Saturday, November 10, 2018

Where To Stay In Banyuwangi, Homestay or Hotel ?

BANYUWANGI - A massive tourism advertisement done by government made a great significant impact, " increasing almost 10% in 2018 and it would be consistently increasing every year " (Data resources by : Indonesian Statistic Center). More tourists came to Banyuwangi also made a great impact in tourism businesses, mainly accommodation providers. There were many new hotels and homestays in the area, and we were as tourists would have more options to stay.

Today's blog about, " Where To Stay In Banyuwangi, Homestay or Hotel ? ". We would try to compare between Homestay and Hotel. Finally we found 5 important facts that become reasons to consider to choose the best accommodation for your visit in Banyuwangi.

1. Pricing And Facilities

Price is matter, it could be the first matter whether to stay at homestay or hotel in Banyuwangi. We have searched on Booking.com, found that basic homestay cost from IDR 100.000/Night and hotel price started from IDR 450.000/Night with better facilities.
Place To Stay In Banyuwangi, Comparison Homestay and Hotel

Hotels are managed by big hotel chain with lots of money for investment so that they could offer guest luxurious facilities such swimming pool or western style restaurant even spacious ballroom. Hotels also have more room types with private bathroom, meanwhile most of homestays has basic room with shared bathroom.

2. Guest's Experiences

Homestay mostly owned and managed by a family, that family would be also host and welcome guests. Staying at the homestay will give guests authentic experience by talking with locals, their habit, culture, and knowledge about the area.

Hotel offer a professional service experience provided by well trained staffs, do not expect too much to have some personal talks with them as they have many things to do list. They will not really get in touch personally to the guests who stay in a hotel, even they will not remember your name.

3. Length Of Stay

Kampung Osing Inn established on 2013, we were the pioneer and the first homestay type accommodation in Banyuwangi. We have hosted many travellers came from many countries, we found out that 95% of our guests only stay 1 night only to visit Kawah Ijen. Short sleep before hiking to  Kawah Ijen at midnight. It was kind of waste money to pay for 4 stars hotel or luxurious resort to sleep only 2-4 hours. For us personally, it would be wise that we stay in homestay and save more money. 

4. Complimentary Services and Communication

Other things that need also be considered before choosing a place to stay in Banyuwangi, Does The Accommodation have Other Complimentary Services ?
These are important as guests also need easy way to organize their visit in Banyuwangi, like rent a car or driver, tour arrangement, ticket service , and some advise about the area.

Most of those services are well provided in a hotel, some homestay could help guest to arrange tours but not all of them. Sometimes it was a problem to communicate with a local family who runs the homestay.

5. Booking Method

Guests need instant confirmation when booking a room, no need to  make a phone call or send a personal whatsapp to ask about the availability. Hotel has all the technology to do that, just few clicks to book a room online on their website. 

Book a homestay need more effort to call the owner, there is no way to book the room online as most of them have no website.

Conclusion and advise

For guests who make visit to Kawah Ijen as a main goal, stay at the homestay could be a good option to save money. Moreover you will arrive quite late evening so that you do not use the room so much because Kawah Ijen hike started midnight. Just make sure you made a reservation or call the owner in advance and inform them about your arrival time to make sure no hassle for checking in late.

Kampung Osing Inn - A family homestay and budget friendly accommodation in town,  do not waste your time by making phone call to ask availability. Book Online now on our official website (www.kampungosing.com) and get 20% Off and more benefits.

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