Photo: Plenty of potential.

Rumah Susan

Budget basics by the station

12 Jalan Lapangan, Kalibaru T: (0812) 3151 9851 (0878) 0211 4554

Rumah Susan

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Rumah Susan occupies a beautiful, but very run-down colonial house with a lovely garden immediately next door to Margo Utomo Agro Resort opposite Kalibaru Railway Station.

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The guesthouse offers two very basic and a bit grotty guest rooms behind the main house, but the historic architecture, location and price make it easy to ignore its faults. The simple Goldilocks-style room we viewed was set-up with four single beds offering a hodgepodge of saggy mattresses, yet to be made up, along with two new mattresses wrapped in plastic on standby leaning against the wall (we’d ring and request one of the new mattresses). A cheap chainstore wardrobe and side-table were the only other furnishings in the bare-bones tiled room.

Very simple fare.

Very simple fare. Photo: Sally Arnold

The ensuite bathroom could do with a bit of scrub, but is more stained by age rather than dirty and provides a Western style throne toilet and a hot shower.

We like the wide shady veranda, furnished with a dining table, chairs and a lounge shared between the two rooms. Breakfast is not included, but you can request coffee or tea anytime and plenty of local warungs are nearby.

Friendly Pak Yamya who looks after Rumah Susan has basic English, but enough to get by. Call ahead to book as he is often elsewhere in the village (the email address we have listed is his daughter’s). Rooms are priced per person, but negotiable for a longer stay.

Lounge around here.

Lounge around here. Photo: Sally Arnold

If you’d like somewhere a little less basic on a budget, you may consider jumping off the train at Glenmore, one stop away from Kailbaru, where on the main highway two kilometres from the station, Indonesian style Hotel Manik Jinggo offers a range of double and twin rooms, a swimming pool and restaurant. Standard rooms with cold-water mandi and squat toilets start at 100,000 rupiah; Superior fan rooms with hot-water Western style bathrooms are 200,000 rupiah and Deluxe air-con rooms start at 300,000; all including breakfast.

Alternatively, Naga Svarna Plantation is six kilometres from Kalibaru, or two kilometres from Glenmore and offers two clean basic rooms in a family home (cold water bathrooms) with a terrific outlook from the communal lounge overlooking their plantation.

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Walk-in rates at Rumah Susan

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Sgl fan private bathroom
50,000 rupiah
50,000 rupiah
Dbl fan private bathroom
100,000 rupiah
100,000 rupiah
Triple fan private bathroom
150,000 rupiah
150,000 rupiah
Quad fan private bathroom
200,000 rupiah
200,000 rupiah
Room: Sgl fan private bathroom, low season: 50,000 rupiah, high season 50,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 100,000 rupiah, high season 100,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Triple fan private bathroom, low season: 150,000 rupiah, high season 150,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Quad fan private bathroom, low season: 200,000 rupiah, high season 200,000 rupiah. Notes:

Where is Rumah Susan

Rumah Susan
12 Jalan Lapangan, Kalibaru
T: (0812) 3151 9851 (0878) 0211 4554
Coordinates (for GPS): 113º59'2.43" E, 8º17'17.85" S
Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

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