Let me begin this review by stating that the front of this hotel (and hence the actual reception area) is still being built, so don't judge this book by its cover.
This hotel was an excellent choice in the heart of Ubud. First, the staff are very friendly, and I mean that in a genuine fashion. They help with anything they can, and aren't trying to push tours etc on you. For example, we were advised to take a tour from somewhere across the street since it was cheaper than the rate the hotel was able to offer.
The breakfast each morning was fabulous (american or balinese). The rooms are very big, and actually consist of a bedroom and I guess something of a sunroom, which we mainly used for breakfast in the morning. The beds are comfy, everything is clean, modern, and well-cared for. The grounds feel like you're living in a beautiful temple, and the pool is gorgeous and fun to swim in.
Locationwise, you're right on Monkey forest road, which means the monkey forest is less than 5 mins walk down the hill (watch out, I almost got pee-ed on by a monkey on a branch above me! do take care not to get scratched or bitten, there's apparently a rabies problem going around with stray dogs in Bali, I don't know if it's affected the monkeys but I personally wouldn't allow the monkeys to climb all over me or my kids as many people were doing). And the Ubud Palace is about 15 mins walk up the hill, where you can catch some great dance performances at night. The Legong dance we saw there was nice, but after that the Barong seemed very similar. We heard the Kecak is good, but didn't manage to catch it.
All in all, we weren't disappointed in this hotel!
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