The guesthouses and hotels around Gunung Batur are divided into those by Lake Batur at the base of the volcano within the towns of Kedisan and Toya Bungkah and those along the road at the top of the crater rim — some with spectacular views from the villages of Kintamani, Batur and Penelokan. Prices are sometimes high for the standard, in low season discounts are offered if asked. When choosing a room, consider the distance from busy roads, as the noise of heavy trucks is amplified at night.
As you head into the crater from Penelokan, the first lakeside village you will encounter is Kedisan, turn left and continue around the lake to Toya Bunkah. Both villages offer a range of accommodation, with the better choices in Toya Bunkah where you can walk to the hot springs.
Comfortable and stylish, at the far end of Toya Bunkah (in Songan village), in a quite hill rising above the lake, Bali Sunrise provides three rooms and three villas — which are essentially larger rooms — and we think this is the best mid range offering in the area. Only the villas have views — however the rooms overlook a pretty garden, and you don’t feel you’re missing out. Bali... Read our full review of Bali Sunrise Villas.
Black Lava Hostel offers a mix of private rooms and dorms with a very friendly vibe and excellent lake views. Two mixed four or six bed dorms share outside bathroom facilities with three toilets and three separate hot-water showers. The four bed dorm provides mattresses on the floor in the simple tiled room, and in the six bed dorm, they’re raised on wooden platform type beds. Bright floral... Read our full review of Black Lava Hostel.
With some rooms renovated in late 2015, this popular mixed bag is a good flashpacker option, though if you’re on a backpacker budget, you’re better off to look elsewhere. Right near the corner of the road that leads from Penelokan, Hotel Segara’s longhouse style rooms horseshoe a pretty garden. There are no views of the lake from here, as it’s on the other side of the road, however... Read our full review of Hotel Segara.
Lakeside Cottages, like it says on the box, is beside the lake at Toya Bunkah and offers a great swimming pool (we heard later it was heated, but didn’t dip our toes in to check) and stunning views from all rooms. Housed in a double-storey block with a lovely garden, tiled and painted rooms are furnished with a simple wooden bed with clean linen. Bedside tables are a bit worn and battered,... Read our full review of Lakeside Cottages.
If you’re on a budget, and would like a private room, you can’t go past the very friendly, family run (and, it must be said, somewhat old and rundown) Hotel Putra Mulya in Kedisan as it is the cheapest sleep in the area. Hotel Putra Mulya is positioned back from the road opposite Lake Batur — turn right as you enter the village of Kedisan. Comprised of four bungalows, each with two... Read our full review of Hotel Putra Mulya.
Along the edge or Batur Caldera, the villages of Kintamani, Batur and Penelokan offer a mix of basic guesthouses and some midrange options. Although you’ll have to travel a little further to start your sunrise trek of Gunung Batur, the reward here is the stunning views.
Well, the name says it all really — Batur Mountain View Hotel is a small, smart, modern, mid-range spot with a great view of the mountain. Hidden in a side street, you’ll only see the reception area and restaurant from the road as a staircase leads to the cliffside rooms below. Deluxe, Superior and Suite rooms (all are non-smoking) have views, but the Standard room only from the verandah.... Read our full review of Batur Mountain View Hotel.
Despite looking a little tired, rundown and in need of a solid clean, Amerta Sari is a family run friendly hotel with a pretty garden and an amazing view of the Batur area. Rooms come in Deluxe and Superior flavours, with the latter being the better deal — if you can cope with the steep stairs. The offerings are are huge and light filled, with traditional Balinese styling including ornate... Read our full review of Amerta Sari.
Newly opened in January 2016 but a little hard to find, Tiing Bali Guest House is tucked away at the bottom of a track on terraced farmland, where three cute bamboo bungalows with corrugated iron roofs, line up in a neat cliffside row. The view of Gunung Agung from here is hard to beat and the shaded verandas offer bamboo chairs and table from which to admire the scenery. Rooms are basic... Read our full review of Tiing Bali Guest House.
Essentially a restaurant (related to the restaurant of the same name in Ubud), Sari Organik provides two clean, simple and basic budget rooms on a level below the dining room. Wooden beds provide a bottom sheet, no top sheet, but there’s a blanket for when it gets chilly — bring a sleep sheet. Oddly, the beds face away from the view, and instead face a patterned painted wall — we’d... Read our full review of Sari Organik.