Penginapan Gartika

Penginapan Gartika

Best of the cheapies

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Of the somewhat unimpressive selection of rooms in Cipanas, Penginapan Gartika is a notch above its competition.

Travelfish says:

This modern low-rise motel-style accommodation provides car parking directly in front of the rooms, offering discretion for “short time” visitors. It may sound seedy, but rooms are clean and bright and offer enough comfort that it feels more like a cheap business hotel than something of less repute.

Don’t steal the mattress. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Don’t steal the mattress. Photo: Sally Arnold

The tiled, decent-sized rooms are decked out with one or two double beds and built-in laminate desks, wardrobe and seating. Beds sport comfortable spring mattresses, a bottom sheet and blanket and due to the higher elevation, rooms don’t provide air-con nor fan but we found them to be sufficiently cool—you may wish to pack a sleep sheet or sarong for extra warmth.

The wall-mounted flatscreen TV has local channels only, but you could always read the list of prices for everything in the room posted on the wall for entertainment (seriously who is going to take home the mattress?). There’s no kettle, but a thermos of hot water and mugs are presented on check-in—you’ll have to provide your own tea and coffee with sachets on sale at reception.

The ensuite bathroom is clean and mould free and like most in the area is fed via the natural thermal springs into a deep tiled bath, perfect for a delicious therapeutic hot soak. Be careful climbing in and out as it’s rather slippery. The ceiling in the bathroom is double height, slatted to prevent steam building up, and water temperature is adjustable with a cold tap. The hotel keeps the water running constantly (so it will be full when you arrive) and an overflow pipe syphons off excess, although you can shut it down at night for a quieter sleep.

Hot water everywhere! Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Hot water everywhere! Photo: Sally Arnold

Rates include towels, a selling point apparently as this is not always the case in Cipanas, and signs (in Indonesian) warn not to steal them! As well as the tub, there’s a Western style toilet sans cistern, flushable via a bucket of hot water, and as with many traditional style bathrooms there’s no basin, nor is there one in the room.

Outside the room, a small terrace is furnished with a table and chairs where you can tuck into breakfast of nasi goreng and tea or coffee, included in the rate, but don’t expect too much—ours was cold and bland. Staff are friendly and eager to please, but have limited English.

A small shop at reception sells drinks, snacks and sundries. We may not have painted the most inviting picture of this hotel, but it really is one of the best along this strip. Look for the grey modern block on the right as you head up the hill along the main road. If your budget is tighter, check out Giga Inn or Penginapan Mutiara 2, but look at a few rooms in each as they are of varying cleanliness and quality.

Contact details for Penginapan Gartika

Address: 140 Jalan Raya Cipanas, Garut
T: (0262) 231 522;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 107º52'25.36" E, 7º10'45.51" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Standard double room 310,000 rupiah 385,000 rupiah
Family room 385,000 rupiah 510,000 rupiah

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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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