River View Room, Monkey Forest Road

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Jalan Monkey Forest (Monkey Forest Road, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Central location, yet set back from the busy road in a lush, tropical garden next to a river.

Enjoy aircon, wifi, en-suite, a choice of breakfast on your private balcony & free tea/coffee during the day. Our friendly staff are waiting to greet you.

The Space

A calm oasis, yet right in the middle of town...

A choice of two lovely double bedrooms, both with private balconies overlooking a delightfully lush tropical garden.

The Lotus View and River View offer a blend of modern facilities merged with traditional touches.

Beautiful hand-carved Balinese doors, brightly coloured furnishings, a wardrobe with plenty of coat hangers and western style en-suite bathrooms.

The rooms are non-smoking with daily housekeeping.

The garden is on three levels as it goes down to the river and its small waterfall. There are papaya and banana trees, jepun and hibiscus flowers, chili and aloe vera plants.

You walk down steps of the leaf-imprinted pathway, embedded with words such as 'harmony' and 'gratitude' to your room on the ground floor.

You can sit on the bale (gazebo) with a cup of coffee and a book, or your laptop. It's a great place to meditate and we can even arrange an outdoor massage there for you, or provide you a mat for yoga under warm Balinese skies.

Although Rumah Jepun is set in a quiet and tranquil garden it's only 2 mins walk to the many shops, cafes, bars and spas along the busy Monkey Forest Road.

If this room isn't available try its sister room, Lotus View Room: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/761611.

Note: the two rooms at Rumah Jepun are ideal for singles, couples or two friends who are happy to share a double room.

Guest Access

Your en-suite room comes with wifi, aircon and a private balcony which overlooks the garden.

Sun-loungers are available or you can chill out in the bale (a thatched gazebo) next to the river.

Drinking water is freely available and our housekeeper will also make you a choice of breakfasts, plus tea and coffee during the day.

Interaction with Guests

Our friendly, live-in staff will greet you and offer a welcome drink. If we know your arrival time they can also help to bring your bags from the street to your room.

I'm nearly always here to welcome you too and can answer any queries and have a chat about Bali and its unique culture.

Some guests have even joined me for a meal, drink or a night-out dancing at Yaniq's gig (my Balinese partner).

We are looking forward to welcoming you in the River View Room at Rumah Jepun - the home of a poet (published in 'A Taste of Bali' and 'Life's Journeys').

The Neighborhood

Ubud oozes with culture, scenery, temples, spas, art museums, meditation, alternative therapies, adventure, great shopping for handicrafts and even the yoga barn is less than 20 mins walk away.

This is topped off with a wide range of restaurants, cafes, bars, traditional performances and great live music.

The folder in your room gives lots of ideas and you can ask me for more details.

Getting around

We're right in the middle of Ubud.

The monkey forest, with hundreds of monkeys, is less than 10 mins walk away. The market and palace are easy walking distance at the other end of the Monkey Forest Road.

A map of Ubud is in the folder in your room and we can help you book a taxi to take you further afield to visit temples, rice terraces, the volcano or the beach.

We can also arrange an airport pick-up, just give us your flight details.

Other Things to Note

Bali is a tropical island so the weather tends to be warm, to hot, all year round, frequently reaching 30 deg c.

So you might want to cool off in our neighbouring hotel's swimming pool for a small fee, alternatively the nearest beach is only about an hour away.

The volcano is approximately an hour away too - in the opposite direction! Maybe you want to go to the hot springs there?

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $260 /week
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We had a great time at Julies place! The house is located very central in Ubud, and yet with a countryside feeling, very quiet , only the sounds of nature! And Julie is the perfect host! We had some nice and interesting chats during our stay at Rumah Jepun. Julie, as well as her staff, made us feel welcome and homely. River View Room was perfectly clean and cozy. We are looking forward to come back the next time we go to Ubud! Highly recommended!!

    March 2014
  • We had a great stay at Rumah Jepun with its absolutely beautiful garden! It's a very clean, charming and relaxing place to stay and I would recommend it to anyone. Julie is a lovely host and her staff is very friendly and helpful. Julie was very accommodating and she sure can give you great advice on what to do and where to go. We loved our stay!

    March 2014
  • Was very pleased to arrive to this oasis in central Ubud. Julie and her staff are as friendly and helpful as you can imagine. She provided a long list of recommendations of things to do in Ubud and was also present to help with any other questions we may have had. Julie was personable and got to know us without ever being overbearing or not respectful of privacy. Fantastic, would book again.

