There are so many hotels in Lake Toba to choose from. Most of them are found in the central tourist area of Tuk Tuk on Samosir Island, in the middle of the enormous lake (resulting from the infamous Lake Toba eruption thousands of years ago).
From cute local homestays to luxury resorts complete with pools, the options are endless.
With so many Lake Toba accommodations to choose from, it can be overwhelming trying to plan a holiday to this paradise in North Sumatra.
That’s where we come in!
We’ve been visiting Lake Toba for the last decade and have spent days, weeks, and sometimes even months hanging out in this fabulous tourist destination (see our 15 Most Awesome Things to do in Lake Toba). As such, we’ve gotten to know the most popular hotels, homestays, resorts and guesthouses in the area.
If you’re after the best place to stay in Lake Toba, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re a backpacker in search of a social Lake Toba hostel, a couple looking for a romantic retreat, or a family in search of a safe, fun place for the kids to explore, you’ll find your perfect spot on our list.
Best Lake Toba Hotels - A Quick Look
|Bagus Bay Homestay||Real hostel vibe. Budget rooms. Huge menu!||Tuk Tuk||$||Book Now|
|Liberta Homestay||Popular spot with beautiful gardens. Basic rooms.||Tuk Tuk||$||Book Now|
|Laster Jony's||Welcoming local spot with affordable lakeside rooms.||Tuk Tuk||$||Book Now|
|Reggae Guest House||Best views in Tuk Tuk. Family run. Every room is lakeside. Great swimming.||Tuk Tuk||$||Book Now|
|Carolina Hotel||Large grounds. Good for families. Lakeside beach area.||Tuk Tuk||$$||Book Now|
|Toba Village Inn||Lovely pool and quiet area. Good for families. Comfortable and warm welcome.||Tuk Tuk||$$||Book Now|
|Zoe's Paradise Waterfront Hotel||High standards and highly rated. Very clean, eco-friendly, lovely pool.||Tuk Tuk||$$||Book Now|
|Tabo Cottages||Beautiful grounds. Awesome pool. Fantastic restaurant and menu.||Tuk Tuk||$$||Book Now|
|Horas Family Home||Personal, intimate vibe, great for families and groups. Animals, veggie garden, pool, activities and more.||Tuk Tuk||$$$||Book Now|
|Melissa Palace Hotel & Karaoke||Close to harbour for ferries. Free WiFi and karaoke for the brave.||Parapat||$||Book Now|
|Pandu Lakeside Hotel||Great location close to harbour, shops, and food outlets. Basic rooms.||Parapat||$$||Book Now|
|Atsari Hotel||Best in Parapat. Great food, very clean, nice staff - and a pool!||Parapat||$$||Book Now|
|Inna Parapat||White sand beach area, free WiFi, TVs. Dated rooms.||Parapat||$$$||Book Now|
|Oyo 719 Penginapan Panatapan Almosari||Tidy budget place with private bathrooms and WiFi. Close to airport.||Balige||$||Book Now|
|Oyo 540 Esther Hotel||Close to airport. Free shuttle. Restaurant, room service, WiFi.||Balige||$$||Book Now|
|Tiara Bunga Hotel & Villa||Boat access only (no roads). Private beach area. Modern, sleek design.||Balige||$$||Book Now|
|Balige J&J Guesthouse 2||Shared kitchen and lounge. Centre of Balige. Clean. Friendly hosts.||Balige||$$||Book Now|
|Pondok Berata Dapdap||Boat access only (no roads). Fully equipped kitchenettes, great food, friendly team.||Balige||$$$||Book Now|
|Taman Simalem Resort||Super luxurious. Enormous grounds. Multiple hotels and activities. Lush!||Tongging||$$$||Book Now|
Where to Stay in Lake Toba
Tuk Tuk on Samosir Island, Lake Toba
In Sumatra, Lake Toba is one of the most famous places to visit, and the most popular place to stay in the Lake Toba area is on the tiny peninsula of Tuk Tuk on Samosir Island (for information on how to get to Lake Toba and much more, see our Ultimate Guide to Lake Toba).
Even though it’s the most tourist-oriented place in Lake Toba, it’s still often a ghost town with only a handful of tourists, which is all part of the serene, laid back appeal.
Lake Toba tourism boomed in the ‘80s, but has subsided over the last few decades.
