Traditional charm, needs work
On first impressions Hotel Sumber Alam is full of charm—traditional Sundanese-style wood, bamboo and thatch bungalows lining lotus and koi-filled ponds with a backdrop of gently rolling hills, and the welcoming charming staff certainly add to the experience
Unfortunately though, the rooms themselves don’t quite live up to expectations and are not particularly well maintained. Sadly this seems to be the standard even in higher end hotels in Cipanas, but of the options available, Hotel Sumber Alam still has more appeal than many of the alternatives.
A vast array of rooms types and villas are on offer, with some that sleep up to 18 people and include private swimming pools or whirlpools. A number of the bungalows are styled with low furniture or split levels which may not be suitable for less mobile or clumsy folk. Amenities include TVs and minbar and all enjoy thermal spring-fed Western-standard bathrooms.
The room we viewed was clean enough although it could have benefited from a good of a scrub and a bit of maintenance. Among the walkways and ponds a bamboo pavilion houses the hotels’s restaurant serving an included buffet breakfast, with other meals available, a pleasant spot to sip a coffee and enjoy the surrounds.
What is truly impressive at Hotel Sumber Alam is their vast open-air hot-water swimming pool. The pool is partly covered by a sun shade, though while it wasn’t needed on the cloudy day we visited, would be a bonus when the sun is shining, as there is no other shade. Non guests can enjoy the swimming pool for 35,000 rupiah which is very popular with locals—a swimming class was in progress when we visited, but even though it was a large group it took up a very small section of the expanse of warm water.
As large as Hotel Sumber Alam is, it is often full and as it’s very popular with local groups, booking is advisable. In a similar vein, Banyu Alam Resort is a less expensive, but also a little more run down.
Address: 122 Jalan Raya Cipanas, Garut
T: (0262) 238 000; (0262) 237 700;
Coordinates (for GPS): 107º52'21.82" E, 7º10'42.53" 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|
|600,000 rupiah||700,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room|
Bungalow Si Ceeh
|650,000 rupiah||750,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room|
|700,000 rupiah||800,000 rupiah|
Arileu (sleeps 4)
|1,100,000 rupiah||1,300,000 rupiah|
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