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“Basic but good homestay, but be careful about the prices of the guided tours”
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Riana Guest House
Ranked #2 of 13 Rantepao B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Riana is a nice homestay near the main street of Rantepao and the city centre. The lodging is quite basic (no sink in the bathroom and very few facilities) but the family is nice and they do their best. We got a room downstairs for 175000 IDR which is a fair price. Daud, the owner, is a knowledgeable guide who will drive you around and tell you all about the main Torajan sites. We wanted to see as much as possible and he even took us to a buffalo killing ceremony in a nearby village, giving us as many details on what was happening. I am very happy of having used him as a guide, but if I feel we were overcharged as he asked us 650000 IDR per day. He drove us around quite a bit and was very helpful, but in fact the first day finished at 3pm and he still charged us full price. The family house is also quite noisy during the day, not ideal if you're trying to rest after travelling by night. Daud also kindly drove us to Rantepao from Makassar as he was in town when we landed - he did it for 600000 IDR and it took about 9 hours.

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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Clean rooms. Take a room with hot water. Nice owner who is also a guide. be careful when you arrive in Rantepao. When you take the bus from Makassar to Tana Toraja, guides will wait for you in Rantepao. They will call your name and bring you to the homestay Riana, but they don't belong to the homestay! They will push you to do a guide for 2 or 3 days with them for unreasonable prices. Don't do it! ..but just wait for the owner Daud who will guide you in Rantepao for around 350 rupiah a day.

Stayed: September 2016
Thank Karsten B
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

We stayed almost a week in August and enjoyed our stay very much. Daud and his family are very nice and helpful. And Daud is extremly knowledgable about Tana Toraja and its culture. He is an excellent guide!

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Christinebluemoon
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Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

The family seemed nice at first, however weren't entirely honest. Daud mentioned we'd only be able to check in at 8pm after arriving at 8am and charged us full price. They charged us for every toilet roll asked for throughout our 5 night stay. He also asked us to move rooms after double booking the room and moving us to a very budget room for a cost that was only slightly less.

As a guide he is very knowledgeable so it's worthwhile. However, as a guesthouse they have many improvements to be made.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
2  Thank N33x
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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
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Address: Jl Abdul Gani Lorong Wisma Monton | Toraja Utara, Rantepao, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Sulawesi > South Sulawesi > Rantepao
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Ranked #2 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Rantepao
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