The Ashram Hotel was started by a foundation with the idea of helping needy Balinese get a good education. It's location is out of this world, truely world class: on a bluff overlooking the lake with temple in the midground and mountains in the background.
That said, the property has seen better days and is well past it's prime. But if you can rough it a bit you will experience wonderful scenery and local culture all at a very low cost.
As a photography enthusiast, I would definitely stay there again.