The entire peninsula is lined with guesthouses, hotels, resorts, and homestays – along with a vast array of restaurants and a few bars.
It’s a fantastic place to spend a few days, weeks, or months – actually, we reckon you’ll find it hard to leave when it comes time to step back onto the ferry.
You’ll find the most Lake Toba hotels and resorts in this area.
There’s plenty to see and do in Tuk Tuk (also known as lingkar tuktuk siadong), and it’s a great place to base yourself for adventures around Samosir Island. From here, you can get to all the best places to visit in Lake Toba.
Parapat Lake Toba
No matter where you’re coming from, you’ll probably end up in Parapat to catch the ferry over to Tuk Tuk from Tiga Raja Harbour.
Parapat is a bustling wee village with a number of souvenir shops, a handful of accommodations, and a vibrant fruit market on the weekends.
Although quite a few local tourists seem to stay at the hotels in Parapat, it’s not one of our top choices. The standard of most of the hotels is below average, especially for the price, and there’s not a lot to see or do here.
Much better to get across to Tuk Tuk ASAP to enjoy the quieter, relaxed vibe there.
However, you may find yourself needing to spend a night in Parapat if you can’t make it to the last ferry (which leaves at 7:30 pm). If so, we’ve dug deep and found the best of the bunch for your stay.
Balige Lake Toba
While not a top tourist destination, Balige is the perfect place to stay if you’re flying into – or out of – Silangit Airport, which is around 90-120 minutes away from Parapat.
This is a busy little town on the southeast shores of Lake Toba, with a good range of accommodation, and a few local restaurants and shops.
Types of Lake Toba Accommodation
If you’re looking for a hostel in Lake Toba, you won’t find one. Sumatra, in general, doesn’t offer hostels – they offer even better options!
For the same price that you’d pay for a bed in a dorm in many other places, you can get your own room, often with a private bathroom.
Plenty of guest houses in Lake Toba still offer the hostel vibe, with shared common areas, bars, and restaurants to meet other travellers.
Travellers who are looking for a bit more than just a basic bed will be spoiled for choice in Lake Toba too. Mid-range accommodations abound – from rustic, Batak-style houses to crisp modern rooms in newer resorts.
There are even luxury resorts for the high-end traveller, complete with multiple restaurants, pools, and rooms fit for royalty.
There are a selection of hotels on Airbnb Lake Toba, but the majority of places are easily booked on other platforms.
Regardless of whether you stay in a budget homestay or a fancy resort, you’ll find Batak culture woven through your entire experience. The beauty of Lake Toba is the way that their heritage is a part of everything they do – even while managing to cater well to overseas visitors.
Oh, and of course, you’ll have incredible lake and mountain views from pretty much anywhere!
Price Estimate (IDR): 90,000 ($7 USD) for double room with shared bathroom. Superior room with private toilet starts at 200,000 ($15 USD).
Firstly, let’s clear up the name confusion. We would definitely not classify Bagus Bay Lake Toba as a homestay; it’s a guesthouse, and a very popular one.
If you’re looking for a kind of hostel/social/backpacker hangout vibe, this is the place to be. While we haven’t spent the night at Bagus Bay, we’ve hung out here a lot for meals and made good use of the free pool table, as well as attending their Batak dance and music performances a few times.
Every time we visit, there seem to be a good number of guests around, so this is a good spot to connect with other travellers.
There’s a sizeable restaurant with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The grounds are quite spacious, too, in comparison to other budget accommodations.
There’s a well-worn volleyball net, and you can wander down to the lakeside and enjoy the peace and quiet.
The restaurant and public areas have free WiFi, and you can organise scooter rental and Lake Toba tours from here.
As for the location, the spot is nice and central: you have plenty of other food options right on your doorstep.
We love the extensive menu here: you’ll need plenty of time just to read through the menu and choose what you want from the enormous range of local and western dishes. We quite like the pizza, but they do an equally good nasi goreng. And prices are fair. The twice-weekly Batak singing and dancing are worth checking out, and you’ll almost certainly meet other travellers here.
More recent reviews note that the rooms are very basic and run down and that they could use a bit of renovating. Don’t expect much from the budget rooms other than a reasonable price and a place to lay your head! There were also comments that the staff were less than accommodating. When we visit for food, we have always found them polite, if not a little unattentive at times – but that’s island life for you!
