On our Bali trip last spring, we realized upon arriving, that the room we had booked ahead in Ubud, was not quite what we had envisioned. The location was perfect, the price was right ( $10.00 per night including breakfast for 2! ), and the host was one of the most delightful people we encountered in all of Bali.
Upon arriving, we checked in and went upstairs to our assigned room. The door was secured with a small padlock, and opened up onto a small balcony/terrace. Beautiful plumeria trees in bloom stood tall amidst the lush, tropical greenery.
It was hot and humid outside, and when entering the room, we discovered that it was even hotter inside. Hungry after being on the road all day, we headed out to find a bite to eat.
Later we returned to the room and were unable to create a draft to cool off the room. We turned on the tiny ceiling fan, in hopes of it helping to cool us off a little. Unsuccessful in our endeavor, we sat outside and enjoyed the warm, balmy night. The Wifi did not work either, and when I went to take a shower, there was no hot water. I did feel refreshed afterwards. The room was too hot and stuffy for us to get any sleep. The ceiling fan kept turning noisily, but was too small and high up to make a difference.
Needless to say, we did not feel rested the next morning. However, while sitting on the balcony in the early morning light, our breakfast was delivered to us with one of the most beautiful smiles ever! Birds were chirping in the trees; Balinese hustle and bustle noises were audible in the distance; the sweet fragrance of yellow plumeria blossoms wafted through the air.
All this did not keep us from enjoying delicious Balinese banana and coconut pancakes, a fruit salad and some of the best coffee ever! Balinese Coffee is fantastic!
Despite the hot and humid sleepless nights, the ice cold shower and the non-functioning Wifi, I would stay there again. But perhaps only for one night! Arjuna House was one of the more authentic places we encountered on the island. The hospitality and kindness, not to mention the fantastic setting and breakfast made up for the rest.