Where To Stay in Ubud: Best Areas, Hotels, + Villas

Last Updated on July 16, 2024

If you plotted all the best places to stay in Ubud on a map and threw a dart to book one, the chances of you ending up with something disappointing are close to zero. If you’re thinking about where to stay in Ubud for an idyllic trip to Bali’s cultural and artistic center, the options are nearly endless.

When I started looking for accommodation options, it quickly became overwhelming because there were just so many really good options. It’s a good problem to have if you think about it.

Which is why I’ve spent a ton of time putting together this guide so you can get a good feel for what Ubud has to offer, which properties have the best ratings, and which have the best value.

To make it easier, I broke everything down by neighborhood in Ubud, with pros and cons, and a range of options from budget to splurge.

This is everything you need to know about where to stay in Ubud.

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A mini villa made entirely of bamboo with its own small circular outdoor swiming pool just a few stone steps away from the patio. One of the top choices for couples wondering where to stay in Ubud.

The Bali Bamboo House is an Instagram crowd favorite.

 

Where To Stay in Ubud At A Glance

If you’re looking for a quick summary of the best places to stay in Ubud, here is a quick list:

For your first time | Ketut’s Place & Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel

For budget travelers | Keladi House Ubud

For couples | Ubud Tropical, Gunung An Retreat, & CREATE @1111 Barong

For a family | Oemah Cenik Villa & Private Family Villa

For the best view | Maya Ubud Resort & Spa

For a unique stay | Bali Bamboo House, Bamboo Indah, & Sandat Glamping Tents

For a villa with a private pool | Pelangi Treehouse, The Ridge Bali, & The Clifton Ubud Valley Villas

For digital nomads & long-term stays | Ubud Rice Field House & Outpost Ubud Penestanan

For solo travelers | WW Backpackers & Puri Garden Hostel

For solo females | Arya Wellness

For a honeymoon | Bambootel Sawa View, Kayon Valley Resort, & Four Seasons Resort at Sayan

 

Where To Stay in Ubud

This guide on places to stay in Ubud is divided by neighborhood so you can better align your accommodation with your travel style.

I made a map and inserted it below to give you a good visual of the boundaries of each area in Ubud. If you click the top right corner of the map, you can see each color-coded neighborhood.

Use this map to help you navigate this guide on where to stay in Ubud! For best use, download this map to your smartphone so you can use it offline (instructions here).

 

Jalan Raya (Ubud Center)

The center is one of the best areas to stay in Ubud, mainly because it’s close to all the main tourist attractions like Ubud Palace, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, and Campuhan Ridge Walk.

Jalan Raya is the neighborhood and main road that runs through Ubud’s center, which has all the popular shopping. It’s very walkable, so it’s great if you don’t have a scooter or aren’t comfortable renting one. However, if you’re looking to visit the Tegalalang Rice Terraces or nearby waterfalls, you’ll need your own mode of transport.

With it being the main hub, it’s not for people who want to get off the beaten path and away from the crowds.

 

Pros & Cons

+ Ideal basecamp if you’re in Ubud for the first time

+ Amenities and restaurants

+ Close to all the main tourist attractions

+ Lively nightlife

– Very busy with day trippers, backpackers, and other tourists

– Late-night bars can be noisy

– Limited parking

– Experiences, food, and shopping can be catered to tourism rather than something authentic

 

Central Ubud Hostels

/ / Bamboo Ubud Hostel | A stone’s throw from Ubud Palace, this hostel is right in the heart of the village with all the bells and whistles: wifi, an onsite restaurant, lockers, a common area, and breakfast. Plenty of warungs and cafes around as well. Beds in a mixed dorm start at $11 during high season.

/ / Jero Di Bisma Hostel | Peaceful, locally owned hostel a stone’s throw from the monkey forest and Ubud Palace. They keep things simple with a lounge area in their garden, free bike rentals, and a generous breakfast included in the nightly rate. Choose a mixed or female-only dorm for $11 in high season.

