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Merbabu Guest House
Ranked #4 of 108 Malang B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Manama, Bahrain
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
“Its so much more than a guest house”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

They call it a guest house and your first impression is something that resembles a backpack style of accomodation and shared arrangements. Its actually so much more than that.
You get a nice spacious room with free water, tea and coffee facilities. Nice big comfy bed and cable tv. The reception area is pretty small but its not five star hotel, but its still very competent and hospitable. Its a small sized property but arranged well so everyone has enough space and no noise from the other rooms.
The staff are all warm and friendly and speak pretty good english, and have a free internet ( 1pc only ) just at the side of the reception.
Breakfast is served local or as your request and served with freshly made coffee.
The best part is all bookings for any rooms comes with a free snack served (once a day) at any time that you are available. And this is per number of people the room can accomodate not necessarily how people in the room. I stayed alone but i got a coffee and 2 snacks (2 person serving).
Service is always with a smile and the hotel is kept pretty clean all through the day.
I had a great time here and would not hesitate to stay again.
Thank you Merbabu

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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3 Thank KhalidfromBahrain
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

A nice, simple, and homey guest house. Room is clean, breakfast was wonderful with an option of traditional meal (which taste very local and serve at a decent portion for a breakfast). Another delightful thing was they served afternoon snack which consist of one small local snack and a cup of coffee or tea. And no matter how late you came back. They will serve it for you.
Our room was at the first floor. With a king size bed. And the delightful this, it also comes with an attached balcony! Too bad we do not have time to enjoy it.
Polite and helpful staff is always around..

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Arianto T
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Stockholm, Sweden
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2013

Very nice stay. Great breakfast. Some of the staff speak good English. Very good valur for money (reservation through Agoda). In the center of the city in a quite area. Wanted to extend my stay but it was full.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Thank henryzon
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Jakarta, Indonesia
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2013

I'm a journalist who got assignment to Malang for a week, before we stay in merbabu, we stay in sahid montana, not good at all, and then my driver told me about the guest house, at the first call, the receptionist told about the price and the room, I ask for the corporate price, and she will ask to his manager after we arrived to hotel, I've got discount 15% from $49 (IDR 10.000) to $46 in a deluxe room.

The room very clean, they give us 3 bath towel, 3 mineral drink tough that the room stayed for 2 people.

The ornament showed very java ethnic, the breakfast is good, although we don't have many option food, but still good, fried rice, noodle with egg or bread with egg, sometimes they provide local food, combine with hot tea or coffe

The room not much, maybe that make special, crowdless.

Sadly, I have to move again since its full booked, so my suggestion, call it far away for the reservation

  • Stayed September 2013
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Thank acuyouth
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New Delhi, India
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Merbabu is v simple - very clean room and bathroom, furnished simply without any frills but nicely with a flat screen tv, decent bed linen etc. The big plus was the service which was great. The staff were v helpful and charming. They even gave us a packed meal box to take with us to our mt bromo expedition without any charge. The neighbourhood was lovely, upscale residential with lovely bungalows. If you aren't on a high budget, this is a nice safe option.

Room Tip: The grd floor rooms might be too noisy
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Chiki S
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jakarta
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

I love stayed in merbabu, the service was excellent, room was so clean, comfortable bed, and spacious room with extra sofa bed. Their breakfast was nice and delicious, so did the tea time snack. Overall we satisfied with merbabu guest house.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Thank mommyembil
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BKK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2013

Jeez. It's clean. It's not quiet. Motorcycles -hundreds of them-going by just outside the door. We arrive, the staff shows us the room next to the busy road. No thank you. They show us another room in the back. Inside is the strong smell of cleaning fluid. Of course the window is closed. It's an overwhelming smell of toxic chemicals. And the room only has small window. It's like staying in a large square closet with a small window. Why stay in a place like this? It's ridiculous. I just hate these reviews that suggest The Merbabu is any place worth staying at. It isn't.

Room Tip: In the back. Make sure the window is open and there is a fan to clear out the toxic cleaning chemica...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank PForthwright
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Property: Merbabu Guest House
Address: Jln. Merbabu 26, Malang 65112, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Java > East Java > Malang
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #4 of 108 B&Bs / Inns in Malang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Merbabu Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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