Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Where to stay in Ubud – accommodation types: Same as in many other countries, accommodations listed as hostels are sometimes not really “hostels“. It seems to be a trend to call homestays “hostel”. Truth is, naming a place “hostel” does not make it one. Pay attention when you try to choose a place to stay.
Yet, since you are here already, this guide will help you!
Quality of Hostels: You can find super cool, instagrammy hostels all around Ubud, Canggu and Bali. The quality is quite high when chosen wisely. Most hostels in this part of the world are relatively small.
Party Hostels: Ubud is not really about partying. If you are in Bali to party hard, then better stay in the area of Canggu. There you’ll find a bunch of surf and party hostels in Canggu. Jump to the party hostel section.
The main difference to Pillow Inn (our #2 below) is the vibe and design. Arya Wellness Retreat is really more a Boutique Hostel with a resort-vibe – in a good way!
Arya Wellness Retreat is the perfect balance for a healthy, eco-friendly and social stay with a beautiful chic and boho decor style.
I make it sound like you could not mingle here…no, no, this is also a social hostel, fantastic to meet people. In fact, many travellers spend here more nights than in the other ones. You can really bond with your fellow travelers, explore Ubud, share Yoga sessions, you name it.
If you are a slow-traveler like me, you will love this place.
What about the location? Arya is located in the heart of Ubud, only a few steps from the main attractions, shops and restaurants. Here you would not even need to rent a scooter. Yet, it still helps to explore the area.
Arya Wellness Retreat is the best choice for:
Everyone looking for a retreat and explore Ubud slowly
There’s also a garden with reading corner and books, hammock and rooftop bar where you can enjoy palm tree views and beautiful sunsets.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available in the restaurant, and all guests receive a 10% discount on the food menu.
If you’re keen to get out, the local nightlife, restaurants and attractions are all within walking distanc from our favorite Ubud hostel. It’s only a 15 min walk to the famous Monkey forest and Campuhan Ridge walk, the palace, market, galleries and many other attractions.
Note: ask about airport pick ups and scooter hire.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel in Bali and Ubud out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. or maybe it is dirty…there’s a lot of cool hostels, but there is even more mediocre ones. When you pay less, you get less, for instance there is no breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city centre costs you more in transport.
In Ubud you will most likely rent a motorbike anyways; it almost does not matter where you stay in Ubud. Just a pick one which fits your style!
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget ergo backpacking Ubud, and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Ubud.
The Ubud town and area is known as a center for traditional crafts, dances and culture. We would state, Ubud is the cultural hub of Bali. The surrounding rainforest and the famous terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are what makes this scenery so famous.
We were not kidding when we said, Ubud is the Instagram part of Bali.
That being said, for having a crazy Bali Island Party, head over to Canggu or Gili Trawangan, Lombok and stay there in a cool place.
Make sure you read our guide to best hostels in Canggu. Here we compare party hostels, surf places and even a 5 Star Hostel.
Here you can find also crazy bars to go wild.
That does not mean however that Ubud is boring and yoga only. For meeting cool people and have an amazing time, stay at Pillow Inn Ubud.
You can always meet people at the pool and head out with your fellow hostel mates to explore the amazing scenery around. The hostel also organizes pool parties!
Are you tired of us talking all about hostel hostel hostel? Well, that is our job! We make sure that you only have the best hostel to stay in while in Ubud, the one that you will consider to call a certified backpackers house.
We have provided our favorite hostels but if you are looking for more, here it is!
Green Paddy Hostel & Villa
Sunshine Vintage House
Ubud Rice Field House
Puji Hostel Ubud
The Onion Collective
Just remember that we always recommend staying at hostels instead of Ubud Bali hotels because it is more affordable. Ubud hotels also have a good reputation but Ubud Bali hostels are worth a try!
Update: Arya Monkey Forest is now called Kuna Bali. Before that is was named Arya Hostel Ubud. Do not get confused with the names please. It is still the same hostel with same location. We keep this guide as up to date as we can.
