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“Avoid the Gilis if you can, and avoid this hotel for now...”
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Rumah Purnama
Ranked #40 of 158 Gili Trawangan B&B and Inns
Rockville, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Avoid the Gilis if you can, and avoid this hotel for now...”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

First of all, I would avoid the Gilis altogether if you care about nice beaches. It is not the remote beach island utopia it is meant to be. The beaches are covered in trash and dead coral. This was really disappointing. We wished we had skipped this portion of our trip.

The hotel was under construction while we were there, and there was no "front desk" or "reception" area. So, if you needed something, you had to kind of yell into the construction zone and someone would usually come out.

Breakfast was decent but certainly nothing special.

The AC in our room never worked. They cleaned it on the first day, which did nothing. And on the third day after I complained, they were going to get a mechanic to come but he was "too drunk to awaken" so the AC was never fixed. Plus, there were no screens on the windows, so we couldn't open them because there were too many mosquitoes around. It never got below about 85F/29C at night. It was brutal.

The outdoor bathroom is nice except for the mosquitoes. The shower is cold-ish water but it feels nice after the heat there. There is a window from the room that can see into the shower, so make sure you travel with people you're comfortable with.

The courtyard area is small but nice except for the construction. Good landscaping.

The hotel itself is quite hard to find since it's not on the main "road" that circles the island. You need to turn left at the yoga studio and health station, then make a quick zig to the right and zag to the left near the thai restaurant and continue down the same direction that you had been going before all the zigging and zagging.

Speaking of location, I actually didn't mind that it wasn't on the main drag. It was quieter that way. The only problem, and it's kind of a big one, is that the side roads are all dirt, sand, and in the rainy season, mud. So you're walking through mud and deep puddles to get to and from the hotel. It's not great if you care about that sort of thing.

The hotel might be nice once they finish it and get the service level up to where it needs to be. It has potential. But for now, I would avoid it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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rumahpurnama, Owner at Rumah Purnama, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
I am very sorry for the problems you encountered whilst staying at Rumah Purnama, and in Gili Trawangan.
Please be assured that we have done what we can to remedy the problems in our hotel. All our air con units have been serviced and are working well.
The window from the bedrooms to the bathrooms have blinds in place to ensure complete privacy whilst showering.
Phase 1 of our expansion plan is completed and I have instructed the builders to finish work daily by 5pm to minimise disturbance to our guests in any further construction.
Once again I offer our sincerest apologies.
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

The manager was very helpful and provided us with lots of useful information prior to our arrival, regarding boat times and prices. We were met from the boat and shown to the room. The room itself and the garden were both very nice. The bed was comfortable and the TV and a/c worked well. There were a couple of small issues with the room; the toilet did not flush easily and the bathroom door did not shut properly. The staff were very friendly. Our biggest problem was the construction, which we were not warned about. It started in the morning and continued well into the evening for the duration of our stay. We stayed over Christmas and the main reason we booked was because of the quiet location and peaceful garden. We wish we were told about the disturbance beforehand.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

I stayed here with my sister for 2 nights and we love this place. The room was clean, tidy, has aircon and they also provide cable TV. Abdul the manager is quite helpful. He helped us find snorkeling tour service with good price.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

My friend and I were in Gilli Trawangan for a couple days, but after we found this place, we extended our stay to 7 days and even then we didn't want to leave. There was construction going on while we were there but it never bothered. They were respectful and wouldn't start til later in the morning and finished at a normal business hour too. We were out most of the time so we never noticed it but we even spent a day reading at the bungalow and it wasn't bothersome at all.

G and Dul were great at taking care of us. The room was clean and comfortable (the mattress was great) - perfect for 2 people, but probably not spacious enough for more. There was a flat screen TV with great reception. No WI-FI but i hear that as soon as construction is done that they will get it back. The door to the bathroom was a little tricky to close. Not being able to close it the first night let a lot of mozzies in but by Day 2 we figured it out. I enjoyed the nice open bathroom too.

We loved being served banana pancakes on our porch while enjoying coffee and reading. The main beach was maybe a 2 minute walk. We also enjoyed not staying on the main strip because it was much quieter. Dul took us on a day trip around Lombok and it was fabulous; it probably cost 1/3rd of the price too. We went hiking to waterfalls and went shopping in his local community. G was probably one of the funniest hosts I have come across too. When you stay there, hopefully you will have the opportunity to talk with him and Dul and get to know their stories.

The host at Rumah Purnama are very welcoming and open. Its important to them that you have everything you need and will even go above and beyond to show you around.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

My friend and I were only planning on staying two nights at Rumah Purnama and thanks to the amazing hospitality of hotel manager Abdul and the lovely settings of the two bungalows in the village of Trawangan, we soon felt at home and extended our stay to a week.

A very short walk to the beachfront of the island and a short walk to the main bars, Rumah Purnama was absolutely perfect in terms of location and incredible value for money.

Every morning Abdul made a fab breakfast and helped us to plan any day trips we wanted to do. He even went as far as personally walking us up to the island peak so we could get the best sunset pictures. I highly recommend Rumah Purnama and would 100% stay there again. Next time! :)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

Just returned from 7 nights at Rumah Purnama on Gili Trawangan and will definitely be back! The resort, located only 3 mins walk from the beach, has only 2 rooms under one roof in the style of a large villa. My room was very clean with a large comftorbal bed, spacious partial open-air bathroom, a day bed and hammock out the front to relax in. As there are only 2 rooms the resort feels very private. The local guy Abdul, who is always smiling, will cook you up a nice breakfast to start your day and will always be on hand to provide advice or help you book various activities including snorkelling/diving trips, bike hire, transport to nearby islands etc. For value for money you can't go wrong, I highly recommend Rumah Purnama!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Skiathos, Greece
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

I spent a week on Gili T with friends in February 2012. We stayed at Rumah Purnama the whole time and since we had both rooms, the place felt like it was ours. Clean and comfortable rooms, with a nice balcony and hammock outside to chill, it was a very relaxed environment overall. Abdul (staff) and Mandy&Gee (owners) were always very helpful and friendly. Location isn't really an issue anywhere on the Gilis, as they are so small, you always find yourself 5 minutes away from wherever you want to go. If I had to find something negative to say, I guess some people won't like the traditional semi open air bathroom, but then again I think that is the case everywhere on the island.

Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Rumah Purnama
Address: West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Trawangan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 158 B&Bs / Inns in Gili Trawangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Rumah Purnama 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
6 stylish rooms with AC, fan, TV, all with double bed, spacious balcony and open air wetrooms set in lush tropical gardens a few minutes walk from the best snorkelling beach and harbour in Gili Trawangan and 5 minutes walk to the busier central area. Jointly owned by English/Indonesian couple who will welcome you and make your stay as enjoyable as possible. ... more   less 
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