Poor welcome but fully equipped
Desak Putu Putra Hidden is a small 6-room accommodation with a swimming pool and luxurious vegetation, away from Ubud’s liveliness. During our stay and according to the current exchange rate, the price per night was about €31.2 (IDR 500,000).
This small hotel is a 2 km walk from Ubud’s Palace, isolated from a large pedestrian road of Ubud, which is full of warungs if you wish to get something to eat. To access it you need to follow a path for about 30 metres.
The hotel staff is helpful but not especially welcoming and seems to lack implication. The English level there is sufficient for a good understanding.
The facility comprises a small swimming pool, surrounded by a set of deckchairs, where it is very pleasant to cool off after a day of trekking. Desak Putu Putra Hidden hotel offers massages, manicures and pedicures as well as an excursion bureau and a ticket office for local shows. The facility is equipped with an Internet connection via WIFI.
The rooms are situated in shared bungalows (two rooms per bungalow) and do have a terrace. Some rooms have a sight on the swimming pool (so did ours: room number 4). The atmosphere is very pleasant with the lush vegetation.
The rooms are well equipped: air-conditioning, refrigerator, flat screen, iron and ironing board, small safe, thin curtains, bed frame, private bathroom inside the room with a shower and a bath, hot water, towels, a set of toiletries, an hair dryer, a small clothes airer on the terrace and even mosquito repellent and a UK/USA to Europe adaptor for your electronic devices! You will also find a kettle, two cups, tea and coffee as well as two small water bottles. Only fly in the ointment: the WIFI is clearly capricious.
Breakfast is included in the price of the night and is served between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on the terrace of the room. It is composed of a choice of drink (tea, coffee, ginger, orange juice . . .), a fruit salad, a dish from a large selection (Indonesian dishes such as Nasi Goreng or occidental dishes such as different kinds of eggs on toasts . . .). We had a coffee and a ginger tea, poached eggs with a toast and a “jaffle”, an Australian famous toasted sandwich. It was overall good and the portions were correct.
What nights did we spend?
We slept well in this hotel: the mattress is very comfortable and the croaks of frogs at night are bearable. However, anticipate if you are generally sensitive to noise or natural light since the curtains do slightly let the light in.
We especially enjoyed the fully equipped room, the nice smell of the linen, the lush atmosphere and the swimming pool. We were only missing a deeper implication in maintaining the rooms (cleaning of the stains on the walls for instance).
However, do not expect learning there how Balinese live (even though the facility only has 6 rooms, it remains rather little authentic) or exchanging much with the staff. Just enough to get the job done, but nothing more.
Finally, during our stay, we could observe quite a lot of smoke around the swimming pool from times to times; it was due to the surrounding fires made by local neighbours. Some rooms were completely invaded. Rather incommoding and not frankly relaxing!