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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Staff: Unacceptable ignorant. Breakfast: Poor and not good at all. Rooms: If you are unlucky you stay in a room where the automatic waterpump is just infront of your window and starts running everytime some guest in some room switch on the water. No extra blankets, even it is freezing cold in this altitude. As married with an Indonesian (Balinese) I am quite used to some bad accom, but this one is certainly one of the worst.

Room tip: Do NOT stay there at all.
Date of stay: September 2012
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Thank hadodi
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

Nice surrounding, beautiful view of Kawah Ijen.
Staff is useless.
Bring warm clothes because it gets cold at night and you won't get a spare blanchet unless you stay in a suite. No towels available.
The only good thing is that there is hot water in every room, also economy for 150.000 rp.
But check the shower first. Ours wasn't working, And when we pointed it out to the staff, they broke out laughing and said "use mandi". Eventually we changed room.
Food is very expensive, they call it buffet, but it's just a set menu with rice, noodles, few bits of chicken and a glass of strawberry juice for 50.000 rp each.
We asked for a warung in the area and the staff said that it was possible to eat only at their place. We walked to Sempol village (1 km) and we found a nice warung where we had fish soup and rice for 7.000 rp. Very good food and lovely indonesian people in the village.
Breakfast, if you want to call it so,comes in a box and you get one boiled egg, 3 slices of bread, strawberry jam and a plastic knife. So sad, defo not the best way to start your day.
Staff won't even help you with info about public bus, ask locals.
I would say that the guest house is ok if you go with an organized tour, you get there late at night and leave early in the morning to the vulcano. That's it.
Kawah Ijen is amazing.

Room tip: The economy room is very small and dark, but it's a good deal for that price only for the hot water.
Date of stay: August 2012
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Thank c_x_0
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Some reasons to don't stay there:
- staff is definitly not interested in your guest, despite the fact of shower did'nt wark at all they laughted a lot saying "use a mandi".
- food is expensive and it is only rice, chicken and a juice, no menu "a la carte". They said there were no warungs in the village: it is not true. there is a nice warung in sempol village, close to the public transport stop, wich has a delicious ikan(fish)/tomato soup! It's really unusual in Indonesia, there is no everyday depending on fish availability :-) Ask for it.
- breakfast is not a breakfast (check picture attached)
- matresses are C_R_A_P !!!
- NO TOWELS !!!
- no spare blanchets! Available (maybe) for vip rooms. It's ridicoulus.

- They lied to us about public transfer to/from Kawah Ijen and we had to pay (400.000rp at 7.00pm) a jeep from another village (2hours driving) to Sempol... but it is another story...

Good view of Kawah Ijen, that's it.

Date of stay: August 2012
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Thank matteo4026
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

How was Arabica Homestay a disappointment? Let me count the ways.

1. It's not a Homestay. It's a sprawling, slummy hotel.

2. The rooms are damp, small, and filthy. I know, I tried a few before giving up.

3. The staff is rude and inept. They forgot our dinner order. Twice. They laughed when I complained we had been waiting for 30 minutes.

4. Speaking of dinner, there's only one choice: a 50k to pre-set assortment of packaged mee goreng, an omelette, rice, and (cold, rubbery) chicken.

5. Windows don't close, which lets mosquitos in. No mosquito nets.

6. It's an hour from Ijen, no matter what Lonely Planet says. No taxis available and the staff will only "help" by offering a 1,000,000rp car.

7. Sheets were clearly not washed.

8. Receptionist was happy to make a call for me to my next hotel, only to demand an outrageous "fee" for her help afterwards.

9. A hotel employee woke me up and told me I had to buy Ijen passes. Half asleep, I handed over the money only to later learn he overcharged me.

So there you go. If you want an inconveniently located, filthy, dishonest sham of a Homestay, this is your flea bucket. Otherwise, steer clear.

Date of stay: July 2012
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2  Thank JFlexy
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

This homestay was part of the Ijen tour package. The thought of having to stay in a hostel inside a coffee plantation was exciting but once you are there, you just wanted to go away.

The room was okay, the bathroom was awful. Since it's LPG they are using to ignite the heater, the room smelled like a gas chamber once you turn on the water heater.

The wifi was unreliable. The common restroom has mushrooms sprouting all over the place. The people are weird. The people working in the hostel were not friendly to tourists. Their menu offers only an all you can eat buffet -- for a ridiculous amount. You have no choice, not everyone wants to eat buffet. But you see on the other side of the curtain, the tour guides/drivers who accompanied you are eating in a special table with special meals.

Me and my friends decided to just find a warung nearby, we just knew there's a warung somewhere because the coffee plantation workers living inside the plantation sure cannot afford the food they were offering in the hostel. A few mins of looking, we almost went into this alley where a security guard shouted at us and shooing us away saying the area was "private". Sure, but the area was a coffee plantation, but why the need to shout and shoo us away? Sketchy. After a few mins, we found a warung where a nice lady made a homecooked mie goreng for like 1/10 the price of what the all-you-can-eat buffet the hostel was offering.

One of the people there also repeatedly reminded us that we have to pay extra for "camera fee" and been following us to pay the same immediately. Good thing one of our friend knew this was coming (as experienced by another friend of hers). Don't pay. There is no such thing as "camera fee".

The overall feeling inside the plantation was weird. It's like being inside a camp. Everyone wanted you rip you off. Good thing the Ijen hike the next day was beautiful - and did not ruin the entire trip.

Date of stay: June 2012
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Thank kerosenegoat
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