Downtown ubud hotel

Mar 24th, 2009, 05:06 AM
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Keep us posted on your trip planning, Bob. We loved Ubud (the hotel where we stayed was authentic and local (and relatively inexpensive), but lots of steps to get around the place. If you need that, I'll dig it up. Hope you're having fun in LA
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Mar 24th, 2009, 02:24 PM
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chris 813...we will be interested in your comments about the Kajane Mua. We are interested in the 2 bedroom villas. Where are they located in the property, living room area, pool situation, cleanliness etc. Anything you can see either pro or con. Maybe a few pix of how it looks now vs the publicity ones from their site. Thanks
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Mar 24th, 2009, 02:27 PM
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Chris813..If you have any comments you don't want to be put out pubically you can email us at [email protected] for more private thoughts..thanks
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Mar 28th, 2009, 07:00 AM
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I've been at Kajane Mua a day and a half, and so far I have rave reviews. The staff is indeed wonderful. The room is great, very clean, no issues. I'm staying in the Danu cluster (4 rooms share a pool) which is very economical since I'm here on my own. It's $108 tax incl. I had a swim in the pool today and it's also very clean. I do agree that there's a lack of seating in the room. The lighting doesn't seem bad to me. The property is very centrally located, and the staff are happy to take you to locations in Ubud in one of their 5 vehicles (I've already done this twice). I agree that breakfast was just okay. Btw, there is free wi-fi on the property which was another selling point for me when I was looking at hotels.

kmkrnn, I asked to see a 2-bed villa but they are all full until Weds, so I will try to see one then, take photos, and email them to your msn address.

I have to say I'm amazed that I had a 90-min massage today for 10 bucks!
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Mar 28th, 2009, 09:33 AM
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chris...karen wants to know where exactly the property is....we have seen it on two different maps in two slightly different areas.....is it at the bottom of the hill on monkey forrest rd? is it slightly further away...

how hilly is the property?

anxious to see the pictures... thanks a bunch....the rooms we have been promised are: danu--2 bedroom or loji 2 bedroom....if you can see either of these it would be helpful and pics would be appreciated...

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Apr 3rd, 2009, 07:57 AM
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Kajane is on Monkey Forest Rd about an 8-minute walk to the Monkey forest at the bottom of the hill, or going the other direction it's about a 15-min walk to the Ubud market.

The back side of the property, beyond the reception desk, is hilly. There are a fair amount of steps and it's around 5 mins walking leisurely to get to the back of the property where the 2-bd villas are. I took photos of the route, steps and the 2-bedroom villa and am sending them to your msn address. They also have a long winding ramp that's for a buggy and said that will be in service very soon to transport people who don't want to do the stairs.

My final thoughts after 6 nights at Kajane:
- I enjoyed staying there and got good value for the money.
- Having Internet wi-fi free in the room was awesome.
- Continuous great service by the staff. They went above and beyond to help me.
- I'd rate it as a 3.5 star hotel rather than a 4 star. Things like towels and ammenities are adequate but not fancy.
- Breakfast is boring, but they are aware of this and working on it. They asked for my ideas/suggestions.
- Their shuttle service is fantastic. I used it many times and never had to wait.
- I wanted to stay in 1 location in Bali as I'd been traveling all over Asia and needed to chill out. However, if I was just going to Bali for vacation, I think 3 or 4 days in Ubud is plenty and I'd move to a second location.

I strongly suggest contacting Putu Arnawa if you need a driver. He's the best - truly a nice guy, safe driver, congenial, full of good info.

Lastly, I really enjoyed Cafe Wayan (next door to Kajane) for dinner. Three Monkeys across the street was also very good.

Happy planning!
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Apr 3rd, 2009, 01:18 PM
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Chris thanks as you have confirmed my assessment of it .One always wonders , especially given the rave reviews on Trip Advisor , that I was being harsh . It would be so easy for them to rectify those things which in the overall are small but nonetheless important details in a place that claims to be 4 star .

By the way how did you make your booking as it is a very good price ?
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Apr 3rd, 2009, 03:08 PM
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I emailed Kajane directly via the email address provided on their website. In addition to the good rate, they included 1 60-minute massage, 1 pizza lunch, and a tailormade cotton blazer (the blazer wasn't an item I'd wear so they swapped it for a cotton bathrobe instead and I got to pick the colors). Everyplace is struggling in this economy, but Kajane was between 70 and 90% full during my stay.
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Apr 3rd, 2009, 07:33 PM
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chris thanks for this additional info....i will look for the pics. on our other site...

bob and karen
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Apr 3rd, 2009, 07:38 PM
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chris....i did not receive any photos....if you have already sent them would you mind doing it again please...

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Apr 4th, 2009, 07:32 AM
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thanks chris....those pics are perfect and now we know that we will be very happy at kajane.....
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Apr 4th, 2009, 08:50 AM
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Sure, he'll be happy and I will be miserable. I didn't see any escape hatches in the pictures. Trapped in Ubud!
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Apr 4th, 2009, 10:03 AM
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with any luck, he will take a walk into the rice paddies, never to be seen again, except by the spiders who will bite him to death....
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Apr 4th, 2009, 05:07 PM
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You'll be happy to know I didn't see a lone spider in Ubud! And I must've been lucky because I also didn't see many mosquitos and escaped without a single bite.

One other thing I forgot to tell you about Kajane - they are in the process of building more villas, and there are two one bedrooms next to each other that would have zero hills/steps to get to. It's not the 2-bedroom you were looking for, but might be another option to consider. (on second thought, it would probably be more expensive to go that route...)
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Apr 4th, 2009, 05:49 PM
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No, we can't take two separate buildings. The most fun I have is waking up at 5:30 a.m. and banging the front door on my way out for a run. Then, I bang it again when I get back. Run the shower, making the pipes clatter and wish everyone a "Good Morning!".
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Apr 4th, 2009, 06:10 PM
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and nothing starts our day any better than a barash of swears at him when he tries to annoy us....its part of his overall 'meism'.....it starts the day on the right note....
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Apr 4th, 2009, 07:20 PM
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we have made our reservations for a 2 bedroom suite at kajane for may, 2010....

so the trip on bali will be 4 nites at sanur at tanjung sari, 6 nites at kajane mua in ubud and finally 6 nites at villa kipis in seminyak... many people get templed out...is there any chance i won't get gpanda'ed out? someone has to do it or he would not have one single friend on this earth...

now we need to get our airfares straightened out but with FF tickets that must wait a few months... and i have to decide how much time i will add on for bangkok and hua hin....
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Apr 5th, 2009, 02:31 AM
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Chris thanks for that information . I am going back in late May / early June and was not going to stay but at that price and on the strength of your excellent review I may give it another go and stay where you did etc as I do like the position .
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Apr 5th, 2009, 05:59 AM
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john, KM also gave us some special pricing for our 6 day stay and it included the same items as chris listed....
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Apr 5th, 2009, 07:42 AM
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Hmm... I stayed near Villa Kipis on my last stay in Bali. Chances are at least one of you (my money is on Bob) will not be able to find their way back there after setting off on foot.
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