional homestay, stylish luxury, a comfortable air-con box, a pool or views—or a combination of all. More international chain hotels are making inroads to the area and changing the face of what was once a tiny village. We urge you to support smaller homestays and family-run hotels. You’ll get better and more personal service, as well as minimise the drain on already stretched resources. Note that rates are often negotiable, particularly in low season or for a longer stay.
Staying in Central Ubud gives you the advantage of being able to walk to restaurants, shops, spas, dance performances, galleries, yoga venues and the Monkey Forest, palace and market without having to deal with the traffic. A labyrinth of small lanes off the main roads lead to often leafy and quiet homestays and hotels, mostly within the flashpacker range. As prices rise, the backpacker lodgings are increasingly dorm beds in hostels, however if you are travelling with a friend, it’s often more economical to stay in a homestay.
The loop bordered by Jalan Raya Ubud, Jalan Hanoman and Jalan Monkey Forest and all the streets and lanes within that area are what we have deemed “central Ubud”. The most popular pockets are the lanes off the northern end of Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Dewi Sita, around the market, however these can be noisy and sometimes overpriced. The best value accommodation can be found in the Padang Tegal area, in the lanes off the southern end of Jalan Hanoman. Mid and top range hotels tend to be concentrated on along Jalan Monkey Forest, but fancier resorts are more abundant out of the town centre.
A peaceful yet convenient location, smart modern rooms and a friendly family atmosphere await at Blu Mango Guesthouse, found just down the lane off Jalan Hanoman at the very back corner of Padang Tegal. Opened in October 2015, they were adding a new family room on the roof when we visited in November 2016, but for now offer two styles of air-con rooms with a leafy jungle outlook beside the... Read our full review of Blu Mango Guesthouse .
Someone in the Den Den Mushi family has an eye for style as these lovely simple rooms feel more like a boutique hotel than a basic homestay. Tiled interiors are fan-cooled with pale floors and walls and contrasting wooden trims and furnishings. Tasteful subtly coloured soft furnishings and bedding add an extra zing and give the room an authentic homely warmth. Particularly impressive are the... Read our full review of Den Den Mushi Homestay.
Fabulous Jukung Hostel is a work of art, constructed entirely from old boats—a jukung is a traditional Balinese fishing boat. Not only is the design fun and funky, but the rooms are cool, quiet, spacious and comfortable. It’s simply the best hostel in Ubud. Located in the thick of the action on Jalan Monkey Forest not far from Ubud market, you’ll still get a decent night's sleep as the... Read our full review of Jukung Hostel .
The only reason we stumbled upon Rumah Jelita is we followed someone wheeling a bag down an unmarked lane. We’re usually not stalkers, but on this occasion our curiosity was rewarded. This wonderful serene little homestay offers delightfully tranquil rooms and a breezy leafy outlook over a ridge and attractive fragrant garden. Two of the generous glass-fronted, light-filled airy rooms are... Read our full review of Rumah Jelita .
Savira Bungalow offers some of the best value rooms with a swimming pool in Ubud. At the back of a beautiful family compound with exquisite carved details, a pretty garden path filled with ponds and flowers leads to two modern double-storey buildings edging the pool, one housing the fan-cooled rooms, and the other with the fancier and newer air-con rooms. Gleaming tiled interiors are... Read our full review of Savira Bungalow.
With a tower Rapunzel would feel at home in, neat modern rooms with rice-field views, comfortable bungalows plus luxury villa-style accommodation, Tegal Sari has something for every budget and it's all great. This long-running Ubud institution set facing the ever-decreasing verdant paddy delivers regardless of your means. The quirky tower rooms are reserved for walk-in guests only or for those... Read our full review of Tegal Sari.
At the end of a lane off busy Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud Lestari Bungalow is a delightful surprise tucked away on the edge of the rice fields. The narrow path (lit a night) leads first to the standard rooms in a brick building, two up, two down, then through a gate past the tremendous swimming pool, to the suite rooms facing the rice fields, and continuing to the large Leastari suite rooms... Read our full review of Ubud Lestari Bungalow.
Newly renovated and opened in March 2016, Ubud Village Hotel brings a bit of boutique luxury in a contemporary Balinese style to the middle of Jalan Monkey Forest. This large multi-storey 58-room hotel could have been a blot on the landscape, but is successfully hidden behind their low-rise street level entrance. Several classes of well-appointed rooms are offered, all with a sophisticated... Read our full review of Ubud Village Hotel.
