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Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

I really can't figure out why this homestay has such a high rating on Tripadvisor!?
In one word: AWEFUL, the bathroom is disgusting, old en smells like urine. If lucky, some drips of cold water out of the shower (as there was probably something wrong with the water pressure).
Next to that, a lot of noise in the early morning and a dark and unsafe route from the mainstreet to the homestay at night.
After one night I left as early as possible to another homestay (Pia's) which was so much cleaner, more comfortable, beautiful and with a better atmosphere and even warm water for the same price!

Stayed: August 2016, travelled solo
1  Thank Lori v
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

The whole family is lovely and hospitable. Rooms are basic but large and clean. Very hot water. Laundry service is amazing and inexpensive. Scooter rental fairly priced. Daud is extremely knowledgable and will help you organize your visit. Good location. Excellent value.

Only negatives - I was shocked that there was no sink in the bathroom and the toilet smelled awful. It's also quite noisy between the family and other guests who don't realize that voices carry.

We've already planned to go back!

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Lynn_USA_13
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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Whilst the rooms/breakfast are basic, the family are really friendly and helpful. Ask the owner for a tour (can do both car/scooter). He knows about most of the events going on in the area..and if he doesn't he knows the right people to ask to find out!

Stayed: July 2016, travelled solo
Thank Connector530576
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

This centrally located Homestay is a perfect base from which to explore Toraja. Before I tell you about the place you should know that the owner Daud has been a guide for 30 years and trained many of the current guides. He will recommend you a good, reliable guide at a fair price so DON'T acceot the first offer you get when you arrive off the night bus. You will be targeted by guides knowing you are tired and offering tours at inflated prices. Take your time. Get to Riana Homestay where Daud will advise you and family are really friendly and go out of their way to make you feel at home. I had a large twin room with comfortable bed and a massive bathroom. The hot water was a bit tempremental (sometimes boiling, sometimes a bit tepid) but it didn't matter. Plenty of room to wash your own clothes or have them laundered for you. Lots of local kids live close by and they are always laughing and playing, which is nice. There are mega roosters (is there anywhere without them??). Breakfast is adequate but you might want to buy yourself some fruit. Tea and delicious Torajan coffee avaialbe all day and water refill. Toraja is amazing so give yourself plenty of time (4-5 days) to explore.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the first floor where they is a nice seating area.
  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled solo
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1  Thank Ginny G
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Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

THE MOST AMAZING HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE

My friend and I stayed here for two days and we both felt so happy we found this place. The homestay is located in a very quiet and local neighborhood in the center of Rantepao. The room is very clean, spacious and comfortable with a nice terrace and garden. The owner Daud and his family are extremely nice and hospitable people. They welcomed us after a long bus ride, made us nice breakfast and let us check in super early. As Torajan, they are very knowledgable about local culture and Tana Toraja. We really felt like being at home in their house. I highly suggest staying at their place when you are in Toraja. And if Daud is busy, ask for Nicholas to show you around. He is a very nice and experienced guide. He drove us to different places in Toraja, took us to two unforgettable funeral ceremonies, and introduced us to many local cultures and cuisines. All in all, it was a great trip thanks to these wonderful local people that we are so lucky to have met.

Stayed: May 2016, travelled with friends
1  Thank lilinguyen
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