Clean simple flashpacker
Still being finished when we visited in June 2016, Melati Homestay 2 is the cleanest of the hotels along the lake’s edge — let’s hope it stays that way.
Housed in three double-roomed brick bungalows, and a large double-storey block that was still under construction, Melati Homestay 2 provides simple clean tiled rooms. Somewhat bland, they are little more than a place to lay your head, however the bed has a comfortable spring mattress that sports a frilly colourful cover, and the showers are hot.
As you go up the price range, rooms become larger, add more furniture and some entertain views across the fields to the lake. The largest room we saw provided a puffy couch, cushioned lounge chair, TV and coffee table, while others just have the bed and a hard wooden chair. When complete, the top floor rooms will have the best views, and will be your best bet. Tiled bathrooms are simple and clean, with a thin towel supplied.
Verandas face into the potplant-lined driveway, some providing a place to sit, and others unfurnished. The family who run the place are friendly, but English is limited. However, it may have been that the English speakers were not around when we visited, as at Melati Homestay 1, their sister property, the communication was fine. Breakfast is included, but they currently have no WiFi. For an extra 50,000 rupiah, the standard rooms here offer better value than the backpacker hotels along Jalan Kebun Raya. Melati Homestay 2 is one and a half kilometres along the road north from Pura Ulun Danau Bratan, and it would make a pleasant stroll along the lakes edge to the temple.
Address: Jalan Denpasar-Singajara, Bedugul
T: (0852) 05282383; (0813) 37407581;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º9'55.75" E, 8º15'49.54" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||200,000 rupiah||200,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room||350,000 rupiah||350,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room||400,000 rupiah||400,000 rupiah|
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