Amid the small lanes around the north end of Jalan Monkey Forest, dozens of family-run homestays offer basic rooms at varying value, but one of the best in this pocket is Aurora House. Set along one side of the family compound, the small hotel hides tiny, but sweet modern-styled rooms behind elaborate carved traditional wooden doors. The tiled air-con rooms are bright and clean and a... Read our full review of Aurora House.
As more and more hotels and villas squeeze into the small streets of central Ubud, it’s refreshing to find somewhere still with a rice-field view. Biyukukung Suites and Spa offers a range of standard double-storey brick bungalows and on the opposite side of the paddy some quirky double-storey bamboo bungalows. In all bungalows, the bathrooms and outdoor living spaces are downstairs, with... Read our full review of Biyukukung Suites and Spa.
If you can’t have a fabulous infinity pool at one of Ubud's five-star hotels, Bucu Guesthouse’s swimming pool is the next best thing. The two-level pool in the spacious garden is a thing of beauty; finished in mid-2016, it’s one of the best we’ve seen in Ubud at these prices. The pool, plus the friendly atmosphere at this well-located, family-run establishment, make Bucu Guesthouse a... Read our full review of Bucu Guesthouse.
Action-packed Jalan Monkey Forest hides many secrets behind its glass shopfronts, and Bumi Muwa, a terrific small boutique hotel, is one we’d like to share. Surrounded by a thick labyrinth of foliage, the modern double-storey block houses simple and stylish tiled air-con rooms. Woven rattan bedheads and furniture establish the tropical aesthetic and a cool stone coloured palette is... Read our full review of Bumi Muwa.
Super friendly with a lovely leafy cliffside outlook, D’Cliff House is located at the quite southern end of Jalan Goutama. Spacious bright rooms are light-filled and very clean, housed in a modern triple-storey structure built into the cliffside. Modern, simple wooden furnishings include a comfy bed, bedside tables and a small desk and clean latte-brown linen adds a bit of colour to the... Read our full review of D’Cliff House.
A step off vibrant Jalan Monkey Forest into the otherworldliness of Fibra Inn is like travelling into the gardens and compound of an ancient Balinese palace. Lush and layered are almost understatements: moss-covered carvings, ponds and dense vegetation — it’s rich and lavish. Squeezed amid the pavilions, statues and family home, two different styles of rooms are on offer: traditional and... Read our full review of Fibra Inn.
A friendly and fun-loving host, a flower-filled garden and a fetching swimming pool are all fine reasons for choosing Merthayasa 2 Bungalows. This terrific family-run hotel tucked into a quiet back lane of Jalan Hanoman offers a range of comfortable rooms from older style fan-cooled to newer modern and spacious fan or air-con rooms — the newer ones are better value. Double-storey modern... Read our full review of Merthayasa 2 Bungalows.
Narasoma Homestay perches alongside the river at the end of Gang Beji, a short lane leading off Jalan Monkey Forest near the football field. Homestay by name, it’s more like a small hotel — you won’t get the same feel for local family life as you will in some of the smaller places around Ubud. Narasoma Homestay’s focus is health and wellbeing, with a retreat centre as well as several... Read our full review of Narasoma Homestay.
Ubud is filled with clean tiled air-con boxes, which are mostly pleasantly comfortable places to stay, but often you could be anywhere in the world. If you would truly like to feel you are no place else but in Bali, Nirvana Pension may be what you’re looking for. This character-filled homestay is the antithesis of the glass and cement options, and if you have an interest in traditional arts... Read our full review of Nirvana Pension.
Smack in the middle of Jalan Hanoman, this central, friendly homestay has the advantage of an excellent rice paddy view. Unfortunately it's only from one room, however the other rooms don’t miss out entirely and look out to the small garden within the family compound. Traditionally styled exteriors with ornate wooden doors open to simple and spotless modern tiled interiors. Rooms are... Read our full review of Pangkung House.
In the heart of Jalan Monkey Forest, and home to one of Ubud’s well known families, Pondok Pundi Village Inn & Spa offers a range of charming and very comfortable rooms within the family compound stepping down a series of terraces to the riverside swimming pool. Entry is via an ornate traditional Balinese entrance gate, and it’s a promise of what’s to come as you wander past the family... Read our full review of Pondok Pundi Village Inn & Spa.