/ / Sunshine Vintage House | This hostel is brand new with a unique vintage concept if you like your hostels to have more of an aesthetic (I know I do). It’s closer to the monkey forest within a traditional Balinese house compound, so it’s much quieter albeit not on the main tourist road. Grab a bunk in a mixed dorm for only $9 and enjoy free breakfast, free coffee and tea, free wifi, and an abundance of bookable tours.

/ / Ubud Rice Field House | Hostel meets villa amenities at this unique, centrally located concept. The property has a terrace, a pool with a view, room service, free wifi, generous breakfast, safes, free parking, and offsite bike rentals. It’s just south of Jalan Raya near the monkey forest. Beds in a female-only or mixed dorm go for $18 in high season.

Central Ubud Guesthouses & Homestays

/ / Jepun Bali Ubud Homestay | An authentic Balinese homestay near Ubud Palace and Saraswati Temple. Each room has a terrace with a garden view and the property is situated down a quiet alley so it is void of noise. It’s perfect if you want a down-to-earth hosting experience with a local family. Grab a room in high season for $68.

/ / Gedong Bali Family Homestay | One of the best homestays in Ubud for an authentic experience in a stunning traditional Balinese home. Ratings are unanimously raving about this spot as you’ll feel like you’re staying within a temple complex but with Western comforts. Rooms go for $39 in the high season.

/ / Ben’s Homestay | The ratings say it all, this is one of the best places to stay in Ubud that gives you a home away from home feel while still being in the center of it all. They have laundry, tour services, a lush garden, and pool access to the place next door. Best of all, it’s quiet despite its spot in the town center. Most rooms are $31 in high season with a bunch of different bed options, but they have one family room for $92, which sleeps four.

/ / Adenia House Ubud | This is a modern and updated homestay that’s clean and comfortable, complete with an outdoor pool and terrace. If strong AC is a must for you (it should be in Bali), they’ve got it. Rooms are $89 during high season with breakfast included.

/ / Narasoma Homestay + Retreat | The comforts of home meet a wellness space at this peaceful escape. Every unit has its own balcony with verdant rainforest views, while just a few have a mountain view which you can choose when you book. It’s right in the middle of everything, but you wouldn’t even know it. A true escape in the heart of Ubud. Book any view with your room for $56 during the high season.

Central Ubud Hotels & Villas

/ / Staycation Villa *MOSSCA MOOI* | Bali’s tropical aesthetic meets modernity at this stunning villa just a touch south of Jalan Raya.
It has a hidden garden feel but is away from the noise and hustle. A room in this stunning villa costs $78 during the high season.

 

A neutral-toned, one bedroom villa that appears to be designed for an artists retreat. The thatched roof and hammock on the bottom deck create a peaceful aura at this zen stay in Ubud.

This is the accommodation you think you’ll only see in your dreams – CREATE @1111.

Penestanan

Penestenan is a village just west of Ubud center, also known as the artists’ village.

It’s a bit like the center, but more authentic to Balinese culture and less people. Instead of late-night bars or overcrowded markets, Penestanen has spectacular rice fields, local markets, and plenty of cafes and coffee shops to find great food.

There are a few key landmarks here like the Campuhan Ridge Walk and Campuhan Stairs. Rice fields are plentiful to get lost in as well.

This Ubud neighborhood is popular for digital nomads and expats due to all the creature comforts and distance from the main tourism hub.

 

Pros & Cons

+ Nice mix of Western and authentic local life

+ Rich with rice terraces and temples

+ Tranquil with plenty of yoga, meditation and spiritual practices

+ Walkable

– Can be very remote depending on where you book

– Need transport into Ubud center

 

Penestanan Hostels

/ / WW Backpackers | This hostel is a staple for backpackers in Bali. It has free wifi, a shared kitchen, river views, clean rooms, and plenty of bookable tours from the host desk. They have a 22-bed mixed dorm that you an book for $7, which includes breakfast. What a steal and it’s close to central Ubud.

/ / In Da Lodge | This spot is a catch-all for travelers as they have dorms, double rooms, and a family room. Communal spaces make it easy to meet other travelers and the pool, onsite restaurant, and free wifi make it extra comfortable. Bunks start at $9 with breakfast included. Same for double rooms for around $30 in high season.

