Prepare yourself, as you’re about to discover crystal clear swimming pools, on-site bars and spacious dorm rooms. All within some of the top hostels in Bali!
Backpacking Ubud is affordable and your are surrounded by gorgeous rain forests and rice paddies.
Ubud is located in the center of Bali Island. It stands for rice paddies, yogies, yoga retreats, instagrammy shots and healthy life style.
It’s the all time destination for solo travellers, couples and backpackers.
This Hostels guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We even included 14 things you should know before traveling to Bali – so you won’t feel disappointed or underwhelmed.
Looking for 5 Star Hostels? Sadly we don’t yet have one here.
In this Hostels in Ubud guide you’ll find:
- Introduction to Ubud Hostels
- 3 Best Hostel in Ubud
- Best Hostels for Solo Travellers
- Cheap Hostels in Ubud
- Party Hostels in Ubud and Bali
- Promo codes
- 14 Things you need to know BEFORE traveling to Ubud
- Map with Hostels + TOP Sights
- Flights to Ubud
Obviously, this list includes the best hostels in Bali. We are working as well on a big guide to best hostels in Canggu.
Quick Introduction to Ubud Hostels
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 4.50€ up to 12€ per night. A private room in a hostel in Ubud starts from 12€ up to 50€ per night.
Hostels in Ubud and Bali can be quite cheap when choosing dorms. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays.
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.
Here’s our guide to what is a hostel?
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.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- How to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Ubud are…
Swimming costume at the ready? Let’s dive in and discover our selected awesome Ubud hostels:
- Pillow Inn – perfect for female solo travellers
2. The Onion Collective – excellent for digital nomads
3. Inn Between – top pick for solo travellers
1. Pillow Inn (rooftop pool, bar + daily yoga)
Pillow Inn is a one of a kind hostel in Ubud, designed with a new generation of travellers in mind.
It’s the small details that usually deliver big wins, yet Pillow Inn offers both small and big.
We love the Pillow Inn Motto:
We are not selling the beds! We are selling the vibe, the atmosphere, you are part of our Pillow Gang family. This is your home far away from home!
More about the beds then. Each pod comes with a curtain, safety box, mirror and reading lamp.
There’s even a big locker underneath the bed so everything is tucked away nicely.
Female solo travellers should definitely opt for the 12-bed female only option. All dorms come with an en-suite!
What about those social vibes? Consider the…
- Rooftop bar + 2 swimming pools
- Free daily Yoga every day
- Bla Bla Bla restaurant on-site
- Movie & Pizza evenings
- Beer Pong competitions
- Pool games
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.
Pillow Inn is the coolest hostel Ubud for:
- Female solo travellers
- Social butterflies
2. 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.
Here you have everything you need for an awesome Ubud hostel experience:
- Homestay w/ shared + private rooms
- Asian-fusion restaurant
- Swimming pool
- Passion Lab workspace
Note: The Onion Collective can only be booked on Airbnb. Follow the link below to get 35€ discount! Here’s a guide on how to use Airbnb.
You can find all the other accommodations on this list on Hostelworld and Booking.com.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Airbnb
The rooms certainly stand out with their light, spacious design and homely vibe.
Couples will certainly love the HUGE private rooms. Seriously, they’re a slice of Bali paradise.
Choose also between ladies dorm, mixed queen-sized bed dorms and what they call a ‘pool shack’. Yep, it’s right by the pool!
Don’t just be a guest, become a part of The Onion Collective tribe.
This is THE place for digital nomads to gather, get inspired and share their passion.
There are often inspiring talks happening here, alongside live music on Sunday and Tarot Nights on Tuesdays.
Psst! You might get lucky and enjoy one of the spontaneous Tribe Dinners.
The Onion Collective is the best hostel in Ubud for:
- Digital Nomads
Note: The Onion Collective can only be booked on Airbnb. Follow the link below to get 35€ discount!
Compare prices and read reviews at: Airbnb
3. Inn Between Hostel (Local Vibe)
Inn between Hostel Ubud what, we hear you ask?
This traditional building is nestled in-between a group of Balinese family houses, offering a real insight to everyday life here.
Not only that, but Inn Between is located nearby many yoga places, the Palace and Monkey Forest.
Plenty of local food can be found within walking distance. It’s a wonderful opportunity to try delicious street food!
This is certainly one of our favorite Ubud Hostel.
Good to know: there are no private rooms here.
Instead, choose between 4-bed female and mixed, as well as a 6-bed mixed dorm.
Each rooms includes:
- Air conditioning
- Hot shower
- Plug + reading light
- Privacy curtain
- Mosquito net
Certainly the best way to relax here is to chill by the pool. There’s some lovely outside seating dotted around, too.
This sizeable outdoor communal area is perfect for relaxing and getting to know other like-minded travellers.
