Bandung

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Once known as the Paris of Java, Bandung boasts beautiful colonial architecture and a thriving arts and café culture, all overlooked by the peaks of the Parahyangun mountains.

Come to Bandung and experience a true treat for the senses. Browse some of Indonesia’s finest galleries, in particular those dedicated to the arts and crafts of the Sudanese population. Eat spicy, exotic dishes at the many street carts and restaurants and shop for local produce in the colourful markets. Hike into the clean, cool air of the nearby mountains and enjoy a rejuvenating soak in a natural hot spring. Return to the town to enjoy a lively night out in the city’s bars and clubs.

Bandung is Indonesia’s third-largest city with a population of around 8 million. Its location, 750 metres (2,500 feet) above sea level gives the city a cooler climate than many other Javanese towns, which is perhaps why the Dutch loved it here so much. The Dutch left a rich legacy of colonial architecture in Bandung. Villa Isola (Bumi Siliwangi), with its stunning fountains and gardens, and Gedung Merdeka, the site of the first ever Africa-Asia conference, are just two examples.

The city is known as one of Java’s cultural hubs, with students, artists and intellectuals rubbing shoulders in the numerous cafés, bars and restaurants. Locals love their food. Everywhere you go in the city you will encounter enticing smells from restaurants and street carts. To guarantee yourself a good meal, head to Burangang Street, where a huge variety of eateries compete for your business. Shoppers looking for a bargain should head to Jalan Cihampelas also known as Jeans Street, home to a wide range of outlet stores.

Bandung also makes a great base to explore the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. Take a day visit to the hillside resort Lembang and visit the Sari Ater Hot Springs on your way down. The 2-hour trek up Tangkuban Prahu Volcano is another highlight.

Locals get around by angkot, which are small minibuses, but the easiest way to navigate the city is by taxi. Being such a large city, Bandung is well connected to the rest of the country by air and road, making it a popular weekend destination for Jakartans.

Where to stay in Bandung

ibis Styles Bandung Grand Central
ibis Styles Bandung Grand Central
3.5 out of 5
Jl Diponegoro No 27, Citarum, Bandung Wetan, Bandung
The price is Rp409.091 per night from 19 Dec to 19 Dec
Situated in Bandung, this golf hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Perpustakaan Gasibu and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Mall 23 Paskal. Gedung Sate and Geological Museum are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
A Lovable and Clean Hotel
"I check-in with my wife and daughter for 1 night, and as the hotel is still new, so everything was as i expected. The room was clean, colorful and the bed was so cozy. There is also a couch to relax your body. The bathroom and amenities was also enjoyable. Don't forget th great wifi 👍. You can also ..."

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2021

ibis Styles Bandung Grand Central
Hilton Bandung
Hilton Bandung
5 out of 5
Jl. HOS Tjokroaminoto No. 41-43, Bandung, West Java
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rp1.200.000 per night from 2 Jan to 2 Jan
Located in Pasirkaliki, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Chinatown and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mall 23 Paskal and Maranatha Christian University. Santosa ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (462 reviews)
My favourite place in Bandung
"I'd been staying at Hilton several times, spending two nights there. Hilton is always my favorite place to stay while in Bandung. The room is big, cozy and sanitizedly clean. The staff always been so warm and polite. I love enjoying the pool while sitting or sleeping at the rattan cage..you'll know ..."

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2021

Hilton Bandung
Pullman Bandung Grand Central
Pullman Bandung Grand Central
5 out of 5
JL DIPONEGORO NO 27, BANDUNG, Bandung
Fully refundable
The price is Rp1.115.537 per night from 2 Jan to 2 Jan
This family-friendly Bandung hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Perpustakaan Gasibu, Geological Museum and Gedung Sate. Mall 23 Paskal is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
"Staff was very polite and helpful Property hygiene need to improve (maybe because the pandemic) Property views, ambience, location was excellent"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2021

Pullman Bandung Grand Central
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kuldesak Villas
Kuldesak Villas
3 out of 5
Jl. Cipedes Tengah no. 138 B, Bandung
The price is Rp1.487.603 per night from 9 Dec to 9 Dec
Located in Sukajadi, this villa is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Barli Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Maranatha Christian University and Mall 23 Paskal. Karang Setra ...
3.6/5 Good! (5 reviews)
Needs improvement
"There was no management to oversee the staff. The staff tried their best provide good service but obvious there was a lack of good management of the place. Villa was spacious but could be better maintained."

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2018

Kuldesak Villas
Pinus Villa 5 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
Pinus Villa 5 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
3.5 out of 5
Jalan Dago Pakar Permai 2 no 41, Resor Dago Pakar, Bandung, Cimenyan, West Java
The price is Rp5.371.901 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Situated in Cimenyan, this villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dago Pakar, Mountain View Golf Course and Dago Golf Course. West Java Culture Park and Dago Dreampark ...
Pinus Villa 5 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
Cempaka 2 Villa 6 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
Cempaka 2 Villa 6 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
3.5 out of 5
jl. Dago Pakar Permai 2 No. 53 E, Resor Dago Pakar, Bandung, West Java
The price is Rp6.818.182 per night from 5 Jan to 5 Jan
Situated in Bandung, this villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dago Pakar, Mountain View Golf Course and Dago Golf Course. West Java Culture Park and Dago Dreampark ...
Cempaka 2 Villa 6 Bedrooms with a Private Pool
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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