Most accommodation is located in the centre of town around the Jalan Ahmad Yani and Jalan Panglima Polem areas and budget digs are easy to find.
The big white monstrosity called Hotel Medan ended up with a large fishing boat out the front of it after the 2004 tsunami but these days shows no ill effects. Surprisingly, the rooms here are quite neat and tidy and even feel comfortable to hang out in, which can't be said for some other hotels in town. All rooms come with air-con, TV (some LCD), comfy beds, free WiFi and private hot water... Read our full review of Hotel Medan.
This big multi-storey hotel next to Hotel Prapat is certainly a step up in quality from its neighbour, but prices are only slightly higher. The cheapest rooms are a bit dark and come with TV, fan and private cold water bathroom with Western toilet, while the more expensive rooms have flat screen TVs, hot water, air-con and grab a lot more natural light. For 225,000 rupiah these better rooms are... Read our full review of Hotel Wisata.
Siwah is a budget hotel with a midrange price located on Jalan Twk Daud Syah in the centre of town. All rooms here come with air-con, hot water private bathrooms with Western toilet, TV, fridge and decent beds. The standard rooms are a little sad looking, don't catch a lot of natural light and need their walls painted. The more expensive rooms are better, brighter but perhaps a little too... Read our full review of Siwah Hotel.
Hotel 61 is located on Jalan Panglima Polem right above the A&W fast food joint. The staff at reception are professional and the hallways of the hotel look terrific, but unfortunately the rooms are below par especially when considering the cost. The first thing we noticed when entering the room we saw was burn marks on the desk and mould on the shower curtain. Additionally, there's absolutely... Read our full review of Hotel 61.
Dwarfed by the Hotel Medan next door, Hotel Prapat is a simple three-storey complex which pretends to be nothing other than what it is: a small budget hotel. In the heart of town and next to the river, it's within easy walking distance of most of Banda Aceh's attractions, while scores of food carts set up on the roads around the building during the evening, making finding dinner a simple affair.... Read our full review of Hotel Prapat.