Accommodation in Bandungan snakes its way up the main road from Semarang and is of the basic variety, but there some good value propositions.
Fantastic value. That's what it's all about in this ultra-cheapy, just across from the market and just where the bus drops you as you arrive from Semarang. Located on the downhill side of the market, Parahita is a small guesthouse with rooms that feature hot water bathrooms with squat toilet, sitting area with TV, towels and soap and decent beds. The linen is a bit scrappy as is the worn out... Read our full review of Hotel Parahita.
This place is located just up the hill from Parahita and is only slightly better than its cheaper cousin and features Western toilets and slightly better linen and beds, but it's much more expensive. The hot water bathrooms are clean as are the floors and the location is good, on the uphill side of the market. Soap and towel is also included in the tariff. It's a safe choice for those wanting to... Read our full review of Wisma Com Inn.
In Kopeng, accommodation is usually labelled ekonomi and boy does it feel like it. Finding a decent room in Kopeng is not easy.
Just when you think every hotel in Kopeng is a crusty old shoebox, Hotel Catalina comes along and redeems the entire town. Reminiscent of a 1980s motel, this place does a good job of providing extremely bright and clean rooms with hot water, Western toilets and fantastic views of either Gungung Merbabu or a lesser mountain across the valley. It's a pleasant joint and worth paying a premium for as... Read our full review of Hotel Catalina.
The number of cheap hotels in Kopeng is astonishing and this place is just another in a long chain of them except that it's close to the centre of town, easy to find and almost directly in front of where the bus drops you off. The rooms here have dirty walls and the sheets suffer from cleanliness issues (that is, they're dirty) but the location in the centre of town makes it a better choice than... Read our full review of Hotel Kopeng Indah.
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