Isolated but clean
Set up towards the top of Senaru Road, just shy of the turnaround by Bale Bayan, Gunung Baru has a cluster of simple concrete freestanding chalets in pale green and off-cream colours set in a small depression behind the restaurant area.
The place was devoid of life when we passed through in December but we eventually rustled up someone from next door who had a key and showed us around. Rooms are functional rather than charming, but they’re clean and having the option of hot water (for an extra 100,00 rupiah which we’d imagine to be highly negotiable) puts here slightly above Pondok Bale Buyan just around the bend. You’re paying the same price here as the budget-focused fare back in the big smoke of central Senaru and it’s difficult to see the extra value here, but in high season this could be a bit of a hidden away safe bet.
Address: Jl Pariwisata Senaru
T: (0819) 0741 1211;
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º24'9.86" E, 8º18'10.1" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom|
250,000 rupiah with hot water
|150,000 rupiah||150,000 rupiah|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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