A bit tired of super urban Jakarta, I wanted a different experience I chanced upon the name of this Boutique hotel. The pictures were good and the few reviews were good.
Entering the Guest House, I found that the pictures were authentic. The charming little home stay like cottage had patios, swings, armchairs and plenty of plants, creepers. Sunshine penetrated through the open roof. The owner had placed her prized collection of furniture and curios all around the place. The room was clean, hygienic. The bed and pillow were more home like and not at all the 5 star specifications, adding to the comfort level of the resident. Drinking water dispensers were available everywhere. A coffee and tea spot enabled you to help yourself to it as and when you wanted. There was a kitchen and a little dining space.
Not located too far from the main road, there were INDOMARTS and ALPHAMARTS for all your needs. ATMs were available at walking distance.
In the absence of the owner, a young smart local was posted to look after the place. A young looking girl assisted him in cooking, housekeeping, serving and everything and anything. The team had no clue about how to communicate with the guests. Their knowledge of English was ZERO. And there starts the trouble. If you asked for vegetables, they would offer you chicken. Breakfast was all mismanaged driving me crazy early in the morning. The climax came when they gave me a packet of bread with a baby lizard inside. Well, I just had to leave.
I think given some improvements to the team and their language skills, the place is a steal for the 40 US dollars I paid.
Finally, the young manager loved his cigarette and dangled it 24 hours putting me off big time. Nonetheless, their attitude was better than several five star hotels. And the internet was brilliant and reliable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LATHYSHA is a cozy well kept friendly Guesthouse. nicely decorated with colonial style furnishings. It has all the standard hotel facilities, like ac, tv and suite bathroom with hot water at affordable rates. Ts have plenty of natural light and are surrounded by green plants. The lobby area and cafeteria area next to a fishpond are cozy and often used for small meetings and get togethers. Our facility has free parking and the area around our property is guarded by local security guards. ... more less