Smart contemporary style, fab rooftop
Sleek and smart contemporary Korean–themed Tama Boutique Hotel is an excellent value midrange choice in Bandung.
Housed in a modern five-storey block above their streetfront Korean restaurant, the first thing you’ll notice that is a little unusual about Tama is that their reception is located on the top floor (don’t worry there’s a lift) adjacent to the open-style rooftop bar/cafe. The terrific city views and stylish decor certainly make a good first impression, not to mention the attentive and friendly staff.
This small hotel offers 24 rooms in three categories ranging from compact Superior to more spacious Deluxe and Suites. Twin rooms are available in the higher categories and a few Deluxe rooms enjoy small unfurnished balconies, but note that some others have windows with internal views only. While these are probably quieter as the street-facing rooms may be affected by traffic noise (although it didn’t seem too bad when we dropped by), if you prefer to see the outside world, request on booking.
Opened in March 2016, Tama was bright and gleaming, still looking brand new in early 2018. Stylish interiors are similar across the board with contemporary pale coloured wooden built-in furnishings. Rooms feature a wooden grill-like treatment backlit over a wall-size black and white ink drawing giving the impression of a paper screen, emphasising the “Korean” theme, although the overall look seems more generic contemporary “Asian” to us.
Comfortable beds sport thick bouncy mattresses with crisp white linen, earth toned runners and Dutch wives adding to the Asian feel. Facilities include air-con, flatscreen TV, mini-fridge, tea-making equipment, in-room safe, and a small desk as standard, with higher categories adding comfortable seating. Opaque glass screens the compact ensuite bathroom from the sleeping area and here you’ll find a continuation of the stylish modern Asian theme with dark grey tiles contrasting with shiny white amenities. A low shelf/bench in the shower is an unusual feature, and the hot-water rain showers enjoy good pressure.
A la carte breakfast is included, with a choice of three different Korean options, Western or Indonesian menus. We’d find it difficult to choose whether to enjoy our breakfast served in bed, or accompanied by the views from the rooftop cafe. Although you can always head to the rooftop later in the day for a sundowner, or anytime really as it’s open 24 hours—at the time of research the only alcohol on offer was beer. In-house guests can also enjoy discounted rates in the popular Bornga Korean barbecue restaurant below.
Tama Boutique Hotel is well located for transport, less than two kilometres from the train station and just over two to the airport. The only thing that disappoints is the lack of a swimming pool, otherwise we think this is a terrific pick.
Around the same price point Hummingbird Guesthouse offers slightly more spacious rooms with a more intimate guesthouse ambiance alternatively, similar rates can be found for Ivory Hotel on booking sites but it is a tad more of a spend as a walk-in—the comfortable modern rooms here have a little more cat-swinging space too.
Address: 5 Jalan Dr. Rajiman, Bandung
T: (0224) 264 888; (0812) 214 3448; F: (0224) 218 195
Coordinates (for GPS): 107º35'55.22" E, 6º54'13.92" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||580,000 rupiah||680,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room||650,000 rupiah||750,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe Suite||720,000 rupiah||820,000 rupiah|
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