Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Tjampuhan & Spa Ubud
We weren't supposed to stay here. We had a booking at a nearly brand new resort 10 minutes out of Ubud. Unfortunately I'd booked it for a month earlier, non-refundable rate of course. Only realising my error when I was prompted to review our stay there, it was a scramble to book another hotel a couple of weeks out.
What an unusual gem the Hotel Tjampuhan and Spa is. The small lobby area gives you no idea of what spreads out beside and below you in the small valley.
We booked a deluxe Raja room and our room was in Gunung block just to the right and below of the lobby. If you don't like lots of steps, and there are LOTS of steps at the hotel, Gunung is a good choice. But... it, and the building above it, look to be the oldest buildings at the hotel and our bathroom really showed that. It had no natural light (every other building looked to have glass bricks providing natural light into them) and was dank and a bit grotty, and didn't fit with most everything else at the hotel. Forgetting the bathroom the room was large, had decently comfortable beds, good aircon and a ceiling fan, a safe, plenty of cupboards and a terrace that we could look down to the pool from.
Two pools, one more shaded than the other, one with a staffed pool bar, a very unusual spa down by the creek where we both had good, if unusual, massages.
The restaurant is in a quite amazing building near the lobby. Breakfast is served here each morning. A very large buffet with full eastern and western options plus an egg station.
There is a free shuttle up into and back from the town. Although the hotel is on the main road and it's only a 15 minute walk, it's all up hill, and it's hard work with the high humidity.
If I ever go back to Ubud, I'd most likely stay at Tjampuhan, but as stairs don't yet worry me, I'd ask for a room closer to the spring pool in the buildings that look newer than Gunung.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa Ubud
The grounds of the Tjampuhan are a amazing....To my husband and I it is a magical place. We stay there each time we visit Bali (nearly every year). For the price, it is such a bargain. The hotels location is excellent..... close enough to town, but not too close.....The rooms are not exactly luxurious...... but they are nice enough. However, the location, atmosphere and staff make up for what the room may lack (don't get me wrong, the rooms aren't bad, they just aren't like the ones at Pita Maha).
The resort is very clean, but you do not got a big commercial feel from the place, like a Hilton or something.
My husband loves the breakfast buffet....... I think it is ok. But the restaurant's view is beautiful.
What a lovely place
loved the bungalows. decor a bit outdated and the bathroom was pretty shoddy but the room was lovely and nice not having a tv to distract. there's bugs, but that's bali. the health spa was delicious and highly recommended although v. expensive. take a walk around the grounds, there's all sorts of nooks and crannies! who knew it had two different pools on each side of the hotel!
major faults, room decor daggy, bathrooms need updating (but are perfectly fine), location a long way from town but there is a free shuttle bus...
fyi - don't feed the monkeys in the monkey forrest! as when you run out of food they attack you! ghastly things!
Loved Tjampuhan... still trying to get my toungue around the name!
I stayed at the Tjampuhan with my wife and 4 yo daughter in December, 2005. We had a fantastic stay and loved the unique way that the hotel is laid out over the mountain side comprising of individual buree type villas. We booked a Raja room which has air conditioning. I would never book a room in Bali without air-con. When we stayed it was supposedly the cooler season but we still enjoyed coming back to our nice cool room from the heat outside. This was out 5th trip to Bali and the first time that we have stayed in Ubud (after visiting there on day trips during our previous stays) and are gateful that we decided to stay at this charming hotel. They also have great breakfasts in the magnificent open restaurant. The natural springs pools were a delight. The staff, as always in Bali, were so acommodating and friendly! I can highly reccommend this hotel.
The Tjampuhan is amazing
I just read a review of the Tjampuhan the reviewer was describing a nightmare of dark rooms and dirty retaurants all I can say is mate you were in the wrong hotel or you are someone who is impossible to impress. I stayed at the Tjampuhan and I myself like the reviewer have travelled the world so I know a great find, this place was more than a great find it is a paradise with fantastic staff beautiful rooms and the outlay of the grounds is so fantastic you actually gasp a bit when first glimpst; you would have to be dead not to love this hotel which (and I have seen most of them )is one of Balis finest; It is on my top five places in the world to stay.
A Wonderful Place in Ubud
We stayed six nights at the Tjampuhan and loved it. Rooms are large and immaculate, and staff pay great attention to simple courtesies: flowers on the bed at night, mosquito coils lit every afternoon, fresh towels daily. Breakfasts (included in the room fee) are huge affairs, with lots of fresh fruit, made to order eggs, sweets, and Indonesian entrees. The pools are spring fed so very refreshhing and no chlorine! The onsite spa needs to be seen: It's a grotto of carved pools and caves. The hotel is walking distance to town but offers an on-call shuttle - we never waited more than 5 minutes for our ride. Do be aware that the Tjambuhan is located on a steep hillside so there are lots and lots of steps to get around. Staff are just wonderful here -- no attitude and very solicitous.
