For those (read: tourists) who love the luxury and extra comfort during their travel, the word “backpacker” or “backpacking” might sound like another form of self-torture. It is understandable as backpacking is indeed identical with the style of travelling in minimum (if not limited) budget.

Going around everywhere while carrying a ransel on your back? Sleeping in places that are far from the words like “spring bed” and “AC”? Ehm…….. it would give a headache for tourists – or they will even faint to death – ..

As a matter of fact, backpacking requires a special art, though. To be able to enjoy the trip with a budget as minimum as possible, a backpacker must find deeper informations regarding the places to visit. For example, doing a deep research to find an accomodation that matches his budget – unless you intentionally want to sleep right under the sky on the cities you visit.

Even though a backpacker doesn’t usually nag much with his accomodation stuff, it sure will be a plus value if you can find a comfortable accomodation which is still safe for budget, won’t it?

Well, if Surabaya becomes your– the backpackers – destination city, try writing down on your note of several comfortable accomodations with the rates no more than $16/night, or in another words, it is around $8.

From so many accomodations which are targetting backpackers, some choices of recommendation below are offering a piece of comfort covered with minimum budget, such as comfy bed and the ambience similar to a starred hotel. Ain’t it great?

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1. For A Colorful Ambience of Staying, Papaya Inn Home Suits Very Well to be Chosen by Backpackers.

Front facade of Papaya Inn Home, via Papaya Inn Home/facebook
Front facade of Papaya Inn Home, via Papaya Inn Home/facebook

Who says that staying in minimum budget can only be done by staying in a dormitory-typed hostel? If you search it scrupulously,  you can also find some alternatives of budget accomodations that offer extra privacy. For example there is Papaya Inn Home which offers private rooms, but the rates are very friendly: it starts from around $10.

Papaya Inn Home is one of the new budget accomodations in Surabaya. It opened for business in 2015. For that reason, no wonder that there is not many people knows about this place yet. But once you tried Papaya Inn Home, don’t get surprised if you feel comfortable.

How couldn’t it be so since the interior decorations are pretty interesting and is so unlike a cheap accomodation. Instead, Papaya Inn Home is filled with cheerful colors like tropical fruits such as Papaya fruit (orange and green) that became an inspiration for this place.

Public lounge is dominated with Papaya colors, via Papaya Inn Home/facebook
Public lounge is dominated with Papaya colors, via Papaya Inn Home/facebook
The colors of orange and green are everywhere, via Papaya Inn Home/facebook
The colors of orange and green are everywhere, via Papaya Inn Home/facebook

So, how about the ambience of the room? It turns out that rooms at Papaya Inn Home were also designed with the touch of orange and green which is shown by its furnitures, including the bedsheet set. What makes it more interesting is, even though the rates have already been very cheap, the room atmosphere at Papaya Inn Home is very comfortable.

It is comparable to other accomodations with higher rates. The presences of those cheerful colors has successfully freshen up the room, but since the proportion is not too much, those cheerful colors wouldn’t even bother your resting time.

Single-type room, via Papaya Inn Home/facebook
Single-type room, via Papaya Inn Home/facebook
Twin-bed room, via Papaya Inn Home/facebook
Twin-bed room, via Papaya Inn Home/facebook
Double-bed room, via Papaya Inn Home/facebook
Double-bed room, via Papaya Inn Home/facebook
Cupboard with mirror, via Papaya Inn Home/facebook
Cupboard with mirror, via Papaya Inn Home/facebook

Papaya Inn Home has 15 rooms to rent daily, weekly, or even monthly. It is suitable for backpackers who plan to stay for a long period in Surabaya. And, if you want to try this place with your friends or brothers, the highest rate at Papaya Inn Home is no more than $16/night. Very economical, isn’t it?

Address: Jalan Raya Tenggilis no 54, Surabaya
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 13.00
Rate: starting from around $10/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, car park, garden, shared kitchen, public lounge

Book now from Agoda.com 

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2. House of Dharmawan, Homestay and Exclusive Boarding House in the Heart of Campus Environment in Surabaya.

