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5.9

Review score

134 reviews

134 reviews

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8.3

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Parking
FREE
Walkable places
Delta Theatre

90 m

Monumen Kapal Selam

130 m

Submarine Monument

130 m

Indonesian Cancer Museum

140 m

Surabaya Plaza

170 m

Popular landmarks
Monkasel (Submarine Monument)

670 m

Tunjungan Plaza

1.0 km

Suramadu National Bridge

2.0 km

Tugu Pahlawan

2.6 km

Bungkul Park

3.0 km

Closest landmarks
Area Parkir Grand City

410 m

Embassy of Germany

480 m

Goethe Institut

480 m

Grand City Surabaya

510 m

Balai Pemuda

520 m

Sparkling Backpacker

Jl. Kayun 2AB, Surabaya Center, Surabaya, Indonesia - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Strategically situated in Surabaya Center, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Sampoerna Museum.

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Highlights

Located in heart of Surabaya

Front desk [24-hour]

340 meters to public transportation

Inside city center

660 meters to Monkasel (Submarine Monument)

Facilities

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Front desk [24-hour]

Breakfast [free]

Coffee shop

Wi-Fi in public areas

Daily housekeeping

Elevator

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Surabaya every 1 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money6.4
Distance to city center50. Km
Location rating8.3
Nearest airportJuanda International Airport (SUB)
Distance to airport13.2 km

Rooms available at Sparkling Backpacker

VIP
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  • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 single beds
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Standard
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 single beds
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Deluxe
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 single beds
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Room Assigned on Arrival
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    Twin/Double room - Executive
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      Single Room
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        Frequently asked questions

        How much does it cost to stay at Sparkling Backpacker?

        Room rates depend on the dates, room types, and number of guests, so please click here to see the latest and best deals from Agoda!

        What time is check-in and check-out at Sparkling Backpacker?

        Check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking out after the designated period may be charged an additional fee. The front desk is always open, day or night.

        How do I get to Sparkling Backpacker?

        For those who wish to drive their own cars, Sparkling Backpacker has a car park available for guests. Parking is free for guests.

        What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Sparkling Backpacker?

        The closest train, metro, or bus station to Sparkling Backpacker is Gubeng Train Station, 290 m away.

        What restaurants are nearby Sparkling Backpacker?

        Sparkling Backpacker’s neighborhood is Surabaya Center which includes popular restaurants such as Bodaeng Thai, Puri iwake and Kowloon Palace International Restaurant.

        What popular shopping places are close to Sparkling Backpacker?

        Sparkling Backpacker is located in Surabaya Center area which features shopping places such as Tunjungan Plaza, Surabaya Town Square and Grand City Surabaya.

        What are popular attractions near Sparkling Backpacker?

        Sparkling Backpacker’s location in the Surabaya Center neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Sampoerna Museum, Bungkul Park and Monkasel (Submarine Monument).

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        Overall rating:

        5.9

        Review score
        134 reviews
        Cleanliness
        4.6
        Facilities
        5.1
        Location
        8.3
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        More about Sparkling Backpacker

        More about Sparkling Backpacker

        Sparkling Backpacker

        Sparkling Backpacker is the perfect choice for travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Surabaya. Experience an urban escape in Surabaya with a stay at Sparkling Backpacker, with its exceptional location right in the city center.
        The range of services provided by Sparkling Backpacker ensures all travelers get the most out of their stay. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the hotel's free Wi-Fi internet access. Parking is available and free, provided by the hotel for guests with their own transportation. In-room conveniences include daily housekeeping, so you can relax and enjoy your stay.
        Guestrooms at Sparkling Backpacker are fitted with all the amenities travelers need. The hotel provides air conditioning in some rooms for the benefit of guests. Some selected rooms have television and cable TV to keep guests entertained. The hotel also provides guests with a coffee or tea maker and bottled water in some rooms.


        Dining and things to do

        Start your vacation days in the best possible way. Your mornings at Sparkling Backpacker begin with a complimentary breakfast. Wake up bright and energetic in the mornings with a cup of good coffee offered at the cafe right at the hotel.


