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Topi Inn

A good budget backpacker option

Jalan Silayukti 99 T: (0363) 41 424

Topi Inn

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Beachfront Topi Inn has a distinct beach shack vibe — it’s a very relaxed, yet very basic, friendly backpacker pick. The three-storey eco-friendly bamboo building provides simple rooms above a busy restaurant. We’re guessing that the A-framed structure gives Topi Inn its name, as it resembles a farmer’s pointy bamboo hat (topi in Indonesian).

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Relaxed and friendly.

A range of sleeping options are available including the cheapest dorm beds in Padang Bai, for 60,000 rupiah. Four kapok mattresses are placed side by side on the floor of a large bamboo common area shared by other guests. They come with mosquito nets — that’s it, so you will get to know your sleeping partners! It’s more like camping than a regular hostel. If you’ve ever been a guest at a traditional longhouse, you’ll get the picture. Bags can be stored downstairs and valuables in a safety box. Most guests just leave their bags out in the open, beside the bed. Share bathrooms with funky organic-shaped lime green walls are cold-water only. Toilets are Western-style thrones, with bucket scoop flush.

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The cheapest dorm beds in Padang Bai.

Private rooms start at 150,000 rupiah and are fan-cooled, a few with cold-water ensuite bathrooms. Some rooms are tiny — one only has space for a bunk bed. Beds have mosquito nets — many with holes, so bring repair tape. One guest mentioned that the lumpy kapok mattresses sink a bit in the middle, but were still comfortable. We were told by staff that some roofs leak in the corners, and they offer a discount for those rooms. Paper-thin bamboo walls mean you will hear your neighbours, and they you. Be warned. It can be noisy — as well as the general comings and goings of Padang Bai life, they have live music and movies some nights in the restaurant below.

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Au naturel.

A relaxing and airy open common area (shared with the dorm) looks out to the beach and has hammocks and bamboo tables and chairs — it’s quieter and more private than the pumping restaurant downstairs.

The entire top floor is taken up by a huge family room, which was previously the owner’s house. Open to the elements at either end, it’s a creaky, dusty, enchanting, treehouse-like experience, with great beach views. Light (and wind and rain) floods in from the large open windows — bamboo shutters can be closed if it’s too much. A large bamboo double bed and two smaller beds all come with mozzie net canopies. A very steep staircase leads down to the basic bathroom — not good for small kids or less mobile adults. A warning sign in the room informs that a local cat comes to visit each night and demands food. The roof is traditional thatch, and floors have woven mats which help muffle guests’ footsteps. The atmosphere is of a secluded and romantic hideaway, but don’t expect luxury. We were offered 250,000 rupiah for two, or 300,000 rupiah for a family for this room.

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Mozzies not welcome.

There is free WiFi, but rooms don’t include breakfast. There are plenty of options available from the great restaurant — including house-baked grain bread. If you are choosing Topi Inn solely as a budget option, it may be false economy, as a pricier dorm with an included breakfast may be less expensive overall. However for ambience, it has a chilled, social vibe and staff are friendly and helpful.

Topi Inn offers a range of tours and courses including a tree-climbing class — “Duration: depends on your skills”. Have insurance!

Food’s good!

Topi Inn is charming, but certainly not for everyone. For a more conventional budget alternative, Pondok Wisata Serangan 1 has private rooms for 150,000 rupiah and might suit some better.

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Walk-in rates at Topi Inn

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
60,000 rupiah
60,000 rupiah
Dbl fan share bathroom
150,000 rupiah
150,000 rupiah
Dbl fan private bathroom
170,000 rupiah
170,000 rupiah
Family room
250,000 rupiah
300,000 rupiah
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: 60,000 rupiah, high season 60,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 150,000 rupiah, high season 150,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 170,000 rupiah, high season 170,000 rupiah. Notes: Bunk
Room: Family room, low season: 250,000 rupiah, high season 300,000 rupiah. Notes: Fan-cooled.

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Where is Topi Inn

Topi Inn
Jalan Silayukti 99
T: (0363) 41 424
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º30'42.47" E, 8º31'48.51" S
Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

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