On our trip to Bandung, we stayed in Pesona Bamboe Hotel in Lembang Area. As usual, I had difficulties in choosing the hotel because of many reasons, mainly because of the location. I finally booked this hotel because it is closed to De Ranch, which we would visit on our second day of trip.
It is located very far away from the Bandung City, and there are no air conditioners in this hotel, which worried me at first. Thankfully, when we arrived we fell in love with everything in this hotel and around the hotel. This hotel is separated into Pesona Bamboe 1 and 2. The first one is consisted of two storeys wooden house which can be booked separately (first floor and second floor) or together. We stayed in the second building since we booked a presidential suite room for 4 persons (plus a child). Pesona Bamboe 2 is a four storeys building (if I’m not mistaken) and it’s just the regular building, but I still prefer staying in the second building if we will come back next time. It is because my son likes to jump and run around the room, so it can be frustrating for other people who are staying below us, and even if we stay in the first floor, the footstep from other occupants in the second floor can be very disturbing too for us.
Since we stayed in the second building, we could park the car very near to our room. The best thing about this hotel is the location. There are atm, supermarket, wet market, and even a church within walking distance. Finding food is also very easy since we can find many food stalls just across the hotel (including Ampera, Ayam Brebes, wedang ronde, ketan bakar, tape, etc……) from morning to night. Not to mention some stores which sell snacks like our favorite keripik tempe from Sari Raos (hope I remember the name of the store correctly). So while my son spent time enjoying the hotel with me, the other adults could go shopping and bought snacks and vegetables from the wet market.
It also turned out that we didn’t need air conditioner at all. The weather was surprisingly very nice in the afternoon and very cold at night. We didn’t find any mosquitoes either. So after years, that was probably the first time that we finally enjoyed sleeping without ac.
The service from the staff was also excellent. Although there were some incidents with our toilet and our room, but they served us well and really tried to solve our problems. That was really a positive point of this hotel.
My son was very disappointed when he realized we only stayed for one night………….he said he should have stayed for at least 2 nights, hahaha………….but I said some people had to go back to work the next day so we must go home.
Our room was very spacious with a little balcony. We got 1 master bed and two smaller beds. There was enough space for the boy to run and jump almost all the time. Seriously, he really had extra energy and he didn’t sleep the whole day, finally went to bed at 11 pm, and woke up at 6.30 in the morning. The good side was………………he ate a lot!!! He had breakfast, lunch, dinner, milk (twice), snack, bread (twice), and 4 bananas for one day only. If only I also had that much energy, I would also be as skinny as him even though I ate a lot……………………
The boy insisted that he wanted to stay at the hotel during our two days of stay. He refused to go out even just to take a walk outside the hotel. So we asked what he would do the whole day at the hotel. His answer was: “Enjoy lah………”
There are many things to do inside the hotel if you are too lazy to go outside. You can rent a pool table for Rp. 30.000,- per hour or play this:
We think this is the best hotel around the area. We tried to locate another good hotel but couldn’t find any that is so close to the food stalls and mini-market like this. Other hotels around this area are small or not so good from the outside.
As I mentioned before, this hotel is very far away from the city center, which can be a problem when you have to go back to Jakarta on weekends. The traffic jam was unbearable. It took 4.5 hours for us (including 2 toilet breaks for about 20 minutes each) to finally reached Pasteur Toll Road………….and another 3.5 hours to finally reached home………………but this place is closed to Tangkuban Perahu, De Ranch, and Lembang Floating Market.