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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Spent one month here, and, unlike some Bali budget hotels, Melati has ceiling fans, hot running water (all day), large, airy, sun filled rooms (only 2-3 have A/c), and property is in the midst of rice fields... so, quiet (unless loud crickets, frogs and geckos keep you up!), surrounded by noises of nature.... Many guests are annual visitors for extended periods, which is an endorsement in itself... Pool is clean and nice... This is top of the line for a budget hotel, if you negotiate a budget price....

The good: Rooms are huge and light filled, scattered in 2 story cottages throughout the property, some much nicer than others… included breakfast, with hot water, tea, coffee and hot items, available before schedule 29/30 days -unusual for SE Asia- and, though carb heavy if you aren't into cholesterol (choices are tropical fruits, fruit stuffed crepes and eggs), filling and delicious.... If you like eggs, you'll be in omelet heaven (or so I was told), but otherwise, you may be a little protein starved.... coffee is Bali coffee, not bad but a lot of grounds. If you love tea, bring your own, they have only black and green.... other good meals available at reasonable prices... Melati has hot water in the showers/tub all day, toilet paper, bum spray wash and toilets that don't overflow if you put in TP. Staff friendly and helpful, make you feel like one of the family... Some are so friendly and share so readily, that you will learn more about their culture than you can imagine.... Quiet, safe setting, rice paddies to look out on, and fireflies at night! Mosquito nets over all beds (which are essential, as second floor rooms are open air), coils and plug in deterrents provided....


The bad: to call the Wi-Fi spotty would be a compliment, though not so atypical for SE Asia. It’s available only in one or two rooms, the lounge and dining room. And forget Skype- about 1/5 tries will get you a connection for any length of time... Lighting in room is pretty marginal for reading, you’ll need your own light.
if you use any of the hotel recommended providers (drivers, motorbike rental, etc), you'll be safe, comfortable and well taken care of, but you'll pay through the nose, 35-100% over the local going rates... The hotel is a solid 30 minute walk from Ubud town - that means quiet and pastoral... location is in a gringo enclave - friendly stores and restaurants with English speaking staff (=safe to eat anything, yummy but at least 2x local price), yoga studio, batik studio/school .... But to get to town, expect either to add Taxi fare of minimum 40,000 rupiah RT (around 9700R/US1.00$) if you're a hard bargainer- otherwise could be 100,000 RT) or 40 minutes walk EACH WAY (downhill going, uphill return) on uneven sidewalks with potholes and treacherous, narrow hairpins turns... Ended up using the same pool towel for over 2 weeks, as they were often out of towels, and I chose to keep mine rather than go without.... one in our party had holes in mosquito net, and despite several requests, net was never mended, and by week one end, he looked like an advertisement for mosquito repellent.... If you have ANYTHING remotely edible, you must have TUPPERWARE (available at nearby Bintang supermarket) or you'll have munching visitors....

The Ugly: Though your belongings will be safe until day of departure, be careful on the last day... no matter how you tip, on the last day, be sure your stuff is secured... Check out morning, I had several items still to put in my carry on (left on my bed) when I went to breakfast the last morning- they all disappeared permanently.
The driver who hangs around the hotel and is always willing to drive, is helpful, extremely knowledgeable, and knows how to push the envelope on all the angles... prepare to be pushed to the breaking point...you'll be safe, reliably transported, discover the best sites of Bali, but you might as well hook up a vacuum hose to your wallet.

Bottom line, for a long stay, Melati is worth the tradeoffs... you'll have enough savvy to thrive here, and come to love the back paths to Bintang, and walks to nearby villages, etc.... but if you've only a few days, inconvenient location may be a deal killer...

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Wonderfully kind hearted staff who instantly became our friends. We felt so at home here. Great buffet breakfast each morning. Great size pool for swimming laps. Super quiet rooms, so nice to be tucked away from the main road. The rooms are simple and clean, not super to class fancy, but this is not what we came to Bali for. Melati is one of the original hotels in this area, you can see it's age, but this is all part of it's charm. We look forward to the day when we can return. 15 minute walk to centre or Ubud, lovely to retreat back here after the business of Ubud. Wonderful rice paddy field walks behind Melati.

Room Tip: Room 21 was quiet and over looks the ricefield and yoga/meditation hall. We didn't use the balcony much as it faces a wall – nicer to sit by the pool. Bathroom functions well, don't be put off by slightly run down appearance. You don't need a fancy bathroom here. No AC but the fan was enough. Rooms are essentially open, the walls are open towards the ceiling. Has a king sized bed plus a single bed.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank CatherineAdam2014
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Mostly I write to thank the lovely staff….But Melati is an incredibly beautiful and peaceful place to stay….Everyone is helpful and makes you feel like part of a big extended family….The grounds are gorgeous and the rooms very comfy….Thanks and see you soon!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank travelwide108
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Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

Located just outside of Ubud, which is actually a bit of a relief from the busyness. You can however walk to the centre of Ubud in about 10-15 minutes (or it's just a few minutes in a cheap taxi). There are some cafés and shops nearby if you didn't want to go to the centre each day.

The rooms are clean, large and have a sense of character which fit well with the surrounding rice fields.

Staff are friendly and hospitable. Breakfast is good. I arranged an airport pick up with them which was convenient and good value.

I booked my transport to the Gili Islands with them through convenience and limited time to sort it out in town. However, there is a significant mark-up.... So it's best to book this elsewhere if you're heading that way.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
Thank Michelle J
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

As a solo traveler I spent about a week and a half at Melati Cottages this February. From the location (Penestanan so a little quieter than the hustle of Ubud but close enough to walk to the city center) to the staff (I don't want to leave them) to the room (clean, private, spacious) it was just all fantastic.

I treated Melati as a home base while I explored the island. Nights I was gone from my room I just let them know and they charged me half price.

Oh and one more perk is a great breakfast served every morning! I will absolutely be staying here next time in the Ubud area.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank errose
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