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Ubud- Solo traveler wants to find great hotel & avoid Monkey Forest

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Please help me narrow down my choices for a hotel in Ubud for early May.

Two issues are contributing to my not being able to pick a hotel in Ubud.

(1) I don’t want to be at all near the Monkey Forest or the monkeys around it.I am afraid of monkeys on the loose. The more I read about the Monkey Forest the more I feel that way.
Looking at the hotel descriptions it is often hard to tell if hotels are close to the Monkey Forest unless they say ‘five minutes to the Monkey Forest”.

Is every place on Monkey Forest Road a problem for me?

Does walking into Ubud require cutting through the Monkey Forest?
(2)
The second issue is how close to stay to Ubud centre. Is there even a Ubud centre?

I am a woman in her 70’s traveling on my own part of my time in Bali and later Hong Kong. I have travelled solo and in groups quite a bit but I am finding making arrangements in Asia kind of daunting. But I really want to do this trip. (Went to India with a group 10 years ago and it was wonderful.)

I have wanted to visit Ubud for years. Now I find myself going through the hotel listings and getting nowhere.

If I stay in a ‘suburb’ of Ubud, any suggestions?
I am used to booking hotels directly. But now I am thinking a trying BaliDiscovery for a hotel in Ubud. What do you think?

I will be coming to Ubud after three nights in Sanur. I made that reservation on my own.
After four nights in Ubud I am joining a tour group. (We will be
will be traveling for fifteen days in Bali and Java. Our first hotel will be near the Monkey Forest !

WHAT I LIKE IN A LODGING:
I get a kick out of a pretty hotel with character
beauty —especially in the surrounding areas and view, maybe rice fields or water
or beauty in gardens around the hotel
ac (for sleeping)
clean
quiet room
staff that will help if I need a taxi or to find a nearby restaurant
breakfast
inviting swimming pool even if it is small

if beyond walking distance has an accommodating shuttle system
can walk to nearby restaurant or cafe in the evening

I DON'T NEED -----
a large room
a fancy restaurant as part of the hotel
super luxury like five stars would not feel comfortable to me
a spa


i would spend up to $225 including taxes per night but would prefer around $15

I like to wander around shops and town areas on foot.

Another question: I want to take at least 2 full days with a driver and car to see areas out of Sanur and Ubud—the water palace, rice fields, villages, temples, festivals if possible.

Should I book two different drivers, one in Sanur for a long day and one in Ubud for a long day or try to use the same driver for two days?.

Should I book a driver(s) before I leave New York or do it with the hotels in Bali?

Thanks for your thoughts,

JSTravel

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