IT is obvious from the many reviews that this place is here to offer visitors a few hours of rest before they ascend Ijen Crater. Catimore is all they said it was -- old, run down, expensive, basic, etc. Let me say that Ijen is definitely and without any reservation, WORTHY of a visit. And the BLUE Fire must be experienced. To do that, you need to wake up at 12.30am and start by 1.00 am from Catimor Homestay. There is other option, another Homestay fairly close by, or you can opt for the more upmarket(=pricey) one in the other direction. But they are not any better either!
Knowing all that, then just accept Catimore and stop complaining. On the other hand, try and spend some time exploring the Thermal Waterfall about 1.2km walk away--it is something special! Have you seen a HOT WATER -FALL before? After that, take a soak in the Hot Spring.
Then have dinner and go to bed at 8.00pm. And try to sleep/lay in bed till 12.30am. and go for your tour.
After you have completed your Ijen tour, get the h*** out of here!
DO NOT take the rooms near the Reception. The Staff talk noisily even though they know you are tryin...
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