Lodging Review-Metro Guest House

Trip Start Nov 17, 2009
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Trip End Sep 05, 2010


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Metro Guest House

Flag of Indonesia  , Yogyakarta ,
Friday, December 25, 2009

Metro is clean, A/C, and comfortable. It is priced at 180,000 (after bargaining, the listed price is 200,000), has a beautiful well-maintained pool and periodic English language TV.  The price includes breakfast of toast/fried rice and fried egg, fruit plate, and coffee.  Inexplicably, you only get fruit if you order toast.  WM does not pretend to understand.

The bathroom had a mild odor (not uncommon in guest houses) emanating from the drain.  Putting the tissue basket on top of the drain pretty much fixed this.

The front desk staff are terrific, helpful, and attentive.  The two girls who serve the breakfast possess none of these qualities.

The biggest problem with the Metro is its cultural identity crisis.  What in the world, you ask, is WM talking about?  Well, most of the guests are Indonesian, and some of the differences are difficult for the bule traveler.

Posted by the pool are rules. WM photographed them for this entry and they are on the memory card of the camera being hocked as this piece is written by the cab driver who made off with it. 

Rule #1-  "Pool hours are 0700-2200.

Rule #2 – “No noise of any kind can be made in the pool by any person."

Imagine WM's consternation when Indonesian parents and their children filled the pool at 0500, splashing and yelling, almost every morning.  The first time this happened, WM saw a hotel staff sweeping around the pool and saying nothing to the offending swimming raconteurs.

It made some sense to WW when she rubbed the sleep out of her eyes.  The first call to prayers blasts from the minarets at about 0400.  Children rise, pray, bathe, and head to school at 0530.  School lets out around 1100, because it is too doggone hot to stay in school any later.  So getting up at that ungodly hour is what they do every day, and keeping them out of the pool while on holiday may be impossible.

WM searched for his Inner Buddha to find peace among the din.  It is hard for WM to see rules posted for the common benefit ignored by everyone, including the hotel staff responsible for their enforcement. 

WW expressed concern about WM’s preoccupation with rules, and reminded him of his lifelong commitment to the flouting of same.  So—a plan was hatched.

Most Indonesians sleep from 1200-1500, as it is too hot to do much else. Surely the kiddies who were up at 0400 would be asleep in their rooms adjacent to the pool and as susceptible to pool noise as ours.

WM rounded up three guys from Switzerland, told them this story, and a rousing game of “Marco Polo” was played at 12:15, followed by a cannon ball contest and feigned loud arguing.

It is good that an emerging middle class in Indonesia can afford leisure travel and accommodation at this price.  WM would not stay at Metro Guest House again because, at this price, WM should get a good night’s sleep.
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