Penestanan Guesthouses & Homestays

/ / Outpost Ubud Penestanan | This is a unique 24-room co-living space concept with a communal kitchen, rooftop cafe, and large rooms with refrigerators and full bathrooms. It has a stunning modern design while sticking to its tropical roots. The perfect place to call home for a bit. Deluxe double rooms start at $98 in high season and come with free, high-speed wifi.

/ / Sari House Ubud | Stunning and hospitable, this guesthouse is an ideal option for short or long-term stays. If you’re wondering where to stay in Ubud for couples or a family, this is suitable for either situation. The properties are beautiful. The staff is hospitable. Rooms with a garden view start at $27 and family rooms start at $44.

/ / Sri Ratih Cottages | Traditional Balinese rooms are surrounded by tropical greenery at these quiet and pristine cottages. The restaurant onsite serves Indonesian specialties, the pool is ideal for cooling down, and all the rooms have peaceful balconies to soak up the views. The most basic room starts at $230 and comes with a free massage. Cmon?

/ / Cucu House | An ideal landing pad for couples at this quiet 2-star homestay. The rooms are clean, spacious, and air-conditioned with a peaceful garden to escape to. They have free wifi and parking, plus daily housekeeping and laundry services. Double rooms in high-season start at $20 per night.

/ / Ubud Sky | Another fantastic local homestay for couples, this one comes with underrated views, daily housekeeping, free breakfast, and a terrace in every room. Grab a double room for only $35 per night in high season. Such a steal for a charming spot with rave reviews.

Penestanan Hotels & Villas

/ / Alam Wayung Ubud | A gorgeous 4-star resort with a restaurant, high-speed internet, free private parking, outdoor swimming pool, bar, and garden. They have king rooms that sleep two and start at $124 per night in high season or a one-bedroom private villa that starts at $304 per night.

/ / Gunung An Retreat | Unique, high-quality, and modern rooms are the highlights of this 3-star hotel. There’s free wifi throughout the property, a sun terrace with a swimming pool, and an onsite restaurant. Double or twin rooms go for $86 per night in high season. The breakfast included is particularly note (and photo) worthy.

/ / CREATE @1111 Barong | Another inspiring, one-bedroom villa that’s a mosaic of vibrant colors and eclectic decor for your inner artist. It’s spacious with indoor/outdoor concepts, a full-service kitchen, fast wifi, and an aesthetic that will win you endless bragging rights. This one goes for $103 per night in high season with a 3-night minimum.

/ / Paradise River Bungalows | This boutique hotel meets bungalow is one of Ubud’s best-kept secrets. Each bungalow is plotted on the side of a rainforest valley with endless views and lots of privacy. Each one has a full bathroom, kitchenette, AC, wifi, and a shared pool. Grab a slice of paradise for only $24 per night in high season.

/ / Uma Kalai | Overlooking mountains and miles of rice fields, this is one of the highest-rated Ubud hotels. It has free bike rentals, free wifi, an onsite restaurant, a swimming pool, and private terraces in each room. Private, lush, and worth the splurge, this property goes for $688 in high season. They do run deals, though. Make sure you look with a Booking.com account.

 

An outdoor pool surrounded by green grass and travelers relaxing under the sun at Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel,.

Yes, it’s a hostel. The Puri Garden Hostel.

Peliatan

Peliatan is on the eastern side of Ubud and is best known for the Peliatan Palace, which is in the heart of the neighborhood, and Goa Gajah, which is nearby.

It’s similar to Penestanan, but it still is pretty touristy since there’s a lot of popular properties and experiences here. It’s a pretty broad area though, so there are plenty of places to stay here to avoid tourists and all the noise that comes with it.

There’s a lot going on here with a wide range of accommodation options for all budgets and a bunch of different cafes and restaurants. Also, depending on where you book, you’re within walking distance to the heart of Ubud.

 

Pros & Cons

+ Walkable

+ Plenty of Western comforts

+ Ideal base for day trips to East Bali

– Crowded with tourists in some parts

– Parking can be minimal

 

Peliatan Hostels

/ / Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel | Voted ‘Best Hostel in Indonesia’ by the HOSCARs, this hostel has an authentic feel but with modern touches. The value you get in return for staying here is otherworldly: free yoga classes, free massages, free manis & pedis, access to their brand-new movie room, puppy therapy, and even cooking classes. Dorms start at $27, with the option of mixed or female, and their deluxe private room goes for $104 in high season.