Price Estimate (IDR): Budget double room 120,000 ($9 USD)
We have heard soooo many good things directly from dozens of people who stay at Liberta time and time again. We have visited to check this place out, and it looks like a great spot for budget travellers.
Although for some reason it’s new to booking.com (so there aren’t many reviews at the time of writing), it has been around for a long time and developed an excellent reputation.
Liberta is located just off the main peninsula, but it’s certainly handy to everything – the “big shop” in Tuktuk, restaurants, bars, and shops.
There’s a restaurant – which we hear has tasty food – a garden, and terrace area to hang out.
Rooms are basic but clean, and the staff are helpful and friendly. For a few dollars extra, you can have hot water, or for truly budget travel, suck it up and get a standard room with cold water only. Certainly a great option for travellers with a spending limit.
There is wifi, but it may not be available in all areas. Bicycle and scooter hire can be arranged here.
Quiet spot with very pretty and peaceful gardens. Close to the public harbour (around a three-minute stroll).
Although you can see the lake, there isn’t really a suitable swimming area at this property. Rooms are basic: don’t expect springy mattresses and toiletries here!
Price Estimate (IDR): 100,000 ($8 USD) for a budget double room to 250,000 ($18 USD) for a deluxe double room with lake view.
Laster Jony’s is another institution in Tuk Tuk, and we have met so many tourists who loved their stay at this budget guesthouse in Lake Toba.
Personally, we haven’t had the pleasure of staying with them, but we’ve walked past hundreds of times and can often hear the staff singing and playing music late into the night when we stay nearby.
Laster Jony’s has a great lakeside location on the quiet, extremely picturesque side of Tuk Tuk peninsula. You can swim here and enjoy a friendly local atmosphere with the staff.
Rooms all have toilets and showers. There is WiFi in the restaurant, but according to guest reviews, it may not reach the rooms. The food is reasonably priced and delicious.
Great lakeside location, good place to rub shoulders with the locals, friendly staff will sing local music into the night. Laidback backpacker vibes.
Although clean and tidy, expect budget basics from this popular place. If you’re an early sleeper and need some serenity in the evenings, this may not be the one for you.
Price Estimate (IDR): 140,000 ($10 USD) for double or twin lake view room: 300,000 ($22 USD) for a deluxe suite
Welcome home! This is where we stay every time we are in Lake Toba. For us, stepping off the ferry onto the concrete wall in front of Reggae Guesthouse is truly like arriving home. We’ve spent months living in the comfortable rooms here, enjoying the home-cooked meals and savouring ice-cold beers from the restaurant with those jaw-dropping views.
It may not be the fanciest place in Lake Toba, but the vibe more than makes up for any surface wear and tear. We’ve spent a lot of time in the cheapest rooms and find them more than adequate. Every single one is right on the lakeside, so you can literally step out your front door and dive into the Lake.
In 2019, they completed four fancy new rooms adjacent to the older rooms. We got to have a nosy inside these rooms. They’re lovely, as you’d expect, with all the mod cons, and fantastic balconies to relax on.
All rooms (even the budget ones) have hot water and Western-style toilets. No mosquito nets, but in all our time there, we’ve never had an issue with mosquitos.
There is wifi. It doesn’t reach the rooms that we’ve stayed in, but working from the balcony area of the restaurant is the favourite part of my day anyway, with those views!
We love that Reggae Guesthouse Lake Toba is run by a local Batak family who have lived there for generations. “Auntie,” as we affectionately call her, is a warm and smiling lady who cooks fantastic local food (at reasonable prices). The staff are always willing to help in any way – they’ll even bring food to your room when you’re sick if you need.
If you need to hire a scooter, figure out ferry schedules, find a driver or guide, or have any issues, they’ll gladly help. To me, the fact that they remembered my name when I came back a year after my first brief visit meant the world; that’s the kind of place we love to support!
The views, the views, the views…. we challenge you to tear your eyes away from them! Private, clean area to swim in the lake. Quiet part of Tuktuk but surrounded by shops and restaurants. Sometimes live acoustic music as a bonus in the evenings if you’re lucky as the local guys gather for Bintangs. Super friendly staff and homey vibe.
We love everything about it – but it does have more of a budget traveller/backpacker vibe. The menu is mostly local (although they do a great cheese sandwich), and beer is the only alcohol on the menu. The communal areas are comfortable but nothing special.
If you’re after a luxury getaway, you might be more comfortable somewhere else – but do make sure you pop by for a beer to appreciate that scenery at least once during your Lake Toba itinerary!!
