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Pool, pod dorms and smart privates

3 Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak T: (0361) 474 1966


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Located near the funky shops and hip cafes of Seminyak’s Eat Street, or Jalan Kayu Aya, Umahku offers six- and eight-bed mixed pod-style dorms and good-value private rooms set above a street-front cafe. This serves as the main communal area for the hostel, along with a neighbouring restaurant with swimming pool.

Solid metal-framed purpose-built pods were showing signs of wear and lack of maintenance when we stopped by in June 2017—several folding laptop tables within the pods had broken off. Rooms however are spacious and clean, and each cosy curtained pod supplies individual lighting, power sockets, decent mattresses and clean linen, including a blanket for when the air-con gets too chilly. Large lockers are plenty roomy for long-haul travellers.

A common area nook.

A common area nook. Photo: Sally Arnold

Share bathrooms offer lovely open-air style hot-water rainfall showers with toilets in a separate cubicle, but it’s BYO towel.

Sitting above adjoining Fat Buddha Restaurant, smart private rooms are more like a stylish guesthouse than a room in a hostel, and open to a pleasant furnished communal lounge. Good-sized and bright air-con interiors are graced with wooden floors and fresh dark green feature walls add a dash of flair. Modern whitewashed wooden furniture is stylish and practical with ample storage and desk space. Comfy beds offer clean linen smartened with runners and cushions. Amenities include TV with DVD player, minibar and safe. Ensuite hot-water bathrooms are basic but spotless and provide tubs.

One of the smart private rooms.

One of the smart private rooms. Photo: Sally Arnold

Umahku cafe is enclosed within a small courtyard garden, offering lounging areas and mingling nooks for travellers and a decent coffee too (you don’t have to eat if you just want to hangout). The sun lounges around the small kidney-shaped pool were where most travellers were hanging out. Besides the pool, you can also have a game of pool of the billiards variety and the hostel offers bikes for hire too. Even though the signboard says Bed and Breakfast, breakfast is available at an additional charge.

Umahku’s private rooms are terrific, but if you’re after a smarter dorm, consider Kosta Hostel, although it's a bit pricier and a little further out. If you really want to save a dollar, M Boutique Hostel is a popular fun hostel with a pool, but you’ll be sharing with over 40 bods in the pod dorm. For a private room on a budget, Inada Losman offers old-school bare-bones basic fan rooms and a hot shower for not much more than a dorm bed.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
135,000 rupiah
135,000 rupiah
6- and 8-bed mixed dorm. No towel.
Dbl air-con private bathroom
400,000 rupiah
400,000 rupiah
No breakfast.
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 135,000 rupiah, high season 135,000 rupiah. Notes: 6- and 8-bed mixed dorm. No towel.
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 400,000 rupiah, high season 400,000 rupiah. Notes: No breakfast.

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Where is Umahku

3 Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak
T: (0361) 474 1966
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º9'51.44" E, 8º41'2.25" S
Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

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