Sleep & Sleep Capsule: Penginapan Murah di Semarang

<—-Kisah Sebelumnya

Selamat pagi….Fajar terakhir di The Azana Hotel Airport.

Sesuai jadwal business trip ini, aku seharusnya pulang ke ibukota sore nanti. Sudah barang tentu, jam 12 siang ini, aku harus melakukan check-out dari The Azana Hotel Airport. Karena pelatihan baru akan selesai pukul 14:00, maka sebelum aku berangkat ke kawasan Bukit Semarang Baru untuk mengawal jalannya pelatihan, aku segera menyerahkan kunci hotel sembari menitipkan semua barang-barang di reception desk.

Pelatihan hari kedua ini berjalan sangat lancar dan selesai tepat waktu. Semua peserta pelatihan pun satu persatu undur diri untuk kembali ke kotanya masing-masing. Aku pun segera kembali ke The Azana Hotel Airport, untuk mengambil barang yang tertitip.

Kamu tentu sudah tahu kelakuanku…Yups, aku sengaja memperpanjang masa kunjungku di Kota Atlas dengan biayaku sendiri. Kini aku bersiap berperilaku kembali layaknya seorang backpacker. Aku akan berpindah menuju sebuah hostel seharga Rp. 40.000 per malam. Dan karena Pak Muchlis yang masih akan kembali pada pukul 19:00 nanti, akhirnya mengikuti kemana kakiku melangkah.

Menumpang taksi online, aku menuju ke Sleep & Sleep Capsule di daerah Dadapsari. Pengemudi taksi online yang kutunggangi rupanya tahu perihal hotel kapsul murah itu, mampu membaca tujuanku tiba di Semarang, sehingga percakapanku dengannya pun otomatis menghangat di ranah backpacking.

Aku diturunkan di bilangan Jalan Imam Bonjol tepat di halaman Universitas AKI. Tak sulit menemukan Sleep & Sleep Capsule, karena tulisan namanya tertera sangat besar di tembok pembatas universitas itu. Lorong kecil berkanopi itu mengarahkanku menuju sebuah pintu seukuran gang yang langsung berhadapan dengan meja resepsionis.

Lorong masuk.
Reception desk.

Telah terbayarnya biaya hotel melalui Agoda, staff reception perempuan itu hanya meminta KTPku saja untuk mencocokkan data. Walaupun minimalis, hotel ini tampak didesain sangat rapi dan modern dengan mengambil konsep aktivitas di sebuah bandara. Interior dinding lobby itu didesain bak sisi jendela sebuah pesawat lengkap dengan kursi pesawatnya. Sedangkan alur lalu lintas tamu di area lobby dibatasi dengan desain lantai bak aspal bandara. Segenap lobby didominasi dengan warna kuning, coklat, putih dan abu-abu…..Ciamik banget.

Lobby.
Ruang bersama.
Ruang bersama.

Sedangkan setiap tamu akan mendapatkan sebuah loker yang diletakkan di ruang terpisah dengan kamar tidur. Aku perhatikan banyak tamu yang menaruh laptop dan beberapa berkas tugas sebuah institusi pendidikan di loker itu, aku kemudian menyimpulkan bahwa mereka adalah para mahasiswa yang sedang berkuliah. Entahlah, apakah mereka lebih memilih hotel jenis kapsul ini untuk tinggal atau memang mereka hanya sesekali menginap saja karena ada tugas lembur di kampus. Hal itu  mungkin saja karena memang hotel ini berlokasi bersebelahan dengan Universitas AKI.

Koridor loker.

Aku pun segera menaruh backpack di ruang kapsulku, bunk bed tingkat paling atas. Aku segera menaruh peralatan traveling di folding bag untuk kubawa ke destinasi berikutnya sore itu. Terus terang, aku baru kali ini tidur di sebuah ruangan kapsul. Biasanya aku memilih sebuah dormitory reguler.

Memang beda tipis antara kapsul dan dormitory. Kapsul berpembatas sedangkan dormitory cenderung lebih terasa lega karena tak berpembatas papan.