Wonderfully child friendly
We stayed at this beautiful hotel for 5 nights with our 5 year old daughter and could not have been more surprised by the attention the balinese staff showed our daughter at this hotel. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wishes to show children the real Bali and what real kindness is. It is beautiful to see your child hand in hand walking around the restaurant with the waitresses as they do their work. Considering the treatment children receive in most western resorts this Hotel is wonderful. The whole family is made to feel welcome from the gardener all the way up to the top. We enquired at reception about refrigeration as our room did not come with one because our child is a diabetic and we needed to store insulin and they delivered a fridge to our room within 5 minutes. In the scheme of things there are far superior hotels in Ubud but we need to ask our selves why are we travelling. Please visit this hotel as you won't be disappointed. This is our 4 visit to Bali and this Hotel was the first hotel where a staff member refused to accept a tip as he said I love my job.
My ex-husband, who stays in Ubud a few months every year, brought me here for a romantic week, and it was beyond my expectations. The staff is incredibly attentive without being intrusive. The gardeners place fresh flowers everywhere every morning and afternoon, and the grounds are kept up gorgeously. The layout is breathtaking. The rooms may not be what you'd find in the Four Seasons, but the atmosphere more than makes up for it. The spa is incredible!
A real paradise place !!
I am so sorry for the bad review this fantastic hotel got. It is totally undeserved. For me it is by far the nicest hotel I ever stayed in in my entire long life.
It is super-romantic. We were given one of the best rooms, a cottage actually, Banyan 1, which has a fantastic view down the deep ravine from the windows and the private terrace. It has two large beds, nice interior, nice bathroom and very good and silent airconditioner as well as a fan.
It has no minibar or television but who needs that in such paradise place?
There are steep walkways down to the bottom of the ravine, with a very nicely located pool, and a spa with massages on nice beds with the murmur of the river down below, which is very soothing. The massages are not as cheap (25 dollars for an hour) as elsewhere but very relaxing.
Breakfast was quite nice and with a breaktaking view. The selection of food is not as wide and varied as in the 5-star hotels in the south but more than sufficient.
I was sorry I had only two nights here. This is THE hotel for a very romantic, yet very affordable, relaxing holiday and it is near the centre and at an altitude where it is not as hot and humid and in the mornings even nicely cool.
The hotel brought us with their minibus to dances and restaurants, free of charge so the service is wonderful too.
(For a restaurant I recommend Mozaic).
Most romantic and relaxing place
I have known the Tjampuhan Hotel for nearly 25 years now. Everytime I am coming back I have the same feeling of being enchanted and relaxed by the serenity of the place and the beautiful setting of the bungalows on the slope of the river ravine. The rooms are spacious with wide balconies facing the lush tropical vegetation and the Tjampuhan river flowing below. Tjampuhan hotel has been the stay for the upper class in the old days and fortunately has maintained the ambience of these days. Sure, there are more luxurious hotels available, but none of them can match the romantic feeling one gets in this place. Hotel staff are very attentive and helpful. I always make my bookings direct and do not have to pay a deposit. There is a breakfast buffet which offers everything most travellers are craving for but without offering unnecessary exotic dishes, for which one would have to pay quite a bit more. The restaurant offers a good selection of very delicious western and asian dishes. The spa is situated just above the river and resembles a grotto. Enjoy here a relaxing massage and the only sound you may hear is the mumbling of the flowing river. Ubud town is nearby and can be reached by hotel shuttle bus within 3 minutes. Tjampuhan hotel has never been a disappointment. The only drawback is, that nowadays more and more travellers have found out about this hidden treasure.
The Tjampuhan needs an urgent update!
I had booked a 3 night stay at the Tjampuhan during my Bali holidays in July 2002. When we arrived at the hotel at 1.30.pm we were told our room wasn't ready . We left our luggage at the lobby, went out for lunch and takie a walk after being told the room would be ready at 04.00pm. When we arrived at 6.00pm our luggage was still unatteneded at the lobby (anyone could have taken it) and we were told our room was still being cleaned. I got out of my mind after taking a look at it and seing the maids with the sheets from other people still on the floor and the room completly dirty.
No apologies from anyone. As it was late we decided to stay the night after waiting for the room to be finished. The room was dark, dusty , bathroom had broken tiles and the bathtub had stains.
The breakfast was very frugal and the tables were also dirty with the coasters full of dried rests of food. It was disgusting.
I talked with the front desk and told them I was leaving . They never told me they were sorry and even when our guide came to pick us none of the staff went to help us with our luggage.
I felt so terrible in that hotel, I felt the place had bad energies all over. We then moved to Alam Jiwa, a wonderful small hotel extremely clean, wonderful service and gorgeous. I wouldn't recommend the Tjampuhan to anyone. It was the worse experience I had in all my life after having traveled all over the world. That isn't a hotel, it's a nightmare.
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