Walking into the immaculate family compound of Teja House, you feel it’s a little more special than most. The antique motorised pushbikes propped against the generous cane lounges are hints of the traditional, stylishly mixed with the modern. Teja House offers hotel-style comforts in air-con rooms with choices of either traditional or deluxe modern style built within the small family home.... Read our full review of Teja Homestay.
A few charming older-style homestays still exist in the back streets off Jalan Monkey Forest that have not yet given way to the brick and glass trend, and Rice Paddy Bungalows is one of the more charming and better maintained of these. This friendly family-run establishment offers a row of double-storey bungalows with brick and tiled rooms downstairs and breezy wood and bamboo rooms above.... Read our full review of Rice Paddy Bungalows.
Vibrant Jalan Goutama and the streets around Ubud market are chock full of small homestays. The popular, busy, but slightly noisy location is home to cute family-run Sudiana House, one of the better value picks in this lively central pocket. Choose from two traditional-styled or three modern-styled rooms within the family compound. Modest rooms are super clean and very comfortable. The... Read our full review of Sudiana House.
It’s getting increasingly difficult to find private rooms in Ubud for less than 200,000 rupiah, and the few on offer are mostly old and ill-kept, with the notable exception of Yumi House. In a small lane off Jalan Monkey Forest, this sweet homestay harbours a clean and simple brick duplex with comfortable budget rooms. The fan-cooled older-style tiled rooms offer a comfortable... Read our full review of Yumi House.
Increasing construction in recent years has turned Jalan Bisma from what was once a short, dead-end track to a now almost an entirely paved street. Commencing on Raya Ubud, Bisma juts south before veering left through a small valley and meeting the southern stretch of Monkey Forest Road. While not fully drivable by car, motorbikes can zip up and down. There’s still enough paddy and forest to get the fancy hotels (and their guests) excited and with the Tapes River to the east and Wos to the west, Bisma feels delightfully removed from the hubbub of downtown.
Bisma Eight is a 2015-opened property, making it one of Ubud’s newest higher-end offerings. Boasting chic modern rooms — with extravagant touches like hot tubs — in several low-rise buildings set atop a lush jungled valley, the hotel fits the bill for those with a taste for design and tranquility, with a little extra cash to spend. Make a wish. Your stay here begins with the staff handing... Read our full review of Bisma Eight.
Honeymoon Guesthouse is an Ubud institution that still ticks all the boxes, offering classically Balinese accommodation in a serene setting, plus a pool, spa and yoga classes. Chilling out, Bali style. When you enter the compound, you know you’re in Bali. Stone carvings and ornate woodwork abound in the well-kept tropical garden. The long-running, popular hotel has a variety of fan-cooled and... Read our full review of Honeymoon Guesthouse.
The traditional Balinese compound at Murni’s House is more than a small hotel — you are visiting a loved family home. This is the real deal and not some contrived imagined Bali, making it a wonderful introduction for those interested in the local culture. Graceful and passionate Ibu Murni is an Ubud icon. She is a pioneer of tourism in Bali, having opened one of the first restaurants in... Read our full review of Murni’s House.
Of the resort-style offerings on Jalan Bisma, Samhita Garden quietly stands out. A traditional Balinese gate leads to spotless grounds, beautifully manicured gardens and a clean enticing pool. The whole area is peaceful and well maintained. Deluxe rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean. The classic styling is a little bland, but not offensively so. Well appointed air-con rooms have... Read our full review of Samhita Garden.
Friendly and welcoming staff greet you on arrival at Moksha — it means a state of release from the cycle of death and rebirth in Hindu philosophy — where your stay in one of the tranquil rooms is likely to be an excellent one. Entry is via a modern open-air cafe beyond which you could believe you’re in the middle of nowhere, as a short path leads to a small inviting pool then continues... Read our full review of The Moksha .
Alam Terrace Cottages’ street-level reception area all but obscures some great jungle and pool views — the real drawcard of this place; a steep stone staircase leads to the hotel, built into the river escarpment below. Very friendly staff promise they will carry guests’ luggage. Lush jungle is everywhere. An attractive curtain of creepers hangs from the double and triple-storey cement... Read our full review of Alam Terrace Cottages.
