There is plenty of accommodation in Ubud to suit all styles and budgets. I don’t have specific recommendations for places to stay as everyone has different preferences and tastes. The following resources will help you find what you are looking for:
The best way to know exactly what you are getting is to simply show up and check things out in person before deciding. If you are staying longer term you can start with a simple homestay in the center of town and explore for a few days until you find the longer term dwelling you are looking for.
If you wish to stay in the center of town, I can recommend two places. Either one would be good as a landing place to get your bearings, or for long term if you decide to stay in town:
1) Gayatri Bungalows – 41 Monkey Forest Road, Beji Lane. +62 361 979 129 firstname.lastname@example.org
This guest house is an ideal choice as it is owned and operated by a long term practitioner at our yoga shala named Bagus Ikonen. Bagus gives the following description of the guest house:
We are less than a five minute walk from the yoga shala, meaning people don’t need scooters if they don’t want them and can also enjoy the other conveniences in the Ubud village centre. As we are situated on a lane off one of the main roads there are enough buildings in the way to keep the noise and pollution away and the other flanks of our property are rice fields and a patch of greenery which leads to a river valley below. Very often our guests are amazed at the total quiet and tranquillity we enjoy in the evenings despite being so close to the centre.
2) Pangkung House: Jl. Hanoman. (0361) 972301
Pangkung house is very a clean, comfortable and safe family run compound. The only drawback is that it is on a main road so you will hear traffic noise. It is a good place to base yourself and look for a longer term place. If you are only staying short term, it could be fine for your entire stay.
For longer term housing, there are many types of apartments and villas available. Many of these can be rented on a monthly basis and prices can range from as little as 400 USD per month up to thousands of dollars per month, depending on the facilities and the owner. It is advisable to browse and compare to get a good idea. Sharing a larger villa or house with friends is a good way to cut costs. If you are interested in booking one of these places in advance or just to browse what types of places are available, I suggest the following two resources:
This is a wonderful service for travelers – not only for Ubud but anywhere you go in the world. The hosts advertise directly on the website and you book with them through the website. There are many listings for Ubud. You can refine your search based on budget, type of accommodation, etc. This can be more expensive than showing up and negotiating in person, but it can be worth it if you are staying for a few weeks and don’t want to spend your first days searching for a place to live.
Housing Options on Facebook
Several facebook group have longer term rentals as well as short term sublets. You browse the listings, and you can also join the group and post your dates and requirements. You’ll likely get several offers.
Ubud Bali Housing and Rental
Ubud House and Villa for Rent
Ubud Houses and Accommodation
Some of the surrounding areas that are popular and quieter than the center of Ubud are Penestanan, Nyuh Kuning (both of which are within 30 minutes walk). The roads Jl. Sri Wedari and Jl. Tirta Tawar run North from the main road in Ubud and are my personal favorite areas. These villages include Kutuh and Junjungan. A scooter or bicycle would be advisable for living in these areas.