The guesthouse business is blooming in Bandung as more travelers prefer to experience the city’s local customs and hospitality through convenient and relatively cheap, but good quality, accommodation. Here are four featured family guesthouses to look at if you are planning to visit the city during this coming holiday season.
1. Neina Family Guesthouse
“Neina means great granddaughter. It’s my mother’s nickname,” Herwibowo Toha, the owner and founder of Neina Family Guest House located on Jl. Cigadung Raya Tengah 63, said. He said by naming his guest house Neina, he hoped that it would have a lasting future until his great granddaughter’s time, The guest house was born out of a passion for design. Herwibowo, a designer himself, renovated his old family house with simplicity and a maximum use of natural daylight and space in mind. A stay at Neina Family Guest House’s with four rooms each accommodating a maximum of eight persons is Rp 700,000 per week night. The price includes a choice of traditional Indonesian or American breakfasts.
2. Rumah Teuku Umar
Gemala Rifa, the guesthouse owner, said that the guesthouse had been open since 2010, while previously the house belonged to his family. “We only rent the whole house [to a single customer] and then it will be up to them how many rooms they are going to rent,” she said adding that the guesthouse had four rooms which could accommodate up to four persons, nearby there are many cafes, restaurants and factory outlets. Yet the place still felt relaxing despite its central location. Rumah Teuku Umar is an ideal place to stay, especially, if you travel in large groups such as with family or friends as well as for private or corporate events, The rent starts from Rp 2,500,000 (US$251.46) per week night for three rooms and this includes free breakfast, housekeeper, and ready-to-use modern kitchen set.
3. Selaras Guesthouse
This guesthouse was also a family house which was then turned into a guesthouse, Tri Adi Pasha, a spokeperson for the guesthouse management, said that this family business was started in 2008 when his brother Wibisono Sjarif came up with the initiative, A while later the 1,500 square-meter family house was turned into a business starting as a restaurant then a guesthouse, This guesthouse provides complete facilities including a children’s play room called the Hom Pim Pa room which in its construction process involved local wood craftsmen.