/ / Green Paddy Hostel | Peaceful and clean, this spot has free breakfast, bookable tours onsite, and villa-style facilities. It’s one of the most affordable in the city as bunks go for $9 during high season, but keep in mind you’ll need transport to get to the city center.

/ / Yasa Backpackers House | Just a short walk away from Ubud center, all the rooms in this hostel come with a garden view for a peaceful stay. Free wifi is all over the property and it comes with free breakfast. Bunks in a mixed or female dorm go for around $14 during the high season.

/ / Inn Between | Modern, but rooted in tradition, this hostel/hotel hybrid has an outdoor swimming pool, spacious rooms, $1 breakfast, free Wifi, and strong AC. Bunks start at $9 in high season and standard rooms start at $18.

Peliatan Guesthouses & Homestays

/ / Ubud Tungeh Inn | This is one of the most authentic homestays in Ubud you should book if it’s available. It’s a top-rated property with a temple complex structure filled with foliage, ponds, and wood carvings. They say it will feel like staying in your own home with friendly hosts, for $14 per night.

/ / Angga Homestay | Another wonderful, local homestay with breakfast included. It’s a true Balinese home with a local family to welcome you on arrival. All the rooms have a terrace, deck, and seating area. If you need to rent a bike or do laundry, they have that too. It’ll set you back $18 per night in high season.

/ / Hidden Garden | If you want to be in the middle of Ubud, but also in the middle of the jungle, this is the prime accommodation choice. Agung, the onsite host whips up a generous breakfast and good company for Balinese culture and life. You’re within walking distance to all the main attractions of Central Ubud but without all the noise. You’ll fall in love with the forest garden the villa is surrounded by. Rooms start at $75 per night.

Peliatan Hotels & Villas

/ / Bali Bamboo House | This is another famous, Instagram-worthy Airbnb in Ubud. This escape is a uniquely designed villa built entirely out of bamboo, complete with its rice paddy views, private pool, full kitchen, outdoor bathroom, and plenty of seating to soak up the views. For $180 per night, this is a gem for couples or honeymooners.

/ / Firefly Eco Lodge | A stay with an adventure, this bamboo bird’s nest is an experience you won’t forget. Climb up a five-meter ladder to 360-degree views inside an artfully woven treehouse. The two obvious caveats are the climb to get into your accommodation and that during your stay, it could be a shared experience with other guests, but for $38 per night, this is a cool experience.

/ / Villa Gaya Ubud | This is THE landing pad if you’re traveling to Ubud with friends or a large group. This villa sleeps six and has a private pool, full kitchen, comfortable seating, quiet atmosphere tied into an authentic but modern design. $229 per night for the entire house and you can add breakfast for $3 in the morning.

/ / Villacellabella | This new villa is a perfect hideaway oasis right along a scenic river. Definitely an insta-worthy stay with a butler, floating breakfast, and a 180-degree view of the vast verdant jungle. Book your escape for $475 per night during the high season.

/ / Villa GAIA | One of the most beautiful properties in Ubud comes with your own private swimming pool in this one-bed one-bath villa. If you’re a couple looking to splurge, this is the one to do it for. You can rent the entire villa for only $183 per night in high season. Also, they promote their “business-grade wifi” in case you’re working on the road. The only caveat, there’s a three-night minimum, but it’s not like ou’ll want to leave anyway.

 

If you're wondering where to stay in Ubud, this guesthouse that looks like a temple should be a top choice. Vibrant green foliage encompasses an orange-hued pagoda.

The beautiful traditional home of Rahayu Guesthouse.

Singakerta

Singakerta is southeast of central Ubud and is ideal for travelers looking for a peaceful reprieve from crowds.

It has a convenient location for day trips south or to the famous southern Bali beaches, so if you’ve been to Ubud before and want to try a new neighborhood, this is a nice option, especially if you’ve done all the main things to do in Ubud.

