Experiencing Bunk Bed Hotel for the first time

Hi there,

Today’s post will telling you (in case there is anyone read this blog) about my experience when I stayed at Bunk Bed Hotel for a couple of days when I was in Yogyakarta.

So, after I bought one way train ticket to Yogyakarta, I asked my friend, Ade, straight through Whatsapp about the name of the hotel she stayed in when she was there. I was browsing it a bit to get the information about the lodging. Then after I read all of the information, I made a phone call to the hotel to make a reservation.

The reason why I’ve chose for myself to stay with female stranger at the same room? Because I have always curious to try such new thing, beside the price is affordable–its only IDR 95k for one night include breakfast, FYI.

The hotel I have booked designed for backpakers who need a place to have some rest after exploring the city and to put their belongings while they are away. So do not expect that this hotel has a sea or forest view from the bedroom. The hotel itself consist:
  • 1 living room, include: 1 tv, 1 fan, 2 benches and 1 coffee table
  • 1 reading area placed right beside the receptionist
  • 1 outside bathroom
  • 2 outside toilets
  • 4 bedrooms (for female and male). Each room has 4 bunk beds with reading lamp, 1 locker for each guest, 1 bathroom—but do not expect they provide hot water, and an AC. If the room are full of guests, then you will stay with 7 different people that come from different country. Isn’t it sounds cool?
  • 1 long table and 1 bench right beside the living room. They will put the fruits, breads and some butters for breakfast
  • 1 empty room with no door next to the kitchen for people who want to have some chit-chat on the phone
  • 1 kitchen—the concept of this hotel is self-service, so you can have extra coffee, tea and water in here for free
  • 1 toaster
  • 1 small refrigerator and,
  • free wifi access.
I arrived at hotel at around 8 pm that night to check-in and to put my travel bag. Then the receptionist gave me 3 keys: 1 for front door–in case I return back to the hotel late, 1 for bedroom–in case the guest have locked the door before I come, and 1 for my locker to put all my belongings. When I was in the room, a female ‘bule’ approached me and says, “Its beautiful..”. I was guessing that she gave me a compliment about how I look (?) 😛 then when I turned my head, I realized that the beautiful thing she meant was flower printed cardigan I worn that day. But I thanked her anyway.
After buying train ticket back to Jakarta, my brother and I didn’t go back straight to the hotel, we went to Malioboro street to find Wedang Ronde that I was craving for. Wedang Ronde–Ronde abbriviated of ’round’, is a traditional beverage of Java native herbs. Wedang in Javanese means drink, while Ronde is a special batter consisting of a mixture of rice flour and brown sugar shaped dots and on the inside contains crushed peanuts. To form Wedang Ronde, dipped in ronde doughs with warm water that made from ginger. It took only approximately 15 minutes to reach the hotel from Maliobor street. Before I fell asleep, I was sitting at the living room for awhile to check my phone and informed Mum that I’ve arrived at the hotel safe and sound. By the time I arrived, the receptionist has already left the hotel and all guests were sleeping.
That day, I’ve got upside bed and I made a bit noice when I climbed the stairs of the bed. But I thanked God that nobody heard and complained about the noise I made. I couldn’t sleep straight at the moment, then I’d prefer to continue check my social media until I fell asleep. It was around 3 AM in the morning, a girl woke up to go to the toilet, then another girl woke up to do the same after the first lady, they made some noice accidentally that awake another girl and said, “Hey! Its still 3 am in the morning!!”, I was about to laugh but I couldn’t open my sleepy eyes. I mean, this is an example if we stay in a bunk bed hotel.
The next day I get up around 8 AM then having breakfast straight and reading news to keep in touch with current affair. I made a cup of tea, having breads and two slice of watermelon. I saw a few guests in my bedroom checked out already, only two guests left–a white girl from Poland and I. I asked the receptionist to change my bed to the bottom side.
After I took a shower, I lied down myself while waiting for my brother to pick me up, then the Poland girl greets me and asks my name. We had some chit-chat, introducing ourselves to each other. Her name is Joanna, 24 years old, she is originally from Poland, just finished her study in UK and she came to Indonesia only by herself. Her next destination is Bali on 2nd September, I was trying to promote some beaches in South Sulawesi, but she just nodding. We both didn’t have thing to discuss, but comparing to a girl at the first day, she seems friendly.
That’s the story about my experience when I stayed at the bunk bed for couple of days. There are some pictures I took from the internet of how the Bunk Bed and Breakfast hotel in Yogyakarta looks like. Don’t expect too high. 😀

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Joanna with her stuff.
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