Karena jumlah kapsul dalam ruangan ini adalah 42 buah, tak hayal lagi ruangan kapsul ini sangat berisik ketika waktu tidur menjelang. Sudah dipastikan diantara 42 orang ini adalah para pengorok ulung yang mengganggu nyenyaknya malam. Keriuhan akan kembali terjadi di pagi hari karena disaat itulah orang saling berembut untuk mandi. Mereka tampak mengejar urusannya masing-masing sepagi mungkin. Begitu juga aku.

Kamar.
Pindah peraduan.

Sedangkan toilet berada di ujung ruangan kapsul. Wastafel, urinoir dan shower berada pada ruangan yang saling terpisah. Walaupun dipakai untuk 42 tamu dalam satu ruangan, kamar mandi itu tetap tampak bersih dan wangi. Sepertinya para tamu ini sudah berpengalaman tinggal di sini, mungkin para mahasiswa itu sudah berlangganan menginap di hotel kapsul ini.

Kamar mandi.
Kamar mandi.

Nah, Hayo siapa yang mau tinggal di hotel jenis kapsul sepertiku?……

Kisah Selanjutnya—->

Taksi dari Ahmad Yani International Airport ke Pusat Kota

<—-Kisah Sebelumnya

Perdebatan pilihan itu selesai dengan cepat oleh otoritasku sendiri. “Tak usah taat dalam seni backpacker, Donny. Ini tugas kantor, manfaatkan saja fasilitasnya, naiklah taksi!”, batinku tegas mengalahkan beberapa opsi bodoh yang kadang sporadis muncul dalam sikap dan pilihan.

Dasar, si anak pengiritan”, candaan para kolega kepadaku, begitulah brand yang tersemat. Bagaimana tidak, setiap keluar bandara aku selalu berfikir otomatis bahwa biaya naik bus itu cuma seperempat biaya naik taksi. Jadi aku selalu rela berlama-lama menunggu kedatangan kotak raksasa beroda empat atau enam itu.

Konter Taxi Service di Ahmad Yani International Airport.

Sudah lewat Maghrib….

Telepon terus berdering dari kolegaku yang sedang melakukan sesi rehearsel training di kawasan Bukit Semarang Baru (BSB). Tanpa ragu aku mengangkat smartphone, ternyata dia hanya ingin mengabarkan bahwa aku lebih baik langsung menuju penginapan saja, karena rehearsel akan paripurna dalam lima belas menit lagi.

Lima menit mengantri untuk mendapatkan tiket taxi service seharga Rp. 50.000, aku segera di arahkan menuju sebuah taksi. Seorang pengemudi paruh baya nan sederhana berlari kecil menjemputku. “Assalamu’alaikum, mas. Mandap pundi?”, tanyanya penuh senyum sembari membantu mengangkat kardus di pundak kiri dan dua buah roll up banner ditentengnya di tangan kanan.

Jasa taksi bandara ini dikelola oleh Primkopad (Primer Koperasi Taksi Angkatan Darat) S-16.

Seperti biasa, backpack kesayanganku tetap tak pernah lepas dariku, bersamaku masuk dari pintu depan. Kubaca papan ID Card yang tertempel di dashboard.

Pak Ari, asli mriki pak?”, aku membuka pembicaraan sembari memasang safety belt untuk kemudian meluncur bersama ke hotel.

Wah mboten mas, aku asli pekalongan. Njenengan saking pundi niki wau?”, jawabnya sembari pelan menginjak pedal gas keluar dari area bandara.

Saking Ibu kota pak. Sampun dangu nyambut damel wonten Semarang pak, pripun rame nggih? “, dialog mengalir lancar menghangatkan suasana.

Nembe tigang tahun mas Donny. Sakderengipun, wonten Jakarta, gandeng anak sampun sami mentas, nggih pun, pindah nyambut damel mriki mawon. Caket ngomah”, ucapnya sambil terus ceria mengendalikan taksi putih meninggalkan daerah Tambakharjo.

Tugas kantor nopo pripun niki mas Donny? “, tanyanya menyidik.

