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Neo Moritz

Friendly old-school backpackers

Komplex Luxor Permai, 5 Jalan Kebon Jati, Bandung T: (0224) 205 788

Neo Moritz

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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.

Lodgings are simple.

Lodgings are simple. Photo: Sally Arnold

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).

Clean and bright.

Clean and bright. Photo: Sally Arnold

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.

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Walk-in rates at Neo Moritz

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl fan share bathroom
140,000 rupiah
160,000 rupiah
Sgl fan private bathroom
150,000 rupiah
170,000 rupiah
Dbl fan private bathroom
160,000 rupiah
180,000 rupiah
Add 20,000 for hot water
Triple fan share bathroom
170,000 rupiah
190,000 rupiah
Dbl air-con private bathroom
250,000 rupiah
300,000 rupiah
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 140,000 rupiah, high season 160,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Sgl fan private bathroom, low season: 150,000 rupiah, high season 170,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 160,000 rupiah, high season 180,000 rupiah. Notes: Add 20,000 for hot water
Room: Triple fan share bathroom, low season: 170,000 rupiah, high season 190,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 250,000 rupiah, high season 300,000 rupiah. Notes:

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Where is Neo Moritz

Neo Moritz
Komplex Luxor Permai, 5 Jalan Kebon Jati, Bandung
T: (0224) 205 788
Coordinates (for GPS): 107º36'2.31" E, 6º55'2.21" S
Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

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