Charming and friendly with a great pool
Veiled behind a rustic street-front cafe on busy Jalan Raya Semat, The Project Hostel oozes charm by the bucketload.
Cute Javanese wooden Joglo- and Gladak-style antique houses edge a terrific decent-sized pool which takes up most of the open grounds. The three four-bed, mixed, air-con dorms are smallish but plenty roomy enough that you won’t be tripping over each other. Sturdy wooden bunks are decked out with comfy thick mattresses and proper linen with sheets (including a top sheet), blankets and a fluffy pillow. Individual reading lamps and power sockets are provided as well as a lockable drawer under the bed although it will only fit your bag if you’re a light traveller.
Ensuite hot-water rain-shower bathrooms follow the same rustic styling and are clean, but our only issue is that the dividing wall doesn’t reach the ceiling, and could get er, intimate in the room. Also the top bunks have a bit of a view over the bathroom walls. Staff said this hadn’t been a point of contention as yet, (they had only been open seven months when we dropped by in February 2017) but mentioned that they may fix it before it becomes one.
The larger Joglo which accommodates two of the dorms, also harbours the main chill area with lounges, books and guitars. The swimming pool will have a bit of shade when the trees grow, but for now it looks cool and inviting regardless.
Entry and exit is via the “and Cafe” part of their name, which offers reasonably priced brekky, burgers and sandwiches, as well as some of the best coffee in Canggu made by the super-friendly staff. Stop by for a caffeine fix and a chat even if you’re not staying.
Staff can sort you with surfing lessons and motorbike rental as well as wise words on where to eat or get some ink (remember it lasts forever). The Project Hostel is not really a late party haunt, and they have a no music after 22:00 rule, also no drugs and “free sex” (we’re always surprised you have to say that in a dorm!), but it doesn’t mean it’s not fun — free hugs are offered in the same list of do’s and don’ts (and they sell beer!).
Positioned smack on a busy road may merit packing the ear plugs, but it’s a lot quieter at night and a 20-minute stroll will see you at the beach during the noisier daytime. If you’re keen on The Project Hostel, but they’re full try Elements B and B with a similar style in a quieter location near Jalan Nelayan, albeit with a few more bods in the dorm.
By Sally Arnold
Last updated on 15th March, 2017.
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