Character-filled antique houses
Bursting at the seams with character, Roemah Peranakan is a delightfully appealing small boutique hotel featuring a row of five unique antique Javanese-Chinese houses each with its own distinctive original decor, two shared furnished gazebos and a swimming pool.
Three two-bedroom (one double-storey), and two one-bedroom houses are air-con cooled and each contains a small kitchen and some form of living area—in the smaller houses it’s a furnished porch, and in the larger, interior rooms.
Furnishings are comfortable and stylish with a mix of antiques and contemporary design. Beds range from wrought iron to rattan to futon-style, and some houses add extra sleeping options with day beds and couches. Mod cons include flat screen TVs with cable channels and DVD players. Bathrooms get a modern treatment with glass-screened hot-water showers, some with a tub.
Grounds are lush and leafy, but houses are rather close to each other: you’ll meet the neighbours, however porches are secluded enough to offer privacy. The gazebos bookending the swimming pool provide excellent outdoor entertaining spots, or just a quiet place to read a book and enjoy the garden. The shaded swimming pool is good for a short lap, and treated with ozone. Breakfast is not included but easy to whip up in the fully equipped kitchen, or take advantage of the many nearby eateries.
This is a quiet local neighbourhood, and guests are requested to keep the noise down after 21:00. Long-term rates offer discounts, but electricity is additional (included for short stays). We think Roemah Peranakan is a terrific deal at a fraction of the price of similarly styled larger resorts. It does get booked up, so reserve in advance, and you’ll be filling that Instagram feed in no time.
For more modern-styled bungalows you may consider United Colors of Bali or The Calmtree Bungalows, but if it’s antique houses you desire take your pick from budget dorms at The Project Hostel and Cafe to stylish upmarket bo-ho Desa Seni or luxurious Hotel Tugu Bali. If you do procure a room at Roemah Peranakan make sure you try a meal at the extremely downmarket looking local warung around the corner, Warung Muslim Bondowoso, don’t be scared, it’s the best nasi campur around.
Address: Gang Lavender, Jalan Pantai Berawa
T: (0812) 1308 1800; (0819) 3437 6098; (0853) 3822 3348;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º9'8.57" E, 8º38'39.92" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|600,000 rupiah||600,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room|
Two bedrooms, up to 850,000 rupiah
|650,000 rupiah||650,000 rupiah|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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