Bentani Hotel Cirebon: A Home Away from Home

Bentani Hotel Cirebon: A Home Away from HomeBentani Hotel Cirebon was the second accommodation that we stayed at during our recent Indonesia trip.

After spending a few days in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, we jumped on the executive train from Gambir train station. Missing the 12.10pm train to Cirebon by a few minutes turned out to be a bonus, as the price or the 3.00pm train dropped from 340,000 to 150,000 INR each.

There are three types of train to choose from on the Jakarta – Cirebon route: economy, business, and executive.

The executive class that we used is usually a faster service with fewer stops, it’s also the most comfortable, with reclining seats, electronic chargers, and air-conditioning.

Bentani Hotel Cirebon: A Home Away from Home

About Cirebon

Cirebon is a port city on the North Coast of Java Island in Indonesia that is approximately 297 km east of Jakarta.

With a population of just over 300,000, Cirebon city is a lively enough place to spend a relaxing few days or weekend away from the crowds of Jakarta. It’s popular with visitors coming from the capital city, other parts of Indonesia, and overseas.

Life doesn’t get any more stress-free when your day involves is an early morning gym session, pigging out at the buffet breakfast, relaxing by the pool, finally followed by heading to a coffee shop to do some remote work.

Did I mention that Cirebon is a coastal city and is famous for the quality of its salted fishes? Popular items with visitors included such salted cuttlefish and small dried small shrimp.

Cirebon train station Indonesia

City History

The history of Cirebon goes all the way back to the 15th century when records show it was a small fishing village named Muara Jati.

In the 16th century Sultanates of Banten and Mataram each tried to gain control over Cirebon, which eventually declared its allegiance to Sultan Agung of Mataram. However, his grandson Amangkurat II conceded the Cirebon to the Dutch in 1677.

An agreement in the year 1705 saw the Cirebon area west of Cisanggarung River become a Dutch protectorate. The Dutch later created the Cirebon Residence which included present-day Cirebon, Indramayu, and Kuningan.

Bentani Hotel Cirebon

The majority of guesthouses or hotels I’ve used during my travels don’t get featured on this blog. Not all of them require a blog post but I felt that Bentani Hotel Cirebon is different. From the moment we arrived at Cirebon, we experience a level of service that was way above the norm.

The Bentani Hotel Cirebon is centrally located. It’s just a few minutes drive away from the commercial district, government offices, shopping centres, and only short drive to the tomb of Sunan Gunung Jati.

A big plus for us was it’s just 500 meters from Cirebon Train Station.

They also have Indonesian, Western, Korean, Thailand or Japanese food options available from the many restaurants onsite or by room service.

Bentani Hotel Cirebon: A Home Away from Home

The Room

Our superior room was furnished in a modern style and had all the amenities that we could ever need.

The first thing that stands out once you walk inside the room is the cool and relaxing temperature. I’m not usually one to complain, but once you’ve spent the day out in the 30+c heat of Indonesia, it’s refreshing to come back to a nice cooled room.

While the superior room is not the biggest that Bentani Hotel Cirebon offers (they have 1 & 2 bedroom apartments) it offers extremely good value. Current rates for the superior room are 450,000 INR a night (around £26/$42 AUD) which for what you receive in return is a bargain.

I’ve actually paid more than this for a single hostel bed before.

For a couple travelling together, there was enough space to comfortably relax, with plenty of extra room to move around without tripping over each other.

Bentani Hotel Cirebon: A Home Away from Home

One thing I didn’t expect to be waiting for us on the table was a fruit bowl. It was a nice gesture and just goes to show the staff’s attention to the guest’s needs.

Also included with the room was:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Bath Tub with Hot & Cold Water
  • 2 Bottles of Mineral Water
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Morning Newspaper
  • Mini Bar
  • Air Conditioning

For those who will be taking care of business during their stay, the Wi-Fi was strong and constant.

The bathroom and shower also had good water pressure and a nice supply of hot water.

Gym

With a buffet breakfast at your deposal, every day the temptation to over eat is very real. The great news is the Bentani Hotel Cirebon has a gym which means you can work off all those calories from breakfast – or in my case before.

Buffett Breakfast

Every morning a full breakfast is provided with a wide selection of foods that can satisfy even the biggest eaters.

Breakfast included a range of Indonesian dishes, as well as Japanese and Korean. Then there were the usual favourites such as cereals, bread, croissants, jam, juices, and milk.

A selection of teas and surprisingly good coffee from the machine were also available.

