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“Never have I been so grateful to leave at 1am”
Review of Catimore Homestay

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Catimore Homestay
Ranked #6 of 7 Bondowoso B&B and Inns
Reviewed 12 November 2013

My expectations for this place were already pretty low having read the TA reviews beforehand, so given all of that I felt the room was adequate, there was hot water and the beds appeared clean and were decently comfortable.

However:
- I acquired a set of what looked like bedbug bites after the one night here
- They had a party with extremely loud karaoke going on directly outside the rooms til about 11pm, which when you have to wake up at 12.30am for the hike up the Ijen crater is.. unhelpful, to say the least.
- They refuse to sell any food a la carte at night, so you have to buy their 50,000Rp set meal, useful if you're with someone as it easily feeds two, annoying if there's just the one of you and all you want is a plate of nasi goreng. The receptionist was also rude when informing us of this.
- The bathroom did not look like it'd been cleaned in a while.

They've got a captive audience so you pretty much have to suck it up and deal with it. Luckily Kawah Ijen is worth the few hours that you have to stay here.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

Travelling from Surabaya airport to Catimore Homestay took hours, a few stops for lunch, etc.. and finally we arrived at 9.00 pm and its too dark to see the surrounding of this place. The homestay is an old building in a very remote location miles and miles away .... Our room was very basic with 2 single beds, the bathroom - just bearable. Other travellers are complaining of bed bugs and shouting and banging their bed.

Dinner was just okay but breakfast was just 2 slices of cold bread and coffee. We just slept for 3 hours and wake up at 3.30 am for our trip to trek Kawah Ijen.

Catimore Homestay was just bearable, if you are not too fussy to stay for 1 night en route to Kawah Ijen.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 July 2013 via mobile

This is a relatively big hotel for it's remote locating. We staid in the old building and had a nice colonial room. The walls though are so ultra thin, light shines through.

Diner was okay, breakfast terrible. The bed is terrible as well, and they only provide a woollen blancet! On request and much pushing later the gave as bed
sheets?!

The parc entrance and guides are a scam! When walking to the crater you don't need a guide, just an hour drive. You can walk up to the mountain on your own (bring good flash lights). At the top of the crater you can descent with one of the mine workers. Those guys have the hardest job on earth and know the crater best, let them bring you down and reward them greatly. They are very willing to help you.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

Even for the little money you pay, this homestay is not worth while. It's not because you book a basic room, that it should be crappy. The rooms are noisy, dirty and not well maintained. IF you get a room, that is: due to overbooking, about 20 people had to sleep in a villager's bed or in the reception's area on a matress. And they didn't even get their money back. We had a terrible night sleep and breakfast was very poor as well. Avoid this one if you can.

P.S. The organised tours Bromo-Ijen are terrible and definitely a rip-off. DON'T book them. Would you want to enjoy the pretty vulcano views, than organise a tour yourself.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 June 2013 via mobile

First of all: Don't pay the so called entrance and camera fee (55 000 rupies) that a guy from hotel will ask you for at 4 a clock in the morning. I payed but afterwards I'm pretty sure it's a scam. The "ticket" is a simple paper, nothing official and no one checked this at the crater and if they should do, you must be able to pay directly there. The hotel is old and semiclean but ok for a night. Nice hot tub.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 6 June 2013 via mobile

First of all: Don't pay the so called entrance and camera fee (55 000 rupies) that a guy from hotel will ask you for at 4 a clock in the morning. I payed but afterwards I'm pretty sure it's a scam. The "ticket" is a simple paper, nothing official and no one checked this at the crater and if they should do, you must be able to pay directly there. The hotel is old and semiclean but ok for a night. Nice hot tub.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

IT is obvious from the many reviews that this place is here to offer visitors a few hours of rest before they ascend Ijen Crater. Catimore is all they said it was -- old, run down, expensive, basic, etc. Let me say that Ijen is definitely and without any reservation, WORTHY of a visit. And the BLUE Fire must be experienced. To do that, you need to wake up at 12.30am and start by 1.00 am from Catimor Homestay. There is other option, another Homestay fairly close by, or you can opt for the more upmarket(=pricey) one in the other direction. But they are not any better either!

Knowing all that, then just accept Catimore and stop complaining. On the other hand, try and spend some time exploring the Thermal Waterfall about 1.2km walk away--it is something special! Have you seen a HOT WATER -FALL before? After that, take a soak in the Hot Spring.

Then have dinner and go to bed at 8.00pm. And try to sleep/lay in bed till 12.30am. and go for your tour.
After you have completed your Ijen tour, get the h*** out of here!

Room Tip: DO NOT take the rooms near the Reception. The Staff talk noisily even though they know you are tryin...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Jl. Jend. A Yani 32 Jl., Bondowoso, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Java > East Java > Bondowoso
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Ranked #6 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Bondowoso
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Catimore Homestay Hotel Java

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