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Lava View Lodge
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

Our guide from Great Tours http://www.greattoursjogja.com booked us in here as part of our trip to Mount Bromo. It's expensive and the rooms are cold and basic. We didn't pluck up the courage to use the shower as the electrics looked dodgy and it was so cold. My partner didn't sleep much because the porch light was on all night (ask for it to be switched off). The restaurant food was good and the view of the crater from the hotel site (not the rooms) is fabulous. We drove to Surabaya after to catch a plane and stopped off at the Great Mud Disaster. an oil company drilling for oil hit a mud lake (doh, what was the geologist thinking) and boiling mud welled up and covered villages and businesses and the government can't stop the rise of the mud. Horrendous.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank alisonleahy
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

The room itself was very cold, damp feeling, musty smelling, with no heating and needed more blankets. The bathroom was very basic with cracked tiles and a dodgy looking water heater. But in fairness both were clean which is impressive given the very fine volcanic ash that gets everywhere.
The restaurant choices were limited but the food was actually better than expected based on the room standard and there was wireless access.
There are alot of hawkers outside the restaurant building offering hats, gloves, warm clothing, souvenirs and tours. They are good natured and won't bother you if you give a firm "no thank you".
The location was great to see Mt Bromo and this is reflected in the high price. But this is the only reason to visit and there is no need to stay longer.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

I'm writing about the Cafe Lava Hostel. We ended up here, after a long trip from Yogya to Mt.Bromo. We've booked a package tour/hotel/climb and were supposed to stay at the Sion Hotel. That hotel was terrible: dirty, ugly and just simply terrible. So the driver took us to Cafe Lava Hostel, which was ok (average for Indonesia), but clean and safe. We stayed here one night only and it's a good base for Mr. Bromo.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank matangi_p
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

Basically, the location of this lodge is the reason to stay here. It is close to Mount Bromo and that is the key factor. The room that we (two people) stayed in for the one night that we were there, was extremely cold. Ideally there should be a heater in those rooms and/or in relevant times of the year. There was good (i.e warm) blankets and bed coverings provided and that was the saving grace of the room in terms of its temperature. The room was basic (including the shower and toilet) but clean and functional. It was -apart from it being freezing- quite adequate for our purpose- which was just to stay there for a few hours before getting up at 3am for the start of the start of the Bromo and sunrise trip. The restaurant was fine and we spent most of our stay there, for dinner and breakfast; the food was fairly basic but fine. The free wifi was a great plus point. There were some local people standing outside the restaurant, selling hats and gloves which we bought- they were a good price and they helped to keep us nice and warm the next morning! The lovely sunrise and the trip to Bromo itself, were definitely worth the stay here.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank HippyChick4
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

Having read all these reviews it seems there are probably some rooms that are better than others. Ours was adequate, a bit dowdy and unappealing but clean enough and everything worked. The restaurant food at dinner was quite nice and breakfast was as described in other reviews - it did not make us sick, that's for sure. WIFI (free) was available in the restaurant and it worked reasonably well. We found the staff very helpful - there were some very good English speakers there (but see some reservations mentioned later).
We booked the hotel via email - it was confusing as the hotel seems to be booked via an adventure tour company - and they insisted in payment upfront by payPal to secure the booking. We weren't able to activate our PayPal account and they were then very reasonable in still holding a room for us on our promise to really arrive. There was also some confusion prior to arriving - we asked about a "guide" really meaning a tour, I suppose, and they responded saying they'd run out of English speaking guides - this left us almost booking one of the door hang abouts because we arrived late and wanted to get a jeep and so forth in place for the next morning. Upon asking inside however, there were plenty of jeeps and no need for a guide except for specialist hiking and so forth. The jeep and horse ride up the mountain for early morning viewing all went very well - we had two children with us and they were very careful with my three year old son on his own horse, a man either side to ensure he didn't fall. We forgot our own torches - DONT FORGET! the guides hired theirs to us at a steep, but not so horrible price. One of the great advantages of Lava View lodge is actually after your've seen the volcano. It is perched right on the edge of the crater and the two hours we spent writing in diaries on the crater's edge at the hotel were very relaxed and special - well worth it just for that alone.
My final comments concerns the tour out that we purchased through the Lava View Lodge to Ijen Crater. I think a better job could have been done explaining what was involved, especially as we were travelling with young children. Despite leaving at 9.30am from our hotel, with delays, waiting about, a long lunch stop (nice food) and a horrendous drive on some of the worst road a minibus has ever negotiated, we did not arrive until 7pm that night - a very long day for small kids. The hotel we stayed in then was a bit of a shambles. About 100 guests arrived all at once, but someone had forgotten that beer drinkers like their beer cold... Plus there was no ice anywhere on the premises. The beds came with a bottom sheet and a blanket - no top sheet. There is no way blankets are washed between guests and we were not backpacking with sleep sheets etc - it was a tad grim. I also took photos of the mouldy bathroom to remind me that my days of roughing it are not entirely over. The set breakfast was probably the worst breakfast I've ever had in my entire life. A hard boiled egg. No salt and pepper available. No soy sauce available. Could not get it to go down. And a sandwich with chocolate sprinkles that even my kids would not eat. And then when we arrive at Ijen, for the first time we are told we have a three kilometre walk straight up hill. Glad we weren't told before, to be honest, because we eventually made it, kids and all and it was amazing, but people need to be aware of that - it was pretty hard work and many would not cope (should have done better research I know!) Anyway, enough blabbing from me! Hope this helps someone.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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9  Thank AustralianLucy
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