Friendly and well-located
Helped on by a friendly and welcoming young staff, Buring Homestay delivers good, if not the most imaginative, flashpacker rooms in one of Malang’s more leafy areas.
Set across two floors in a retro, almost Thunderbirds-style house, the tile-floored air-con rooms are of a good size, with plenty of room for cat swinging. Furniture is Ikea-style, with a desk, chair and cupboard along with a large mirror and flatscreen TV. Our double bed was way too bouncy for our tastes, but if you like a bed you can sink into you’ll be well pleased here—and it did have bedside tables (if not bed lights). Hot water bathrooms have a shower only but were clean and had enough space. Windows are frosted, so let the light in without the peering eyes and there are drapes to close out the light at night. WiFi is available, but worked inconsistently.
Rooms come in two primary flavours, with the downstairs deluxe rooms being considerably more spacious and well lit. Despite them being on the ground floor and facing towards the street we slept well—as we did on a prior visit when we stayed in an upstairs superior room. If the deluxe fits with your budget, you’ll be satisfied with what the extra spend gets you.
The building is unusual and the street frontage not all that inspiring. Almost as if two houses have been combined, with a more traditional house to use side and a modernist angle to the other. It includes an atrium with a small pond and fountain and an upstairs deck area that looks like it could be used for a dance ball—though currently it just has some orchids dingle dangling. When we asked the staff what it was for they said “nothing”. Still there are a few chairs put out should you want to enjoy some rays, and there are more lounge sets to the left and right (and downstairs) for more laying around—this furniture is also very dated, though we preferred it to the Ikea style furniture in the room.
The road out front gets a steady stream of traffic, but the rooms are set far enough back from the road that the noise is not too much of an issue—mosques also are a fair distance away, so only the lightest of sleepers should have an interrupted sleep.
Next door you’ll find an ice cream shop and a cafe, and a door down from those an excellent foot massage house—where we are happy to highly recommend a one-hour foot massage. The location is a couple of kilometres from downtown Malang, but this area is a beautiful part of town with leafy avenues, classic houses, manicured lawns and plenty of park space. Buring is also close to western eatery Bali Bunga, and, if you like a tipple in the evening, Rumah Opa (though eat at Bali Bunga if you want Western fare). The Museum Brawijaya is also just ten minutes away on foot.
Rates struck us as perhaps a little high for the standard (and they jump 50,000 on weekends), but are typical of guesthouses in this part of town. If full, Merbabu Guest House is another solid option and is about a ten minute walk away, as is Augustina Home (which we liked but it was just a little too scruffy), while if you’d like a pool, Lovender Guest House is also nearby but we thought the rooms there were a little cramped. Want something spendier? The Shalimar is just down the road.
Address: Jl Buring 53, Malang
T: (0341) 303 1120;
Coordinates (for GPS): 112º37'26.63" E, 7º58'9.99" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||190,000 rupiah||190,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room||270,000 rupiah||270,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room||320,000 rupiah||320,000 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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