This is not our choice of hotel to short stay for 1 night in Surabaya. Since we don’t have a choice and not familiar with the place, we go together with one of the fellow we met in our tour to Mt Bromo. She says this guesthouse is good, near to the city and is quite cheap. We could have thought that the guesthouse was good, rooms are okay, receptionist staff is helpful not until my friend saw a horrible thing in the bathroom. She's about to take a bath when she suddenly saw something in the water running in the faucet. When she looks it closely, the water was very dirty and is full of Mosquito larva! Even the lavatory sink faucet is the same. We try to let it flow for 10 minutes but still the larva is keep coming out. We were so shock and don’t know what to do. It's a nightmare! We are dying to take a bath already. Since we don’t want to complain and create an argument, we end up using the mineral water in the hallway and used it to wash and cleaned ourselves until the next morning. I really regret why we never complain. I will not stay in that guesthouse ever again!
We arrived here late at night off the train and were leaving early the next day on the train so wanted a really cheap room. The guesthouse is down a dodgy looking alley so we didn't leave the hotel after arrival. Not much choice for anything to eat, I think they had pot noodle for sale at reception. The bed wasn't very comfortable but did the job. The bathroom was awful, no hot water, no flush, tiny and smelly. There was no outside window just onto a hallway which has a bright light on all the time and is noisy. The room itself was clean enough, using towels, toiletries etc was extra. It was fine for he few hours we were there but wouldn't return.
I think this is the best choice in the area. We checked 2 other hotels close to Orchid - one was cheaper (75k) but horrible, second was more expensive (200k) and horrible. Then there is another hotel in the same street as Orchid but we didn´t visite it. Back to Orchid. Very friendly and helpful staff, speaking English well enough, clean room and bathroom, comfortable bed, air con, tv. There is one big window to the corridor and our room had also 2 small ones heading to the street. The only negative is its location in dirty street with many rats and cockroaches but we saw none of them in hotel or our room. Walking distance to Pelni office.