    January 2014
  • Julie is an amazing host and her house is bedded in the middle of its own paradise. Located 5min from the Monkey Forest and the Palast, i can really recommand to stay their and trying out the best banana pancakes I had so far!

    January 2014
  • This is a great spot. The location couldn't be more central but the property is tucked far behind the commercial facade of the street-- you follow a small path about a hundred meters that leads to a beautiful garden oasis. Julie lives upstairs and she and her staff are extremely welcoming. The room itself is pretty basic but it is clean, has air conditioning, and very fast internet (many places in Bali don't). Breakfast was delicious and her team helped arrange transportation for our departure. The price is unbeatable for this prime location and hospitality.

    January 2014
  • We stayed at Rumah Jepun for 4 nights. The room was spotless, the garden beautiful, and we had a lovely porch where we enjoyed a delicious breakfast every morning. Centrally located on Monkey Forest Road, the guest house is set back far from the road so it's very peaceful and you can't hear any noise from the traffic or bars. Julie was a helpful and friendly host, who gave us a lot of good advice on sights to see and places to eat. A little on the two rooms: while identical in size, the river view room (where we stayed) is bright, looks out on both gardens and definitely has a nicer view. However, if one is looking to sleep in, the sunlight might wake you up in the morning. The lotus view room only looks out on the upper garden, while the other window faces the pathway between the house and wall (and is also next to the kitchen). The staff are very friendly and accommodating. If you are looking for a peaceful place to stay in central Ubud, I would highly recommend Rumah Jepun.

    December 2013
  • Rumah Jepun is a great place to stay! Julie, Ge'de and Ketut could not be more helpful and welcoming. The rooms are modern and well maintained. Breakfast on the veranda every morning was so fabulous--listening to the sounds of Bali waking up. Try the famous banana pancakes. You won't be disappointed! Julie's love of the island is truly an asset as she can guide you to see and experience the most beautiful parts of Bali. Centrally located and no need for a car/motorbike--I walked nearly everywhere. The guys will take you anywhere farther (on motorbike) if need be. Highly recommended!

    October 2013
  • Julie's home and garden are beautiful and her love of Bali is evident. Her knowledge of the local culture and environs was very helpful and added great meaning to our stay. Gaday's breakfasts were delicious and he was always quick to offer tea at just the perfect time. All this and Julie's generosity with her time made for a lovely stay in Bali and we look forward to returning someday.

    October 2013
  • Well I almost want to review this place poorly so that I can keep it to myself but how can one say any bad thing at all about paradise??

    I don't even know where to start; I have so many good experiences!

    First of, Julie is a gem. The amount of legwork she does for you is backed by a genuine desire for you to see Bali and its people through her eyes. It's pure beauty. She is genuine, smart, beautiful, gentle and knowledgeable. She will tell you everything you need to know yet is never intrusive or pushy with suggestions.

    If you come to Bali knowing nothing you will not leave that way.

    After a few days of taking her up on suggestions I just trusted her and she did not steer me wrong. I usually like doing my own thing but this is the first time I let someone plan agendas for me because she was just bang on for everything.

    And then there is Gedday, her trusty caretaker who makes the best food. His banana pancakes are the best and when you watch him groom the garden and pick papayas (that you then get in your breakfast) you start to notice that he does everything with love and nurture. All her staff is wonderful.

    Next is the house. Ubud is a pretty busy place but walk a few feet into an unassuming alleyway and you will find a paradise away from the bustle.
    The room is bright and always so pleasant smelling and clean and the porch is great for watching the cats stalk birds they never seem to catch. You can sit for hours eating, drinking tea, meditating, writing, chatting etc. The garden is bright and colorful and tended to with love.
    The house is also central. A few minutes walking gets you everywhere.

    I'm already preparing dates for my return in the spring.

    I really don't know why you would stay anywhere else in Ubud and consequently Bali. And I don't know why you'd wanna stay with anyone else either...

    As I said I wish I could keep this place a secret...a Secret Garden

    October 2013
  • This place is very conveniently located, very central, but still quiet at night. Julie, the landlady, was very helpful with tipps about where to go and what to do in Ubud. I stayed there for three nights and for this it was perfect.

    September 2013
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The man in the photo is Pasek, he built the house on Ketut Astana's land and you are likely to meet him here... along with the friendly and helpful staff, Gede, Tedy and Ketut (who can all make great pancakes!). Bali's people, culture, landscape and architecture fascinate and inspire me. The inspiration results in poetry - some poems have been published while others have been turned into lyrics for a Balinese songwriter. Come and visit Ubud and experience the beauty and inspiration for yourself. Bali - a place like no other.
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