But if I were you, since the price for hotel in Pangandaran still not that expensive, especially if you travel with young children like me, this is what I recommend: Choose the west beach, don’t worry about big wave, just keep an eye always to your children and make them close to you every time. Then choose the hotel with AC, because home stay seldom has AC and Pangandaran is HOT. After playing on the beach, room with AC always preferable. And with these choices, Hotel Laut Biru must be in your top list.
The location for this hotel is almost at the tip of Pangandaran peninsula and very close to get to each side of the beach. It’s the new rebuilt hotel. The old wing is still nice and the place where the lobby is located. The new wing across the street connected with indoor bridge on the 2nd floor level. The old wing do not have the elevator, but the new wing has two. The old wing has nice and cozy swimming pool to relax and reading book while you sunbathing, while the new wing has more interesting swimming pool with water boom facility for your children. And the restaurant is located on the new wing. I suggest you ask the room in the new wing if you want to stay in this hotel.
My family and I were staying in the room B608, on the 6th floor of the new wing. It has two queen size beds, one big bath room, a refrigerator and the balcony with the pool view. We missed the beach view, but it was OK since the pool view rooms are more quite compare to the beach view rooms. The beach view rooms are more noisy by the sound of people activities by the beach. This is because the beach is located near the main road where the shops and restaurant are also located. There is no single hotel in Pangandaran which has the private beach. Every one of the beach front hotel is separated with the beach by the main road, both in west and east part.
The breakfast however, was not that fancy. We stayed for three nights and at all three times breakfast we had, they serve almost the same food. Fried rice, rice noodle or regular noodle, chicken porridge, toast, egg station, limited cut fruits, and beverages like water, tea, coffee, milk and OJ. But for Indonesian people like us, it is quite enough and OK. But if you are Westerner, you might want to go to coffee shops nearby to get more western or American breakfast. My suggestion for the hotel management: You should prepare more fruits for breakfast. Because the fruit always ran out around 9 AM when still many people having breakfast.
One funny thing for this hotel is how they operate the check in and check out process. They didn’t use the computer. All still done manually and write down in big folio size book by hand. Including the booking reservation through the internet, they write down it by hand in the log book. Even when writing a receipt, they write it by hand! The only computer they have is to check which room is available. But don’t worry, the door key is using the programmable magnetic card. And also they received payment by credit cards.
But with all limitations that this hotel has, I guess it worth every penny you spend for the unforgettable experience in Pangandaran.
Room Tip: The best view is to the beach but the quite view is to the pool
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