It's certainly different! It is very homely and there are many free things (breakfast items, simple foods when hungry, laundry, lockers downstairs etc.). This is great and what is advertised. There is hot water showers but it may need fixing as it pumps out boiling water on and off, and rooms also get rather hot as the AC doesn't work. Lots of helpful information on how to get to places by bemo, but the city centre is really far away. I suggest if you are taking the train to go to Wonokromo instead of Gubeng. It's much closer.
The hostel doesn't have a social vibe because the seating/dining area is not really suited to it. There's stuff everywhere and nowhere comfortable to sit and relax. So if there are other people there (it's not that busy though) you may not see them. The owner is always trying to be helpful which is great, but I'm not sure she always listens fully and can then be quite imposing with her solutions and ideas. I think this causes some misunderstandings maybe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are small hostel to provide affordable price for backpackers to stay. We serve cheap tours to Bromo, Ijen, Yogyakarta, Malang, Bali and so on by rent car. Motorbike service for airport pick up or going around Surabaya and surroundings is also available and need to confirm. We are not hotel so we can't provide service like hotel but we try to give you our best service ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Da Rifi Hostel Surabaya, Java