Arlen Nova's Paradise Guesthouse
Sungai Rangeh Bayur. Lake Maninjau 26471 West Sumatra , Lake Maninjau, Indonesia
+62 815 352 4714
Arlen Nova's Paradise Guesthouse Lake Maninjau Reviews
Mixed bag. Friendly staff, needs major facelift! May 11, 2014
We spend 2 nights in one of the cabins here. It's a bit of a mixed bag. The walk to the cabins is about 200m from the road and the staff will get your luggage for you as well as bring it back when your stay is over. There is cold water showers only in the rooms.
The good: The staff is very good, friendly. The breakfasts were not included, but were very cheap and quite decent. Views from the cabins (except one which is behind the main building) are very nice, overlooking the lake with no fish farms in the way. The cabins themselves are a decent size with a patio and have a large bed with relatively clean sheets although we found the bed would sink where you lay on it. They do serve beer!
The bad: our bathroom had a pipe that was spewing out water constantly, leaving the floor always wet. They said it would get repaired the next day, but that never happened. They did offer for us to change cabins the 1st night, but it was to the cabin without views. There are an insane number of ants everywhere, indoors and outside. The pillows are really grungy, stained under the pillowcases. The place is in much need of a facelift and fixing up. Most of the wicker chairs didn't even have seats left in them, just the bases. There are mosquito nets over the bed, but they are also in dire need of replacing. We couldn't even close ours and it had already been duct taped previously.
That said, I'm not sure there is anything much better in the area, especially one with great unobstructed views. If you can put up with basic accommodations that needs quite a bit of TLC, you'll probably be ok here for a night or two. If you are more particular and like your creature comforts and cleanliness, you might want to consider elsewhere.
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