We first spotted the guesthouse when we stopped for a juice at Bata Bata Warung — it was the largest sized fruit juice we’ve seen, served with a stick of crunchy fresh sugarcane. For 25,000 rupiah it alone is worth the stop. Ramshackle-y and lovely. A lotus pond borders the path behind the warung, with stepping stones through the pond leading to the bungalows. At each entrance is an open,... Read our full review of Bata Bata .
Riverside, secluded Villa Ubud Sunshine is a fabulous midrange spot from which to enjoy Ubud’s lush jungle views, from the spacious rooms or cliffside pool. On a lane off Jalan Bisma, head down some steep stairs to find two large double-storey brick buildings flanking a lush, slightly overgrown garden and good-sized turquoise pool. Rooms are divided up and down, and they are HUGE. If you’re... Read our full review of Villa Ubud Sunshine.
Jero di Bisma Hostel is a simple, no-frills but friendly hostel, offering comfortable beds in a six-bed air-con dorm set in a family compound. This simple no-frills option on a quiet lane was the friendliest we visited in the area. For 80,000 rupiah you get a clean, private pod in a dorm with an attached bathroom. The sturdy bunk-style pods are built as one horseshoe shaped unit. Beds have heavy... Read our full review of Jero di Bisma Hostel .
Rena House is a family-run guesthouse in the rice fields off Jalan Bisma with a mix of low and multi-storey options – go for the new three-storey modern block which houses large spotless rooms – and keep climbing those stairs for a better view! Breezy fan-cooled tiled rooms are minimally furnished. Ornate bedheads and modern geometric paintings compete with a bit of a mishmash of styles,... Read our full review of Rena House.
Leading off Jalan Raya Ubud and heading north, the streets gradually become more rural and village-like. We have concentrated our coverage over the area still a comfortable walking distance from town. Many options in this area tend to be family-run homestays crowded in to the family compound. Rates are often similar, but value can be vastly variable.
Worth the one kilometre walk from the main drag, Taman Bali Bungalows offers two cuter-than-cute wooden Joglo-style bungalows, positioned back to back in a long narrow garden edging the rice-fields (for now). You’ll want to be quick, as the air-con rooms are some of the best value in this part of Ubud. Invitingly strewn with flowers, and newly opened when we visited in late 2016, it looked... Read our full review of Taman Bali Bungalows.
This welcoming family homestay offers a range of budget options from an eight-bed dorm to private rooms, in a quiet street 300 metres from Ubud main road. The budget rooms are older, but newly spruced up and dorms and other private rooms were recently built when we dropped by in 2016. Set back in the family compound, the air-con dorm is one of the best value dorms we’ve seen in Ubud. It’s... Read our full review of I Gusti Nyoman Oka Homestay .
If your budget stretches to it, Joglo Tamansari offers a good deal for this part of Ubud. As the name suggests, two rows of traditional wooden joglos line koi-filled ponds, amid lush water plants and statues. They lead to a small but pretty infinity swimming pool overlooking the last of the rice paddies in the area and beyond to Gunung Agung. Rooms are charming, but small and due to the... Read our full review of Joglo Tamansari.
Ladybamboo Villas has a tremendously relaxing, homely style that invites you to take it easy and unwind. Tucked away in a quiet location at the end of a lane off Jalan Kajeng (the road with names in the cement), the hotel overlooks Mumbul River, yet is only 200 metres from Ubud Palace. Ladybamboo Villas is a little off the mark with their name, as villas is a misnome —two rows of... Read our full review of Ladybamboo Villas.
Bright, modern, super clean and colourful, Narendra Guest House is a delightful surprise, hidden behind a family compound, about a 10-minute walk to Ubud's main road. The guesthouse offers the comfort of a hotel, with the intimacy of a family homestay. Flower-covered creepers sway overhead along the path leading to the four smart air-con rooms built in a simple brick longhouse block.... Read our full review of Narendra Guest House.
One of the pleasures of Ubud is gazing at the (unfortunately no longer never-ending) rice fields, and The Samsara provides you a place to do this in upmarket style. A row of modern glass-fronted brick duplexes face a marvellous infinity lap-pool and enjoys a green rice-field view. Two villas with private pools are also available. The six rooms in this boutique hotel feature restrained modern... Read our full review of The Samara.
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