Hostels all over the world have many similar qualities; dormitory bedrooms, shared common areas and a cosy atmosphere. My collection of the best hostels in Ubud have all of that, and so much more.
Whether you are doing a South East Asia tour, backpacking through Bali, or even just fancy a short trip away in a hostel, each of these options are a comfortable and safe place to stay.
Make new traveler friends and explore the most stunning scenery of Ubud with a comfortable, albeit squeaky, bunk bed to call home.
Griya Backpackers House – Perfectly Located Hostel
This is a great place to start my selection. A grand and traditional Balinese house, this Ubud hostel is perfectly located just a short walk from the main street so you can escape the crowds, yet still be close to restaurants and hotspots. I love this hostel for its humongous swimming pool. For those days where you would rather just lay out in the sun, it is a great spot to relax and meet the other backpackers. While the rooms aren’t luxurious, they have everything you need for a comfortable night’s sleep.
Pering Bungalow – Traditional Balinese Accommodation
This is another traditional Balinese style hostel in a large spacious home with luscious gardens and a swimming pool. Simple in its design and furnishings, this is a cosy place to base your Ubud adventures – exploring the town, taking part in tours and spending the majority of your days outside. Pering Bungalow offers private en-suite bedrooms as well as the normal dormitory bedrooms. Great if you are planning to stay with your partner or bestie.
Inn Between – The Real Bali Hostel
Cleverly named Inn Between for its location, this hostel resides ‘in-between’ traditional Balinese homes just a short drive from the centre of Ubud. It is a cool, no-frills place to stay for a short Ubud trip where you plan to spend long days exploring the town and just need a place to rest your head. The friendly staffs are able to arrange anything you need upon request from tours, to motorbike rentals. I definitely recommend this hostel to the traveler on a budget looking to see the real Bali.
Askara Hostel – Sunny Pool Hostel
Askara Hostel is a perfect homey retreat where you can relax. Not every day is for adventures, sometimes you just want to be lazy and hang around – with the shared common areas and sunny pool, this is a great place to do nothing. Lounge with your friends, plan your next excursions or just nap the day away. Plus, it is only a short drive from the main street of Ubud filled with restaurants, cafes and cute boutiques! Askara Hostel should definitely be on your list for consideration.
Lagas Hostel – Easy-Going Hostel
A simple minimalistic hostel, Lagas Hostel is a brilliant spot if you aren’t fussy. With basic beds and shared bathrooms, it is an easy-going accommodation for the budget traveler. You have the choice of a large mixed dorm or some smaller female dorms depending on your comfort level. But, the real star of Lagas Hostel is the top floor terrace that looks out over the treetops for a beautiful sunset view. Grab a fruit juice or Bintang and watch the skies change colour above the rooftops.
Kememai Hostel – Cosiest Bunkbed Hostel
Neighbouring Lagas Hostel – Kememai Hostel is a hostel for the travelers looking for something comfortable and homey. The bunk beds are some of the cosiest I have seen, and you can choose between 8, 6 or 4 bedrooms. I love the top floor terrace where, much like Lagas Hostel, you can look out over the surroundings and enjoy a stunning sunset. Thanks to a useful agreement between the neighbours, you can enjoy access to the Lagas Hostel swimming pool – refresh, and mingle with some other travelers.
Ubud Tropical – Quirky Tent Retreat
I love this hostel because it doesn’t only offer your regular dormitory bedrooms, it also has the choice of tent rooms! Private and bright with air conditioning and a full double-size bed, this is the perfect option if you have some extra cash to spare on accommodation. A fun quirky concept, the whole hostel is a chic and trendy space worthy of your Instagram feed. Open airy common areas, a big swimming pool and luscious gardens, you can get lost in this tropical paradise. I think I just found my favourite property.
WW Backpackers – Ultimate Jungle Hostel
If you are looking to be surrounded by nature and jungles, WW Backpackers is a perfect Ubud hostel for you. I think it looks like a treehouse with how closely the terraces and walkways merge with the tropical greenery. You can grab a drink at the restaurant and relax looking out to the lush views. Close to the famous Bridges restaurant, and just walking distance from restaurants and cafes, it is a great location to be able to explore Ubud by foot while still remaining peaceful and serene.