 

Pros & Cons

+ Easy access to peaceful nature

+ Great for day trips to the beach or Seminyak

+ Slow-paced neighborhood

+ Less touristy than other neighborhoods

+ Plenty of local cafes and restaurants

+ Full of family-friendly activities like cooking classes and cultural performances.

– Need transport to Ubud Center and other attractions

 

Singakerta Hostels

/ / Lagas Hostel Ubud | If you’re solo and in the mood to make some travel friends, this hostel is social with all the ingredients to meet someone interesting: lounge areas, an outdoor swimming pool, and an outdoor terrace. The free wifi and free breakfast are especially nice. Dorms are mixed only for $10 per night.

/ / Kuna Bali | If you want an aesthetic, zen stay but on a hostel budget, this is a winner. The goal of its award-winning design was to be the coolest hostel in Ubud and dare I say they succeeded? This oasis is just behind the monkey forest and offers an outdoor swimming pool, rooftop lounge, free yoga and massages, and bookable day trips directly through the property. It’s all yours for $24 per night, mixed or female dorm.

Singakerta Guesthouses & Homestays

/ / Kapri Balinese House | You’ll feel a true Balinese welcome at this local homestay just south of the monkey forest. You’ll want your own transport to get into town, but it’s worth the clean, spacious rooms, balconies, and hospitality you’ll receive during this stay. Best of all? Rave reviews and it’s only $14 per night.

/ / Rahayu Guesthouse | You’re welcomed here as if you’re part of the local family that runs this. Beautiful and clean rooms are the highlight here, and of course, the temple-like grounds are nothing short of photo-worthy. Deluxe rooms and suites start at $40 per night.

Singakerta Hotels & Villas

/ / Ikan Villa Ubud | This one-bedroom villa is pure magic. The owner and housekeeper make you feel like this villa is your home. With exceptional hospitality, enjoy your own private swimming pool, an undeniably romantic atmosphere, and a spacious, clean room. For the entire escape, it’s $232 per night. 

/ / Ubud Diary Villa | Authenticity meets modernity at these one or two-bedroom villas. They’re as romantic as they are beautiful, so they’re a nice choice for a low-key honeymoon spot. The details matter here and that’s what separates them from other private villas in Ubud. You can rent the entire villa starting at $199 per night.

/ / Aryaswara Villa Ubud | The view of the pool alone is enough to make you want to book this villa. The property is tranquil and beautifully maintained with lush gardens surrounding all the rooms. You can book a deluxe room starting at $251 per night or the entire villa with a private pool for $665. This is another great spot if you have a large group since the villas sleep six people.

 

 

A private pool surrounded by lush jungle and comfortable chairs at Ketuts Place, a top choice for people wondering where to stay in Ubud.

Vibey photo courtesy of Ketut’s Place.

Northern Ubud

Northern Ubud is best for nature lovers and anyone who wants to feel secluded during their stay in this area of Bali.

Tirta Tawar and Suweta are the two main roads that take you into Northern Ubud with all the best restaurants and shops. They also have a ton of family-friendly properties that are perfect if you visiting Bali with kids.

Pajangan and Tegalalang are two villages a bit further out that are worth browsing to find unique and beautiful properties.

 

Pros & Cons

+ Flexible location where you can be secluded or close to Central Ubud

+ Unspoilt nature

+ Full of secluded and luxury properties

+ Abundant outdoor activities like trekking and cycling

– Not as many options for budget travelers

 

North Ubud Hostels

/ / Bali Backpacker Inn & Hostel | Social hostel with clean rooms, a shared kitchen, big communal areas, and free wifi. A bit of a nice roll with their singular review, but budget options are hard to come by in this area, so it’s worth looking into. Beds in a basic or standard 20-bed mixed dorm start at $16 in high season.

/ / Askara Hostel | Just a few minutes north of Central Ubud, this hostel is a gem tucked off the main roads. With your stay, you get a free breakfast, access to the pool, onsite scooter rentals, and a garden terrace. Beds go for $12 in a 12-bed mixed dorm, but there are also private rooms available starting at $30 in high season.

/ / Ubud Tropical | Affordability meets aesthetic at this nature escape just a 5-minute drive from the heart of Ubud. You’re close to the action but feel immersed in the jungle. They have mixed and female-only dorms starting at $10. Upgrade to a private tent for only $30 (that’s what I did and I highly recommend it).

