Authentic and tranquil
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 traditional style a tad dark, but the high ceiling along with the bright and colourful soft furnishings welcomes a sense of space and they don’t feel cramped.
Mosquito-netted beds are very comfortable, but lack bedside lighting. Wooden and pebbled floor hot-water bathrooms are also small and wet-style although clean and fresh smelling. We love the antique Javanese carved doors, each different from the other, adding to the authenticity of this appealing small but tranquil hotel.
The joglos are somewhat too close to each other, however furnished balconies provide bamboo blinds which offer a little privacy, but tend to cut out light. Unfortunately what were once rice-field views have been built out, and some rooms have a way-too-close brick-wall view, which could possibly be improved by foliage. If you have a bit more folding stuff, we’d suggest going for one of the pricier rooms — they are no different, just afford a better outlook, unless you plan to spend your time hanging out by the swimming pool, where the view is free.
The pool isn’t very shady, and you’ll have to get up early to grab one of the sun loungers, nor is it long enough for laps, but it’s plenty good enough for a refreshing dip after a long day sightseeing. WiFi and Indonesian or Western breakfast are included. Friendly staff speak good English and mentioned walk-in prices are negotiable, plus a quick check online offered good deals too.
Joglo Tamansari is a 10-minute walk down a narrow road from Ubud's main road. You may wish to get transport back at night as there are a few dogs in this street. If you love the joglo style and your budget is limited, try Taman Bali Bungalows. For roomier bungalows also with a pool, Suka’s House Bed and Breakfast on Jalan Suweta offers simple modern tiled rooms at a similar price.
Address: Jalan Sandat, Taman, Ubud
T: (0361) 479 2534;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º16'2.33" E, 8º30'13.04" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Limited view. Better view: 600,000 rupiah.
|400,000 rupiah||400,000 rupiah|
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