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Tentrem Hotel

Old-school central cheapie

15 Jalan Panglima Sudirman, Probolinggo T: (0335) 421 049 

Tentrem Hotel

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Charming old-school Tentrem Hotel won’t appeal to all travellers, but this classic Indonesia cheapie is worth a look.

Not only does it enjoy a terrific central city location, the range of rooms offer some of the lowest prices in town, but do look at a few—some are downright grotty while others are perfectly presentable and a great deal. Set back from the busy road, an old colonial style building houses the reception. Note the original metal window grill with the hotel name, then enter the museum-like office complete with typewriters and antiquated adding machines.

Unintentionally retro.

Unintentionally retro. Photo: Sally Arnold

The day we popped by they had to first find someone who spoke a little English who then presented the rate card with general information also mostly in English, except for a statement in Indonesian that couples must prove they are married (a common criteria in hotels in Java). Options range from tiny basic fan-cooled rooms with old local-style cold-water bathroom with squat toilet and mandi to newer and roomier air-con rooms with hot water showers and a variety of options in-between, all housed in a grid of longhouse style blocks behind.

In general, rooms are clean though some are rather old and stained, and all enjoy a good amount of natural light. Floors are tiled and in some cases this extends to the walls too. Every room we viewed was furnished with a double plus a single lovely Deco style wooden beds which made it a tight squeeze in the smaller rooms, some with kapok mattress and others with foam made up with a bottom sheet and light cotton blanket.

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Need to send a letter? Email not allowed. Photo: Sally Arnold

Some rooms add seating or a desk and a TV, mostly old box style, but the pricier rooms have small flatscreen TVs. The newest and most expensive Superior A rooms with air-con and hot showers are located furthest from the road so are also quieter. They are possibly the cleanest and most comfortable on offer here, but somehow lack the character of the older rooms.

All but the Economy rooms include breakfast in the rate, but don’t expect much, we’re informed it’s white bread with chocolate sprinkles—the Dutch don’t just influence the architecture here.

Walk-in rates we were quoted were cheaper than booking sites who only seem to offer the Superior rooms. Tentrem Hotel is about one-and-a half kilometres to the train station, almost opposite Sumber Hidup, a large Chinese-style restaurant with cold beer available. If Tentrem Hotel is too old-school for your taste other cheapies worth checking out are Homestay Diponegoro 5 with a range of rooms from 125,000 rupiah and traveler-friendly Homestay Suyoso with rooms from 150,000.

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Walk-in rates at Tentrem Hotel

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl fan private bathroom
60,000 rupiah
60,000 rupiah
Fan, local-style cold-water bathroom
Standard double room
95,000 rupiah
95,000 rupiah
Fan-cooled with cold water. Add 55,000 rupiah for air-con
Superior double room
160,000 rupiah
160,000 rupiah
Air-con with cold water
Deluxe double room
175,000 rupiah
175,000 rupiah
Air-con with hot water
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 60,000 rupiah, high season 60,000 rupiah. Notes: Fan, local-style cold-water bathroom
Room: Standard double room, low season: 95,000 rupiah, high season 95,000 rupiah. Notes: Fan-cooled with cold water. Add 55,000 rupiah for air-con
Room: Superior double room, low season: 160,000 rupiah, high season 160,000 rupiah. Notes: Air-con with cold water
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 175,000 rupiah, high season 175,000 rupiah. Notes: Air-con with hot water

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Where is Tentrem Hotel

Tentrem Hotel
15 Jalan Panglima Sudirman, Probolinggo
T: (0335) 421 049 
Coordinates (for GPS): 113º12'46.83" E, 7º45'13.11" S
Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

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