The atmosphere is peaceful thanks to the location on a quiet road away from the busier streets.
Inn Between is the best hostel in Ubud for:
- Solo travellers
Best Hostels in Ubud for Solo Travellers
As a solo traveller you’ll be looking for a combination of hostel amenities, no doubt.
Perhaps you’re after a bit of privacy, or the possibility of arranged activities and events. Solo backpackers are awesome, so it’s only fair we find you awesome hostels to stay in.
And we’ve found two great hostels in Ubud for solo travellers.
First up, let’s have a closer look at Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel.
This boutique hostel is in the heart of Ubud, minutes from the main shops, restaurants and world famous Yoga Barn.
If you’re looking to relax and socialise, head on down to the large garden which hosts a fantastic pool and lounge area.
There are free yoga classes, cinema room and free healthy breakfast in the Ubudian cafe.
Puri Garden is highly recommend for solo travellers that enjoy a social atmosphere, big beds and helpful staff.
Coming in close behind is the more traditional Balinese-style hostel named Wayan’s Family Hostel.
Forget taxi’s – you’ll be slap bang in the middle of buzzing Ubud, minutes from the major sights.
This is a cosy place, accommodating a maximum of 22 guests at one time.
There’s a range of bed sizes including king-size, double and single, and each room has an en-suite.
It’s ideal for solo travellers looking for some quiet time.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
What about cheapest hostels in Ubud?
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. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center 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.
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.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Good to know: Make sure you select the accommodation type you actually want. Many homestays and guesthouses claim to be a hostel. Fact is, they are not. Hostels offer common areas, are social.
Read: 12 definitions on what is a hostel
Party Hostels in Ubud, Bali
So you want hostels in Ubud for partying?
Truth be told: Ubud is not a party destination.
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.
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!
Any Discounts or Promo Codes?
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Ubud. So for now you can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
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.
Therefore, pack yourself a Sarong.
You will need it to cover your knees and shoulders. At most temples you can rent a Sarong before entering. Yet, this is always an extra cost. Plus, a Sarong is super helpful anyways.
Read: 23 items to put on your hostel packing list
2. Airport Denpasar
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.”
So I cancelled.
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.
Here is a video on how to get a gojek or Grab at the airport.
6. Traffic and Infrastructure
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:
- Tanah Lot
- 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.
Read: the most beautiful hostels on Instagram
10. Monkey Forest
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:
- Kynd Community
- The Onion Collective
- Pundi Pundi
- Café Organic
- Sea Circus
- Mrs Sippy
Cafés in Ubud we like:
- Seniman Coffee Studio
- Watercress Cafe
- Revive Cafe
- FREAK Coffee
- Clear Café
- 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.
Here you find a detailed guide for nightlife in Bali by the cool guys from TimeOut.
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.
Read: How to stay safe while traveling – on and offline
Read: World Nomads Insurance – does travel insurance make sense?
Map of Ubud Hostels + TOP sights
Next up we have a handy map of all the hippest hostels in Ubud pinpointed, plus the top sights we recommend visiting including:
- Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
- Ubud Palace
- Museum Puri Lukisan
- Monkey Forest Road
- Art Market
- Goa Gajah
- Saraswati Temple
- Campuhan Ridge Walk
- Ubud Market
As with many hotspot backpacker destinations, this city/ area has a ton of cool activities and tours on offer. We’ve compiled the very best of them just for you:
- Bali Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots
- Mount Batur Sunrise Trek (+ Breakfast at the top)
- Visit the Ubud Rice Terraces, Temples + Volcano
- Take a trip to the Besakih Temple aka Mother Temple of Bali
- Go nuts on the Ubud Jungle Swing
Flights to Ubud, Bali
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over South East Asia including Denpasar and Singapore.
Denpasar is Bali’s main airport. From here you can catch flights to Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Oh and of course to cities in Australia directly.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over South East Asia and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
More Epic Hostels
Alright alright. By now you have found your coolest Ubud Hostel.
You know what, we have written even more guides for you.
We at Hostelgeeks are here to help you to stay in safe and epic hostels around the world. Check out the finest hostels in the world, the 5 Star Hostels.
For more cool hostel guides around Indonesia, check out:
- 3 best hostels in Canggu, Bali
- Bread and Jam Hostel in Kuta, Bali
- Gili Mansion in Gili Trawangan
- Gili Castle, Gili Trawangan
- Captain Coconuts in Gili Air
- Dragon Dive Komodo Hostel in Labuan Bajo
Find all our hostel guides around the world here.
Over to you
So there you have it; the coolest and best hostels in Ubud, Bali. All there is left to do is get booking and packing!
Are you left with any questions, doubts?
Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Ubud hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.
Your question(s) will help me to understand what I have missed to mention. You will have your questions answered and help me and your fellow travellers by improving this article further.
Therefore, do not be shy, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!
Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries