Hostel Bali – For most travellers who are heading to Bali for a holiday, they will be straight up be living the dream for the duration of their trip. The (usually) great currency exchange rate means that the average traveller can wine, dine, and live like royalty. Happy hour brings about beers for only a few dollars, fresh and abundant ingredients means that meals are only a few dollars more, and the rumbustious crowds will encourage the behaviour that solicits a big night out that would usually burn a hole in your pocket, but because it’s Bali, you’ll wake up pleasantly surprised that you’ve barely even begun. Bali is seriously a bargain.
In terms of accommodation, most resorts, villas, and hotels in Bali are relatively cheap compared to many other countries, however, if you’re really keen to make your dollar stretch, then Bali is definitely the way to go. The sheer number of guesthouses and hostels there is enough to make your mind spin, and most are, in actual fact, super clean, mighty comfortably, and 110% within everybody’s budget. Below we’ve sourced some of the best hotels across Bali for your convenience. Don’t hesitate to check them out, because we guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised.
Hostel Bali Kuta – Indopurejoy House
from 54000 IDR ($3.75USD) for 1 person/night
At a nightly rate like that, you simply can’t complain. And why would you? Indopurejoy Bali offers both dormitory rooms as well as private rooms for travelers on a budget, and all travelers who have stayed here have said they’ve been welcomed with open arms. Not only do you get access to their clean outdoor swimming pool all throughout the year, there’s also a bar onsite for your convenience. If you’re after a friendly vibe, casual pool hangouts, and don’t mind chilling with a crowd of like-minded strangers by the pool during sunset, this is the place for you.
Why Guests Love It: “Honestly the best experience ever – Bernie is amazing!”, “Everyone is so happy here, staff very nice and helpful!”, “This hostel has people to entertain you almost every night! Beds are comfortable!”, “The staff are incredible hosts, they went above and beyond to make us comfortable”, “There is free dinner every night and a pool”.
Book It Here: Indopurejoy House
Hostel Bali Kuta – Celebbest Kuta Hostel
from 70,030 IDR ($4.90USD) for 1 person/night
Smack bang in the heart of Kuta is one of the cleanest, most chill hostel you could come across. You’d think that you’d pay a lot more for the convenience of the location of this property, but for a cool few dollars a night, settle into a clean accommodation that’s just minutes from the beach and Kuta Square. There’s a well maintained outdoor pool if you can’t be bothered heading outside, and a halal breakfast is served every morning – how sweet is that!
Why Guests Love It: “The staff were really nice and helpful, and the hostel is the perfect place to meet people. We extended our stay because we had a really good time”, “Amazing atmosphere, FREE PANCAKES, friendliest staff!”, “One of the best hostels I’ve stayed in. The staff become your friends instantly, take you to cultural events, the cinema, bars, everything”.
Book it here: Celebbest Kuta Hostel
Kuta – Captain Goose
from 75,280 IDR ($5.30USD) for 1 person/night
A 6-minute walk to the beach, Hard Rock Café down the road, Kuta Art Market up the street – Captain Goose charges next to nothing for supreme convenience. You can check-in at anytime with their 24-hour front desk, and swim in the outdoor pool all-year-round. Challenge someone in a table tennis game or darts with the free amenities – you might not even want to leave.
Why Guests Love It: “Location is amazing, bed was comfy, pool was great”, “Air-conditioning was really good, I slept comfortable in the 12-bedroom dorm. It’s a beautiful hostel, well-designed and laid out, we made some great friends”, “Excellent location, 24/7 kitchen with free breakfast”.
Book It Here: Captain Goose
Hostel Bali Seminyak – M Boutique Hostel
from 114,180 IDF ($8.00USD) for 1 person/night
The modern and chic décor of this hostel alone exceeds the value you get for the money you pay to stay here. Staff are famed for keeping this place particularly clean and comfortable, and the pod-style beds are a great way to get a bit of privacy. Everyone is given their own private locker to store things, so you don’t have to worry about where you secure your belongings, and the gorgeous pool with the wooden decking is the perfect place to relax after a long day of exploring. Some impressive features of this hostel include free Wi-Fi, 5-minute drive to Potato Head Beach Club, 7-minute drive to Balu Belig Beach, 10-minute drive to Kayu Aya Street.
Why Guests Love It: “Beds were so so comfy! Showers were hot! Clean rooms! No mosquitos!”, “Very lively and value for money. Even has complimentary breakfast and a swimming pool to boot. Plus they provide beer and other stuff at minimal extra charges”, “Privacy of the beds is awesome, and very quiet despite being in a room with so many other people!”.
Book It Here: M Boutique Hostel
Hostel Bali Seminyak – Cozy Bobo Hostel
from 115,130 IDR ($8.00USD) for 1 person/night
In terms of convenience, this hostel has it all: 12-minutes to the beach, 1.3km to Seminyak Square, 1.5km to Ku De Ta, 1.9km to Petitenget Temple, and 2.3km to Potato Head Beach Club. The hostel is spacious, fresh, and modern – relax at the grounds of the hostel with laid out sunbeds and lounges, or hang indoors in the super clean lounging area with a flat-screen TV and leather couches. There is even a spa outside for you to soak in after a long day.
Why Guests Love It: “Really comfy bed, awesome staff, thanks again to Rio for all the nice conversations and guitar playing and the kindness.”, “Friendly and helpful staff, in a good location 15-minutes from the beach”, “Great hostel which felt a bit luxurious. Comfy beds, air-con, soap and shampoo in the showers, water filter, toast and unlimited coffee”.
Book It Here: Cozy Bobo Hostel
Canggu – Canggu Beach Hostel
from 49,050 IDR ($3.40USD) for 1 person/night
If what you’re after in Bali is big crowds, fun parties, poolside beers, lounging under the sun on sun chairs and meeting new people, then Canggu Beach Hostel is the number one place for you. It’s located only 3-minutes away from the beach, but with a free Wi-Fi service, a water bar in the pool, regular pool parties, and a constant gregarious crowd, you might get exactly what you’re after by just staying at the hostel. The pool even offers superb panoramic views of the surrounding balinese rice fields, and if you’re a surfer, walk 250m away and you’ll arrive at Pererenan Beach and Echo Beach. No doubt about it, you’ll leave this place with great memories.
Why Guests Love It: “Vibe here is super chilled out. Nice pool and the beds are just amazing! The pool-table and restaurant do a really good job too!”, “The beds were super comfy – it didn’t take long to fall asleep and wake up to another fun-filled day at this hostel with the friendly staff and dope guests. This hostel gave me the best experience possible”.
Book It Here: Canggu Beach Hostel
Hostel Bali Canggu – Kampung Canggu
from 100,200 IDR ($7.00USD) for 1 person/night
This 2-star accommodation will feel like a steal once you enter its spacious and clean wooden Balinese-style dorm rooms. For those who are after a private double-bed room, pure white walls match the clean white linen, and you can hardly believe that for the cost of an average meal back home, you get to live in this magnificent accommodation for a few days. The surroundings of the property are fantastic – swim leisurely laps in the expansive pool, or lay on the lounge chairs, mesmerized by the rice paddies that stretch for miles in front of you. All beds are larger than average, and the beach is only 10-minutes away on foot.
Why Guests Love It: “The dorm room is amazing and it’s very cheap for what you get”, “Very nice views, nice pool area, the dorm was enormous, open and very comfortably, big beds”, “Loved the pool area overlooking the rice paddies, amazing spot to chill away from the crazy streets of Canggu”.
Book It Here: Kampung Canggu
Hostel Bali Canggu – The Hide Hostel at Canggu
from 109,200 IDR ($8.00USD) for 1 person/night
If there ever were an example for a luxury hostel stay, the Hide Hostel at Canggu would be the prime candidate. The architecture alone of the hostel is absolutely stunning, and coupled with the gorgeous pool, clean and modern bedding arrangements, and overall tropical paradise vibes of the hostel, and you’ve got yourself a winner. Here, you’ll get free Wi-Fi throughout, access to surrounding beaches, individual modern sleeping pods with USB adaptors for mobile charging, and an American breakfast. For absolute bang for buck, choose this hostel.
Why Guests Loved It: “Amazing amazing amazing! Great place, great staff. Super comfortable beds in pods, so feels very private. Lush swimming pool, great vibe”, “Many areas to chill with your friends. Nice place to stay. Also the area around was beautiful, rice fields and trees”, “Close enough to Batu Bolong without being in the busy zone; walkable to the beach but nice to have a bicycle or school. Just off a great, low-key street”.
Book It Here: The Hide Hostel at Canggu
Ubud – Kememai Hostel
from 70,120 IDR ($4.90USD) for 1 person/night
If you’re after a no-frills accommodation that’s cheap, clean, and got all the necessary amenities for a comfortable stay, then Kememai Hostel is your answer. It’s a simple and charming place that offers free Wi-Fi throughout, an earthy décor that’s both calming and reminiscent of the island life, sturdy bunk beds, and individual lockers for all patrons. Check in at anytime with their 24-hour front desk, and free access the nearby Lagas Hostel’s outdoor pool between the hours of 7:00am and 4:00pm. This hostel is generous in space, so you’ll never feel like you’re pressed for privacy.
Why Guests Love It: “Very friendly staff, beautiful terrace where you can rest, comfortable beds and good breakfast. For this price, you can’t get any better”, “Location was quiet, but close to good cafes and bakeries as well as the monkey forest”, “This hostel is in the small village just south of the main areas of Ubud. I prefer this area as it has a more local feel and is a lot quieter than the (hectic) centre of the town. There is a small supermarket under the hostel, and good cheap eats in the neighbourhood.
Book It Here: Kememai Hostel
Hostel Bali Ubud – Wanderlust Hostel
from 71,250 IDR ($4.95USD) for 1 person/night
This hostel goes above and beyond for its customers: think big, thick comfortable mattress to sleep on, a larger-than-average pool with plenty of lounge chairs lining it, spacious lounging areas where you can rest and relax, and superbly maintained shared bathroom facilities. It’s also set right in the heart of Ubud, meaning you can easily access Ubud Palace or Ubud Market, both of which are only 700 away. The city centre is 500m away, so you’re never far from the bars, restaurants, and cafes should you want to venture out.
Why Guests Love It: “Loved that it was a little bit away from the hustle and bustle but easy walking distance. The pool, chilled atmosphere and pods were lovely!”, “Beer and water are able to be purchased and they are a fair price. Pool is beautiful and people are really friendly”, “Large lockers for the backpackers which is awesome”.
Book It Here: Wanderlust Hostel
Hostel Bali Ubud – In Da Lodge
from 100,180 IDR ($7.00USD) for 1 person/night
An easy 1-minute walk from the beach but also offering a fantastic pool on-site, In Da Lodge is the perfect cheap summer getaway accommodation. Tastefully decorated with Balinese-influenced furnishings, the bedrooms are generous, clean, and pleasant on the eyes. There’s a rustic/bohemian vibe throughout this property, and the crowds are usually fun, relaxed, and friendly. You can hang out all day at the lodge (there are plenty of areas to lounge around in), or head out to Ubud Market which is just 500m away.
Why Guests Love It: “Very clean, friendly, and helpful staff, nice place to chill and relax, but at the same time close to everything. Excellent value for money!”, “The location is close to all amenities (restaurants, beach, supermarkets). The staff are so friendly and helpful”, “The social area is amazing – the pool area and the hammocks”, “Not only is it as cheap as it is beautiful, but the environment is very sociable and cool!”.
Book It Here: In Da Lodge
Uluwatu – Uluwatu Backpackers
from 79,000 IDR ($5.50USD) for 1 person/night
Located close to Uluwatu Temple and Padang Padang Beach is Uluwatu Backpackers, a proven great, cheap accommodation option for those who just want a decent place to relax after days of exploring Bali. This property features a gorgeous luscious garden and a terrace. The pool is massive and clean, and honestly looks like something out of a tropical paradise magazine. There’s even a bar on-site so you won’t need to head out for a cold beer on the balmy summer afternoons. Every room is fitted with a private bathroom and shower, and some rooms even offer pool views.
Why Guests Love It: “A really good hostel with a pool! Each room had two toilets and two showers which was really nice. The staff were nice. Wey was amazing! Would definitely recommend this place!”, “The rooms were pretty dope and the bathrooms are nice for how much they charge. There’s a sweet pool and some bean bags to chill on, a yummy-as pizza place next door too. Great value for money”.
Book It Here: Uluwatu Backpackers
Hostel Bali Uluwatu – Bingin Inn
from 150,060 IDR ($10.40USD) for 1 person/night
Bingin Inn is a budget accommodation that feels and looks like a luxury villa. It’s got everything that you need for the perfect stay – comfortable beds, great location, stunning pool with a gorgeous surrounding garden, and amazing staff. You can walk to the beach in literally 8-minutes. All rooms have air-conditioning, and guests can even order food from the on-site restaurant to eat in the comfort of their rooms. It’s an absolute steal for that price.
Why Guests Love It: “It’s a great location off the main road and my friends and I have been coming here for many years”, “Rooms are big and clean, beds are comfortable, pool perfect to chill before and after the beach, the flowers everywhere, small restaurant is all you need, and staff is as nice as can be”, “Super friendly staff and perfect location if you don’t want to rent a scooter”.
Book It Here: Bingin Inn
Hostel Bali Amed – Bali Fab Dive Center
from 59,620 IDR ($4.20USD) for 1 person/night
This accommodation is as simple and no-frills as you can get, but for that price, you wouldn’t expect anymore or any less. Surrounded by gardens, anyone staying here will feel a sense of calm once they enter. There is a small terrace where you can have a coffee or a meal whilst looking out at the garden. The beds are larger-than-average, and the rooms are spacious and clean. Pay a little extra and you can stay in a private bungalow. There are hammocks set up around the property so you can laze around in during the day, and if you’re down to cook up a storm, BBQ facilities are at your disposal. They can even arrange your diving and snorkeling activities.
Why Guests Love It: “Excellent staff, very good price for diving compared to other diving facilities. One night is free if you take two dives…”, “Secluded from the main road, quiet area, good cheap restaurants nearby, cheap spa. Very friendly and helpful staff. Clean facilities, comfy mattresses”.
Book It Here: Bali Fab Dive Centre
Amed – Bali Sari Homestay
from 70,050 IDR ($4.85USD) for 1 person/night
This hostel is a whooping 20m away from Amed Beach, and yet it’s surrounded by tropical greenery that adds to its wonderful views of the beach and the mountains. All the rooms offer a fan and an air-conditioner with a private balcony which opens to calming views of the greenery below. The dorm beds are not your average bunks, but rather are wider, comfortable single beds with a mosquito net. Bathrooms are clean and simple, and you’ll receive your own private locker. You’ll feel worlds away from the urban cities here as you wake up to the silence of the ocean and nature.
Why Guests Love It: “Rooms were perfect and the little balcony area with seating was great. Hot shower was an added bonus! Food was nice with a good enough selection for breakfast”, “Really good value for money. The owners were very kind people and picked us up in the Mt. Batur region for a good price”, “My room was very simple but clean and tiny and right over the beach”, “I stayed here last year and it was amazing. This year is even better. The new rooms are stunning and so comfortable. The little garden is gorgeous and is right on the beach”.
Book It Here: Bali Sari Homestay
As you can see, you are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to affordable and decent accommodation choices across all of Bali. Some of these rooms cost less than a meal for a night, which is quite ridiculous when you think about it! Take advantage of these prices, make new friends, lounge by the pools, and explore your way through Bali without breaking the bank. If you hop to every area listed in this article staying at these hostels, you can bet you’ll still have plenty of money leftover to stay a few more months!
I’ve stayed in a couple of those places, and yes they are cheap, but you get what you pay for, great for budget traveling.