Kuna Bali is a little oasis hostel hidden in a very peaceful and quiet street just behind Monkey Forest Sanctuary.
Staff go extra mile with their service. Guests appreciate the small details like remembering their names and what they do. Cool, right?
The place is spotless and very clean. Swimming pool is also a great place to meet other fellow travelers.
24 Hour Reception and Security
Housekeeping – it is so clean!
Tours and Travel Desk you should consult for their fun tours
What about the location?
Very central! Remember, Ubud is quite spread out. The center itself is quite small though.
You are a 15 minutes walk away from the beautiful Ubud Palace and a 10 minutes bike ride from Monkey Forest Ubud. Please check our handmade map for the locations.
You can rent a bike as well as motorbike at Kuna Bali, too. Highlight recommended. But, please wear a helmet and drive carefully. Enough travelers get hurt driving a scooter; try not to be one of them.
It has amazing chilled atmosphere! Lovely view from the pool that is so perfect for relaxation.
Want explore Ubud and feel the culture heritage site of Ubud, such as Ubud Market, Ubud Palace, Goa Gajah Temple, and Rice terrace? The hostel staff will be glad to assist you to explore it.
Staff are indeed so helpful with assisting backpackers to plan adventure. They offer services which would let you save money!
Location: Green Paddy Hostel & Villa is situated in Ubud, 1.2 km from Elephant Cave. Ubud Monkey Forest is 1.7 km from Green Paddy Hostel & Villa, while Ubud Market is 1.9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport, 28 km from Green Paddy Hostel & Villa.
Want to stay away from the busy streets? Ubud Rice Field House is a good place to stay. Gorgeous hostel in the rice fields of Ubud.
If you are into yoga, there are yoga classes nearby that you can try. The hostel has relaxed atmosphere so it is indeed an ideal place to be if you want to chill and relax.
24 Hour Security
Location: Situated 5 minutes by walk from Ubud main street. The Ubud Rice Field Hostel is 4.76 km away from Ubud Palace, 5.86 km away from Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, 2 km away from Alila Ubud Gallery. The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport which is 32 km away.
All we can say is that the view is astonishing! Puji Hostel Ubud offers a very relaxing atmosphere for backpackers who wish to chill in Ubud.
The nature is all you can hear especially at night. We think it is a good value for money.
The only downside is that there is no common area to mingle and meet new travelers so this hostel suited groups of travelers and families.
Spa and wellness centre
Location: Located in Ubud, 500 m from Saraswati Temple. It is 2.3 km away from Legong Dormitory Backpacker Ubud Bali and 2.9 km away from Hostel Bali Backpackers. The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport, 38 km from the Puji Hostel Ubud Bali.
The Onion Collective (community space, luxurious rooms)
The Onion Collective is not just a hostel, it’s a work space for digital nomads and a “chill temple” for all travellers alike. It is not really a backpackers hostel in Bali, but certainly one to have a great time. I would say, if you are “only” traveling and not working, there is better hostels in Ubud to mingle.
Here you have everything you need for an awesome Ubud hostel experience:
14 Things you need to know before traveling to Ubud, Bali
First time we arrived in Bali, we were overwhelmed. No kidding!
There is a lot of stuff nobody tells you when sharing these amazing instagram photos and drone footage.
We were lucky enough to have traveled to Bali a second time. And once we had our expectations set right, we fell in love. Here is our 14 best tips and things you need to know before going to Ubud and Bali in general.
1. Pack a Sarong
Of course you want to visit many temples around Bali. The Balinese temples are gorgeous and for sure, one of the highlights; no doubt.
The first time traveling to Bali, I was a bit confused about the Airport.
The actual Airport is called “Ngurah Rai International Airport”. The Airport is in Denpasar, officially. But actually, the Airport is in the South-East, directly near Kuta, Bali.
Anyways, keep this in mind. There is one official international airport in Bali. When arriving late at night, I recommend staying in Kuta.
