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at Evy's Benhil Homestay

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My husband and I booked via mail a room in this Homestay that is on top of Trip advisor's accommodations in Jakarta. We booked...
... one day and Eveline was able to arrange food delivery to the room. There are actually two properties that are 100-200 meters...
... place for everybody.. not only the nice, clean, comfortable room but also the persons who stay at that place.. next trip to...
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Mariaflavia61 wrote a review Apr 2014
Florence, Italy54 contributions22 helpful votes
My husband and I booked via mail a room in this Homestay that is on top of Trip advisor's accommodations in Jakarta. We booked just one day before leaving and we didn't have the time to look for a possible alternative. We've been asked 35$ breakfast included for one night ( we spent two nights in Jakarta...As there's not much to see!). It seemed to be a little expensive compared to other Homestays all around Java and Bali or Lombok...But that's it...We thought maybe it is very nice! The quarter were the home stay is located is a typical Kampung right in the center of Jakarta, and this is good. The Homestay is quite clean, the room has no external windows and the bathroom is so basic, there was not even a sink. We saw no terrace ( even if we asked for that as this was advertised on Tripadvisor...) and the breakfast was horrible.... Not a table, we had it standing in our bedroom( two eggs and a coffee...). The woman is very nice, even a little bit too much and it sounds fake... Good enough for 100.00 rupiees....( about 10 euros) Really too expensive for what we paid!
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Date of stay: February 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: I wouldn't go there again...
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Response from evychandra, Manager at Evy's Benhil Homestay
Responded 18 Apr 2014
Thank you very much for your review, I think I have told you that this is not a hotel and I also want to say thank you very much you said that i'm too nice and fake. we only met for a few hours, so I can understand if you don't know me. Thank you . . . yes, you are right, you can find a clean room with AC, water heater, TV, and wifi for 100.000 rupiah but not in Jakarta. And for the breakfast, this Indonesia, so I serve the traditional Indonesian breakfast which you called horrible breakfast and there is a table in the room and some sofa outside. Anyway, thank you very much Mrs Flavia for your nice review.
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Mirza A wrote a review Feb 2014
Great Falls, Virginia271 contributions95 helpful votes
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The Homestay was built relatively recently, so it’s in good condition and an oasis if compared to its surroundings. Eveline Chandra is a great host, speaks good English and makes sure you are well looked after. She has worked professionally with western expats in her past career and now runs the Homestay with her son and daughter with the additional benefit of 2 grandchildren running around to keeping the place lively. She will take the time to answer your questions and enjoys socializing with her guests. I fell sick one day and Eveline was able to arrange food delivery to the room. There are actually two properties that are 100-200 meters apart one is managed by a son and the other by the daughter. The one with the rooftop deck is a more open style and more suitable for backpackers and with relatively less privacy. The rooftop acts as a common area place to socialize.

The place is kept sparkling clean. There are various types of rooms and it is advisable to call in advance for information on room sizes, windows and amenities. I took the largest room with A/C, flat screen TV, desk, chair, closet, attached bathroom (no wash basin though) and a window. Most rooms don’t have windows. The biggest disappointment was the poor Wi-Fi. It mostly did not work with Apple products for some reason – old router maybe? You will feel at home staying here.

I chose to stay at Evy’s based on Tripadvisor reviews. From the reviews I gathered that this would be a clean, comfortable place with a welcoming host. It turned out much better than that. This is an area where you find the struggles of Jakarta daily life unfold before your eyes, all compounded by the fact that the neighborhood got flooded twice during my stay. I was provided a boat by the host -- cool. The immediate neighborhood village of Karet Pasar Baru is poor, but have very friendly decent people, who will welcome you to their homes and share food with you. Don’t be intimated by the area and surrounding poverty. The surrounding area of Benhil is generally poor that sits on potentially the most expensive land in town. There are a few expensive homes across the river within 300-400 meters from Evy’s Homestay. This area is one of the older parts of Jakarta that lies within the Golden Triangle not too far from some Luxury apartments and hotels. A walk around the neighborhood’s narrow alleys suggests that people watching, cleaning house floors, washing clothes and petty trading is the dominant activity here. The daily grind of Jakarta commoners can be seen and felt here. This is great neighborhood to capture real life up close with your camera. Bring your sense of adventure, as these homestays are not for everyone.

Now, there is no direct access by car to the homestay. One must walk about 200-300 meters on narrow lanes and an equally narrow walking bridge to reach the Homestay. I suggest you call-in ahead for the housekeeper to pick you up from the main road. For novice travellers the first approach to the homestay can be a bit intimidating, especially if you arrive in the evening. Once you are over your first impression, the neighborhood starts to grow on you. You want to know more about everyone who lives around here. I am sure their life stories would make for good reading. As I walked to my homestay every day, I would find a number of fishermen trying their luck - not a hobby but a necessity. People started to recognize and greet me.

The neighborhood sits on the side of a filthy river. That seems to function as the Mother of all trashcans. The government seems to be least concerned.

The neighborhood is generally safe. As a homestay, you cannot wrong with this place. You will have a super clean comfortable place, a very helpful host, a neighborhood and atmosphere that is never boring and above all, life of real Jakarta up close.

One of my favorite activities was to capture life on pixels as I walked around the neighborhood with kids in tow shouting Mister Mister Mister Photo Photo Photo.
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Date of stay: January 2014Trip type: Travelled solo
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AngelRahma wrote a review Oct 2013
Bali, Indonesia29 contributions3 helpful votes
i was stay for a week in Evy's Benhil Homestay for a training in Jakarta,
it was very nice place to stay and i was meet a lovely family there..
the owner is very friendly and such as my own family..
on the afternoon we can relax on the roof top of the homestay, and enjoy the moment together..
i really recommended this place for everybody.. not only the nice, clean, comfortable room but also the persons who stay at that place.. next trip to Jakarta i will stay at this place.. thank you Evy's benhill Homestay :)
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Date of stay: January 2013Trip type: Travelled with friends
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nikjass wrote a review Jun 2013
Malaysia9 contributions2 helpful votes
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This homestay is awesome for many reasons. I spent 5 nights there and I have no complaints. From the moment I arrived, I felt at home. Evy and her family are ever so helpful and would make your stay and trip worthwhile. They will point you to the right directions and will answer your queries as best they can. Language is not a problem for English speakers. There are many room options at Evy's. It's clean and you will be right in the centre of Jakarta. Jalan Sudirman is walking distance.. you can walk to some fascinating areas but, there are public transportations, interesting ones like bajai, angkot, ojek, and taxis are easily available. You must experience all these transportations if in Jakarta. If you want to experience the real Jakarta and not what tourists are directed to see.. stay here. Walk through the gangs and say hello to the locals around the area. There are much to see and images to capture. If you're reading this, look no further. I have stayed in Jaksa on my last trip and I disliked Jakarta, I stayed here and I see a different Jakarta and learnt more about the locals. If you're lucky you'd meet interesting travellers and others who are staying there from all over and all walks of life like I did. If you're concerned about getting to Monas, Kota... Trans Jakarta is a walking distance .. really you can go almost everywhere from here on your own.. if you wanna explore further just ask the family. Enjoy :)
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Date of stay: May 2013Trip type: Travelled solo
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