Price Estimate (IDR): Standard twin rooms start at 400,000 ($29 USD)
Hotel Carolina Lake Toba is one of the older hotels in Tuk Tuk, so is very well established. This is reflected in the space offered throughout the grounds. While some of the newer hotels are rather squeezed in with not a lot of outdoor area, Carolina Hotel at Lake Toba (also known as Carolina Cottages Lake Toba) has some lovely green grassy areas with beautiful large trees for shade.
There’s even a human-made “beach” area complete with sand, tables and chairs, and a swimming area in the lake protected by buoys (from those pesky jet skis and speedboats that often zoom around the shores!)
While we haven’t stayed here, we’ve always admired it from the lake as we passed by on the ferries every trip. The gorgeous Batak style houses are well maintained and look like a treat to stay in.
Some of the rooms may be a bit dated, so if you have your heart set on staying here but want a more modern experience, request one of the newer rooms.
Although Carolina was once rated as the best hotel in Lake Toba, more recent reviews have painted a different picture. You’re paying more than the budget hotels above to stay here, but don’t expect kettles, a tv, air con, or any extras; rooms are still sparsely furnished without any mod cons.
Wifi is available, and there is an on-site restaurant.
Guests rave about the immaculate, attractive grounds and beautiful views. Carolina Hotel Lake Toba is in a central area handy to nearby restaurants, bars and shops. Great swimming area, a nice option for families.
Recent reviews talk about a lack of hot water, with heaters being broken and not fixed. The facilities may be a bit dated and fall short of what visitors expect in this price range.
Price Dstimate (IDR): Rooms start at 450,000 ($33 USD) for double or twin with mountain view. Top price 850,000 ($62 USD) for a suite with pool, lake, or garden view.
There’s a special place in my heart for Toba Village Inn. When I was a newbie solo traveller to Sumatra, there was virtually no information online about Lake Toba, Tuk Tuk, or hotels. I had no idea what to expect, but somehow I found this place online.
Not being an experienced traveller, I opted for somewhere that felt safe and seemed comfortable, rather than a basic backpacker option – and Toba Village Inn turned out to be so perfect that I stayed here several times more, as did my Dad when he visited me.
Toba Village Inn is one of the fancier accommodations in Tuk Tuk, Lake Toba. The rooms are super clean and the beds are huge and comfy – complete with mosquito nets and beautifully designed western-style bathrooms.
Ten years ago, the pool was fantastic, and now, they’ve upgraded and it’s even bigger and more gorgeous! The grounds are lush with exotic plants and flowers, and there’s an exquisitely serene jetty to stroll along.
I spent many a pleasant day perched on a deck chair at the lakeside (yes, you can swim in the lake here as well as the pool), and the staff here kindly brought my food and drink to me if I asked.
The on-site restaurant is lovely, with a nice range of local and western food and drinks. But as always in Sumatra, what most stayed with me was the kindness of the staff at all levels. They remembered me, they chatted to me, they emailed and messaged me, and always warmly welcomed me back. As a solo traveller, they took excellent care of me and made my time in Lake Toba super special.
Even though we’re on a tighter budget these days and don’t stay here anymore, we are still warmly greeted by Ruth (Rotua) every time we’re in Tuk Tuk.
Some rooms have fridges and air conditioning, but not all. If those things are essential, check when you book.
Huge comfy beds, super clean, gorgeous lakeside location in a quiet yet central area. Lovely caring staff who will take great care of you. Top-notch facilities.
You might be so comfy that you never want to leave!
Price Estimate (IDR): Prices start at 470,000 ($34 USD) for a budget double room and top out at 800,000 ($58 USD) for a superior double with lake view.
One of the newer hotels at Lake Toba, Zoe’s Paradise Waterfront Hotel is extremely high-rated, and one of the top hotels in Lake Toba Indonesia. The design is modern but with beautifully designed nods to the Batak architecture of the region.
Complete with high-speed WiFi, a pool, and garden area, and a lovely restaurant, you can expect quality service and high standards at Zoe’s Paradise. Run by Marlen and her Batak husband, and named after their daughter, travellers looking for western-style standards and comfort will find it here.
Even better, there is an emphasis on being environmentally friendly here; they even make their own cleaning products and use LED lighting to reduce power consumption. Favouring eco-conscious practices, you won’t find air conditioning in the rooms, but the Lake Toba weather isn’t too sweltering, so the fans provided should be enough to keep you cool.
