Even though we had no plans to climb Mount Rinjani, we still wanted to see the neighboring towns surrounding the foothills of this beautiful mountain. Based on what we had read and researched, the region around Rinjani was said to be a good enough reason to visit. We also heard about wonderful waterfalls in Senaru during our stay on the Gili Trawangan at Gili Amor Boutique Resort.
From the Gili Islands, we went back to the Bangsal Pier, and then made our way to Senaru, the gateway town to Mount Rinjani. (Read about our journey here.)
Finding accommodation in Senaru is much trickier than the Gili Islands. The choices are limited and many of the properties tend to get poor review ratings from guests. Therefore, during our visit to Senaru we either had to go for a boutique resort or a ‘bare bones’ guesthouse or homestay. So my travel partner made the decision that I was very glad he made. We decided to stay in the most delightful resort in Senaru – Rinjani Lodge.
*****Before you read further, please note that Rinjani Lodge has not sponsored or paid us anything to write this review. We are independent travelers. This is our honest experience staying at this property.
Why Did We Pick Rinjani Lodge?
Budget and Value
Rinjani Lodge, considering its location and amenities is definitely high value for its price. Perhaps it can’t be compared to to booking a night at big chain hotels like Sheraton and Hilton, but the room design and the views blew our mind for the price.
Verified Guest Reviews
Rinjani Lodge has kept high and consistent guest review ratings on reputable hotel providers like booking.com and agoda.com. As of the time of writing this boutique hotel garnered a verified review score of 9.1/10 on both of these reputable sites.
Guest Review Rating is a very important thing that we consider when we book our rooms. What you have to look out for is not only how high the rating is, but also how many former guests actually voted. If a hotel/resort gets a high rating despite having hundreds of reviews, this shows that the property maintains it standard of service and value. Rinjani Lodge definitely fulfills this criterion because 9.1/10 is a very hard score to maintain in the accommodation business.
Rinjani Lodge is perfectly located. It sits on the edge of a very scenic valley, hugging the foothills of Mount Rinjani, hence the name. This hotel is also literally less than a 10-minute walk to another spectacular place of interest in the area, the Senaru waterfalls, locally called Air Terjun Sedang Gila.