Nggih pak, manawi mboten tugas kantor biasanipun pados bus pak. Bandara niki wonten bus ten pusat kuto pak? “, tanyaku mencari referensi.

Oh wonten mas Donny. Wonten BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Trans Semarang. Mirah kok mas, namung Rp. 3.500, mas”, ungkapnya menjelaskan.

Aku dan Pak Ari.
Jalan Puri Anjasmoro pukul 17:24 WIB.

Lama sekali aku tak merasakan nikmatnya menggunakan jasa taksi bandara. Sehingga waktu 20 menit itu kumanfaatkan sungguh untuk menikmati business trip kali ini….Terimakasih ya kantorku tercinta atas kesempatan ini.

Perlahan taksi berbelok ke kanan, mulai merapat ke Jalan Arteri Yos Sudarso, menuju ke selatan. Aku berpindah dari jalan berpembatas beton yang Nampak masih baru , menuju ke jalan dua jalur di masing-masing ruas, berpembatas setinggi trotoar dan pepohonan rindang di setiap sisi kiri ruasnya.

Dalam dua puluh menit, dengan jarak tempuh enam kilometer aku tiba di The Azana Hotel Airport. Selembar alat tukar bergambar Soekarno dan Hatta kuserahkan kepada pak Ari. Sengaja kulebihkan ongkos perjalanan dan berbagi rezeqi kepadananya….Sadar diri, kalau sedang backpackeran, aku jarang melebihkan ongkos….Hahahaha.

Aku akan menginap dua malam di hotel ini.

Mari kita lihat dalam empat hari kedepan, Semarang punya apa saja….

Kisah Selanjutnya—->

Sleep & Sleep Capsule: Cheap Lodging in Semarang

Good morning….The last dawn at The Azana Hotel Airport.

According my business trip schedule, I should return to the capital city this afternoon. Of course, on 12:00 that afternoon, I had to check out of The Azana Hotel Airport. Because training would finish on 14:00, before I went to Bukit Semarang Baru area to handle the training, I immediately handed over my room key while leaving all my belongings at reception desk.

This second day of training went very smoothly and was finished on time. One by one, all participants withdrew to return to their respective cities. I immediately returned to The Azana Hotel Airport, to picked up my items.

You certainly already know my behavior….Yups, I deliberately extended my visitation to Atlas City with my own expense. Now, I was ready to behave again like a backpacker. I would move to a hostel for USD 3 per night. And because Mr. Muchlis, who would back to home on 19:00 hours, he finally followed my steps.

Taking an online taxi, I headed to Sleep & Sleep Capsule in Dadapsari area. The online taxi driver seemed to know about this cheap capsule hotel, was able to read my intend for visiting Semarang, so my conversation with him automatically warmed up in backpacking realm.

I was dropped off at Imam Bonjol Street, right in AKI University courtyard. It wasn’t difficult to find Sleep & Sleep Capsule, because its name inscription was very large on university wall. A small canopy corridor led me to a door with size of an alley which directly opposite the reception desk.

Entrance corridor.
Reception desk.

Having paid the hotel cost through Agoda.com, a female reception staff only asked for my ID Card to match the data. Although minimalist, this hotel looked very neat and modern with the concept of activities at an airport. The lobby wall interior was designed like an airplane window side, complete with its airplane seats. Meanwhile, the flow of guest traffic in the lobby area was limited by floor design of airport asphalt. The entire lobby was dominated by yellow, brown, white and gray….Very nice.

Lobby.
Shared spaces.
Shared spaces.

Meanwhile, each guest would get a locker which was placed in a separate room from bedroom. I noticed a lot of guests who put their laptops and some educational institution paperworks in their locker, I then concluded that they were students who were studying. I didn’t know whether they prefer this capsule hotel type to live in or they only stayed overnight because of overtime work on campus. This was possible because this hotel was located next to AKI University.

Locker corridor.

I immediately put my backpack in my capsule room, in the top level in bunk bed. I immediately put my traveling equipments in my folding bag to bring it to my next destination that afternoon. Frankly speaking, this was my first time, I had slept in a capsule room. Usually I chose a regular dormitory.

