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Cakra Homestay

Budget but with pool and garden

Jl Cakra II No. 15, Solo T: (0271) 634 743(0899)149 8616

Cakra Homestay

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Cakra Homestay is nothing if not memorable, and it will appeal to the traveller well familiar with the standards (and quirks) of travelling in Indonesia.

The sprawling compound, some 200 years old we were told, and set in Kampung Batik Kauman was originally a batik factory which transformed into a budget hotel after factories were banned from Solo’s downtown area. What you see today is a hodgepodge of fan cooled and air-con rooms spread across two floors in buildings which wrap around the walls of the compound. At the centre there is a large open dining area (where a very simple breakfast is served), a meditation tower which delivers terrific sunset views, and, behind that, a swimming pool.

You will meet your neighbours.

You will meet your neighbours. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Like the nearby (and cheaper) Paradise Homestay, facilities here are simple bordering on rundown, and don’t really line up with the prices being asked, but we ended up staying here three nights and liked it quite a lot. Sitting on the shared verandas, looking over the jumbled tile rooftops, listening to the call to prayer, makes for quite the village feel. Better still, climb up the in-house tower for a sunset view or just some quiet time with a book.

Rooms are very simple. Soft mattresses with thin linen, with a standing fan and, if you’re lucky, a desk. There is plenty of space though. Unfortunately bathrooms are the weak point here, cold water only, with bucket flush loos and showers so wonky we gave up and just bucketed the water over us from the mandi. Free advice, have a swim in the pool first so the water doesn’t seem so cold. Also, ask to be shown more than one room if the first one is not the best—there is quite a bit of variety between the rooms.

The view from the tower.

The view from the tower. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The pool is a bit of a saving grace—of a decent depth and refreshing, if a bit rough around the edges, it backs onto a stage popular for wedding photos (at least two wedding shoots took place during our stay—themselves an attraction!) and we had more than one late evening float in the pool—floating while listening to the call to prayer was pretty special here.

The included breakfast is minimal, but there is also complimentary coffee and water available throughout the day, so fill your water bottle and eat elsewhere. The homestay doesn’t sell beer but will happily stick a few cold ones in the fridge for you if you’ve brought your own from elsewhere.

Rooms are simple affairs.

Rooms are simple affairs. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Cakra often hosts foreign students of the arts as Solo, like neighbouring Yogyakarta, is a popular spot for training in the Javanese arts from gamelan to puppeteering and traditional dance. The homestay is actually on the edge of one of Solo’s batik villages—exit the imposing front gate, turn right, and start wandering—lots of interesting stuff to find.

The very obliging owner speaks very good English and has quite a familiar manner to him. He can organise trips to Candi Cetho and Candi Sukuh, which he will drive himself, but don’t expect any guiding on the ground once you get there.

Cakra Homestay will appeal to travellers looking for a traditional Javanese homestay style place, but who are not worried about mediocre bathrooms. This is a friendly and popular (for Solo) place, and the location is central. If you want to spend less, consider the nearby Paradise Homestay, though there is no pool there, or The Westerners.

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Walk-in rates at Cakra Homestay

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl fan share bathroom
148,000 rupiah
148,000 rupiah
Dbl fan private bathroom
206,000 rupiah
206,000 rupiah
Dbl air-con private bathroom
236,000 rupiah
236,000 rupiah
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 148,000 rupiah, high season 148,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 206,000 rupiah, high season 206,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 236,000 rupiah, high season 236,000 rupiah. Notes:

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Where is Cakra Homestay

Cakra Homestay
Jl Cakra II No. 15, Solo
T: (0271) 634 743(0899)149 8616
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º49'25.98" E, 7º34'23.35" S
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

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