Refill your water bottles for free, enjoy foods purchased from island resources where possible, and enjoy swimming in the pool that is kept hygienic without nasty chemicals.
Although we’ve yet to stay at Zoe’s Paradise, we have eaten at the restaurant (yum) and had a peek inside, and it looks super clean, comfy, and suitably fancy without being over the top.
Consistently great reviews talk about cleanliness, attentive staff, and top-notch facilities. The lake views are gorgeous, and the location is ideal – only a short walk around the corner to get to our favourite live music/bar venue, Roy’s Pub.
This is a hotel-style accommodation Lake Toba, with all the rooms contained within one building; quite a departure from the majority of hotels in Tuk Tuk that have self-contained rooms – though this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Note that some of the rooms are up several sets of stairs, and there is no elevator, so this may not be ideal for people who have mobility issues.
Price Estimate (IDR): Standard rooms start at 500,000 ($36 USD). Batak Villa 850,000 ($62 USD) for two.
Tabo Cottages is another favourite hotel of ours in Samosir Island Lake Toba – and we’re not the only ones. While many places in Tuk Tuk are often empty, Tabo Cottages seems to always be buzzing, even during low season.
We highly recommend a stay here, and even if you don’t choose to spend your nights in one of their rooms, you should drop in for lunch and dinner to enjoy the fabulous food, drinks, and beautifully landscaped grounds.
We often spend time eating and hanging out in one of the various outdoor seating areas, surrounded by gorgeous tropical flowers and well-established trees. The menu is full of fresh, healthy options – think bowls stacked full of guacamole, towering sandwiches, delicious local options, and healthy teas and smoothies.
There’s even a bakery here complete with fresh bread and a variety of cakes (so you see why we visit so often – I have a total sweet tooth, and it’s well catered to here!)
The pool at Tabo Cottages is inviting, and you’ll love the Batak style open-air building that looks out over the lake.
The accommodations are well done, and there’s a good mix of options. For the mid-range price, we think this is a top pick in Lake Toba.
Tabo Cottages Lake Toba is owned and managed by Annette and her Batak husband. Originally from Germany, Annette has called Tuk Tuk home for many decades now and is a fantastic host with a wealth of knowledge about the local attractions and culture.
Fab pool, large, comfy restaurant with lots of areas to relax. Extensive grounds with flowers and trees. Friendly, attentive staff and very well run. Tours, cars, and anything else you need readily available.
As far as we can tell, there are no bad parts to this place; however, you’ll need to book directly through their website, as they aren’t on any of the well-known booking platforms.
Price Estimate (IDR): Two-room apartments start at 850,000 ($62 USD), and the family house is 1,500,000 ($109 USD)
Horas Family Home is somewhat of an esteemed institution in Lake Toba. They have excellent reviews, and the attention to detail and welcoming, holistic, family vibe seem to work extremely well.
While we haven’t personally stayed here, we’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews and seen the property; it really is lovely.
Though the prices here are at the upper end of the scale for Tuk Tuk, you get a lot of value for your money. Even the cheapest 2-room apartments offer free wifi, garden views, a minibar, slippers, and toiletries. The family apartment has so many extras that it’s impossible to list them all!
Hosted by husband and wife team Hotman Siallagan and Berend Bakker, guests become an instant part of the family and have so much to do without even leaving the property.
Families, in particular, will love staying here – the kids (and grownups!) can interact with the fish, rabbits, chickens, cats and dogs and help out with the organic veggie garden.
There’s free fishing in the pond, swimming, kayaking, relaxing in the sun, cooking, learning composting and recycling…. And of course, a lovely pool to cool off in.
Centrally located in Tuk Tuk, you’ve got plenty of great restaurants, bars and shops nearby, but the food here is prepared just for guests and is highly rated. If you do want to do your own cooking, you’ll find well-equipped kitchens and a dining area in each unit.
Dedication to sustainability, local produce, well-suited to small groups. Everything you need is here, and the team are super helpful and friendly. You’ll get a warm welcome to Lake Toba here – plus, animals!!!
May be out of reach for budget backpackers, but if you get a group together, well worth the splurge.
