Photo: The views are not too horrible.

Tegal Sari

Excellent value at every price

Jalan Hanoman, Padang Tegal, Ubud T: (0361) 973 318

Tegal Sari

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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.

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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 in the know (that’s you) and are an absolute bargain. The smaller room is fan-cooled and along with a comfy bed offers a mini built-in desk and lounge and a tiny ensuite hot-water bathroom. Everything is spotless, and the view from the narrow balcony is terrific—perfect to let your hair down. Do be warned that there’s an external staircase spiralling around the building with lots of stairs. The other tower room (in the same building) is split over two levels: an air-con bedroom in one, and a spacious bathroom in the other, however to enter the bathroom you have to go outside and down the stairs, which is not ideal on a rainy night.

Watch out for monkeys. Okay no, not really.

Watch out for monkeys. Okay no, not really. Photo: Sally Arnold

Glass-fronted air-con superior rooms sit comfortably within the flashpacker budget too and again are excellent value. Housed in a double-storey block with wide verandas and balconies for enjoying the views, the rooms are spacious and airy while furnishings are stylish and comfortable. Bathrooms have tubs too.

As you move up the price scale, rooms increase in amenities, space and style. We love the midrange wooden bungalows with mosquito netted four-poster beds and wide furnished balconies, and the older style (but very well maintained) duplex room, with a semi-outdoor Jacuzzi.

One of two pools at Tegal Sari.

One of two pools at Tegal Sari. Photo: Sally Arnold

A modern four-storey block accommodates the newer luxury villas and suites, some with private swimming pools and mini-kitchens. All rooms excluding the smallest tower room are air-con, and minibars and free WiFi are standards throughout. Moving up the pecking order adds safes, hairdryers, coffee- and tea-making facilities, TVs, plus more furnishings and creature comforts.

Room rates do not include breakfast but there are two on-site restaurants to choose from as well as a plethora of nearby eateries. Tegal Sari has two swimming pools: an older shaded pool edging the rice field bookended by an outdoor gym and an open-air massage pavilion, and a newer rooftop pool in the modern block offering sweeping views and shadowed by a yoga pavilion.

Yet another option.

Yet another option. Photo: Sally Arnold

Opportunities for cycling and walking tours and cooking classes are offered at reasonable rates. Along with the top rooms and tranquil ambience, the genuine friendly service makes Tegal Sari an all-round winner. The only downside is that the secret is out: You’ll have to book well in advance to score a room. Tegal Sari has two entrances, the main one of Jalan Hanoman, south of the turnoff to Jalan Monkey Forest, and one on Jalan Monkey Forest itself.

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Walk-in rates at Tegal Sari

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Superior double room
300,000 rupiah
400,000 rupiah
Deluxe double room
500,000 rupiah
600,000 rupiah
1,300,000 rupiah
1,400,000 rupiah
Room: Superior double room, low season: 300,000 rupiah, high season 400,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 500,000 rupiah, high season 600,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Suite, low season: 1,300,000 rupiah, high season 1,400,000 rupiah. Notes:

Where is Tegal Sari

Tegal Sari
Jalan Hanoman, Padang Tegal, Ubud
T: (0361) 973 318
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º15'44.28" E, 8º31'13.8" S
Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp

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