House of Dharmawan, via agoda
House of Dharmawan, via agoda

Backpackers, especially for you singles, is there anyone of you who is interested in backpacking to Surabaya while sweetly flirting around? Maybe it is time for you to find the accomodation located around a university campus. Surely the accomodation to find must be quite specific, like a boarding house which also has rooms for daily rent.

Wait, why should we look for a boarding house? Why not a hotel instead?

Well that makes sense. Staying in a boarding house which doubles as daily board will of course increase the level of probability to encounter some university students than staying in a hotel. And of course, the rate will not as high as a regular hotel.

For example there is House of Dharmawan, an exclusive boarding house which doubles as a homestay located close enough to some popular campuses in Surabaya such as ITS (Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November), Universitas Widya Mandala Pakuwon City, Universitas Widya Kartika, and Universitas Airlangga.

Even though the publish rate is starting from around $16 (for daily board), actually the rates of this place oftenly start from around $12/night, especially if you make a reservation through a booking site (example: Agoda).

Seating area, via agoda
Seating area, via agoda
Hallway to rooms, via agoda
Hallway to rooms, via agoda
Hallway to rooms, via agoda
Hallway to rooms, via agoda

As an exclusive boarding house as well as a homestay, House of Dharmawan has already equipped their rooms with various number one facilities. On a room of 15 square meters wide, a backpacker will get the room with complete furniture such as cupboard, desk, chair, TV LED 32”, private bathroom, spring bed size 160 x 200, and an AC.

Yay! You will also get a private bathroom inside your own room, so you don’t need to worry about queueing to bath with other guests. And, with a very cheap rate, you will also get a breakfast. Double Yay!

Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda

The ambience of the room is pretty comfortable and the facilities are quite complete, ain’t it? If suddenly you feel cozy and wish to stay longer at this place (especially if it is more than 10 days), a monthly rent at House of Dharmawan is around $120/month.

So much cheaper to rent it monthly than to rent it daily. Unfortunately, monthly rent is only available for female only as this boarding house is specially for females; but the option of daily stay is opened for both male and female.

Address: Sutorejo Utara Baru B-25 no.38, Kenjeran, Surabaya 60113
Check in: 13.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: starting from around $10/night (weekdays, low season), $120/month (female-only boarding house), Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, shared kitchen, public lounge, laundry and dry cleaning service, car rental, room service, 24-hour reception, 24-hour security, garden, staffs are fluent in 3 languages (Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia, English)

Book now from Booking.com
Book now from Agoda.com  

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3. Ikiru to Live, Economical Guesthouse at A Strategic Location Which is A Favorite Amongst Backpackers and Tourist.

Ikiru to Live, via agoda
Ikiru to Live, via agoda

First time hearing about this name, Ikiru to Live, you might be wondering. Is that place really a guesthouse? How could it have such a unique and uncommon name, like a Japanese name. Ikiru to Live was indeed from a combination of Japanese language and English. “Ikiru” means “life” or “stay”, while “live” means “live” as it is in English.

This guesthouse is run by a family – where a family member was a traveler who has already visited more than 80 countries in the world – who indeed want to provide an accomodation which is clean, comfortable, and affordable for anyone who becomes their guests. So no wonder that this guest house would feel very homey and comfortable to stay in.

Lobby, via agoda
Lobby, via agoda
Terrace, via agoda
Terrace, via agoda
Terrace, via agoda
Terrace, via agoda

As an economical guesthouse where the rates could start from around $10/night, it is true that there will be no many facilities to be found at this place. But one interesting point lies on their mini library facilities located on the common room. All guests are welcomed to access the library while relaxing at the common room, or simply just to sit down and have some chit-chat with other guests.

