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Paradiso Guest House
Ranked #43 of 69 Solo B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Stayed in the 85,000 room.

I'm reading these other reports 'after' my stay (too late). I didn't even think of checking this website first (lesson learnt), and probably would have headed elsewhere first, if I'd read it.

I'd like to point out how this is yet another example of how horrendously out of date that latest edition of LP Indonesia is (and it certainly is on prices in Indonesia, its data being more relevant to 2008 or so ) as they still pump up this guesthouse, seemingly making an inflated ideal out of what were grubby old large mirrors that are not in your room (well,not in mine anyway) but tucked away down side corridors. First, the good point of this hotel. Well, that is that it is quiet during the day and much of the night, with no street noise. But wait for it....

However, at 4:30am that changes with the loud call to prayer from a mosque which woke me up every morning at that time even with high decibel ear plugs in, but then I am a light sleeper and you may sleep through it . That in itself is not a fault of the guesthouse, but just the way things tend to be in certain parts of Indonesia, but you should be aware of this before checking in. During the day I found it quiet and mellow though, and a bit of a refuge from traffic.

The room (85,000 room in May 2013) was large (as was the bed), but so much of the layout didn't make sense in my room (much of this probably due to being adapted from an earlier older building). For example, no mirror in the bathroom but one situated on the far side of the wall in my room (no good for shaving if you want water, unless I unhinged the fairly big mirror off wall and took it into the bathroom with me.). The 'outer' door had no handle on it, and the remains of a knob had to be grasped with a towel to get it open. Once it did, it only opened partially before grating the floor and blocking one side of the bed. Awkward.

Another oddity there was a single power socket so far from the bed and next to the bathroom that it was not much use except to leave things on charge. I know this sounds like a 'first world problem' but I couldn't for example use my PC on the comfort of the bed while having it charging at the same time. Outrageous, huh? On a side note, not a trace of any Wi-Fi signal in the area where the homestay is, something that I found to be common in Solo. You need to head to the malls like Solo Paragon to get that, such as the coffee shop on the ground floor.

Admittedly I didn't ask, but during my 4 night stay the room was never cleaned once. I think the place is cleaned 'once' people check out. That's as much 'maintenance' as ever takes place.

My room's view was, well, a high wall. Just outside the other door which faces the wall, there is a slight bit of space to place the clothes rack to dry a towel, but it doesn't get much sun there.

My room at the end of a corridor was very shaded, and the plus of that was the room was pretty cool day time and night. The down side was, it felt a bit like a prison cell. Yin and Yang.

My main gripe with this place was what is evident here in the other reviews, which is the attitude from the little guy with the penfold glasses who seems to be left in the charge of the place (or may even be the owner now). If he is the original family (I'm assuming this is a family run thing) or not, I don't know, but his function seems to be solely to open the door and little else, and he does nothing but watch TV all day from my observation. Manwell, he ain't.

Even when he does have to do something, it seems a hassle to him really, and although I was always polite, his semi smile was hardly convincing and not typically Indonesian in character.

The only other task he did for me was laundry once. 1,000 per piece and a good job done. Other than that, he doesn't exert himself in any way and there is zero atmosphere. He lets you in, he lets you out, like you're a cat, and this becomes very noticeable the longer you stay.

He doesn't grow to like you through familiarity. It seems you become increasingly a hassle.

I saw indications on a wall which indicated this was probably once a bit of a traveller hang out (a grubby faded sign offering different shakes etc) but the guy didn't even have mineral water there. Getting any meant heading off down the Gangs and to the main road. No breakfast included (the LP is arguably misleading when it says most of these places include breakfast)

I came back one day a bit dehydrated in the evening when most of the shops were shut and ringing the bell he opened the door (eventually). I checked if he had some water inside.

A slight misunderstanding in which I thought he said he had some, was met by a sharp - "NO, I don't have any" and he semi closed the door on me until he seemed to come to that I was actually staying there. Utterly bizzare. Did I interrupt his TV viewing or something, do you think? The only time I saw him smile again after my 4 night stay (by the looks of it, my stamina is admirable compared to most who check out after one night) was when checking out.

Glad to see the money, not particularly glad to have to deal with guests it seems.

As others say, it has potential (or perhaps 'was' once a good place) but don't expect any kind of atmosphere. It's purely functional, as a place to sleep and that's that. No other facilites.

On a side note, on arrival I first chose the cheapest room (75,000 if memory serves) on his hotel price list, but he said they were all full. I was skeptical at the time as the place seemed utterly quiet, and yes during my entire stay I never saw another guest at all, not once, so I believe he was telling a lie to get a money grab due to dwindling amounts of visitors now.

Location wise, pretty awkward until you bookmark certain landmark companies along Jl Yos Sidarso, so you can remember which little alleys lead back to this place. Several times I was getting lost trying to find the homestay when coming back at night, until noting down places nearby. Its general location is good though. Not far at all from Jalan Slamet Ryadi, and close to that main vein which runs through the city, for money changers, places to eat, transport etc.

Summary : Purely functional. Nothing else. Certainly not a travellers haunt.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Please, do not stay at this place!
It was the worst "homestay" during my 3 weeks travel in Indonesia.
No welcome, no smile, rude and lazy staff, dirty room and shower not working.
I stayed only 1 night and moved to an other homestay...

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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4  Thank Galaxy112
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Stayed here for 1 night and were happy to leave.

Although the rooms are spacious and the guesthouse definitely has some potential for someone with knowledge about hospitality; but for the time being it is lacking atmosphere, comfort, friendliness, cleanliness etc etc... Shower in our room wasn't working and it was difficult to be able to take a shower in another room. Sheets were dirty with sperm staines.

We were feeling depressed in this 'hotel' and would definitely not recommend this place to others.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank maarten K
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

I stayed only one night at this guest house (thank God). Yes, we could do the early check-in. The room was spacious for IDR 120.000 (for 2 person per room), without breakfast, and the toilet was inside the room. But, the receptionist was not friendly at all. I was irritated by his manner, actually. We booked room with AC, but it didn't work well (I was still sweating inside the room).

The toilet was very dusty, with no hot water. It has a bathtub, but you don't want to use it. If you need blanket, you need to ask, because it is not in the room.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank rizpo
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

60.000 IDR per double room (bathroom inside). This is one of the most valuables accomodations for this price we have found in Java. The rooms are ok, nothing special but clean and the mattress are fine. The only thing is they don't have any charger inside the room. The staff is not really helpful but not rude.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank IxaiPatricia
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

Referred to as Paradiso in the Lonely Planet and on Tripadvisor, but the guesthouse calls itself Paradise. Lots of history as well as potential, but in its current state not highly recommended. Staff don't seem to care. Rooms and bathrooms are just not clean, no washbasin, just toilet and cold shower. Not good value (we paid 66.000). The place is difficult to find, it's in a little alley, not well signposted. (Taxi)Drivers don't know where it is, which isn't helpful. Other places in Solo offer nicer rooms (with fan and cold shower) with breakfast for 100.000.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 3, 2012
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Address: Kemlayan Kidul 1 / 3 Rt 04 / III, Solo, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Java > Central Java > Solo
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Ranked #43 of 69 B&Bs / Inns in Solo
Number of rooms: 6

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