When leaving my annoying hostel in Seminyak, one of the employees further proved to me why I hated this place: 1-he kept telling me that I needed a bus south to another bus to another bus up to Ubud. From what I’d found online, I knew there were other options, though he was telling me those buses didn’t exist. Another employee finally told me that for the price I was going to pay for these buses, I could take an Uber car, get picked up & dropped off where I wanted, and save 2 hours. Why didn’t the other guy mention this? 2-when leaving, the annoying employee INSISTED that he take a picture of me for the hostel’s Facebook page and wanted to know my contact info. I gave him the finger in the picture and told him to find Mike Jones on Facebook. That’s clearly not my name, and I can only imagine there are thousands of them to sort though.
On the drive to Ubud, the Uber driver was smoking in the car, kept saying he wanted to turn off the meter & charge me cash, but made the trip non-miserable by having wifi in the car somehow. I complained to Uber about his smoking & trying to scam me, and they refunded me for the ride, so that was sweet.
The hostel is built into one of the mini-temples that abound in Ubud, and I LOVED the look & feel & atmosphere of it. The staff were super nice, as well, and the views from the roof made me super happy that I was staying at this spot.
The hostel was at the south edge of town, about 10min walking to the start of the tourist areas, but definitely quiet in the evenings, so you could relax and actually enjoy the rooftop.
When I arrived at the hostel, an Austrian girl & Australian girl were arriving at the same time. They’d spent 2 nights at a hostel in the center of the tourist area in Ubud, and they wanted something quieter. We walked around together that evening, along with a British guy who showed up, and checked out the town. I heard some music and wanted to check it out, and it turned out to be a traditional Balinese band practicing for a performance the next night. They invited us to sit down and watch for as long as we liked. We stayed for probably 10 minutes, and it was amazing. These are the moments you can’t plan but love to find.