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“Great place to stay and visit the Borbodur”
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Rumah Dharma
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Sanur, Indonesia
2 reviews
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“Great place to stay and visit the Borbodur”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

I stayed one night with my mother, I can only be very positive from the cleanliness of the rooms, the very friendly staff, the great food, beautiful surroundings and very nice helpful owner. The rooms are clean, spacious and very nicely decorated.The Borbordur is only 3 minutes away. I would really recommend staying here. I have been travelling through Indonesia for 12 years and live here for three now, definitely in my top 3 of favorite places.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

I wish I could give it a higher rating. The setting is superb with a view of the surrounding mountains and rice fields along a small country lane where life passes by slowly-as many bikes and horse and carriages as motor bikes. The food was excellent and very affordable and the cook catered well for the one vegetarian in our group. The rooms are just perfect which invites peaceful rest. There are bikes for you to use in pretty good shape. Medi also dropped us for Thursday night meditation at a local Buddhist center and we had a guide take us on bikes to a tofu "factory" and it was lovely riding through the villages. This was my second trip to Borobudur and I so prefer staying here than Yogya. Medi is a perfect host and there is plenty to do to fill several days as well as relax with the stunning views from his hotel.

Yes, there are mosques but the call to prayer from four or so is a bit distant and this is Indonesia-the only place I did not hear the call to prayer was the airport hotel.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

A beautiful and tranquil place to stay. The rooms and landscape are well maintained. The dining area opens up into padi fields and Borobudur can be seen in the distance on a clear day.

It's a 2 min drive on motor bike to Borobudur. Great location for a dash to see sunrise at Borobudur temple. Medi helped to register for entrance ticket to sunrise in advance and it helped beat the long queue.

The food is superb & wonderful, even the vegetarian version. There's something different every night to tantalise the tastebuds.

Medi was a great host and brought us around the villages to visit the cottage industries and Merapi viewpoint. On the way to Merapi, we rescued a young lady who was lost and brought her with us although it was a squeeze on the bike. Massage ladies from the village can also be arranged to come to your room.

This is a great location to Borobudur but a tad far from Yogjakarta and the Prambanan temple. So it's wiser to stay here if your focus is on Borobudur, Merapi and the surrounding.

This is a great place to stay in Borobudur on a budget.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

Very nice and relaxing place to stay. It is very small and that makes it very nice. Medi (the owner) is a true host and really wants you to feel at home. The food they serve is very tasty.

And the place is conveniently located to visit the Borobudur and from here you can also visit the place from which at sunrice you have a beautiful overview of the entire valley and the Borobudur (if I remember correctly it is called Nirvana).

From here you can cycle on one of the hotelbikes through the rice fields.
They organise also a very nice tour through the rice fiels to a hidden temple. This was a brilliant tour.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

My wife, baby ( 3 months old can go too !) and myself have spent 3 nights at Rumah Dharma and it's hard to describe how good it was.
About the lodge itself, it's clean, with a warm living area, big open bungalows with comfy bed, relatively quite for Indonesia ( prayers apart but can't avoid it anywhere) and the location is fantastic, in the middle of rice paddy fields and 5 minutes bicycle from Borobudur.
The food is great, changed every night, I thought till now that Indonesian food variety was limited but changed my view after this experience.
What really makes a big difference is the service offered, unbeatable, even by a 5 stars hotel.
Medi and Wendy managed to arrange everything we required: babysit the baby when we wanted to be the two of us, tours ( motocross and kampong tour), early wake-up to catch the sunrise in Borobudur, transfer back to the airport...
Most of all they are the nicest hosts you can have and that makes the experience unforgettable.
Not to forget to mention all the staff who was great as well.
Thanks a lot, we'll come back for sure.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Germany
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

We decided to stay one night at Manohara hotel (closest accommodation to Borobudur) and one night at Rumah Dharma, due to the raving reviews we've read about the latter. It definitely didn't disappoint! The food was amazing and all home-made, and the hospitality was sincere and heartwarming (Medi is a wonderful singer who sings from the heart :)). We had a memorable evening with Medi and his friend strumming songs at the dining area surrounded by paddy fields and croaking frogs as the accompaniment ;) The rooms were also lovely (although the open toilet concept was definitely a new experience haha) Thanks to Medi for also bringing us around on scooters, and for the wonderful and unforgettable stay. I would definitely recommend anybody visiting Borobudur to stay here for a tranquil and heartwarming experience!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Thanks to Medi (the owner) we had the most wonderful time not only in Borobodur but also on the trip he organized for us. Thank you so much once again!

The rooms at Rumah Dharma are really nice and the food is fantastic (we still make sambal all the time as learned from their kitchen :-) )! The villages around are beautiful and definitely worth a visit! The surrounding is perfect to see interesting places but also to just relax.

If we ever come back to Indonesia, spending a few days there will be on our list!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rumah Dharma
Address: Jowahan, Borobudur, Magelang, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Java > Central Java > Magelang > Borobudur
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Borobudur
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Number of rooms: 4
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