There is a slight difference between capsule and dormitory. Capsules have a border while dormitory tends to feel more relieved because it don’t have a border.

Because capsule number in this room are 42 capsules, it wasn’t wonder that the capsule room was very noisy when bedtime approached. It was certain that among these 42 people were expert in snoring and would disturb others in the night….Hahaha. The commotion would return in the morning because people scrambled to shower. They seemed to pursue their respective affairs as early as possible. So do I.

Bedroom.
My capsule.

The toilet was at the end of capsule room. The sink, urinal and shower were in separate rooms. Even though it was used for 42 guests in one room, the bathroom still looked clean and smell good. It seemed that these guests have experienced in living here, maybe students have subscribed to stay at this capsule hotel.

Bathroom.
Bathroom.

Well, who want to stay in a capsule type hotel like me?……Hahaha.

Taxi from Ahmad Yani International Airport to Downtown

The debate of choice was quickly over by my own authority. “Don’t be obedient to backpacker art, Donny. This is an business trip, just take facility advantage, take a taxi! ”, I firmly thought to defeated some stupid options which sometimes sporadically appeared in my attitudes and choices.

Oh, thrifty man“, my colleagues joked, that’s brand which is embedded to me. How come?. Every time I leave the airport, I always automatically think that taking a bus was only a quarter of taxi cost. So I always linger waiting for catch bus to downtown.

Taxi Service Counter at Ahmad Yani International Airport.

Almost Maghrib time….

My phone kept ringing from my colleague who was doing a training rehearsel session in Bukit Semarang Baru (BSB) area. Without hesitation I picked up my smartphone, it turned out that he just wanted to tell me that I better directly go to hotel, because the rehearsel would be complete in fifteen minutes.

Five minutes in queueing to got a taxi service ticket for USD 3.7, I was immediately directed to a taxi. A simple middle-aged driver jogged to pick me up. “Assalamu’alaikum. Where are you going, sir? ”he asked with smile and then brought my cardboard box on his left shoulder and carried two roll up banners in his right hand.

This airport taxi service is managed by Primkopad (Primer Koperasi Taksi Angkatan Darat) S-16.

As usual, my beloved backpack still never leaves me, with me it was entering from front door. I read ID Card board which was pasted on the dashboard.

Do you a resident here , Sir Ari?“, I opened conversation while putting on safety belt and then skied together to hotel.

Oh no sir, I am from Pekalongan City. Where were you come from, sir? ”He replied as he slowly stepped on pedal out of airport area.

I’m from the capital, Sir. How long have you been working in Semarang? Is Semarang a busy city?“, dialogue smoothly flowed to warm the situation.

It was only been three years, Mr. Donny. Previously I worked in Jakarta, because of my son had graduated from school, so I moved to Semarang to be close to home”, he cheerfully said controlling his white taxi leaving Tambakharjo area.

Office assignment, Sir Donny?“, He asked like investigating….Hahaha.

Yes, if it’s not an office assignment, I usually take airport bus, Sir. Does this airport have airport bus service to downtown, Sir? “, I asked for looking for a reference.

Yes, there is Trans Semarang BRT (Bus Rapid Transit). It’s cheap, only USD 0.3 for one way, Sir”, He explained.

Me and Mr. Ari.
Puri Anjasmoro Street on 17:24 hours.

It had been a long time, I didn’t use an airport taxi service. So that I really enjoy 20 minutes to enjoy it….Thank you to my beloved office for this opportunity.

Slowly, taxi turned right, starting to passed at Yos Sudarso Street, heading south. I moved from new construsction road with concrete barrier to two-lane road on each section, is bordered as high as its sidewalk and many shady trees on each left side.

In twenty minutes, with a distance of six kilometers, I arrived at The Azana Hotel Airport. I handed over USD 7.5 to Mr. Ari. I purposely gave more this trip cost and shared kindness to him….Self-conscious, when I’m backpacking, I rarely gave more for trip cost….Hahahaha.

I would stay for two nights at this hotel.

Let’s see in the next four days, What did Semarang have?