We arrived late at night after a 10 hour drive, weary and drained. The manager was waiting for us with keys and a welcome and information on Mount Bromo which you really want to hit at dawn to get the best out of it. A very friendly chap whose name I have forgotten (shame on me).
This hotel is not the cheapest in Indonesia and the rooms are on the shabby side of basic but if you are there for the hotel then you may as well have stayed at home.
Why? Because the largest and highest volcanoe in Indonesia is outside the window!!!!!!!!
The manager woke us at 4am, found us a cup of coffee in the restaurant and we borrowed a guide from the hotel to show us the path to the crater rim which is 5 minutes behind the hotel by foot. Take a torch, this is the country and it is a 500 foot drop.
We waited for the dawn and, as the last time I visited, it was spectacular. This time there was mist in the crater bottom and the volcanic cones rose like ..... well, cones..... out of the mist. The colours slowly changed and then the mist started to move, swirl and change and rise then fall. Distances were deceptive and I thought the cones were 5 miles away at least, turned out to be 1 mile away.
Nothing short of specially spectacular.
The guide advised to tackle Bromo before the sun got up and it became hot so he found 3 motorbikes with drivers for the return trip to Bromo who would wait for us at the bottom. We were offerred a 4WD and horses as well but his view was that the 4WD was expensive and did not get you close to Bromo cone and the horses were... horses.
If you are a horse lover take the horse across the Sea of Sand. They are local ponies and smell of garlic IMHO but I dislike horses.
When we got back from Bromo (and it is worth seeing!!!) at around 7 30 they had breakfast ready and, whilst nothing fancy, it was well cooked with friendly efficient service. Fruit, toast, nasi goreng, eggs like you like them, coffee, tea, juice. The nasi goreng was not oily and had a slight firmness to it, just the way it should be. And the view from the restaurant window is priceless, what a view!!!!!!!
When we left the manager helpfully gave us options on local attractions and waved us off. Friendly, efficient and charming I could not fault the staff. they spoke English and happily made whatever travel arrangements you needed.
On the way back down in daylight I fried the brakes on my Jeep and we had to stop for a mid morning walk around a Tengerese vilage and admire the way they grew crops on 45 degree slopes. Very, very nice area with lots to see.
So what is the downside? Well, the rooms are fairly worn, the bathrooms are rubbish and the comfort levels are low. It can also get a bit chilly in the rooms as you can get a hard frost at night. The TV is an ancient 14" CRT with local TV but the reception is great at 3500m. You get tea and coffee facilities in the room but if you want milk, bring your own.
One thing to be aware of is that this is NOT the highest point on the rim, there are higher parts that I have been to and the view is a bit better. But no hotels up there so you need to be up very early for a journey up very steep roads for a slightly better view.
Would I stay here again? It is expensive for what it is, but cheaper than nearby hotels, and I am ONLY going to Bromo for the sunrise so I will not hang around the hotel. YES!!!!
I have it pencilled in for a trip later in the year, but this time we will stay somewhere closer the night before and avoid the 10 hour drive.
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