        Around the property

        Visit the sights and local attractions of Surabaya during your stay at the hotel. Whatever you may be looking to buy on your trip to Surabaya, chances are you'll find it at Tunjungan Plaza located 1.0 km away.


        Reasons to stay here

        This hotel's food and dining score higher than 87% of accommodations in the city.
        Room comfort is said to be outstanding here, scoring higher than 86% of accommodations in the city.

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        Amenities and facilities
        Review score
        Facilities

        5.1

        Most talked about facilities

        Breakfast

        15 mentions

        Housekeeping

        12 mentions

        Internet

        2 mentions

        Languages spoken

        • Indonesian

        Internet access

        • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
        • Wi-Fi in public areas

        Dining, drinking, and snacking

        • Breakfast [free]
        • Coffee shop

        Services and conveniences

        • Daily housekeeping
        • Elevator
        • Smoking area

        Access

        • Front desk [24-hour]
        • Pets allowed

        Getting around

        • Car park [free of charge]

        Available in all rooms

        • Air conditioning
        • Free bottled water
        • Satellite/cable channels
        • Wi-Fi [free]
        Location
        Jl. Kayun 2AB, Surabaya Center, Surabaya, Indonesia
        Excellent
        Location

        8.3

        Airports

        • Juanda International Airport (SUB)
          13.2 km
        • Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport (MLG)
          74.8 km

        Public transportation

        • Gubeng Train Station
          300 m
        • Ngagel
          2.5 km

        Hospital or clinic

        • Rs Husada Utama
          760 m

        Shopping

        • Tunjungan Plaza
          1.0 km

        Convenience store

        • Indomaret
          880 m

        Cash withdrawal

        • ATM
          80 m
        What's nearby

        Popular landmarks

        • Monkasel (Submarine Monument)
          670 m
        • Tunjungan Plaza
          1.0 km
        • Suramadu National Bridge
          2.0 km
        • Tugu Pahlawan
          2.6 km
        • Bungkul Park
          3.0 km
        • Surabaya's Zoo
          3.6 km
        • Surabaya Town Square
          3.8 km
        • Sampoerna Museum
          4.3 km
        • Pakuwon Food Festival
          5.9 km
        • Masjid Nasional Al Akbar Surabaya
          8.7 km

        Nearby landmarks

        • Delta Theatre
          90 m
        • Monumen Kapal Selam
          130 m
        • Submarine Monument
          130 m
        • Indonesian Cancer Museum
          140 m
        • Surabaya Plaza
          170 m
        • Plaza Surabaya
          180 m
        • Gubeng Railway Station
          290 m
        • Gubeng Train Station
          300 m
        • Taman Skate & BMX
          340 m
        • Area Parkir Grand City
          410 m
        Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
        Property policies
        Children and extra beds

        Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

        All children are welcome.

        Infant 0-2 year(s)
        Stay for free if using existing bedding.
        Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
        Children 3-7 year(s)
        Stay for free if using existing bedding.
        If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
        Guests 8 years and older are considered as adults
        Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
        Others
        • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
        Some helpful facts

        Check-in/Check-out

        • Check-out until12:00

        Getting around

        • Distance from city center50. Km
        • Travel time to airport (minutes)60

        The property

        • Number of rooms 20
        • Room voltage220
        • Year property opened2009

        Reviews of Sparkling Backpacker from real guests

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        5.9
        /
        10
        Review score
        Cleanliness4.6
        Facilities5.1
        Location8.3
        Room comfort and quality6.1
        Service5.3
        Value for money6.4
        High score for Surabaya
        Rating
        9+ Exceptional (5)
        8-9 Excellent (12)
        7-8 Very Good (17)
        6-7 Good (22)
        <6 Below Expectation (70)
        Time of the year
        Mar - May (43)
        Jun - Aug (30)
        Sep - Nov (25)
        Dec - Feb (28)
        All guests (134)
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        8.0
        Excellent
        Rito from Philippines
        Solo traveler
        Deluxe
        Stayed 2 nights in April 2012

