Was expecting the worst after reading the reviews and from my personal experience at Manohara at Borobodur (both kinda in the middle of nowhere with not so good infrastructure). Was moderately surprised with my stay.
- There are a few new buildings on 7th and 8th levels. The suites on level 8 look quite attractive on the outside, of course they are very expensive.
- I stayed in room 105 - it appears that they have somewhat renovated most of the older buildings as the exterior of MOST (not ALL) buildings has been painted beige, and the old bathtubs have been replaced by shower cubicles.
- Hot water at a capacity of 25L per hour. Make sure you use water carefully/sparingly when you shower.
- The restaurant is indeed expensive and unimpressive. I reckon if I had dinner there it would have cost at least IDR 150,000 upward per person. To get away with it, follow your driver/guide (they have to eat too right ?) Our driver went to this warung which you can see from the main entrance of the cottage. It's about 200m away on a row of houses with different colours. On the outside, there is a sign that reads "Warung......" something. I think it's the second warung from the cottage. The row of houses appear to be owned by the same family. At meal times, they cook local rustic food and many people from the local village come to eat. On the night we went, the ladies in the kitchen made a bunch of ayam goreng (fried chicken), ikan goreng (fried fish - I think it's mackerel), tempe and a vegetable related to cuciwis (baby cabbage) but was not baby cabbage, which was blanched and not fried. We finished our portions in no time and just asked for more chicken, fish and tempe. We also helped ourselves to tea in the kitchen (all the local villagers were helping themselves to tea/coffee). Our meal ended up costing IDR 40,000 per person.
- There were a couple of European tour groups in the cottage that evening. We were told that only 50% of the rooms were occupied.
- I think because everyone was going to get up at 3am the next day for the tour, everybody went to bed by 9pm and we could not hear a sound, despite the supposedly thin insulation of the walls.
- The standard morning tour (whether you go with the cottage or go with another guide arranged by your own agent) will depart at 330am and include watching the sunrise and climbing up the crater of Mount Bromo itself. Expect to be back at the cottage by 8am.
- Breakfast was nothing to write home about - white bread, fried rice, fried noodles, scrambled eggs, papaya, watermelon, pineapple, juice, tea/coffee. However did the trick after the tour.
- Took the elevator up and down the different levels to take photos of the area from different angles. Quite interesting.
- I think they are building a new building near level 3. A satellite is already on the roof already - perhaps satellite TV in the future instead of antenna. :)
- 3G/cell reception was on and off. No wifi in the cottage.
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