Corridor, via ikiru-to-live
Corridor, via ikiru-to-live
Multi-function room, via agoda
Multi-function room, via agoda
Multi-function room and mini library, via agoda
Multi-function room and mini library, via agoda

For the bedroom, Ikiru to Live offers several types of bedroom which will make you feel like you are on your own bedroom. The cheapest room is the dormitory-type one. But the dormitory here is unlike other dormitories in general with bunk beds, instead, the room has 3-4 single beds. Other type of room is single room (shared bathroom), double ensuite room, and family room. The hotel rate is included breakfast, even the dormitory type ones. How fun is it?

Dormitory room, via ikiru-to-live
Dormitory room, via ikiru-to-live
Single shared bathroom, via agoda
Single shared bathroom, via agoda
Double ensuite room, via ikiru-to-live
Double ensuite room, via ikiru-to-live
Family room, via agoda
Family room, via agoda

By the way, the location of Ikiru to Live is quite strategic. Located on Ngagel Jaya, this guesthouse is pretty close with various public facilities such as hospital and campus like ITS (20 minutes of driving), Universitas Airlangga (10 minutes of driving), Universitas Widya Mandala (15 minutes of driving), and much more; it makes the guesthouse suitable to stay on by those who plan to visit their relatives who are currently studying in Surabaya.

This guesthouse is also close to various culinary spots. One of those is Libreria Eatery, a cafe with library that can be reached in 3 minutes of walking from Ikiru to Live. So there is no worries about getting hungry while staying on this guesthouse.

Address: Ngagel Jaya Selatan III/3, Surabaya 60283
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: starting from around $10/night (weekdays, low season, dormitory room) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, shuttle service, dry cleaning, laundry, tour, library, car park

Book now from Booking.com
Book now from Agoda.com 
 

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4. For Those Who Want to Feel A Pinch of Economical Luxury, Whiz Prime Dharmo Harapan Needs to be On Your List.

Whiz Prime Dharmo Harapan, via agoda
Whiz Prime Dharmo Harapan, via agoda

Low in budget but want to stay in a 3-star hotel? Relax, that dream could come true, as long as you put Whiz Prime Dharmo Harapan on your list.

As a 3-star hotel, normally Whiz Prime Dharmo Harapan should have the rates of around $20 – $24. But if you got lucky, there are times when the hotel rates get down to only around $8. So far, the lowest rate ever known is $15, but it doesn’t close up the chance of it to be less than that.

Lobby, via agoda
Lobby, via agoda
Lobby, via agoda
Lobby, via agoda
Lobby, via agoda
Lobby, via agoda

This hotel, which has the interior designed with modern minimalistic nuance, has also been already equipped with various supporting facilities, such as meeting facilities, restaurant, and a swimming pool. Its location within a residential area also allows the guests to rest in a more comfortable and tranquil atmosphere in the middle of the crowd in Surabaya.

Meeting facilities, via agoda
Meeting facilities, via agoda
Restaurant, via agoda
Restaurant, via agoda
Restaurant, via agoda
Restaurant, via agoda
Swimming pool, via whizprime
Swimming pool, via whizprime

This hotel offers 5 types of room with the total of 100 rooms consist of Single rooms, Superior Twin/Double, Deluxe Twin/Double, Deluxe Balcony, and Deluxe Bathtub. Even though the rates are quite economical, each room has been equipped with AC, free toiletries, LCD TV, and some other supporting facilities. Its modern minimalistic design will also make you hard to believe that staying at this place will only cost start from around $8.

Single Room

Ambience of the room, via whizprime
Ambience of the room, via whizprime
Ambience of the room, via whizprime
Ambience of the room, via whizprime

Superior Room

Superior double, via whizprime
Superior double, via whizprime
Superior double, via whizprime
Superior double, via whizprime
Superior twin, via whizprime
Superior twin, via whizprime

Deluxe Room

Deluxe double, via whizprime
Deluxe double, via whizprime
Deluxe twin, via whizprime
Deluxe twin, via whizprime
Balcony, via whizprime
Balcony, via whizprime

The hotel is pretty awesome and comfy, isn’t it? For more detailed information, kindly check as below:

Address: Jalan Darmo Harapan 1, Surabaya
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: starting from around $15/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, business center, laundry, 24-hour reception, car park, meeting facilities

Book now from Booking.com
Book now from Agoda.com 

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SPECIAL MENTION

There are still a few other budget hotels that offer super-low rates for backpackers. If the hotels mentioned abova are still not suitable enough for your heart and pocket, try considering other cheap hotels below.

