Ubud, on the island of Bali, Indonesia is the free-spirited backpacker’s paradise. Every backpacker dreams of visiting the lush forests and beautiful beaches of Bali, Indonesia. Ubud, located a bit off the coast in the center of the island, is the island’s cultural center. Here, backpackers will find some of Bali’s most beautiful sites – expansive green rice fields, palm tree-filled forests, waterfalls, and incredible local architecture. 

Perhaps even more attractive for backpackers, is the variety of cultural activities Ubud has to offer. Tourists can sign up for a multi-day yoga or meditation retreatvisit a local coffee farm and try 50+ different flavors of coffee, drink coconut water straight from the coconut while on a walk through the farmlands, or spend a day touring ancient Balinese temples.

It’s not difficult to find authentic Indonesian dishes in the restaurants of Ubud. Locals know that tourists visiting Ubud like a taste of authentic Indonesia. Restaurants commonly serve dishes such as Bebek Gorang (Crispy Duck), Balinese Satay (Beef, Chicken and Prawns, often served as a kabob), and Bubur Injin (sweet black rice with coconut milk).

Despite all of its incredible attractions, Ubud remains a calm peaceful place for backpackers to unwind. Many travelers, especially those who are constantly on the move, will find themselves anchoring down here for weeks, months, or for a select few, even years. It’s the kind of place backpackers never want to leave. A community can be found here both among the incredibly friendly locals and the international backpackers from all around the world. 

Choosing the right hostel is the first step in finding that community, so exploring the following top hostels in Ubud is a great place to start!

Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.6) Booking.com (*9.2) 

 Starts at ($24) for 8 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Conveniently located next to the famous “Yoga Barn,” Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel is a young traveler’s paradise. It’s the perfect mix between luxurious and comfortable, and social and hip. Most travelers who choose to stay at Puri Garden are looking for a place they can relax, explore, and meet fellow travelers. Most travelers choose to stay in the 8-bed dorm rooms, but private rooms with twin and double beds are also available. 

If they wanted to, travelers could spend their whole vacation within the hostel walls and never get bored. It’s fully equipped with its own bar and restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and lounge area, an indoor media center to relax with a movie, and a free daily yoga class. Each night it hosts a variety of events including live music, BBQ nights, and Balinese dance shows. Even more special, are the free manicures and massages by the pool, and the “puppy therapy” playpen where visitors simply get to play with puppies for fun. 

Travelers who choose to stay at Puri Garden Hostel pay more than the average hostel in Ubud, but they’re rewarded with the best array of amenities Ubud has to offer. This is the kind of hostel for guests seeking out a vacation from their vacation.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free yoga classes
  • Free massages
  • Bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Swimming Pool

Reviews:

  • “Easy to meet people from all around the world.”
  • “Brilliant atmosphere”
  • “Amazingly clean”
  • “Welcoming and friendly staff”
  • “Puppy therapy, manicures and massages are AMAZING”

Ubud Rice Field House

HostelWorld (*9.4) Map

 Starts at ($10) for 8 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Travelers looking for a slightly more remote, quiet experience will love the Ubud Rice Field House. Only a 5 minute walk away from Ubud Main Street, this hostel is located right next to Ubud’s majestic rice fields. Visitors here will enjoy views of the fields, along with the beautiful local gardens and the nearby mountains. They’ll also enjoy watching a spectacular sunset from the hostel’s balcony just above the swimming pool. 

Guests at Ubud Rice Fields House often lounge on an outdoor terrace next to the pool and get to know each other in the communal area downstairs. This hostel keeps it calm and simple for the traveler who doesn’t need any extra frills, and the price reflects that.

Travelers seeking a more authentic experience of Ubud will particularly enjoy the location of this hostel, as it is close to the tourist hub, but just far enough that the area feels like a truer version of Ubud, not dressed up just for the tourists’ sake. Rooms here are basic but cozy. Guests can choose between an 8-bed dorm, a female-only 8-bed dorm, and a private room.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Free breakfast
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Security Lockers
  • Swimming Pool

Reviews

  • “Peaceful and relaxing”
  • “Beautiful location away from all the hustle and bustle, but not too far from town”
  • “Tasty breakfast and helpful staff”
  • “Super chill vibe”

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Puji Hostel – Ubud

HostelWorld (*8.5) Booking.com (*7.8) 

Map Starts at ($7) for 8 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Puji Hostel is another great option for outdoor lovers. It’s centrally located in town, right next to a variety of restaurants and shops, but it’s still got tranquil views of the rice fields. Guests can relax in the pool while overlooking the growing rice just inches away. Perhaps the most special amenity this hostel has to offer is its balconies and patios attached to each room. Guests can relax with some fresh air and a view of the lush greenery each morning and watch the sunset in the distance.

