Photo: Quite amazing.

Where to stay in Gunung Bromo

Lower your expectations when it comes to accommodation choices around Gunung Bromo. Many places rely on the fact that folks are only going to stay for one night (and usually half of that anyway) and don’t expect return guests. Options can sometimes feel antiquated and sub-standard. Every place we viewed offered a hot shower and WiFi, but not all deliver. Cemoro Lawang village is closet to Gunung Bromo, but more desirable digs can be found further down the hill.


Cemoro Lawang

Edging the Tengger Caldera, Cemoro Lawang offers a wide range of places to sleep, however decent pickings are slim and mostly overpriced. Little consideration has been given to the spectacular landscape, with many a missed opportunity for the views. Budget travellers will struggle for affordability and comfort, but there are at least a half-dozen (largely forgettable) homestay style lodgings we have not listed, mostly starting at around the 150,000 rupiah mark.


77 Jalan Raya Bromo, Cemoro Lawang
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Otix Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
77 Jalan Raya Bromo, Cemoro Lawang
T: (0813) 3891 5868

Bromo’s best value flashpacker rooms are to be found at Otix Guesthouse. You won’t have a view of the caldera, but depending on the room you choose, the mountain valley scenery is not a bad consolation. Perched on one of the two main roads leading to the crater rim, it’s a 400 metre walk uphill for a gander at the volcano. Up for grabs are three room categories, newer doubles with... Read our full review of Otix Guesthouse.

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Cemoro Lawang
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Cafe Lava Hostel
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Cemoro Lawang
T: (0335) 541 020

Cafe Lava Hostel offers a mixed bag of rooms down a steep stairway next door to their cafe with a selection of family rooms across the road (which we didn’t view). This hodgepodge of a place seems to have been added to without any real planning, resulting in some rooms scoring terrific views, and others none at all, so bare that in mind if booking ahead. ###15690 The pricier rooms are... Read our full review of Cafe Lava Hostel.

Cemoro Lawang
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Cemara Indah
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Cemoro Lawang
T: (0335) 541 019

Overlooking the caldera at Gunung Bromo, long established (read old) Cemara Indah is one of the very few hotels here that take advantage of the spectacular location. Unfortunately they also take advantage of this advantage and the rooms here are just passable, and comparatively pricey. We viewed three styles of rooms, and the cheaper Standard rooms offered the best value and you could still... Read our full review of Cemara Indah.

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Wonotoro

Four kilometres down the hill from the Bromo caldera, heading in the direction of Probolinggo, Wonotoro village offers some of the area’s best accommodation, but you’ll want to factor in the additional cost for a jeep at sunrise.


Jalan Raya Bromo, Wonotoro
1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jawa Jiwa
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Bromo, Wonotoro
T: (0335) 541 193

If you don’t mind laying down a fistful of coin, Jawa Jiwa is the fanciest digs in town—the fact that they have a helipad my give some indication of what to expect! This upmarket mountain lodge is housed in modern double-storey buildings around a pretty sculpture-filled landscaped mountain garden. Surprisingly large with 50 rooms that cover an extensive range, some which can accommodate... Read our full review of Jawa Jiwa.

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Jalan Raya Bromo, Wonotoro
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Pagupon Bromo
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Bromo, Wonotoro
T: (0822) 7202 3000

With sweeping jungle views and simple but modern and stylish rooms, Pagupon Bromo is billed as “backpacker” digs, but it falls well into our midrange price bracket with particularly the shared bathroom rooms being of very debatable value, but when compared to the slim pickings further up the hill, well, it is a hard call—guests we spoke to loved it. Hardly visible from the road, the... Read our full review of Pagupon Bromo.

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