Hotels in Parapat Lake Toba
First things first; if possible, we recommend NOT staying in Parapat. It’s not the quietest, cleanest, or prettiest area in Lake Toba. You definitely won’t happen upon the best hotel Lake Toba here. When you travel to Lake Toba, it’s better to head straight across to Tuk Tuk and find a little place to call home there.
However, if you miss the last ferry across from Tiga Raja Port (which leaves at 19:30), you will need to find a place to bed down for the night before catching the ferry the next day (earliest ferry leaves at 8:30).
We’ve had to do this twice, once when we arrived too late, and once when we needed to catch an early flight from Silangit the next day and knew we wouldn’t be able to make it across early enough with the ferry times. We found our accommodations on foot at the last minute, and would not recommend either place we stayed at haha. Those are stories for another day!
So that you don’t have to stay at dodgy, dirty, smelly hotels in Samosir Lake Toba, we’ve found a few in Parapat that look like decent places to catch a few zzz’s on your way to or from Tuk Tuk. Sadly, our research didn’t reveal anything outstanding in Parapat, but the below hotels should do well enough for a night!
Price Estimate (IDR): 250,000 ($18 USD) for basic room – double that for lake views.
It’s all about the location here. Melissa Palace is only a few steps from Tiga Raja harbour, which means it’s also handy to shops and local warungs (small cafes). There’s a shared lounge, garden, terrace, and 24-hour front desk. Free WiFi is available, and if you’re feeling brave, join in with the karaoke! Needless to say, this isn’t the quietest of places, but it’s suitable for one night if you bring earplugs.
Price Estimate (IDR): Queen rooms start at 375,000 ($27 USD)
While the booking websites look promising – boasting about satellite TVs, an outdoor pool, a beach area and a restaurant, the reviews are less than stellar. For this price, you’d expect a few extras, but some people comment that the hotel is outdated, dirty, and a bit noisy.
The good thing is, it’s super close to Tiga Raja port, so you can catch the first ferry to paradise in the morning!
Price Estimate (IDR): Standard Twin rooms (shared bathroom!) start at 550,000 ($40 USD) (suite 1,000,000 – $73 USD)
Not the cheapest in Parapat by any stretch, BUT this is the only hotel we found on any booking platform that had mostly positive reviews and seemed to live up to the photos! Hallelujah! We may have to drop in and check it out for ourselves, but it certainly looks promising.
The hotel boasts simple rooms overlooking Lake Toba. Free WiFi is available in public areas, and there’s a restaurant on-site. Rooms are air-conditioned and have mini-bars, TVs, and seating areas. Some even have sofas – fancy! Oh, and there’s a pool! Recent reviews rave about the cleanliness (seemingly a rarity in Parapat, sadly), the yummy food, and the helpful staff.
Bonus, it’s only a short walk to Tiga Raja port to catch the ferry across to Tuk Tuk.
Price Estimate (IDR): 1,000,000 ($73 USD) for a deluxe double or twin
It’s certainly not a backpacker/budget-friendly option, but if you are in desperate need of somewhere slightly more upmarket than the other offerings, Inna Parapat Hotel Lake Toba will do the job well enough.
This Lake Toba resort has a range of rooms, from the deluxe double or twin right through to suites with lake views (at 5,000,000 a night, you’re much better of spending that money staying in a superior hotel across the lake on Samosir!)
There’s a white-sand beach, free WiFi, and satellite TV. The views look amazing, but sadly, several recent reviews say it’s really not worth the $ spent here. Don’t expect luxury!
Hotels in Balige Lake Toba
Located on the southwest shore of Lake Toba, Balige is not generally on the main tourist track but is handy for visitors arriving via Silangit Airport. If you need a rest before facing the two-hour drive to Parapat to get to Samosir, there are plenty of accommodation options in and around Balige. Some are good value to just rest for a night before continuing your journey, while others make lovely retreats in themselves.
We’ve not yet spent any time in Balige, but it looks like a pretty decent area to base yourself in to explore a bit more off the beaten track. The local “beach” – Pantai Bulbul isn’t overly attractive, but if you mix and mingle with the locals, we’re sure you’ll discover some hidden treasures here.
Price Estimate (IDR): Standard double room 185,000 ($14 USD) – Family Suite 500,000 ($36 USD)
If you’re on a tight budget but want somewhere to crash that’s handy to the Lake Toba lairport, Oyo 719 has you covered. Halfway between the airport and Balige town centre, you’ll find a basic but pleasant place to rest up. Free Wifi is available throughout the property, and even the budget rooms have private toilets and TVs – but don’t expect much more than a tidy place to stay for the night.
