Cafe Lava Hostel

Cafe Lava Hostel

A mixed bag, but overall decent

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Cafe Lava Hostel offers a mixed bag of rooms down a steep stairway next door to their cafe with a selection of family rooms across the road (which we didn’t view).

Travelfish says:

This hodgepodge of a place seems to have been added to without any real planning, resulting in some rooms scoring terrific views, and others none at all, so bare that in mind if booking ahead.

Reasonably spacious but plain rooms. : Sally Arnold.
Reasonably spacious but plain rooms. Photo: Sally Arnold

The pricier rooms are the newest and smartest (if you keep your expectations low) and also the most spacious, built in a modern double-storey block overlooking the valley. Top floor double rooms score excellent views, but lower floor twins have no view at all, unless the wall and rooftop of the adjacent building could be considered noteworthy.

Smaller Standard rooms share older duplex cottages dotted around the pretty garden with furnished terraces to enjoy the surrounds, but again it’s the twin rooms that miss out, looking towards a wall instead which results in dark interiors too. The longhouse style Economy rooms with shared facilities, enjoy a pleasant outlook from the communal terrace.

The view from above. : Sally Arnold.
The view from above. Photo: Sally Arnold

Tiled rooms are generally clean, but all have seen better days with chipped and scuffed surfaces. Wood panels in the Standard and Superior rooms attempt a mountain chalet look, but don’t quite pull it off, however they are comfortable enough with bouncy beds and facilities that included TVs and tea-making equipment.

Tiled ensuite bathrooms are basic, but clean with Western toilets and hot showers. Tiny Economy rooms are clad with woven bamboo, offering an old-school village-like charm, but they are only slightly bigger than the beds they contain and if you have a lot of luggage, you’re in trouble.

A shared deck to relax on. : Sally Arnold.
A shared deck to relax on. Photo: Sally Arnold

Clean hot-water shared bathrooms are located down the stairs outside the rooms. Economy rooms are a popular backpacker option and the shared furnished terrace has a sociable vibe.

Breakfast is included for the Standard and Superior rooms and available to Economy room guests for an additional 40,000 rupiah per person. The street-side cafe offers the usual traveller fare including cold Bintang.

Cafe Lava Hostel is not a bad option considering the limited decent choices, but if you desire a Gunung Bromo view or better rooms, you’ll need to raise your budget. Their sister hotel, Lava View Lodge enjoys views over the crater from some rooms, but for more stylish digs, head down the hill to Pagupon Bromo or swanky Java Jiwa.

Contact details for Cafe Lava Hostel

Address: Cemoro Lawang
T: (0335) 541 020; (0812) 3584 1111;  F: (0335) 541 020  
Email: cafelavarsvn@gmail.com
Web: http://cafelava.lavaindonesia.com
Coordinates (for GPS): 112º57'53.22" E, 7º55'19.25" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dbl fan share bathroom 150,000 rupiah 175,000 rupiah
Standard double room 400,000 rupiah 450,000 rupiah
Superior double room 500,000 rupiah 600,000 rupiah

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