Old-school, friendly and cheap
Old-school travellers hub, Losmen and Restoran Bu Djono has been welcoming guests since 1967 and was the first of its kind in Dieng (and pretty much still is).
At the junction of Jalan Raya Dieng, and Jana Telaga Warna as you enter the town, the double-storey red and white building with wide front veranda looks not unlike a small outback Aussie pub or a tavern from a spaghetti western. The friendly restaurant downstairs serves the best kentang goreng (chips) in town and offers cold beer too (until they run out), plastered with maps and photos of local sights, this is the place to get the lowdown on Dieng and meet fellow travellers.
Upstairs rooms haven’t changed much since the 60s, expect basic and worn, but with enough charm (and the right price) to make them worth considering. Two styles of rooms are up for grabs—“Basic” rooms (not a misnomer) with a share hot-water bathroom or a “VIP” room with a private ensuite, the latter including breakfast for two.
Of the rooms we viewed, the more basic offering was the better, located right at the front of the building, the small electric blue painted light-filled room is as spartan as it gets—there’s a bed but little else (although the blue and yellow dolphin patterned sheets paired with red rose blanket certainly caught our eye). The mauve and white checkerboard tiled share bathroom, is clean (we think) and provides a Western style toilet and a hot water shower. The larger VIP room seemed a lot more dingy with damp-stained walls and a funky smell, but adds a TV and DVD player and a private ensuite in much the style of the shared bathroom.
If the purse strings are tight, the budget rooms are the cheapest we found in town, and would do for a night. If you would prefer your own bathroom, Homestay Flamboyan 2 on Jalan Telaga Warna offers a better deal. Helpful English speaking folk at Bu Djono can sort you out with guides, tours and transport and offer local advice—pop in for a meal and a chat regardless.
If you are planning on climbing Gunung Prau, the trailhead begins a little behind Bu Djono’s, on the left. Although Dieng has better places to stay, Bu Djono’s reputation and frequent mentions in guidebooks means it can get booked out in the high season months of July and August when it’s wise to book ahead.
Address: 27 Jalan Raya Dieng, Dieng
T: (0286) 3320 168; (0852) 2664 5669; (0812) 2611 4655;
Coordinates (for GPS): 109º54'40.96" E, 7º12'14.43" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan share bathroom||100,000 rupiah||100,000 rupiah|
|Dbl fan private bathroom||200,000 rupiah||200,000 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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