The Wayan House – Island Home From Home
Cared for by a local family, The Wayan House is the ultimate island home from home with cosy dormitory or private bedrooms, a quaint swimming pool and friendly staff. Service with a smile is an underestimate of how warm and welcoming this hostel is. Located in the heart of Ubud’s centre, you can explore all the popular attractions in just a short walk. This is one of the best hostels in Ubud for a homey atmosphere, which I desperately craved when backpacking.
Vanara Sugriwa – Centrally Located Hostel
This is another Ubud hostel which is a comfortable and affordable place to stay for the backpacker who plans to be adventuring all day. Although cosy and clean, it is only a small property with minimal gardens and common areas. Vanara Sugriwa offers a choice of 8 or 4 bedrooms with the option of mixed or female-only, well worth noting for you girls. But, the real highlight of this hostel is the location, just steps from the main street of Ubud. You have easy access to all the most popular restaurants and cafes, perfect!
Puji Hostel – Best Pool View
Puji Hostel is one of my favourites in this list because of its pool view. On lazy days where I just want to laze in the sun, looking out over the lush rice paddy fields is the perfect accompaniment to my refreshing pineapple juice. Seeming more like a shared villa than a hostel, the common areas are open and breezy while the dormitory rooms are comfortable and spacious. If you are looking for a treat, then book the private en-suite bungalow. With free breakfast included, I know where I’ll be heading on my next Ubud trip!
Soni’s Backpackers House – Cosy Bungalow Hostel
A group of cute cosy bungalows, Soni’s Backpackers House is a no-nonsense approach to a clean, ultra-easy accommodation. With either shared or private rooms, both the social butterfly or shy traveler will feel comfortable. Just walking distance to some of the best restaurants and cafes of the town, you can explore the main street of Ubud on foot, and arrange tours for further afield with the friendly staff. This is a comfortable spot to call your island home.
Kasih Sayang House – Friendly, Social Hostel
On the outskirts of central Ubud, Kasih Sayang House is a spacious and open traditional Balinese home hosting numerous dormitories as well as some private rooms. The large common areas make this a chill setting for meeting the other travelers and making new friends. Spend time around the pool when you aren’t venturing into town, soaking in the sun and enjoying a tropical breeze.
Green Paddy Hostel – Hostel with the Best Scenery
This is the most scenic hostel of the bunch – overlooking beautiful rice paddy fields, each of the bungalow bedrooms feature unbeatable natural views. Encircling the swimming pool, Green Paddy Hostel is a collection of traditional wooden cottages each accommodating bunk beds or private rooms. A serene and peaceful space, this is the perfect hostel if you are looking to relax. Grab drinks with the other travelers around the pool, and venture into the heart of Ubud just a short drive away. You are ensured a comfortable stay!
Ubad Retreat – Private Hostel Experience
We are going to end on a different kind of hostel experience – Ubad Retreat features only private rooms with cosy furnishings and pool views. A hotel quality accommodation, this is the perfect place to stay if you are tired of squeaky bunk beds and snoring strangers. On the outskirts of the centre you can relax and unwind in peace. The hostel has an on-site restaurant, so you never need to leave to find a good meal! With a traditional Balinese style and design, it is a beautiful place to call your Ubud home.
I just spent a few moment’s trying to decide which is my top favourite between Ubud Tropical and Puji Hostel, but am coming up blank. They are both such unique and homey properties, I may have to give them a joint trophy.
Despite my number 1’s, which of these best hostels in Ubud stood out to you?
Are you looking for somewhere you can sit around and relax, or are you planning to be spending the majority of your time exploring the island?
Backpacking is a unique experience for every traveler, we all create our own habits and preferences as our backpack days progress. But I am so confident you will love whichever hostel you choose, I’d bet a Bintang on it.
Featured image: Ubud Tropical