Check here our best hostel in Kuta, the Bread&Jam Hostel. That brings us to the next point…
3. Kuta will be your first stop in Bali
We planned to first stay in Kuta, Bali and take it from there.
That was a great decision for starting our backpacking in Bali and Ubud.
We walked from the Airport to Bread&Jam Hostel, which is an easy 25-30 minutes walk.
This way we skipped the way-too-overpriced Taxi Scams at the Airport. Keep on reading why we did not use Grab or Uber at that point.
Kuta is not very popular. And it is said, it is not safe at night, since people get robbed by passing scooters. This robbery is unfortunately very common. It happened to two fellow hostel mates – although they had been warned.
It happens when you walk with your Smartphone in your hand. A scooter will approach you from behind and snatch your phone and drive away.
That being said, we never heard any story like this in Ubud!
4. Corrupt Police
Another unfortunate thing abut Bali: the corrupt police!
Especially the area around Denpasar is known for being a hot spot for corrupt police.
So, what happens?
The police will stop any motorbike with a foreigner. Even if you have your international drivers license, they will tell you it is still illegal etc.
What to do when the police stop you?
Keep only a small amount of money in your wallet – like $2-$5 in Indonesian Rupiah. Indonesian Rupiah is the official currency in Bali.
If they want to charge you, just let them know that is all money you have. It is very likely they take the bribe money and let you move on.
5. Grab, Go Jek Uber (and Taxi Mafia in Bali)
From corrupt police to the famous taxi mafia in Bali.
What if I told you, an Uber driver wanted to fight with me?!
Okay, I will start at the beginning.
The services Grab, Go Jek Uber are very difficult to get a hold of in Bali. The different areas and villages are divided between different Taxi Clans. They share their territory.
They literally hate UBER and Grab – and there are even stories where Taxi drivers hunt down Uber and Grab drivers to beat them up. Not a fun story, unfortunately! The internet is full of these stories, and it happened to many hostel mates too.
There are certain areas you can use the service, but we could not find out how exactly it works.
Back to my story: We were outside of Ubu and ordered an UBER. The third UBER we ordered actually came. The guy pulled up and asked me to cancel the reservation on UBER.
I asked him: “Why?”
He said: “I cannot drive with the smartphone. If someone sees me on the phone, taxis will know I am an UBER and I have a big problem.”
And then it started. He suddenly said a price 3 times higher than it was shown by UBER: I was upset that he played us and when I asked him “Do you do this every time?!“, he asked me if I wanted to fight and showed his fists.
No, thank you! I have zero interest in a fist fight. He left, we walked.
Another overwhelming thing you have to know about Bali: The traffic is insane!
Driving 10km can take you a whopping 30 minutes. Even with a motorbike.
The infrastructure ergo the streets are not prepared for so many cars, and they is only 1 line. So even if you are driving on a scooter, you cannot pass the cars since there is no space.
Plan accordingly and plan 3 times the time you would actually need.
Good to know as well: Many tour agencies and hotels realized foreigners love to be driven around. So they’ve got their own car to drive tourists around. The result: You have very long and wide SUVs and mini Vans driving with 3 people inside; the driver and two tourists.
Sometimes, this was ridiculous. Anyway, keep this in mind.
7. The Visa Issue
Make sure you check our visa properly when visiting.
Many countries receive a VISA when entering the country. This can be a 30 days visa, for instance.
Have a close look on the expiration date of your visa. We did not have a look and that was a mistake. The day you enter and the day you leave already count. And well, we miscalculated. We booked our flight too late, and overstayed our visa for 1 day.
We had to pay a fine of $30 and that was it; no other consequences.
However, I’d have preferred to spend these $30 in a different way.
8. Visiting Temples and Ceremonies
You will find many beautiful temples all over Bali; from Uluwatu Temple to Saraswati Temple. There are endless temples to visit.
The most famous temples are dotted around the area, actually.
