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Rima Hotel

Backpacker value

Photo of Rima Hotel, Jl Ahmed Yani 14, Ruteng. , Ruteng

What we say: 3 stars

Slightly closer to town than MBC, Rima Hotel is the best backpacker value in Ruteng and if you're travelling on a tight budget, look no further. Rima is a 10-minute walk from the centre of town, but that's really the only downside to this solid backpacker pad. Much of the hotel is wooden and the cheapest rooms are upstairs. They're functional affairs, with aged mattresses and enough room to swing a pack, but that is about it. Some rooms are considerably nicer than others, so look around first. It also may pay to inspect your blankets and bedding for cleanliness. They upstairs rooms don't have private bathrooms -- that's downstairs -- which isn't ideal. If you're after something (slightly) fancier, there are ground floor rooms with private bathrooms. Showers do get hot, though only briefly -- and the running water sometimes shorts out without warning. There are a couple of common areas, a simple notice board and a few lounges that were obviously swiped from a Thunderbirds set. Rounding out the deal, a couple of upper floor verandas overlook the main road. We liked this place, and while we wouldn't want to live here, it was fine for a night or two. The Rima gets very noisy during the day and in the early morning, as a family lives here and numerous youngsters from the area come to use the neighbouring internet cafe and to hang out chatting at night -- an issue that paper thin walls don't do much to help with. Staff are friendly and speak some English, but are not well-versed when it comes to local guides and attractions. They can book minibus tickets for you to other destinations. Motorcycle hire is on offer, while ojeks to most attractions can be hailed from outside during the daytime. There's also a pretty good WiFi that only works reliably in the upstairs common area. Breakfast of a pancake and coffee is included.


    Contact details:

    Jl Ahmed Yani 14, Ruteng.  T: (0385) 22 196 
    Email them at: rimahotel@rocketmail.com

    What we were quoted

    Type of room Low season High season Notes
    Dbl fan share b'room 100,000 100,000
    Sgl fan private b'room 200,000 200,000
    Dbl fan private b'room 250,000 250,000

    Added to Travelfish on: 6th May, 2013
    Last visited or updated on: 6th May, 2013

    Last reviewed by:
    Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
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