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The Alimar

Comfortable Chinatown flashpacker

58 Jalan Pasar Besar, Malang T: (0341) 367 779 (0877) 8636 7779

The Alimar

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In the heart of Malang’s Chinatown area, The Alimar offers a range of business-style rooms plus a rather unusual capsule dorm in a contemporary multi-storey block wrapping a beautifully restored Dutch heritage building which houses the reception and restaurant.

A red skybridge connects the opposing sides of the white U-shaped modern hotel and accommodates the larger family rooms. Air-con interiors are bright and clean and range from spacious Deluxe rooms to the very compact (as the name may suggest) Petite rooms. Wooden floors and a three-dimensional wall treatment in the stark white rooms are a step up from the bog-standard box hotel style.

Smart rooms.

Smart rooms. Photo: Sally Arnold

Twin or Double beds are super comfortable with thick spring mattresses and quality snowy white linen. Petite rooms are minimally furnished with built-in bedside tables and a fold down desk that you have you sit on the bed to use, we aren’t really sure why they bothered adding the small stool. Although lighting is bright and counts bedside lamps, the switch placement is a puzzle not dissimilar to an escape room. We challenge you to find the correct switches first go (handy hint—the main room light switch in inside the fold down desk). Higher category rooms add proper desks, wardrobes and luggage storage. Flatscreen cable TVs are standard, and rooms offer coffee cups, but nothing to put in them (besides bottled water).

A hot and cold water dispenser is inconveniently in the lobby and coffee and tea sachets can be purchased from their small convenience store, but you may as well go out for a decent coffee. Ensuite bathrooms are smart and modern with glass-screened hot-water showers, although in several rooms the glass doors don’t close properly resulting in flooded bathrooms. Some Petite and Deluxe rooms (but not Superior) enjoy a small unfurnished balcony—request on booking if available.

Fold out the desk to find the light switch!

Fold out the desk to find the light switch! Photo: Sally Arnold

For folks on a budget, the single-gender capsule dorms may be an option, though the place doesn’t have a real backpacker vibe, which may be a bonus for some. Eight capsules are built into a large freestanding double-storey cubical unit, much like small rooms within the larger air-con room. Each is almost twice the width of a regular dorm bed, although low and you can’t stand, but roomy enough for your bags, however travellers who haven’t embraced the concept of light travel (i.e. some TravelFish writers) take note that: “only one backpack and handbag are permitted inside the capsule”.

The pods are equipped with personal lighting and a narrow vinyl-covered foam mattress and each with an individual key-card operated door. An open barred window incorporates the steps to the upper level and allows the air-con (and light) to flow inside, but makes the capsules feel rather cell-like. Down the corridor, separate male and female shared bathrooms are modern and clean with hot-water showers and Western toilet sharing a cubical.

Downstairs dining.

Downstairs dining. Photo: Sally Arnold

Rates with and without breakfast included are quoted (we list the no-breakfast option), although oddly the breakfast price seems to vary depending on the room option. Although the restaurant is a delightful space, we didn’t try the breakfast as a plethora of terrific local eateries line Jalan Pasar Besar. Room service and (pricey) laundry are available and the friendly, helpful staff speak a little English. If you’re looking for a comfortable room a little away from the hubbub of the city centre, check out Merbabu Guest House and Buring Homestay on the leafier western side of town.

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Walk-in rates at The Alimar

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
99,000 rupiah
99,000 rupiah
Eight-bed male or female capsule dorm
Standard double room
265,000 rupiah
265,000 rupiah
Superior double room
375,000 rupiah
375,000 rupiah
Deluxe double room
425,000 rupiah
425,000 rupiah
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 99,000 rupiah, high season 99,000 rupiah. Notes: Eight-bed male or female capsule dorm
Room: Standard double room, low season: 265,000 rupiah, high season 265,000 rupiah. Notes: Petite
Room: Superior double room, low season: 375,000 rupiah, high season 375,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 425,000 rupiah, high season 425,000 rupiah. Notes:

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Where is The Alimar

The Alimar
58 Jalan Pasar Besar, Malang
T: (0341) 367 779 (0877) 8636 7779
Coordinates (for GPS): 112º37'57.11" E, 7º59'8.79" S
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

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