Best hotels and hostels in West Kalimantan

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    Canopy Center Hostel

    Pontianak's only traveller hostel, Canopy is a great place to hang out and meet other travellers. Downstairs is an architecturally designed coffee shop, while upstairs are two spotless 14-bed dorms (male and female) and two en-suite rooms. It's in a quiet neighbourhood 6km south of the centre, which is both a blessing and a hindrance, though there's a motorbike for rent (50,000Rp).

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    My Home Hotel

    This new budget-boutique hotel is an absolute steal, with midrange cleanliness and service, spring beds, spotless amenities, hot-water showers and good wi-fi. The cheaper rooms are pretty compact – for a bit extra you get more space and a city-view window.

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    Aston Pontianak

    This central oasis of old-school luxury and sophisticated decor is a good deal at regularly discounted and weekend rates. Superiors are spacious, while the executive rooms add a bath and sofa. The 2nd-floor RiverX entertainment complex offers live music and DJs, and the substantial breakfast buffet will fuel you throughout the day. Other touches include a 24-hour garden lounge-bar, wine bar, bicycle rental and regional handicrafts shop.

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    Gardenia Resort & Spa

    The closest thing to a resort in Pontianak, the Gardenia is near the airport, making it a great option for those uninterested in the city itself. Spacious private villas connected by boardwalks to the spa and an alfresco restaurant – all built with Balinese notions – provide welcome respite from the chaos of urban Kalimantan. The terrace suites with private balcony are the best value, while the premier rooms are worn and lack a balcony. The attached water-park pool is shared with screaming local children during the day.

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    Grand Kartika

    Its location on the river sets this hotel apart, but inside it's somewhat fading, with threadbare carpets, worn fittings and a pervading mustiness. If you can get a riverside room at the regularly discounted rates, it's worth a stay, otherwise just catch a breeze at the waterfront restaurant as you plot upstream expeditions like an explorer of yesteryear.

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    Hotel Hijas

    This stalwart budget place is well located and manages to remain relevant and relatively clean. Rooms are small, but all have private bathrooms. Floors three and four compensate for the hike by offering hot-water showers for no extra cost. The front gate is locked at midnight, whether you're home or not.

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    Green Leaf Inn

    Four-storey Green Leaf is a rare budget find among the hotels along Gajah Mada. Large superior rooms are spacious enough with clean tile floors, while the single rooms barely have space for a bed. All have air-con, cold water and contortionist showers. Breakfast for one is included; windows are not.

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    Garuda Hotel

    Garuda is a solid, no-frills midranger away from the Jl Gajah Mada hustle but still close to the city-centre action. Rooms are simple and clean with hot showers, minibar and TV. The cheapest ones lack windows – head to the 3rd floor for city views.