Price Estimate (IDR): Standard double room 300,000 ($22 USD)– Family Suite 850,000 ($62 USD)
Flights to Lake Toba Sumatra can now arrive at Silangit Airport, which is much closer than the main airport in Medan. Just arrived at Silangit airport and desperate for somewhere clean and affordable to rest your head? Oyo 540 Esther Hotel Lake Toba is a great option; it’s less than two kilometres from the airport, so you’ll be snoozing soundly before you know it. Amenities include a restaurant, 24-hour front desk, room service and free WiFi – and best of all, there’s a free shuttle to the airport! Score! Guest reviews are overall positive, but don’t expect luxury!
Price Estimate (IDR): 600,000 ($44 USD) for a deluxe double room
Need some privacy in your hotel near Lake Toba? Tiara Bunga is reachable only by boat at certain times of the day. Perched right on the edge of the lake, you’ll find units equipped with air-con, TVs, kettles and bathrooms. There’s an attractive pool and private beach area, as well as room service and Wi-Fi. The hotel design is modern and sleek.
Price Estimate (IDR): Economy quadruple room starts at 620,000 ($45 USD) (shared toilet!)
Centrally located in Balige, this tidy guesthouse is well rated by guests. You’ll find a shared kitchen and lounge, 24-hour front desk, and room service. Because you’re right in town, it’s easy to find food. Recent reviews often mention that the rooms are nice and clean and the host is very friendly and helpful.
Price Estimate (IDR): Twin rooms start at 830,000 ($60 USD)
Well, this looks like a little slice of heaven! As with the above option, Pondok Berata Dapdap can only be reached by boat – so there’ll be no exploring other than via a kayak on the peaceful lake. Every unit has a fully equipped kitchenette if you want to BYO food, and some have terraces or balconies with mountain views.
With a more traditional wooden, design, guests rave about the food, the scenery, and the super friendly staff who make you feel like part of the family.
Price Estimate (IDR): Rooms start at 1,400,000 ($101 USD), with deluxe double room with lake views topping out at 2,000,000 ($145 USD).
Wow. So, we have yet to stay at this gorgeous resort, but we want to include it as it looks impressive and may appeal to some visitors looking for a luxury retreat in Lake Toba in Sumatra.
Taman Simalem is outside of the main tourist accommodation areas of Lake Toba, which actually adds to the appeal. Although it looks like you’d never have to leave the (206 hectares!) grounds during your stay, it’s not far from the fantastic Sipiso Piso waterfall (listed on our Top 5 Waterfalls to see in Lake Toba), and some beautiful hiking and viewpoint areas.
Taman Simalem resort Toba boasts organic farms, fruit orchards, tea and coffee plantations, and many accommodations dotted around the estate. You are immersed in nature and feel like you have plenty of privacy and space, yet have all the amenities you could ever need when staying here.
For groups, check out the stunning Tongging Point Lodge; it’s like a super fancy hostel, with multiple beds in one room.
Tongging Point Hotel is as posh as they come – with prices to match. Rooms start at 2,500,000 and go up to 5,500,000 for a family suite.
The Waterfall Hotel is less pricy (from 2,000,000 – 3,000,000), but still modern, clean, and uber comfortable.
Then there’s the Waterfall Villa, too. Not for the budget traveller, but if you’re in the market for a luxury resort holiday in paradise, this is your spot.
Of course, you’ll need to take time out from exploring the grounds to eat, and you’re spoiled for choice with numerous places to eat: Kodon Kodon Café on the edge of a rainforest, a Chinese teahouse on the Cliffside, VANA restaurant with its plant-based menu, Agro café with juices and snacks, and TobaCafe right in the middle of the property (umm, right next to the golf course and coffee/tea estate, of course.
Archery, yoga, horse riding, hiking, farm tours – so much to do in this gorgeous spot. Perfect for honeymooners or those in need of some timeout with cash to spare. This is one of the most impressive places to stay Lake Toba – a true 5 star hotel experience!
This place is so big, you need a shuttle bus to get to breakfast from your room and a guide map to get around. Not necessarily a bad thing!
Side note – if you want to stay in the Tongging area but can’t afford this slice of luxury, check out OYO 2186 Tongging Beach. It looks clean and tidy and is well rated!
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