It was our second week in Bali and we made it to Ubud. Since we didn’t want to pay for a fancy place but still wished to stay somewhere cute, Cody rented a room at Rumah Erwin (Gekko poolgarden studio), a nice guest house 10 minutes walk to the main street. On the photos this place looked small but clean, and it had a pool; What else do you need in Bali. And on the plus side we were paying $25 a night (including all the fees). Great, right?
From the first moment we got here I fell in love with the place. It just felt like home already and all because an amazing host, Erwin. We actually got dropped off at the wrong address at first (some misunderstanding with the Airbnb map) and he just went out and picked us up luggage and all.
While we looked around the property, our friendly host got us a fresh coconut right from the garden in the courtyard and few mangos from the same garden.
The property includes two guest houses where the tourists stay and the house where the host lives. The pool is quite big and beautiful with continuously circulating fresh water. Because of that it didn’t need much chlorine and we could open our eyes underwater.
By the pool there is a small patio with four sun beds, umbrellas, and a shower. The garden and all the plants around the garden are well maintained and taken care of by the same host.
Now what about our guest house. I want to spill it right away – it was great! The room is quite big with a spacious wardrobe, comfortable bed with two side tables, and plugs around each side. There is a shelf for suitcases and a bookshelf with some selection of books.
There is a small kitchen zone with a fridge, a coffee table and an actual table. Everything that you might need you can find in here: silverware, plates, cups and glasses, an electric kettle and a water cooler (yes, the host kindly provided water for us). Coffee, tea, and sugar also were in our small kitchen. Everything else that we needed we just asked Erwin. Each guest house has its own terrace with a couch and a coffee table.
So that was pros and here is a con. That is right, there is only one: the room didn’t have an air conditioner. Although it had a big fan on the ceiling which was nice to have, but it still didn’t cool down the room enough.
Overall, I really liked Rumah Erwin. It was homey and cozy. The host is easy to communicate with and very helpful. All the tips we needed such as where to get a private driver for a day, or do the laundry, or rent a bike, we got from Erwin. I definitely would come back here!
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