Apr 06 2012

Gunung Bromo accommodation

Published by at 11:33 am under Java

When travelling in Indonesia away from the tourist mecca of Bali, accommodation options can sometimes feel antiquated and sub-standard. But surely when travelling to one of the country’s best tourist attractions, things get better and cater for all tastes? Let’s just say that the Gunung Bromo area is best known for its stunning vistas and less so for its trendy digs.

The caldera rim where many hotels are located in Cemoro Lawang

The caldera rim where many hotels are located in Cemoro Lawang.

This is all the more reason to get an idea of what’s on offer before you arrive, lest you be stuck in a hovel when what you really want is a palace. Many of these places are included as options in the tours which are booked in Yogyakarta. Here is a selection of the best value places to stay when you’re visiting Gunung Bromo.

Yoschi’s Hotel (from 103,500 rupiah) is the best value for money option in town. It’s a good four kilometres away from the Tengger Caldera, meaning you really need to rely on jeep services to get to and from Bromo, but because this is what people usually do anyway, it’s not a big problem. A variety of rooms are on offer, including those with no bathroom and those with cold water bathroom, but all have access to communal hot water bathrooms which is a good thing because the cold water is icy. Rooms are strangely very cosy with warm lamps, thick blankets on the beds and solid wood floors.

One of a raft of more upmarket places in town, Cafe Lava Hostel (from 144,000 rupiah) is probably the only one worth the amount charged. The cheapest rooms are tiny and share bathrooms while the most expensive rooms have private bathrooms and TVs. The entire property is clean, its location is right in the centre of Cemoro Lawang next to the crater and there is an attached restaurant.

Meanwhile Bromo Permai (from 420,000 rupiah) wants to be the Hilton, but is far too dated to offer anything close to the luxury that one would expect from the prices charged. Sure, the hotel is situated right across from the stunning Tengger Caldera and each of the rooms has a modern TV and hot water bathroom, but the rooms have not aged well at all. Still, if you’ve got money to burn you might find this place fits the bill.

Right at the other extreme is Budi Homestay (80,000 rupiah), a real backpacker haunt and a good place for those on a tight budget — though it’s the sort of place where you’ll say, “Ah, it’s only a night!” when checking in. Only a night can turn into a nightmare for those used to Western comforts; a shared toilet welcomes guests as does a hot shower of questionable cleanliness. Still, you at least get a bed. But that’s about it at Budi Homestay.

Budi Homestay - budget digs

Budi Homestay -- budget digs.

Directly across from Budi Homestay in a good location, Losmen Setia Kawan (100,000 rupiah) promises so much and delivers so little. Rooms are grim as are the shared bathrooms, but it’s cheap. So for those on a budget wanting to walk to Gunung Penanjakan and not able to get into Budi Homestay, this is a good option as viewpoint #2 is only an hour’s walk away. Just don’t complain that we didn’t warn you how bad the bathrooms really are.

Cemoro Lawang landscape

Cemoro Lawang landscape.

A few other places are on offer in town, but not much; it’s quite surprising that someone hasn’t built something like Yoschi’s closer to the crater — they’d make an absolute killing. Apart from these options closer to the caldera, there are a bunch of places on the road between Probolinggo and Cemoro Lawang that are more popular with local crowds rather than foreign tourists, mainly due to their isolation. If you’re getting around in your own car or motorbike, these might be worth a look, but for everyone else it’s not worth bothering.

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12 Responses to “Gunung Bromo accommodation”

  1. Rodon 07 May 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Nice blog post. Enjoyed the read.

  2. Edwinon 21 Nov 2012 at 4:47 am

    Have you ever tried Lava View Lodge? I think that’s a nice one. It’s not far from Bromo Permai and is definitely much better. The view is quite grand there.

  3. Edaon 10 Jan 2013 at 8:48 am


    Am will be traveling with 3 of my friends next month. Our plan is to arrive from Surabaya then rent a car to Malang to stay for 2 nights..

    Our route is Surabaya – Malang – Solo – Yogyakarta… we would want to travel by train.

    Could you give me suggestions. Should we stay in Bromo instead of Malang?

    thank you

  4. Adam Poskitton 10 Jan 2013 at 11:02 am

    @Eda – If your route is Surabaya – Malang – Solo, you won’t pass through Bromo and it is a long way out of the way. Do you want to go to Bromo? If your reason for going to Malang is to see sunrise in Bromo, I would suggest just going up to Bromo for the day.

  5. khairul shafiton 26 Mar 2013 at 6:34 am

    hi, im planning to go to bromo from surabaya with 3 other friends. could you suggest the best way to get there, and how many days would be best for our stay over bromo

  6. Adam Poskitton 27 Mar 2013 at 2:31 pm

    @Khairul – The best way to get there from Surabaya is via Probolinggo if by best you mean quickest and easiest. Best idea is to catch the bus to Probolinggo from Surabaya and change there for a bus up the hill to where the accommodation is located. Start from Surabaya in the morning to make sure you have enough time to catch the last bus up the hill which is around 3pm, depending on passenger numbers. Most people stay one night in the Bromo area, but I think it easily deserves two and perhaps even 3 nights if you want to explore the other side of the caldera. But if you don’t have much time, 1 night is OK.

  7. […] Travel fish has a good review of all your accommodation options for Bromo here. […]

  8. Kangon 15 Jul 2013 at 7:49 am


    I am going to travel in Java with 2 female friends..We will be in Surabaya on 25th..
    We are now looking for the transportation and accommadation to Gunung Bromo on 25th.. Could you give me some advice how to book the info of Gunung Bromo.

    Thanks for your kindly support in advance.

    Kang ^_^

  9. Joannaon 04 Jun 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Do you have any e-mail to Budi Homestay? I would like to make reservation online.

  10. Adam Poskitton 05 Jun 2014 at 3:02 am

    No… It’s a VERY basic place. It’s probably best to try and text them, but don’t expect too much. If you’re going cheap in Indonesia, it’s usually best to just turn up rather than booking.

  11. Alexon 14 Aug 2014 at 9:09 am

    Very good read dude…

    Just wondering, will it be better to stay in Malang or Probolinggo if I want to catch the sunrise on Mt. Bromo?

  12. Adam Poskitton 14 Aug 2014 at 9:24 am

    Alex – Cemoro Lawang which is closer to Bromo itself.

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