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The Hostel

A simple dorm with a great host

Andika Plaza Blok A4, 38-40 Jalan Simpang Dukuh, Surabaya T: (0812) 3517 4233

The Hostel

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The Hostel is one of those joints that is greater than the sum of its parts and here the very hospitable owner is what really makes this simple place work.

The Hostel enjoys an excellent central location almost directly behind Hotel Majahpahit, however it’s not that easy to find, tucked into a laneway in a somewhat depressing, run down office block. The simple walk-up opens to the street-level communal area made homely with up-cycled palette furniture, painted maps on the wall, TV and a beer fridge.

Back to basics bunk beds.

Back to basics bunk beds. Photo: Sally Arnold

Upstairs you’ll find a communal kitchen and the roomy 10-bed mixed aircon dorm. The former office space now dorm has tiled floors and large opaque-glass street-facing windows, lined with metal bunk-beds around the edges of the room. Thinnish mattresses are comfy enough and are made up with a clean coloured bottom sheet and a cosy blanket.

Bunks have individual reading lights and power outlets and bottom bunks score a little more privacy with cartoon character embellished curtains. Top bunks are accessed by built-in ladders and provide decent safety rails, however the bunks themselves are a bit wobbly. Two basic share bathrooms are on separate floors and provide Western-style toilets and hot-water showers, old and stained at the edges but clean. A pot plant in the mandi adds a bit of a tropical feel (or perhaps it was just being watered when we visited).

The ground floor common area.

The ground floor common area. Photo: Sally Arnold

Breakfast is included, available in the share kitchen with eggs served anyway you’d like. Here you can help yourself to coffee tea and toast as well as refill your water bottles from the gallon of drinking water.

The owner, Lee, speaks excellent English and is a wealth of local knowledge. He’s happy to sit down for a chat or just chill out with a movie with travellers. The Hostel is his lovechild and his passion is infectious.

Although busy during the day, the area is quiet at night but Lee assured us it was safe to walk around, though single travellers may wish to use at taxi or ojek in the evenings. We like the traveller friendly vibe Lee has created here, a fine backpacker pick. If you’d prefer more privacy and mod-cons, check out Tab Capsule Hotel.

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Dorm air-con
120,000 rupiah
120,000 rupiah
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 120,000 rupiah, high season 120,000 rupiah. Notes:

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Where is The Hostel

The Hostel
Andika Plaza Blok A4, 38-40 Jalan Simpang Dukuh, Surabaya
T: (0812) 3517 4233
Coordinates (for GPS): 112º44'29.46" E, 7º15'36.74" S
Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

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