By the way, why should there be a special mention anyway? That’s because the hotels will be mentioned below have the rates no more than $8/night, so it doesn’t really match the title. But since these places are quite interesting (and of course, cheap) and many guests are satisfied with the hotel atmosphere, it would be a shame not to share it to all of you guys.

So here’s the list: 

  • Da Rifi Hostel, Its Cheapest Rate is Starting From Around Only 61 Thousands/Night!

Da Rifi Hostel, via agoda
Da Rifi Hostel, via agoda

This hostel is without a doubt targeting backpackers as their main market customer. Its cheapest rate is on around $5, and this hostel offers an accomodation with dormitory type. Unique thing is, this hostel is offering a shuttle pick-up service for travelers who visit Surabaya using airplane, and travelers can choose to be picked up by motorcycle (cost only around $2) or by car (cost around $5)

Interior of the hostel, via agoda
Interior of the hostel, via agoda

And, if you run out of activity to do while staying at this hostel, you can ask for a ride to go around the city with motorcycle. The staff will gladly to accompany you and it will be enough for you just to fill the gas or you can also give them some tipping money. Another plus point, this hostel also provide a free laundry service, and guest may choose to sleep in a room cooled with standard fan or AC (costs more expensive than a regular room).

Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda

Address: Jl.Duku II/190, Pondok Candra Indah, Surabaya
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: starting from around $5/night (weekdays, low season) Check Latest Rate?
Facilities: WiFi, Facilities of BBQ, 24-hour room service, shared kitchen, laundry, restaurant, public lounge, tour, bike rental, car rental, library, car park

Book now from Agoda.com 

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  • Providence Homestay, Ideal for Backpackers Who are Trying to Find An Economical Accomodation in the City Center.

Providence Homestay, via Providence Homestay/facebook
Providence Homestay, via Providence Homestay/facebook

Looking for an accomodation located quite strategically for the low budget? It is time to take a sneak peek to Providence Homestay. This homestay is quite popular amongst backpackers as the rate is super cheap, starting from around $6. Their official rate is actually starting from around $8, but as usual, there is always a special promotion if you book it from various booking site that will make this homestay rate to be super cheap.

One of the plus point from this homestay is its strategic location. It is on a shophouse area that allows this homestay to be easy to spot. Guests can also easily access numerous tourism objects and city landmarks. Some of the closest ones are Ciputra World Mall, Museum 45, and Chinese Embassy.

You can also easily reach Surabaya Town Square and Pakuan Mall as it is only 10-15 minutes away using public transport. And, around the homestay, there are plenty of culinary places. Isn’t it great?

Ambience of the Homestay, via agoda
Ambience of the Homestay, via agoda
Ambience of the Homestay, via agoda
Ambience of the Homestay, via agoda
Ambience of the Homestay, via agoda
Ambience of the Homestay, via agoda
Shared kitchen, via agoda
Shared kitchen, via agoda

Providence Homestay offers 9 rooms with quite a comfortable and clean ambience, especially if we consider how super frugal the rate could be. Guests are allowed to use all the public facilities of the homestay if they want to bring their own food, like using the dining room or shared kitchen. This hotel could accomodate up to 17 guests in total, so it is suitable to rent if you travel with a big family.

Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda
Ambience of the room, via agoda

Address: Jalan Mayjend Sungkono Darmo Park 2 Blok 6 no 18, Surabaya
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: starting from around $6/night (weekdays, low season), Check Latest Rate?Facilities: WiFi, room service, public lounge, shared kitchen, 24-hour room service, laundry, car park

Book now from Booking.com
Book now from Agoda.com 

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Note:
Prices may change unexpectedly. Kindly Check Latest Rates to get the updates regarding the rates on your desired date.
Pictures might have been resized from its original source without any additional editing

 

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