Months prior to our departure I was fretting over where we would be staying during our stay in Indonesia. Since we would be moving from one place to the next over a period of 10-11 days, it was important we get a place that could keep our stuff in Jakarta while we were in Yogyakarta and Bandung. Thanks to the experiences of Tricia in San Francisco and my sister in Berlin, I began looking at Airbnb as an alternative to staying in hostels and backpacker inns. Plus lodging being quite expensive and we being on a tight budget, we needed budget friendly places.
Mt. Haryono Residence Apartment
*all pictures were taken from the owner’s Airbnb profile
Our home base throughout the duration of the trip was a small two-bedroom and 1 bath apartment in Mt. Haryono in Jalan Otista, approximately an hour away from the airport. The residence is owned by Sri Arsita “Tiara” Mutiara, whom I contacted practically almost every day prior to our departure on a whole range of things. Though we only met once, upon our arrival in the residence, she was kind and really gave out a lot of tips and things to do in the nearby area. Since we didn’t have any internet nor did the residence have one, we asked if we could borrow her pocket wifi throughout the trip and thankfully she agreed. It was a good thing since that pocket wifi was a huge lifesaver throughout the duration of the trip (something I should invest on in the future). In addition to allowing us to use her pocket wifi, I also asked if it was okay to leave our big luggages in her apartment while we explored Indonesia and thankfully she allowed us and assured us it would be safe and secure.