North Ubud Guesthouses & Homestays

/ / Traditional style at Ketut’s Place | “The real Bali experience” can be had at Ketut’s Place, a locally owned homestay. It’s not far into the north, but still gives that secluded feel in a beautiful setting. A true oasis with lush rainforest views, an outdoor swimming pool, and scenic terraces. Escape here for only $55 per night in high season. A gem for couples.

/ / Bale Bali Inn | This stay is advertised as a hostel, but it’s more of a cozy inn as there are only double rooms. The rooms are clean and spacious with beautifully done outdoor showers. The price is hostel-worthy though as double or twin rooms with a view start at only $43 per night in high season.

/ / Umah Nik Kepitu | This stay is closer to Tegalalang, so you’ll want to pull into their free parking with a scooter, but the spacious and clean rooms are worth the drive. The rest of the property is left traditional with authentic Balinese touches. Rooms start at $18 per night in high season. Although, I recommend adding a few dollars more for a nice balcony.

North Ubud Hotels & Villas

/ / The CIVYT | If you want to be surrounded by intentional and stunning designs, every corner of this hotel is stunning. Their terraces, garden, and outdoor swimming pool create an idyllic escape just a short drive from Central Ubud. Rooms with a balcony go for $111 per night in high season.

/ / Sweet Orange Pondok | Quiet and peacefully nestled among the rice fields, this villa complex has artfully designed rooms and grounds, an infinity pool, room service, private terraces with garden views, and is within walking distance to spas and restaurants. Deluxe and one-bedroom villas start at $282 per night in high season.

/ / Bubu Mesari Ubud Villa | When the property exceeds the expectations from the photos, you know you’ve found a gem. Floating breakfast, flower petal baths, private pools, and complete privacy are worth the splurge here. Grab a slice of paradise for $399 per night in high season. 

/ / Bambootel Sawa View | Splurge-worthy and utterly stunning, this is a complex with a variety of different villas you can book for a romantic escape. The attention to detail at this hotel makes it one of the best villas in Ubud. Each villa has its own private pool with a view (say no more). Rental prices for the entire villa start at $450 during high season.

/ / Ulun Ubud Resort | For a lush view of a rainforest valley, this picturesque stay is a staple for travelers to Ubud. The infinity pool and solo palm tree on the property make frequent social media appearances and the rest of the property is the stunner to match. Suites with a private pool start at $540 in high season, but you can easily snag a deal on Booking.com.

/ / The Kayon Valley Resort | For a place with a genuine wow factor, this resort will check every box you have. The entire resort is plotted on the slope of a valley looking out into lush rainforest. It also has one of the best infinity pools in Bali where you can get the famous floating breakfast. A ton is included with your room like free breakfast, bike rentals, and shuttles to surrounding areas. All the villas have a private dining area for two, so it’s perfect for a birthday or honeymoon in Ubud. Villas start at $691, but you can get a deal when signed into your Booking.com account.

 

FAQ’s about Where to stay in Ubud

These are some of the most commonly asked questions about accommodations in Ubud.

Which area in Ubud is best to stay in?

Near the Monkey Forest or along Jalan Raya Street are best as they’re both close to all the best things to do in Ubud. If it’s not your first time, Penestanan is a tranquil escape from the main tourism areas.

 

How many days should I spend in Ubud?

Generally, 3 days in Ubud is enough time to see the main sights, plus some lesser-known gems.

 

Is it worth staying in Ubud?

Yes. Ubud is Bali’s cultural center, making it an excellent base camp for other trips in central/eastern Bali.

 

Where is the best place for families to stay in Ubud?

Suweta and Tirta Tawar are two ideal streets for families and larger groups traveling to Ubud.

 

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If you have any other questions about visiting Ubud, please reach out! Otherwise, browse my other Bali guides to help you plan your trip:

Best Things To Do in Bali (coming soon)

Bali Itinerary (coming soon)

Mistakes To Avoid in Bali

Ubud Itinerary

Bali Packing List

Banyumala Waterfalls Guide

 


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