The hotel is one of the first hotels your bus or van might drive near if coming from the greater JKT area and so deserves consideration for ease of getting to and time spent in actually getting from starting point (e.g. JKT) to a bandung hotel.
First impressions are of a hotel in a quiet neighborhood ( a huge plus in noise-ridden asia), clean and friendly employess who genuinely try to help you. It is immediately noticeable that the fish doesnt stink from the head down when entering the property and that someone in charge is trying to give the traveler a valued experience at the hotel.
The rooms that were seen were standard (228,000R), deluxe (325,000R) and superior (325,000). On the weekends, the standard class room will probably be sold out and an advanced reservation would probably be required.
Traveling Indonesia, 200,000R is generally the max I will pay for a room (most of the time I pay less) as there are usually places that one can find on their own that give you 90% of what a 250,000R room gives you for about half the price. 228,000R: I do not define as 'budget" - there are just too many alternatives that are cheaper.
While one can get to other locations in Bandung, I would not consider Cherry Hotel to be in the middle of the action. A Bandung resident thought the main areas of interest for a traveler would be (streets) Cihampelas, Cipaganti, Subroto and Dago (aka Juanda). These areas are easily reached from Cherry (out at the main road) by use of an Angkot van or for those less adventurous, a Blue Bird taxi called to the hotel (unless one is well versed in dealing with the mafia taxis', one should stick with Blue Bird). Although, Bandung is heavily traffic-jammed, probably every day of the week.
Back to Cherry, itself: the downside of the hotel was that the hot water is either not "hot"(i.e. luke warm) or nothing but cold water came out of the 'hot' tap over a two day weekend. When it was luke warm (at its best), this temperature took over 20 minutes to come by. This in itself is perhaps a deal breaker from the start. Two other concerns were that as Indonesia is in Asia, children are left to run and play and scream and yell without any adult supervision- the stairs, different levels and hallways are a fun play ground for young children. Perhaps the main purpose of having a hotel room is sleeping and someone else's children screaming outside your door (the hotel employees did nothing about this) on two different days is not ideal for one's stay. In addition, though no one was screaming, conversations of the room next door could be readily heard thru the wall.
Would I stay again? If in a pinch the hotel would not be a bad choice, but there have to be other hotels that could be considered.
Getting to Cherry:
If coming from the greater JKT area by van or bus and the van enters Bandung by way of Jl. Tol Pasteur, simply tell the driver in JKT that you want to get off the van at the
Jl. Sukajadi intersection of Jl. Dr. Junjunan (which is what the tol road becomes in Bandung). Possibly discuss this with the counter people at the van business in Jakarta before boarding the van and they will inform the driver. Exiting the van earlier saves you from backtracking thru Bandung and paying the fares Blue Bird 25.000R) or experiencing the frustration of the traffic jams.
On exiting the van or bus at the intersection noted above, turn left and walk down Sukajadi about 200m. On the right will be a noticeable sign for Cherry Hotel. Turn right down the street and walk five minutes; hotel is noticeable on a side street on your right. Total time to walk from exiting the van is about ten minutes. Indonesians by nature and culture are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet and if stuck ask someone to help you.
The van service Indonesian's think of most highly might be Xtrans (has a website and is on Jl. Cihampelas in Bandung).
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