Visitors to Puji Hostel can choose between 6 and 8-bed dorm rooms or their own private bungalows on the property. Each room has its own bathroom, hot shower, and air conditioning. The staff at Puji hostel are also always available to book day tours all around Bali. Many guests often enjoy bicycling the streets nearby the hostel, and motorbikes can be rented directly on the property.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Free breakfast
  • Motorbike rental
  • Shared Kitchen
  • Balconies in each room
  • Private bungalows

Reviews:

  • “The staff went above and beyond to make sure we had a good visit.”
  • “Great privacy in the dorms.”
  • “Perfect location away from the noise”
  • “Walking distance to everything.”

Pillow Inn – Ubud

HostelWorld (*8.3) Booking.com (*8.7) 

Map Starts at ($10) for 12 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

At Pillow Inn, it’s all about the atmosphere. This is a hostel for backpackers looking for fun socializing with other travelers while also having the opportunity for some relaxing chill time away from the fast-paced traveling lifestyle. 

Pillow Inn guests enjoy daily morning yoga classes on the rooftop, as well as weekly barbecues, movie nights, and “acoustic Wednesdays” for live music. Guests have full access to a pool and food and drinks with Pillow Inn’s on-site bar and restaurant. Right outside of the hostel is some of Ubud’s best nightlife, and guests are within walking distance of the Monkey Forest and plenty of other popular tourist attractions.

Pillow Inn guests rave about the hostel’s “privacy pods.” These dorm beds are designed to feel like a private room and include large lockers with each bed big enough for even the biggest backpacking backpack.

Prices here are slightly higher than the average Ubud hostel, but guests can arrange to do a work exchange for a free stay! Pillow Inn often requests yoga teaching, bartending and reception work for this deal.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Hot Tub
  • Swimming Pool
  • Bicycle Hire
  • On site Barbecue
  • Fridge/Freezer

Reviews:

  • “Fantastic social atmosphere.”
  • “The pod beds are brilliant for privacy.”
  • “Breakfast is delicious!”
  • “Comfy beds with clean bathrooms.”

In Da Lodge – Ubud

HostelWorld (*7.5) Booking.com (*7.8)

 Map Starts at ($7) for 24 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

In Da Lodge is just up the hill outside of the heart of Ubud creating a conveniently located yet quiet atmosphere. With a pool, bar, restaurant, barbecue, and reception for tour booking, visitors here are well equipped with anything they may need during their stay in Ubud.

The bar and common area provide a great way to meet fellow travelers, and travelers love lounging by the pool surrounded by an abundance of greenery. The buildings are designed with traditional Balinese style, and the restaurant offers a variety of local dishes.

Each room includes its own balcony, and guests can choose between a variety of dorm and private room options including a 24-bed dorm, 7-bed dorm, a family room, and a private double bed. Prices are very reasonable at In Da Lodge given all of the amenities offered.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Swimming Pool
  • Library
  • Tour booking 
  • Bar and Restaurant

Reviews:

  • “Sociable and fun.”
  • “Looks like a temple.”
  • “Price is perfect and a great location.”
  • “Peaceful with reasonably priced food.”

Wayan’s Family Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.1) Booking.com (*8.5) 

Map Starts at ($8) for 4 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Wayan’s Family Hostel is all about its incredible location right in the heart of Ubud. It’s walking distance to the famous Monkey Forest, and most popular historical tourist attractions. Here, a traveler’s biggest struggle will be choosing what to do and where to eat when they step outside their hostel door.

Within the hostel walls, Wayan’s family offers a tranquil living space, with architecture designed with a traditional Balinese house in mind. Guests will find beautiful statues and temple-like buildings all around the property, not to mention all of the lush greenery. Walking through this hostel is almost like walking through the nearby forest!

All rooms are equipped with internet and a variety of different room options are available, including a 4-bed dorm, a female-only dorm, and twin and double private rooms. Wayan’s Family Hostel is known for the value guests to get for the price. Travelers won’t empty their wallets at this hostel, but they’ll still be provided a cozy, clean, convenient place to stay during their trip to Bali.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Free breakfast
  • Hot showers
  • Adapters
  • Free Wifi
  • Swimming Pool

Reviews:

  • “Great for women traveling alone.”
  • “Lush, calm and beautiful property!”
  • “Fantastic location close to everything”
  • “Fabulous staff.”

Ubud is one of those places where travelers often get stuck. It’s hard to leave a place that’s all about peace, serenity, wellness, mindfulness, and community. People from all over the world flock here for self-improvement – whether that means clearing the mind through intensive meditation courses, empowering the body through yoga, or challenging one’s courage in trying new foods, exploring new places, and meeting all different sorts of people. 

It’s easy to feel well rounded in Ubud. Travelers might wake up to a calm walk through the rice fields in the morning, learn about the history of an ancient temple in the afternoon, meet new friends over a coffee tasting in the evening, and then let loose at night with Ubud’s hip nightlife. 

It’s a place where cultures from all over the world are mixed and shared. The down to earth, friendly locals are happy to mingle with the tourists, and those who take advantage of this are well rewarded with unique insight into a beautiful culture. Due to its unique culture, spectacular scenery, and an incredible array of adventures to embark upon, Ubud is certainly not a place to be missed on any Southeast Asia traveler’s itinerary.

Hostels in Ubud