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- Reviews: 6
Pondok Daun Homestay, Sumbawa Besar: Clean and Calm place to stay
Pondok Daun Homestay is Located a bit outside of sumbawa, by motocycle you can reach it in 10minutes from the central street of sumbawa
you can rent it daily [about $25] or monthly [about $200], for a daily customer they served breakfast.
it's owner doesn't speak english, so it's best for you are prepared with a little bit of indonesian language first,
They are a great place to stay if you are looking for a calm place
it's not noisy, clean, have a shower in the bathroom.
they also rent automatic motocycle for its customer for 5$ a day
- Reviews: 494
Kencana Beach Hotel: A long way from town
I had considered staying at Kencana Beach Hotel but had read varying reviews. Friends in Sumbawa Besar said to have a look first - their polite way of saying you won't like it.
The hotel is situated right on the beach, a lovely cove, but there is nothing else around. The bungalows are in reasonable condition but I really didn't think they were worth the price of rp 300 to 350,000 plus tax. There is a nice restaurant but again, the prices are comparatively high. The hotel has a big clean pool - attractive to children as it is surrounded by massive plaster cast animals which gives it a sort of Disney theme.
The beach is pleasant although I wasn't impressed with the snorkelling which I had been told was good. It seemed most of the coral was actually washed up on the shore.
Being low season, there was no one around which probably gave the place less appeal. I have travelled to many beach areas to relax and enjoy the water for a few days but I just wasn't taken by Kencana Beach.
I'm glad my friends suggested to look first.
- Reviews: 494
Hotel Tambora: Friendly budget option
Hotel Tambora is located in the west of Sumbawa Besar city about one and a half kilometres from the market, old palace and the busiest parts of the city. The hotel has two classes of room. In January 2013 prices were rp 79,000 or rp 99,000. The rooms are basic and could do with a paint, cold water showers and a very simple breakfast of coffee and toast. But it is a decent budget option. Reception staff are friendly and can help with ongoing transport. There is a small sitting area/veranda at the front of the rooms where you can relax, read a book. The rooms are set back from the road with a small well kept garden in front of each so there was very little traffic noise at night. Note that during wet season, there were quite a few mosquitoes around so be prepared to light a mosquito coil at night. Certainly decent value for the price.
- Reviews: 983
Hotel Bala Kemar: Between Sumbawa Besar and Dompu the only option
The distance between Sumbawa Besar and Dompu is almost 200 km. If you consider that too far to travel in one day, your only option is Hotel Bala Kemar in Empang, almost exactly halfway between the two towns.
We just checked out the hotel when passing by. Their 12 units built of bamboo and wood are modest, but acceptable for backpacker standards. A unit can accommodate three (one double bed, one single), and has a bathroom with squatting toilet. Price to match, only Rp 45,000 (July 2011).
Breakfast is not included, but there is Warung Makan Cita Rasa at 1,5 km distance towards Sumbawa Besar.
- Reviews: 983
Penginapan Bu Siti Nur: The only one in Lunyuk
Arriving in Lunyuk on our road trip from Sekongkang, we asked around for accommodation. We had been told that there was a pasanggrahan (government guest house) at the alun-alun. But that looked as if it had not seen guests a long time.
Instead we were referred to Penginapan Bu Siti Nur, a private enterprise of mrs Siti Nur: “That is where commercial travellers stay”. For the price, Rp 75,000 (2011), and Indonesian standards is was not too bad: at least clean, but with external bathroom and of course no AC. There even was a tap and hose in the yard for washing our car!
Just a few steps away was a simple restaurant (Warung Sederhana) serving ok bami goreng and nasi goreng.
- Reviews: 983
Kencana Beach Cottages: The nicest at Sumbawa Besar
Kencana Beach means Golden Beach, and indeed this is a perfect beach. A small bay bordered by cliffs with white sand in between. Clear water and fine corals within easy reach of the beach (see tip 'Snorkeling at Kencana Beach')
On the other hand, the cottages have seen better days. Since the 2002 and 2005 Bali bombings tour groups stayed away and never returned.
Still we found the cottages in a garden setting good value for money, Rp 250,000 with fan, Rp 350,000 with AC - discount possible if you stay more than one day. If you have no need to stay in town, we think this is the best place to stay around Sumbawa Besar.
There is a swimming pool for if you have enough of salt water, and a restaurant with sea view. On the eastern cliff is a Hindu temple that belongs to the property. (Rates as of July 2011.)
The beach is public domain. The Balinese community living nearby holds ceremonies on the beach. During weekends day guests flock here.
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