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GG House - Happy Valley
Ranked #29 of 58 Bogor B&B and Inns
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Before you read the rest of this review, and in case you are already staying at GG house, make sure you can leave the place on the day you are planning to do so. On Saturdays, the road is closed for traffic down the mountain after 9 am, cause so many people from the cities want to go up! We ordered an early Blue Bird taxi, but at the planned pick-up time, they sent a message saying GG house is outside their limits! We were incredibly lucky to catch a ride to Jakarta with the owner's wife. Otherwise, I have no clue how we could have left (in time). Ask about this matter at the reception!

GG house is a nice place to stay if you're looking for accommodation just outside the busy life of the west Javan cities. In that sense, it was a place where we could get some wanted rest. There is a very nice, well maintained garden with many flowers and butterflies, and the pool is very inviting, despite the rather cold water. Yet, our experience was still mixed.

We booked a double room for 3 nights, and asked for a bit more information on the facilities in an e-mail. We got a confirmation of our booking, but the rest of our e-mail was apparently ignored.
When we arrived, we were welcomed by a very friendly staff member. However, we were assigned a room for only 1 night. After explaining the mistake, we were told we would get a different room for the 2nd and 3rd night.

Our first room completely lacked having a nice view from the window, but more importantly, the bathroom was run down and not clean at all. The little thrash can next to the toilet looked especially nasty, and we both avoided touching it... Also, there were stains on the bed sheets and curtains, making the total feel like a room far below average.

Next day, we discovered that the included breakfast is nothing more than toast (white bread) with jam, or nasi goreng with almost no ingredients but rice and chicken. We avoided the nasi, since I discovered that the local geckos were IN the nasi, stealing the pieces of chicken. Quite funny to see (I love reptiles anyway), but it shouldn't be happening of course...

After breakfast, we picked up our stuff and moved to our second room (the reason for moving was that local people needed some rooms etc. to make a party or something).

The second room was WAY better. It was much bigger, clean, the bathroom wasn't run down, and we had a private balcony overlooking the river and valley. Note: the price for these rooms is the same!
There was no AC in either rooms, but at least in the second room this was hardly a problem, since there is a nice air flow coming from the valley and river. We spent quite some time hanging out on the balcony to see local life on the countryside. Of course the picture wasn't perfect, since the river is quite polluted, and the birds we hoped to see flying around were almost completely absent (besides swallows you can see anywhere).
Well, there actually were some birds in the garden, most of them locked away in cages so small they couldn't even spread their wings...

The restaurant was OK. During the day, you can order all sorts of nice things they will prepare fresh for you. For dinner though, you can only order a rice table, consisting of rice and/or noodles with a few side dishes. In general, the food tasted fine, but they do use a lot of fat/oils! Also, the quality of the chicken varied. They once gave us chicken that was so dry, it was not possible to swallow it without washing it down with a big sip of our drink.

Staff members were all very friendly and smiled at us constantly. Yet, we didn't count on room service early on our 2nd morning (nobody had told us anything), and had a lot of our things spread out in the room. The cleaning guy thus went through it all, including more private things. Not a nice feeling, even though it happened for a nice reason. A similar thing happened in the garden. I found many nice, tiny animals in the plants that are cool to photograph, which I did virtually half the day. A gardener saw me at it and was hanging around to do his work. When a little later he thought rain was coming, he decided to move my camera bag behind me without saying anything. The bag was still open, and he dropped my dslr with macro lens on the concrete floor. Miraculously, everything on the camera and lens seemed to be intact. And again, of course it came from a good heart, but I don't want to think about what I had done if he broke the whole thing...

So if you decide to stay at GG house, make absolutely sure you:
-book one of the nice rooms with a balcony and view on the valley
-can get away from the place on your desired moment
-avoid the gecko nasi goring at breakfast
-don't leave your camera bag unattended in an empty garden - not even 2 meters behind you
-bring ear plugs, cause in some rooms you might be kept awake by noisy roosters in the early morning

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 May 2016

Its a simple Guest house with a nice micro-location. Close to the river. Rooms are actually ok, food is basic, but ok too. The staff and owner are friendly, the pool fine.

The main disadvantage (and therefor only 2 points) of the guesthouse is its location. As mentioned in another experience, it is close to a road which is made a one-way street during the weekend. Sometimes in one direction, sometimes in another. We had to wait more than 3 hours after finishing dinner until the road was opened to the right direction. So don't leave the guesthouse during the weekend. Don't plan to short notice to go somewhere (e.g. an airport), because it is unpredictable, when the street is open in the right direction and it is a huuuuge extra way to go around.

I would also say that the rooms are overpriced. For the price paid I get elsewhere in a Aryadyta.

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

I knew this place since 1997, and I still love it. I always have productive moment everytime I stay here. The facilities are quite basic but provides good quality of internet connection. Nice to have sound of river stream when lay down.

Stayed: April 2016, travelled on business
Thank awicaks
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Reviewed 16 January 2016

After being stuck in a terrible traffic jam we arrived at around 8 o'clock (on Christmas day) and where looking forward to a nice meal only to discover that te restaurant was closed. The only thing they said they could offer us was some melon! Unfortunately there is nothing else within walking distance so we made due with some sultana's. The room is okay but there was mold on the shower curtain and also the lid of the bin didn't look very clean. The view however was amazing and the pool looked nice. We were very disappointed by the cold welcome and poor service and therefore would not recommend this guesthouse.

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank Nicolet R
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Reviewed 30 December 2015

I stayed here for 2 nights, the hotel has beautiful western style pavilions on two floor, all with excellent views over gardens or the pool. The room really are luxury and very spacious with lovely very stylish bathrooms. The central Dining room is a huge, high traditional Javanese wooden room.

My only criticism, is the lack of sound proofing between the rooms. You can hear everything going on next door and above.

The staff are polite professional and really helpful. This was a lovely hotel.

Room Tip: All the rooms are stunning
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  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled solo
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Thank jeffrey57
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Reviewed 12 October 2015

Basic guesthouse located outside of Bogor. If you want to visit Bogor count quite some traveltime due to the endless traffic jams. In the weekends it really becomes a nightmare. They close the road and make it a one way street for a couple of hours. If you are a minute late you have to wait for two hours...
The guesthouse has a lack of maintenace and certainly the bathroom is dirty. The beds are real poor. There is no refregerator which is a must in Indonesia I think. Breakfast is simple but ok if you like nasi campung. Don't expect much. And sometimes it is a self service. The river has a nice view but makes a lot of noise during the night when you want to sleep.
Overall i rate the amount of 500.000 Rp way to much for what you get. Better stay in a reasonable good hotel in bogor itself for this money which is easy to do.. There is wifi.

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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Thank Ron B
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Reviewed 23 September 2015

A very simple guest house, the wildlife in our bedrooms were gekko's, ants and mosquitos. There were holes in the sheets. The view was nice, but for the rest it was not good standard. The food was eatable, simple breakfast. In september you might just visit the dollmaker in Bogor, the botanical garden was dry and no flowers. If we had known about the hotel standard we would have pushed on to Bandung instead of staying the night here.

  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled with family
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Thank Karen H
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Address: Kampung Cibogo II No. 423 | P.O.Box 72/CRA, Bogor 16750, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Java > West Java > Bogor
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Ranked #29 of 58 B&Bs / Inns in Bogor
Price Range: $0 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
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