Friendly old-school backpackers
For little more than the price of a dorm bed, you can enjoy your own private space at Neo Moritz, admittedly it’s basic but this old-school style backpackers secures a good location just south of the train station and the pleasant chill areas and friendly staff make up for any shortcomings.
The narrow four storey building (no lift!) houses a rabbit warren of options above the shop-front style bar and communal space with the very best (and priciest rooms) overlooking a tiny rooftop garden. Here two compact air-con doubles were not yet finished when we visited in March 2018, but it was only a matter of weeks. These simple modern rooms feature polished cement floors, white painted exposed brick and whitewashed wooden furniture. The mattresses were still wrapped in plastic and beds were not made, but it appeared comfortable albeit a tight squeeze. Ensuite hot-water bathrooms continue the polished cement industrial theme with stylish rock hewn basins and a rainfall shower.
Other rooms are not nearly so glamorous, but an effort has been made to spruce up the basic digs with fresh bright paintwork in the modest but clean tiled rooms. Aside from the rooftop specials, all remaining rooms are fan-cooled, some with efficient ceiling fans and others with less than efficient small standard fans, however most rooms are graced with both internal and external windows that can be opened to enjoy the cross breeze.
A mix of single, double, twin and triple rooms with private or shared cold or hot-water bathrooms are the deal but don’t expect any fancy furnishings, it’s a bed and that’s it. Bright coloured bottom sheets and a thin blanket make up the bedding jazzed up with a bright ikat runner and contrasting towels. Bathrooms are basic, old and stained and will certainly not impress those more sensitive souls, but there’s a flushing Western throne and a hot shower (admittedly almost on top of each other). Some ensuites don’t have a door between the sleeping area and bathroom and are curtained for privacy (or not much privacy which may be the case).
The downstairs chill area was strewn with guitars and musical interments when we visited, which indicates evenings may turn into a bit of a party here, otherwise there’s a few benches and seating for relaxing and a large map of Indonesia noting many of the sights for inspiration. Breakfast is included and snacks and cold drinks including beer are on sale. Neo Moritz organises day tours to surrounding sights and across Java, however you may want to shop around.
The bustling traditional commercial area around the guesthouse may be a challenge for some, but you’ll certainly know you’re in Indonesia! We like the friendly vibe at Neo Moritz, but if you’d prefer smarter digs, Buton Backpacker Lodge is our top pick or friendly Pinisi Backpacker Hostel on the other side of the railway line offers snazzy but simple dorm beds and a friendly welcome.
Address: Komplex Luxor Permai, 5 Jalan Kebon Jati, Bandung
T: (0224) 205 788;
Coordinates (for GPS): 107º36'2.31" E, 6º55'2.21" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan share bathroom||140,000 rupiah||160,000 rupiah|
|Sgl fan private bathroom||150,000 rupiah||170,000 rupiah|
|Dbl fan private bathroom|
Add 20,000 for hot water
|160,000 rupiah||180,000 rupiah|
|Triple fan share bathroom||170,000 rupiah||190,000 rupiah|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||250,000 rupiah||300,000 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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