Cute and comfortable
You’ll find the friendly Merbabu Guest House just to the north of Hutan Kota Malabar and across from Merbabu Family Park, and while it just looks like a typical house from the street, there are excellent rooms within.
As with many of the smaller guesthouses in Malang, Merbabu has a large atrium dominated by a decorative pond, fountain and garden. The dining area sits along the edge of this and the rooms are spread across two floors to the sides and behind the pond. This is a compact block but they have done a great job of making it feel bigger than it actually is and we could easily imagine kicking back at a table setting with a good book by the pond while one of Malang’s frequent afternoon rain storms hammers down.
We were shown two rooms—a front facing room and one to the side. While the facilities (and the price) were identical, the front facing room was a far better option, with oodles more natural light. So do ask to be shown a few rooms if you are a walk-in or if you are booking by email, request one of the rooms with the small terrace. They have eleven rooms all up.
The front-facing room was of a good size, not quite as big as those at Buring Homestay, but still plenty big enough, with a double bed with real linen, doubled up pillows, a blue sash thrown across, bed side tables (and bed lights!) and, above the bedhead, a striking and attractive piece of modern art.
The real attraction though is the room has its own little terrace area reached via wooden swinging doors with stained-glass-edged details. The courtyard had seating and a small garden to overlook. The hot water bathroom is modern and clean. Facilities include flat screen TV, coffee and tea making gear, a small safe and free bottled water.
The location is opposite Merbabu Family Park which, as the name suggests, is popular with families, but, with a quite busy road encircling it, we’d be keeping an eye on any little people should you choose to relax outdoors. A better option perhaps is the Hutan Kota Malabar, another park five minutes away on foot, which is fenced in and far larger with a few rambling trails. We love how Malang has these parks dotted all over the place.
If you’re looking for something similar to Merbabu, Augustina Home is just ten minutes away on foot, or, a little further away (on foot) you’ll find Buring Homestay which has larger rooms, but without any of the style and polish of here. Rates here seem a little negotiable, we were offered 10% off the walk-in rate without even asking but rates were significantly lower through online agents, so do shop around for a competitive rate.
Address: JL Merbabu 26, Malang
T: (341) 325 699; F: (341) 325 699
Coordinates (for GPS): 112º37'33.47" E, 7º58'0.97" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Deluxe double room||399,000 rupiah||399,000 rupiah|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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