Most people arriving in Bandung choose to stay in the central part of town near the train station for the convenience of connecting transport. While this may sound like a good idea, the centre of the city is an ugly place with noisy traffic, pollution and unattractive surrounds. We recommend staying away from the train station if budget permits and you're comfortable catching an angkot or taxi to your accommodation.
We felt comfortable immediately upon entering this extremely modern hotel on the busy Jalan Cihampelas, close to the Cihampelas Walk mall; the reason turning out to be that it's run by a group that also successfully manages other large hotels throughout Indonesia such as the Samaya in Bali. Despite being on the main road, the rooms are incredibly quiet due to extra thick glass on the windows and... Read our full review of Amaris Hotel.
Opening in July 2011, the impressive Hummingbird Guesthouse is a bright, well-lit and beautifully designed boutique hotel in one of the quieter areas of town. The rooms have massive beds with quality and colourfully accented linen on them, big flat screen TVs with international channels, free in-room WiFi and ultra-modern bathrooms that are big, bright, clean and contain a rain shower. To top it... Read our full review of Hummingbird Guesthouse.
Renovated in 2011, Cassadua is the kind of place you end up in after making a mistake with your hotel booking -- mainly because it is located in a part of town that doesn't have any redeeming qualities. On the upside, however, is that it is located very close to the drop-off/pick-up point (Bandung Trade Centre) for shuttle buses to and from Jakarta. Additionally, the location is well connected to... Read our full review of Cassadua Hotel.
This basic option in the central part of Bandung is conveniently located close to the Istana Plaza mall, angkots travelling to Lembang for onward journeys to Tangkuban Parahu and a 15-minute walk from the main train station. The rooms here are comfortable, but very basic with squat toilets and cold water bucket showers. Even so, we felt quite comfortable here because standards of cleanliness were... Read our full review of Hotel Pelangi Indah.
Sometimes finding a hotel in Bandung that represents good value for money feels like an impossible challenge, with a plethora of places offering old rooms at inflated prices. The bizarrely named Mine Home bucks this trend by offering new, modern rooms at good prices. Air-con, big firms beds with crisp white linen, flat-screen cable TVs and WiFi in communal areas take the modern theme further and... Read our full review of Mine Home Hotel.
Unique Guesthouse is the sort of place that can inspire nightmares if it's your first night in Indonesia. The mosque blares through the thin windows at 04:30 with so much vigour that even the heaviest sleeper will awake with a fright. But, if you can cop the noise from the mosque, this place represents incredible value for money with the cheapest rooms difficult to beat in terms of price. Of... Read our full review of Unique Guesthouse.
The rooms here are a little tired looking, but are functional and reasonable value given the price. The bathrooms have hot water but are marred by soap scum and a general dingy look and the showers are positioned right next to the toilets. The TVs are of the local variety, the beds are comfy but the coverings are gaudy and the furniture cheap and old -- generally not very homey. On the bright... Read our full review of Cihampelas Hotel 2.
This is an older hotel with aging furniture, old TVs and styling reminiscent of an 80s hotel that hasn't been renovated -- exactly what this place is. All the rooms have big beds, although some are simply two singles strapped together, air-con and hot water bathrooms which in some of the rooms are so small that the shower head is directly above the toilet (at least that way you can do two things... Read our full review of Hotel Progo.
The main reason for choosing to stay at Hotel Serena is for its proximity to the train station, its genuine hotel feel and the value for money on offer. Rooms are well-maintained, clean and have air-con, hot water bathrooms and cable TV with more expensive rooms sporting better TVs. The rooms are modern enough but won't win any design awards -- to us they felt a little sterile. This issue aside,... Read our full review of Hotel Serena.
The first word that sprung to mind as we descended the stairs to the basement to view the first room was dungeon. Impressions didn't change much upon viewing the room, where a lack of windows gave the feeling that the room was dirty. It wasn't actually dirty, but the hot water bathroom certainly was dark and it wasn't the sort of place you'd sit around in the morning contemplating the day's... Read our full review of Cihampelas Hotel 1.
Not to be confused with Unique Guesthouse on the other side of the train tracks, this older style hotel sports a range of features that you'd expect in this price range, but a few rough edges let this place down. The hot water bathrooms are clean, but are sadly designed such that the shower is in close proximity to the toilet -- the entire bathroom floor and toilet will be sopping wet after you... Read our full review of Hotel Unik.