        Inexpensive rooms, Centrally located”

        sparkling hotel is essentially a budget backpacker hotel. i booked for a deluxe room, probably the best of the lot. the room was more than spacious with huge windows fronting the street and a shower room (for bowel movements and the like, there is a common toilet outside). the shower stall has a movable sliding door that occasionally comes off the rim so don't lift too high or you might end up with a transparent shower door falling on you. the bed is ok, nothing to brag about but adequate for a comfortable sleep. though the room is clean, the corners of the bathroom are mildewy and dark. the staff expects you to take your room key with you thus everytime i claim mine, the staff keeps asking if i was gonna check out even at 7 in the evening! take those keys with you, period! though they offer very cheap food at the dining area (it isn't free), you're better off finding a restaurant nearby since the hotel is very central. there are malls nearby, including a mcdonald's 5 minutes away at plaza surabaya. the hotel has a free internet service - one desktop that's mostly used by someone at anytime. i check my mails at 5:30 am surabaya isn't really a lovely place for backpackers. it has limited sights and the city isn't conducive to walking since crossing the street is always death defying! the locals tend to drive like there's no tomorrow, it's in fact safer to cross the streets of vietnam than here. i would miss surabaya if i could, but for those who has to, and with a limited budget, sparkling is perfect. also, i strongly advise you against plane rides in juanda international. very unfriendly security personnel, very intrusive. during my arrival, i didn't see any caucasian. backpackers stay away for a reason.

        Reviewed April 16, 2012

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        9.3
        Exceptional
        Jeroen from Netherlands
        Solo traveler
        Standard
        Stayed 1 night in March 2012

        Excellent location, quiet, spacious & clean room”

        Cheap, clean, spacious, quiet, good location.

        One of the few budget accommodations in town and located opposite the Surabaya Plaza with all the coffee and food shops, supermarkets and clothing stores. It's within walking distance from Gubeng Station(5-10 minutes walk), from where you can take the train to Yogya and probably a lot of other places. For just 105.000 IDR you've got an airconned and quiet spacious room(including tv)with a common bathroom, and free use of towels and one (common) computer with internet and free wifi. No disturbance from any renovation during my stay by the way. New mattresses wouldn't be a bad idea though, you can feel all the springs.

        Reviewed March 16, 2012

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        7.3
        Very good
        Alexander from Austria
        Solo traveler
        VIP
        Stayed 1 night in August 2012

        basic backpacker hotel in great location”

        location, wifi in the room, staff

        sparkling backpacker is what it says: a backpacker's place. the rooms are basic, partly without windows, but with ac and tele (i stayed in one of the deluxe rooms who are slightly more expensive, but worth it). the place is 5min walking from surabaya train station and close by a nice mall and square. if you happen to have the idea (like me) to pick a cab to quickly visit the surabaya old town district (with the mosque etc.), count 30min drive. it's bigger than it looks.

        Reviewed August 31, 2012

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Marcus from United States
        Solo traveler
        Deluxe
        Stayed 3 nights in April 2012

        Great Hotel 1 block from shopping mall”

        AC, Wifi, private room without spending a lot of money, great location

        my room had everything that i needed, a bed, i was able to control my own ac and it worked, and wifi in my own room which is rare, i would recommend this hotel to any of my friends!!! location is in central surabaya so it was very easy to get around town without spending a lot of money.

        Reviewed April 22, 2012

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        6.7
        Good
        Ismail from Malaysia
        Group
        VIP
        Stayed 3 nights in January 2012

        Good Location”

        Great Location, Reasonable Price

        This backpackers hotel is quite easy to find. Very close to Plaza Surabaya and just opposite the RS (which is abbreviation for Rumah Sakit in Indonesia Language or Hospital) Mukti Murni. But unfortunately, during my stay, the next door is under construction. So noisy in the morning. And as the second night, it last until 10.00pm! OMG. I am so tired and sleepy after a day activities and just wanna have rest. I told the receptionist and they said I am not the first person to mention about it. But they take no action. As for me, I think they should go and talk to the next door owner since it is already night time and they are operating a hotel business. Their guests need to rest at that time. Apart of that, I am very happy to stay there. Easy to ge everywhere. As I mentioned earlier, Plaza Surabaya is just few minutes walk (go there if u really bored and nothing to do), the 24 hours shop, Circle K is just nearby and as for me a Muslim, there is a hawker in front of it which sell Nasi Padang. The room amenities is quite good for a backpackers' hotel. For a VIP Room, the provide towels, soaps, mineral waters, water heater and hot and cold shower (just my tap water smells sulfurous, but I don't mind about it since I always travel throughout Indonesia and most of the tap water smells like that). Uppsss... one more thing, the allow us to use the internet for free. That was good.

