Category: Hotels

Batu Karas Accommodation

There are just a few accommodation options in Batu Karas. The majority of visitors to Batu Karas are Indonesians, so avoid arriving on weekends, or public holidays, unless you book ahead – Batu Karas hotels fill up quickly at these times.

During busy, holiday periods, hotel rates can quadruple.

Bonsai Bungalows, Java Cove, and Teratai Hotel are the only hotels in the center of the village, near the best surf break. The others are over the hill to the north towards the secondary surf (reef) break.

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Bonsai Bungalows

This Australian owned hotel is my top choice. It’s extremely well managed, clean, and has a very helpful staff. Its design also blends well with the rustic atmosphere of Batu Karas.

They have four rooms with twin beds, and two large rooms that sleep six. Air conditioning and hot water showers are available. Rates start at Rp.150,000 for a fan room with a cold shower – there is a community hot shower that everyone has access to at no additional charge. Complementary coffee will be waiting for you every morning on your veranda.

Phone:+62 26 5709 3199

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Java Cove

As far upscale as you can go in Batu Karas, Australian owned Java Cove offers plush, air conditioned rooms, with cable TV, and hot water for Rp.900,000. They have other room options all along the price scale, down to a fan room, with cold water shower for Rp.150,000. Their restaurant serves up fresh bread flown in from Bandung, and the best (and only) pizza and western breakfast in town.

Phone:+62 26 708 2020

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Teratai Hotel

Teratai is getting all new rooms that are scheduled to be complete 12 September, 2010. They have twin rooms and bungalows with fan and cold water showers from Rp.150,000. Leni, the owner, is a delight.

Phone:+62 26 5708 2024, +62 81 662 3372

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Sindang Asih

This is closer to a home stay than a hotel – a very friendly family offers three small, fairly new rooms with fan and cold water shower for Rp.150,000. On occasion, they may invite you for dinner with the family.

Phone:+62 81 3951 42258

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Sunrise Resort

Batu Karas’s newest luxury option, Australian owned Sunrise Resort, will offer plush rooms with all the amenities. It’s scheduled to open later this year.

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Pondok Putri Hotel

This is a simple, clean mid-range hotel. It has air conditioned rooms, hot water showers, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, and the only bar in town. Rates start at Rp.260,000. The entire top floor is a family suite with a living room, study, two bedrooms, a kitchen, and two balconies that goes for Rp.1,000,000 a night.

Phone:+62 81 323 106 115, +62 81 323 085 284

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Reef Hotel

Reef Hotel is right across from the reef break at the north end of the village. They are currently doing some renovations, so it should be a bit nicer than it was in the past. They have simple fan rooms with cold water showers for Rp.200,000. Their restaurant serves up the normal traveler’s menu at fair prices.

Phone:+62 81 3203 40193

Sofi Residence – Jakarta Guest House

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Sofi Residence Jakarta

If you’re looking for a guest house in Jakarta, you’d be hard pressed to make a better choice than Sofi Residence.

Sofi Residence, a Jakarta Guest House, is a family business that is operated to very high standards.

They offer both short and long term accommodation.

Jim, and his wife Ivon, began Sofi Residence with an idea of what a guest house should be. They felt a guest house should provide good service, be spotlessly clean, serve good food, be safe and secure, and offer an excellent value for the money spent. They proceeded to build Sofi Residence to accomplish just that.

Sofi Residence offers single and double air conditioned rooms, with en suite bathrooms, and numerous other amenities.

• Rooms cleaned daily.
• Hot water showers.
• Cable TV.
• Unlimited free WIFI Internet.
• Telephones in the rooms.
• 24 hour security with CCTV in all common areas.
• Laundry service.
• Access to communal kitchen.
• Coffee shop offering beverages and light meals.

Sofi Residence is located in Kuningan near the border between Central Jakarta, and South Jakarta near Perbanas University, in the neighborhood known as Setia Budi. It’s a good central location to use as a base for exploring Jakarta as a tourist, or a place to call home, should you find yourself working in Jakarta.

Rates vary; depending on how long you’re going to stay and which room you choose. Roughly speaking – nightly bed and breakfast rates are $25 U.S. per night for a single room, with a two night minimum. Monthly rates start at Rp. 2,600,000 per month for a single room. For more information check the Sofi Residence Website.

Segitiga Emas, Setia Budi
Jalan Anggrek V/2 Setia Budi
Karet Kuningan
Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia

English Speaking : +62-83897775047
Indonesian Speaking : +62-8190862893, +62-2152922189

Marcopolo Hotel Jakarta

My first night in Jakarta I chose the Hotel Marcopolo  from lonely planet – it was their top pick in the 2007 edition. I found the hotel just as they described it except the price was a bit higher – Rp. 405,000 net, a good price for a hotel near the heart of the business district.

The room was a bit worn and dated, but very clean.

The air conditioner worked very well.

There is a nice pool, in a garden setting.

The restaurant serves an excellent breakfast buffet for Rp.48,000 – non-smokers will like the smoke free environment.

The night I was there it was fully booked – it seems to be popular with families.

The only annoyance is the laundry guy who comes knocking at 8:00 a.m. to ask if you have laundry – - be sure to put out the “do not disturbe” sign.

Overall, Hotel Marcopolo is a good deal for a mid-range hotel in Jakarta.