There are plenty of lodging options to choose from when you’re visiting Ubud. Because of the exchange rate, most travelers can afford nice accommodations for a modest price. Champagne on a beer budget IS possible here, so drink up.
Hotel vs. Airbnb in Bali
I was traveling with a female friend. That meant two female travelers, alone in a foreign country on the other side of the world. Our logic was better safe than sorry. Actually, that was my dad’s logic when he begged me to get a hotel.
We listened to his wise words and opted for the security a hotel provides. A large staff and guests in neighboring rooms offered peace of mind.
Anumana Ubud Hotel
We booked the Anumana Ubud Hotel and loved our stay. You can choose a regular room, lagoon access or a private plunge pool. We used the Booking.com app and got a deal on a room with a private plunge pool.
If this sounds like an ad already, it’s not. Nobody is paying me to write this. Booking.com is a travel tip I’ll write about in more detail later. Let’s go on…
With lagoon access, you can get into the main pool straight from your room. The private plunge pool rooms feature a small swimming pool on the patio, overlooking the main pool. We had no regrets with our choice.
Waking up to this view every morning was a dream.
We asked for two full beds, but you can opt for one queen size bed. The bathroom had a rain shower, a large vanity and plenty of space to get changed.
The air conditioning was strong and we had no problems with bugs. The decor was traditional Balinese. There was a TV but we didn’t use it because why would we.
Breakfast was made to order on weekdays and buffet style on the weekends. I wasn’t a huge fan of the buffet. So if you want to eat off the property for breakfast, Saturday and Sunday are your days to explore other options.
The hotel staff also provided several fresh bottles of water in the room per day, which is necessary in Indonesia. The tap water isn’t safe to drink. We even brushed our teeth with bottled water.
The Staff and Service
The staff members were incredibly friendly and welcoming. They just seemed like genuinely happy people. They went out of their way to be helpful.
They made dinner reservations for us at a restaurant downtown, booked a private driver to tour Ubud and arranged our airport transportation. (Airport transportation costs extra, but it’s reasonable.)
For our tour with a private driver, they stocked the van with umbrellas and a cooler filled with water. Thoughtful details that we appreciated.
The hotel is about 5-7 minutes drive to downtown, and they offer a free shuttle service every two hours.
It’s located on a safe and busy street so there are places you can walk to nearby. Habitat Cafe across the street was one of our favorite restaurants in Ubud. We went there twice during our stay.
The Monkey Forest is next door, so you can easily walk there. This also means you may wake up to a monkey on your balcony. They like to venture over to Anumana.
If the hotel shuttle isn’t running when you’d like to go downtown, jump on the free Monkey Forest shuttle. You don’t have to be visiting the actual Monkey Forest to use the shuttle. This was a convenient hack we used several times.
I cannot recommend Anumana Ubud Hotel enough. We used Booking.com to get a good deal, so it may be worth doing the same. If you go, say hi to a monkey for me.
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