        Reviewed February 02, 2012

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        8.7
        Excellent
        thomas from United States
        Solo traveler
        Standard
        Stayed 1 night in September 2014

        Partly Sparkling”

        Location. Shopping mall 1/2 block away for eats, Near Gubeng train depot

        Only there one night and had little time, but did manage to walk along the river where I located the Loving Hut vegetarian restaurant for a fantastic meal. Up early for train to Banyuwangi next morning so left before breakfast was served. My room was nice, with TV, but the bathroom down the hall was far from "sparkling" and with no toilet paper. Bring your own. For the price, it was a fine place to spend a night. If you are going to be taking the train towards Bali, be mindful there are TWO Gubeng stations. The EASY one to get to is not the one, unfortunately, and the newer one to buy tickets and to board the Banyuwangi/Bali train is not connected by tunnel or bridge, so case it out the day before as you will have to do a longer walk to loop around to the newer station. Might want to use a taxi, not because it's far but confusing.

        Reviewed October 11, 2014

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        8.3
        Excellent
        antonius from Indonesia
        Solo traveler
        Standard
        Stayed 2 nights in September 2011

        Great Location”

        Budget Hotel

        The center of Surabaya city reachable by foot, the hotel location in front of the hospital, not clean enough, but suitable for backpackers

        Reviewed October 05, 2011

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        8.0
        Excellent
        Darul from Malaysia
        Couple
        VIP
        Stayed 2 nights in December 2011

        Budget hotel at great location”

        Located right at the town centre, easy acces to everything litterally

        We booked the VIP room since want to have own bathroom and not share. The bathroom is not very but moderately clean, imagine how it would be if a shared bathroom. Anyway, the room is cozy, clean with basic necessity, U nee dto brong own soap and shampoo though, Right behind it, across road is one of the large mall, adjecent to it is the Submarine monument, as well as food stalls. U can easily catch low cost transport to take u to almost any major location at surabaya from here.

        Reviewed December 16, 2011

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        7.7
        Very good
        Shan from China
        Solo traveler
        Deluxe
        Stayed 2 nights in April 2012

        Great location but not very clean”

        In the center of the Surabaya

        The hotel has great location of the Surabaya, it's very near from the railway station and travel information center, you can find shopping mall around it very easy. But it's not very clean for the sheet. Value for the money.

        Reviewed May 10, 2012

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        6.7
        Good
        Vincent from Indonesia
        Couple
        Standard
        Stayed 1 night in July 2012

        Unbelievable Price”

        Locations

        This is the lowest rate hotel I've ever stayed in. The location is in downtown of Surabaya. With such price, you will get a decent bed (I just slept like nothing is going to happen). There is a shower in the bedroom but lavatory is on another floor below. You'll get simple breakfast served for all guests in the morning. For this price, there's nothing to complain about.

        Reviewed August 01, 2012

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        7.0
        Very good
        Anuar from Malaysia
        Solo traveler
        Standard
        Stayed 3 nights in February 2012

        Good location, near to Plaza Surabaya”

        Good location, good price as it comes with breakfast

        Don't expect much in term of cleanliness and extra comfortability as this is a typical backpacker's hotel. However, the location is really good as it is near to Plaza Surabaya where you can dine, shop and enjoy yourself with its cinema and mini themed-park. Breakfast can be improved as well as the unit's condition. The next door is undergoing renovation, so a bit noisy at night - day time no complaint as I were out all day.

        Reviewed February 10, 2012

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        8.7
        Excellent
        Wan from Malaysia
        Family with young children
        VIP
        Stayed 1 night in November 2012

        Great location in the city centre and near to shop”

        Near to Surabaya World Trade Centre and Shopping Mall, Gubeng Train Station and Monumen Kapal Selam. All the places are within 5 to 10 minutes walking distance.

