I work in hospitality and my intention of booking this hotel is to help the local students and at the same time enjoy a tranquil stay in basic accommodation.
The rooms itself is quite basic, decent bed, every room is as big as USD500 equivalent suite, nice shower but do not expect for bathtub. However, the major letdown in terms of facilities is none of the rooms comes with aircon. I am still inclined to agree that Westerners would love this hotel but Asian from tropical climate would find the an accommodation without air condition is challenging.
View from this hotel rooms are amazing: paddy field and an active volcano. Sunrise and sunset is mesmerizing. Checkout few photos that I took.
Service was world class, because this is training students that we are talking about and they are eager to prove themselves. From housekeeping turndown service/ make up service, room service, breakfast, arrival and departure experience was all nothing short of fantastic enthusiasm delivered by the students.
For the super low room rate, they still provide ala minute set meal basic western breakfast. A good start for the day and the tropical fruits served with natural yogurt was a very healthy option. My whole family of 12 really enjoyed the personalized service of breakfast and the quality of food.
Now the bumps about this hotel. This hotel is not that suitable if you are traveling in a big group or family. Because distance to UBUD town is quite a challenge and locating this hotel for the fist time was absolute nightmare. From the road side of Kg Payangan Road, you can't locate the signboard nor any building landmark of this hotel. Hence, DEAR TRAVELERS PLEASE DO NOT REACH THE HOTEL PAST DARK HOURS. Try to reach there while the driver that leading you there can clearly locate the school of SMK Kg Payangan then make an entry to the school so you will see this hotel at the back of the school. You will understand when you see my photos later. The hotel's management really have to improve the signage, lighting and arrival service assurance to all your guest who is placing their booking with you.
To all those travelers who are sick with corporate - city hectic life. You would find this place as a jewel. If you are on sabbatical leave then this place is made for you as you can interact with the students who will make you feel you are at home, the absolute peace at night with owl howling and the surrounding to give you the serenity needed in our dear life. Above that, if you will be staying for long like 2 -3 weeks, it would not hurt your pocket.
Hopefully my review would help to add more bookings and helping the poor local students to have a decent studies in their life.