Cute and funky themed guesthouse
A hop skip and a jump from Bandung Railway Station, funky Summerbird’s themed rooms are cute enough to fill your Instagram feed, but classy enough that they don’t feel overly cliched.
The hotel’s restaurant and reception occupy a converted cottage, with guest rooms in a modern triple-storey U-shaped building to the rear. Rooms are somewhat compact, but suitably comfortable so as not to feel cramped and although three categories are on offer, the room size only varies marginally, what differs is windows and views, a little odd as it seems to be a purpose-built building.
Standard rooms are windowless, bar the glass panelled door while higher categories provide one or two large picture windows, regardless, the spaces remain bright and pleasant. Furnished with comfy twin or double beds, bedside tables, open storage and a built-in desk, amenities include air-con, flatscreen TVs and tea-making facilities, adding a minbar as well as additional included treats in the Deluxe rooms. Clear glass encloses the ensuite hot-water bathrooms which make the small rooms appear larger, but also feels a tad exposed however blackout blinds provide privacy.
The mixed bag of themes include vintage, French, rustic and Scandinavian, although you may be hard pressed to work out which is which, nonetheless all are rather charming. Walls are mostly white painted exposed brick except for the rustic rooms where the brick is unpainted. “Chocolate” themed rooms seem to fall into the vintage category, although don’t expect shades of brown or extra treats, you may get a laugh from some of the painted quotes selected to fit the theme. “French” themed rooms foster a bo-ho whitewashed look while “rustic” themed rooms are more industrial with rough-hewn wooden panels and steam-punk style lighting constructed from plumbing supplies. Furnishing in the Scandinavian room we viewed appeared suitably Scandinavian, but we couldn’t quite work out why a Calvin and Hobbs cartoon was chosen as a mural (or perhaps that was a vintage room?).
As with the rooms themselves, tiled ensuites are spick and span and although “fun-size” provide ample space for bits and bobs. Rooms themselves are accessed via an open walkway which leads to a pleasant and airy cafe-style chill area on each level.
Very friendly and helpful staff mentioned that your a la carte included breakfast could be served here if you didn’t want to mingle with the general public in the hotel’s restaurant.
Summerbird is located in a quieter side street off busy Jalan Pasirkaliki, a few minutes walk to one of Bandung’s largest night markets, terrific for sampling some local culinary delights. As with most of Bandung’s hotels, price rise on weekends and although weekday rates are excellent value, we thought the weekend rate comparatively a tad high for the smallish rooms and you may consider the cute themed rooms at Triple Seven as an option or the simple no frills contemporary style of Morgen Guesthouse.
Address: 11 Jalan Ksatriaan, Bandung
T: (0226) 030 228; (0878) 6637 2473;
Coordinates (for GPS): 107º35'48.13" E, 6º54'43.22" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||350,000 rupiah||550,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room||450,000 rupiah||650,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room||550,000 rupiah||750,000 rupiah|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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