        I booked 3 VIP rooms to accomodate 6 adults and 4 children between 3 to 10 year old. Very comfortable stay with simple breakfast comprises of fried rice, bread, coffee and tea. The staff are helpful and always ready to help if needed. They help me to arrange two Toyota Kijang for trip to Malang and Batu the next day. Very nice budget hotel within the city centre...

        Reviewed November 22, 2012

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        9.0
        Exceptional
        LIM from Malaysia
        Couple
        VIP
        Stayed 1 night in May 2012

        Budget & clean hotel near train station”

        Near to train station, cheap & clean accommodation, good customer service by hotel

        Was very happy with the VIP room we stayed. Near to shopping mall & train station. Mr. Candra the hotel manager provided fantastic customer support to me.

        Reviewed May 17, 2012

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        5.7
        CHUNG from Malaysia
        Solo traveler
        Standard
        Stayed 2 nights in October 2011

        Budget Backpacker hostel in strategic location.”

        Strategic Location.

        near to plaza surabaya, grand city mall and plaza tunjungan. very strategic location. room is considered clean but facility is needed for upgraded. linen is dirty. wifi is available.

        Reviewed October 31, 2011

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        4.0
        Nikolay from Russia
        Couple
        Standard
        Stayed 22 nights in July 2013

        Weird hotel”

        Internet, location

        It was terrible stay in all my experience. I made a big mistake moving from more cheap and clean hotel to this one just because it situated closer to the place i need to visit every day. It was more expensive and dirty. Shower has smell like toilet went from drainage because people using their shower to pee instead going to toilet which is shared. No hot water, so u must be prepared to take shower with cold water. Being at bed u can feel all the springs in mattress by ur body and beddings was in terrible condition too. They said they currently under renovation, but even renovated rooms in terrible conditions. If u'll be "lucky" and get non-renovated room u'll receive real shock as me at my 1st night. They have TV in rooms but signal so bad, it's really hard to watch it. And in my case i got remote control from different tv which wasn't worked with my tv. Breakfast in hotel is very simple and better even don't try it. In the kitchen where cooking that food a lot of rats. And other guest tell me that they using expired ingredients for cooking. Anyway, location of hotel is good, Surabaya Plaza Mall is nearby and it provide free wifi which speed could be from 0 and up to 3mbps. But it's really a bit overpriced. You can find at Agoda cheaper hotels with more clean rooms and get more comfortable stay at all

        Reviewed August 02, 2013

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        4.7
        vincea from Indonesia
        Family with young children
        Standard
        Stayed 1 night in October 2011

        Service Good Toilet a bit dirty”

        AC, TV cable

        saya menginap di sparkling backpacker hari 1 tidak dapat kamar standar tapi pemilik sangat murah hati beliau memberikan kamar deluxe tanpa biaya tambahan, untuk kamar deluxe ok, tapi kamar standar harus pakai WC umum kotor dan bau, sangat disayangkan...

        Reviewed October 25, 2011

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        4.0
        YONG from China
        Couple
        Standard
        Stayed 1 night in July 2013

        terrible”

        location location location

        except location I have nothing positive to share about. If it's not we are going to catch the early morning train I will never stay there... the hotel around the corner(just one street away) with a little bit higher price turned out to be much much much better. Next time I will definitely NOT stay in Sparkling Backpacker.

        Reviewed July 24, 2013

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        8.3
        Excellent
        Lidya from Indonesia
        Couple
        VIP
        Stayed 2 nights in December 2012

        great location”

        value for money

        the location is great, the hotel room is quite nice, clean and neat. the staff is friendly.overall satisfied

        Reviewed December 24, 2012

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        7.7
        Very good
        Wai from Malaysia
        Group
        Deluxe
        Stayed 1 night in March 2012

        simple hotel”

        cheapest backpacker hotel in surabaya

        This hotel is simple & located near to a mall. Bathroom is shared. Shower is in room without door. The pillow is dirty.

        Reviewed April 03, 2012

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Jack from Australia
        Solo traveler
        Standard
        Stayed 1 night in February 2017

        Brilliant Hostel”

        Great dorm, extremely helpful staff, free breakfast, lunch and dinner- this hostel has it all. I definitely recommend.

        Reviewed February 10, 2017

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