Bentani Hotel Cirebon buffet breakfast

Massage & Relaxation

There was a complimentary 10-minute massage at the hotel’s spa which I handed over to my girlfriend to use. Once this was over, we both decided a full massage was long overdue and treated ourselves to a 1-hour traditional massage.

My usual complaint about getting a massage is they aren’t strong enough for my liking. However, it wasn’t the case this time – the massage was perfect.

Pool

Bentani Hotel Cirebon also has a nice relaxing pool located in the centre of the hotel. Surprisingly it doesn’t get that busy.

Bentani Hotel Cirebon: A Home Away from Home

Driver Service

Another service that we didn’t expect to have at our disposable was the driver service. The driver will drop you at central locations around the city, such as the shopping mall, etc.

The service is free of charge, although we always gave them a tip.

Bentani Hotel Cirebon driver service

Finally

For us, Bentani Hotel Cirebon was not just a hotel but a comfortable home away from home during the time we were there.

Although we had plenty of activities planned during our visit, every time we returned after a long day exploring the staff at Bentani Hotel Cirebon always stopped what they were doing to say hello.

Thank you to all the staff for their hospitality, not just the ones we had contact with but also those who work hard behind the scenes to help make our stay perfect. All those smiles and good mornings didn’t go unnoticed.  And special thanks to Maria for organising such a great room for us.

It was appreciated!

Bentani Hotel Cirebon: A Home Away from Home

Location & Contact

Address:

Bentani Hotel Cirebon, Jl. Siliwangi No. 69 Cirebon 45121, West Java, Indonesia


If you’re interested in staying at the Bentani Hotel Cirebon, then feel free to send the guys an email at reservation@bentanihotel.id, or you can call them on +62 231 203 246.

Their website is www.bentanihotel.id and you can also check them out on TripAdvisor.

Bentani Hotel Cirebon: A Home Away from Home

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Barry Sproston
Barry is a traveller and expat who spends most of his time between Asia and Australia. He has spent 12 months training at a Gung Fu school learning Wing Chun. Explored the island of Taiwan by scooter more than once. Been tricked into eating raw horse meat sushi in Japan. Even tried to overcome the fear of heights by bungee jumping in Thailand. One day he plans to open a guesthouse.
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18 thoughts on “Bentani Hotel Cirebon: A Home Away from Home

  1. James

    The price difference between trains is interesting, worthwhile missing the first train for! I’d never heard of Cirebon but it looks beautiful. The Bentani Hotel Cirebon looks perfect for a stay in there. I love good friendly service when staying in a hotel.

  2. Marcelle

    Always good to try first a 10 minutes massage and if you like it, to book for a full massage. When I had my first tai – massage, the girl was tiny but it hurt! I was happy when she was done 😉

  3. Annalise

    This looks like such a beautiful hotel and for only £26 a night it’s a bargain! I didn’t get to experience any of the trains in Indonesia but I will definitely remember what you’ve said in the future! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Tracy

    This place looks fantastic and for the price too it really is brilliant- we are always looking for great places to stay so will definitely pin for future travels!

  5. Paul and Carole

    This looks a great place to stay at only £26 was a bargain. Love the complimentary short massage too, and would do exactly like you and treat ourselves to a full massage too. Have pinned for future reference. #feetdotravel

  6. Shona

    It looks like you found a great place to stay and such good value for what you had at your disposal. The complimentary driver service is a fab bonus.

  7. Angie (FeetDoTravel)Angie (FeetDoTravel)

    What a lovely find this was! I love the idea of the fruit bowl, wi-fi in the room (yep, as a travel blogger, this is so important these days, we have actually walked out of accommodation that said they had wi-fi but it didn’t work “because of too much rain”!) … and a gym? Wonderful! Great review, have pinned to my Indonesian board so thanks for bringing this to our attention! #feetdotravel

    1. Barry SprostonBarry Sproston Post author

      Gym sessions can be few and far between when I’m travelling so it’s always good to have a gym so close by. Wi-Fi is also getting a must for me too – will keep an eye on that Wi-Fi busting rain though!

  8. Ruth | Tanama Tales

    Ohhhhh Barry, what a nice hotel! I wish I have more time to travel around Asia. It is a continent that captures me with all its diversity and food. I love train travel but I have never been in an executive class. I would like to do that one day. #feetdotravel

    1. Barry SprostonBarry Sproston Post author

      Well don’t let the name executive fool you that much – it was more like a business class service. We took the business class train later to Yogyakarta and that one was more a cross between European economy and regular. The executive class is the best if you plan on getting some sleep on the train.

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