The most famous temples in Bali are:
Uluwatu Temple in Uluwatu
Besakih Temple in Karangasem
Goa Gajah Ubud in Central Bali
Gunung Kawi Temple in the Northeast of Ubud
Tirta Empul Temple in Gianyar, Central Bali
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bedugul, Tabanan
Lempuyang Temple in East Bali
Taman Ayun Temple in Ubud
Pura Taman Saraswati Temple in Ubud
We want to highlight Tirta Empul. The Tirta Empul Temple (meaning “holy water spring”) is one of the most popular holy mountain springs, north of Tampaksiring, near Ubud.
You can visit this temple and actually enter the water to pray.
Quite a unique experience!
9. The Instagram Bali
It may sound we do not like Bali or Ubud, but we do. We love it, seriously!
And yes, the Instagram Bali does exists! We just think it is helpful to know Bali is not only Drone Shoots, Avocados Smoothies and Coconut Bowls.
We found this cool video on instagram spots and cafés in Bali.
You do not have to take this video too seriously. It is very “instagrammy”, “influencer-like” etc.
For the regular person and visitor that just wants to discover the beauty, scroll past the video.
In the Spanish language you say “mono” when something or someone is very cute. “Mono” means cute, but also “monkey”.
While the Spanish language considers Monkey a synonym for being cute, the Monkeys in the Monkey Forest are definitely not “mono”.
We actually do not want to use any swear words, but a solid 95% of the monkeys here are actually…not nice!
They steal, they scratch, they pee on you…many monkeys in the famous Ubud Monkey Forest are trained to steal your glasses or ring for instance. Then you have to pay to a guide a small amount and “he organizes” that you get your belongings back.
Also, when the monkey scratches you, you will need some medical attention. Maybe even an extra vaccination.
Our recommendation: Drive pass the Monkey Forest, have a look at the monkeys sitting at the entrance of this sight, and move on. Save the entrance fee (IDR ±50.000 / person) and invest your money in something more fun and cool.
Here is a great video showing the monkey forest in action.
11. Healthy Restaurants and Food
Especially in Ubud you can eat very very healthy and super tasty food.
For Vegetarians and Vegans, Ubud is a serious paradise. On every corner you find amazing places offering fresh local food.
Here is a list of our favorite restaurants and cafés in Ubud.
Restaurants in Ubud we like:
The Onion Collective
Cafés in Ubud we like:
Seniman Coffee Studio
Monkey Cave Espresso
12. Lazy Day at the Pool – Offers
Would you like to spoil yourself?
You do not need to stay in an expensive resort to enjoy it. Many resorts offer a “Lazy Day at the pool”.
It means basically you pay an entrance fee and you have access to the swimming pool and exclusive resort area. Keep an eye out for different offers. We could not find any website listing these places.
This is a super cool way to get the VIP Pool Experience in Bali without breaking the bank.
13. Party and Party and Party
Besides Ubud, you also have the huge party scene in Bali. We already mentioned this in the section Party Hostels.
The big party area in Bali is around Semiyak and Canggu. You will find big party pubs and clubs at the beaches.
Especially Australian travelers are known for going wild in Bali. There are all kinds of stuff going on. The bar “Old Man’s” is one of most famous bars. Here you can have a drink with surfers, bloggers, digital nomads and party people.
That brings us to the next point…
14. Drunk Scooter Driving
Unfortunately this is a common problem in Bali: People drink and drive home with their scooter.
We have heard of many serious injuries; from people losing fingers or worse because either they drove drunk on their own or have been hit by another drunk driver.
We do not mean to scare you at all. Absolutely not! We just think you should be aware of this problem.
Many drunk drivers also end up in the rice fields. It can happen that a mud covered motorbike and driver passes you.
You are old enough to travel, so you are old enough to use your own judgement.
Not all hostels in Ubud are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Ubud. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
What are the best hostels in Ubud?
You can find the best Ubud hostels in this article!
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