it's a nice place to stay since not so far from the palaces, local market and in a complex with cinema, shopping mal and places to eat -- from resto to pedestrian food.
from the balcony can be seen almost every corners of the city :)
I have stayed at the Santika and decided to check out the Bentani for a change. Overall, the Bentani was much better value for money. It lacks some of the luxury of the Santika but at USD 40 per night, it was excellent value. It has good rooms, a clean pool and a helpful business centre. Its also closer to town than the Santika.
It's a nice hotel right in the middle of the crowd. Walking distance to the chinatown where you can buy anything you need there.
You can go around the city from hotel by angkot (public transport) or becak.
The hotel is quite clean and quiet. Very worth for the money.
Nice concierge, quiet, and easy to go anywhere.
What can I ask for Rp. 77,000 including tax. Comes with free breakfast - Nasi Goreng with shreaded fried scambled egg
There is no toilet flushing system, you got to force splash a pail of water to push your load down. I brought my own roll of toilet paper. I guess this is typical to budget hotel. It has a rectangular ceramic tiles bathtub and warm natural spring water leads into it. Not bad for a budet hotel.
In my stay, I observed that it is quite a popular budget hotel for the locals. There is a karaoke lounge and dining restaurant and well priced room rates. And perhaps because of these reasons, there are always a group of 'working girls' sitting around. But they are not agressive and generally passive. They are unlike those in Jakarta who are out to grab people. In my first night stay, there was this stunner who was sitting near to the check-in counter. When I briefly looked at her, thinking that she might be a hotel maid, she just had a split second eye contact with me and then looked away. Just don't give any signal and you will be alright and peaceful.
I was fortunate enough to meet this old masseuse guy. Not only can he speak english, he gives hell of a good massage. By pressing on certain parts of your body, he can tell what what are the problems without you telling. Throughout my stay, he is my great communication tool. Because I can't speak and hear a single Bahasa Indonesian. And 99.9% of the locals don't speak English. His name is Eddy, find him when you are there. Not only he is a great help, he will show you a miracle weed called ‘gotu kola’ that you can pluck some and plant it at your own country which I did. A man in China actually lived to 256 years old with the help of this herb.
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