Photo: A Dieng outlook.

Homestay Lidah Buaya

Clean and colourful homestay

13 Jalan Raya Dieng, Dieng T: (0852) 2755 8145 

Homestay Lidah Buaya

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Aside from the garish 80s bordello-style decor, there’s not much to distinguish Homestay Lidah Buaya from many similar offerings in Dieng, but the score here is a good view from the keyhole-size window in a couple of the rooms (if you get in quick).

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The double-storey long narrow building sits back a little from the main road around 50 metres west of the BRI Bank. Shade your eyes from the glitzy wallpaper and mismatched carpet and furnishings or just turn up the volume on your favourite disco soundtrack and go with the flow. Rooms line one side of the building on each floor with couches the other, waiting room style.

Rooms are bright.

Rooms are bright. Photo: Sally Arnold

Clean, but smallish carpeted rooms offer bright paint jobs and a comfortable double spring bed sporting loud patterned sheets, cosy doonas and extra blankets. Small windows are mostly internal, but choose room four—the end room at the top for a glimpse of the Arjuna temple or if you miss out, the front room at the opposite end is the next best option with a view to the fields. Small and basic tiled ensuite bathrooms provide Western-style toilets and set-temperature warm showers (you may have to wait for the water to heat up), but don’t expect anything fancy like a wash basin.

The upstairs lounge entertains with a communal TV and at the front of the building, a furnished balcony offers a delightful setting to enjoy the verdant landscape vista. If the end rooms are occupied and you still wish to stay, give the rooms a sniff first, as some we viewed were a little on the nose—difficult to keep fresh in cool damp conditions.

The view to the temples.

The view to the temples. Photo: Sally Arnold

Breakfast is not included, but tea and coffee are offered. The friendly family who run the homestay have no English, but the boys who seem to look after it can get by.

As with much of Dieng, Homestay Lidah Buaya is pricey for the offer, but on par with similar in town. If they are full, check out Artha Pringgondani Homestay and Resto, Homestay Bougenville or Homestay Dahlia all with clean rooms and hot showers (and bright-coloured decor), but limited English. For more comfort with a view (and a little more coin), Hotel Larasati is a decent option, though note that it is a sharia hotel (so you may be asked to provide a marriage certificate if you want to share a room).

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Walk-in rates at Homestay Lidah Buaya

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
250,000 rupiah
300,000 rupiah
Room: Standard double room, low season: 250,000 rupiah, high season 300,000 rupiah. Notes:

Where is Homestay Lidah Buaya

Homestay Lidah Buaya
13 Jalan Raya Dieng, Dieng
T: (0852) 2755 8145 
Coordinates (for GPS): 109º54'23.49" E, 7º12'9.36" S
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

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