Umahku Hostel, Seminyak

 In Asia, Backpacking, Indonesia
Despite it being the very first day of our adventure, when we arrived in Seminyak we very much took the spontaneous approach. Like really spontaneous.
Like, turn up at 8 pm when it’s dark, you can’t see anything and you haven’t got any wifi to use maps approach.
Feeling rather out of our comfort zone, I instantly remembered why it’s nice to book your first nights accommodation ahead of time to get yourself settled in.
‘Can you recommend a hostel in Seminyak?’ I said to our taxi driver.
‘Hotel?’
‘No, hostel?’
‘What’s a hostel?’
‘Backpacker accommodation’
blank face
 
We came to the conclusion very quickly that the taxi driver had no idea what we were on about and taking his advice probably wasn’t going to be beneficial.
With that in mind we hopped out at a gorgeous little cafe called ‘The Earth Cafe’ where we grabbed a beaut dinner (Buckwheat noodles, shittake mushrooms and broccoli dish with soy and ginger dressing) before linking up to their WIFI and hostel hunting.
Nothing like last minute planning.
By this point, despite having our appetites satisfied we just wanted to dump our bags and settle somewhere. So with little research we found the closest hostel to where we were in the centre of Seminyak – The Umahku B+B Hostel.

 

The hostel is located a 1 minute minute walk from all the gorgeous cafes and shops on Jl. Kayu Aya. A 20 minute walk to the beach where you can find popular spots like Potato Head beach club, W Hotel, and many other beach front offerings.
COMING SOON TO MY BLOG – My Guide to Seminyak
Price?
120,000 Rph per night for a bed in dorm {£6 a night}
What are the dorms like?
Each bed comes with a pull across curtain which is great for privacy and for blocking out the light in the rest of the dorm if you’re looking for an early night. 

 

The dorms are fully air conditioned with a remote to adjust the temperature to your preference.
Each bed comes with a locker (inclusive in price) which is big enough to fit your whole backpack in should you want to secure anything. This is perfect for peace of mind during the day and was particularly great for me because I was carrying a lot of technology with me that i didn’t want to carry around with me or leave unattended. 

The sheets in the bed were very clean and changed daily.
Hostel Facilities
– Modern communal bathroom area in the open air
– gorgeous waterfall showers
– friendly helpful staff
– communal area where fellow travellers and staff leave food for all
– water dispenser
– bean bags + chill are for watching TV and films
– Umah Kopi coffee bar attached to the hostel with great coffee
– Access and use of neighbour pool and bar Fat Buddha 

 

My Thoughts:
I absolutely loved this Hostel!Umahku is the perfect hostel for those wanting to explore Seminyak and stay within a low budget. Umahku is ideal for backpackers, particularly first time backpackers, as I know my best friend was pleasantly surprised by her first hostel encounter.

We stayed in March 2016 and our dorm was around half occupied. I’m not sure if it was the time of year or the general hostel vibe, but it was definitely no party hostel.
Saying that it was in the perfect location, quiet at night and great for a good nights sleep.

Umahku was my first experience of an Asian Hostel (I stayed in B+B’s in Asia last time around as they are only an extra pound or two) and I was too pleasantly surprised.
The facilities and dorm were very clean and very modern, the staff were extremely helpful and when our cards weren’t accepted at check in the lovely guy at reception said not to worry and that we’d simply settle up the next day.
I love the amount of trust in Indonesia.
There is just this mutual respect between everyone which is ridiculously refreshing, a respect which means you just don’t mug each other off at all. It’s a very pleasant atmosphere to be in + should you stay in Bali, i know you will feel instantly at home. 

THANK YOU FOR READING…
Have you guys ever been to Seminyak?
What was your experience like?
Happy adventuring 🙂
Mollie xxxx
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