Photo: We’re always fans of a rooftop terrace.

Palmyra Homestay

Good-value, limited frills

Jalan Jaksa Agung Suprato III/I T: (0895) 2900 3534 (0896) 6024 8551

Palmyra Homestay

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Tucked away on a (not so quiet) back street off a busy road in the north of the city, Palmyra Homestay gives the impression of a grand colonial hotel, with grassy lawn and palm trees fronting the impressive double-storey white building.

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But don’t expect doormen or five-star service, this is a simple, but good value hostel offering basic dorms and decent no-frills private rooms along with a pleasant rooftop chill area. Tiled, whitewashed rooms are spacious and clean with high ceilings and large widows flooding the space with light and although the only ventilation is an exhaust fan mounted in the wall, it’s cool and airy.

Easy to find.

Easy to find. Photo: Sally Arnold

Rooms are named for local tourist sights, with the Dieng room being a large 20-bed mixed dorm. Bunks are purpose built, constructed from bamboo with cot-like railings all around, and seemed very solid when we tried to give them a shake. Kapok mattress are firm, with very little give, but offer a comfortable sleep not unlike a futon. Beds sport white bottom sheets and a thin cotton blanket. Bottom bunks are curtained with jolly black-and-white gingham for privacy and although we noticed rails above the top bunks, there were no curtains, but as this room was under renovation when we visited in January 2018, they were perhaps not yet installed. Similarly there was a lack of individual lighting and power outlets, hopefully also planned in the reno.

A bank of small wooden lockers are only large enough for valuables, but the roomy dorm is sufficiently spacious for bags on the floor without tripping up. Share bathrooms are a bit of a hike to the rooftop, but are clean and offer hot or cold showers (ask which ones have a hot water!) with a combo western toilet in the same cubicle separated via a shower curtain.

Expect some creaking.

Expect some creaking. Photo: Sally Arnold

Private rooms are somewhat lacking in character yet are comfortable enough and offer twin, double or a quad configuration. The twin beds are similarly constructed from bamboo to the bunks and quads are simply two bunks, but without curtains as in the dorm. Double rooms provide wooden beds with a choice of a kapok or spring mattress. Private rooms have most of the basics covered with bedside tables, reading lights, a desk, wardrobe, mirror and towel rack. Windows don’t offer much of an outlook from the rooms at the back, and front facing rooms overlook the shared balcony and garden. Thin curtains provide privacy, but don’t block the light. Unusually, the hot-water shower and toilet are in separate (to each other) ensuite rooms with a small washbasin in the main bedroom.

A pool table and TV on the second floor offers some entertainment options and tables and chairs on the shared terrace are a pleasant spot for a chat. We like the open rooftop with umbrella covered outdoor furniture where your basic included breakfast of coffee or tea and toast is served. A bamboo bar and small kitchen here promise perhaps a bit more action in the future. You can refill your bottles from a water dispenser in the foyer where a small selection of cold drinks are also for sale.

A typical private room.

A typical private room. Photo: Sally Arnold

Although the dorm has a few too many beds for our liking, the private rooms here are a good deal, the only downside it that the place lacks atmosphere, however we did visit in low season and with a few more bods has the potential of being a great hostel. Staff are friendly, but have hardly any English between them. If you’d prefer a private room with a bit more character and comfort, although smaller, consider Helios Hotel (check their walk-in deals for foreigners) or for the budget minded head upstairs here to Kampong Tourist.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
100,000 rupiah
100,000 rupiah
Standard double room
200,000 rupiah
200,000 rupiah
Semeru room
Superior double room
400,000 rupiah
400,000 rupiah
Bromo room
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: 100,000 rupiah, high season 100,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Standard double room, low season: 200,000 rupiah, high season 200,000 rupiah. Notes: Semeru room
Room: Superior double room, low season: 400,000 rupiah, high season 400,000 rupiah. Notes: Bromo room

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Palmyra Homestay
Jalan Jaksa Agung Suprato III/I
T: (0895) 2900 3534 (0896) 6024 8551
Coordinates (for GPS): 112º38'4.37" E, 7º57'57.9" S
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

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