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Semarang

Most of Semarang’s hotels cater to business travellers, but here it’s business travellers who like to mix it with a bit of leisure—many offer spectacular swimming pools and excellent gyms. If your budget is heading towards midrange, you’ll get a decent bang for your buck, a good opportunity for a bit of a splurge. Budget chain style hotels are plentiful and offer good flashpacker deals. Backpackers have less of a choice, but that is changing with some good-value centrally located hostels opening. Hotels are spread around the city centre, and into the hills south of the town. Guesthouses-style is less common midtown, but step out to the ’burbs where some charming options are to be found.


4B Jalan Semeru Raya, Semarang
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Djajanti House
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
4B Jalan Semeru Raya, Semarang
T: (0857) 3842 3448

Five kilometres from the city centre, Djajanti House may be a little out of town for some, but we were so charmed by this terrific little guesthouse, we think it’s worth mentioning, and anyway, taxis and ojeks in Semarang are inexpensive and plentiful. Tucked away in a corner of hilly suburban Semarang, the guesthouse offers two styles of rooms in a double-storey red brick block edging a... Read our full review of Djajanti House.

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18 Jalan Pandanaran, Semarang
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Louis Kienne Pandanaran
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
18 Jalan Pandanaran, Semarang
T: (0248) 645 3888

Did someone say infinity pool? Louis Kienne Pandanaran is not only graced with one of the best swimming pools in town, the spacious comfortable rooms are as good as some five-star joints we’ve seen, and here for a very midrange budget. We were so impressed, we ditched our (decent) flashpacker, found a good deal online and splurged in a bit of luxury for a couple of days. This Singapore... Read our full review of Louis Kienne Pandanaran.

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44 Jalan Letjend Suprapto, Kota Lama, Semarang
Under 150,000 Rp
Achterhuis Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
44 Jalan Letjend Suprapto, Kota Lama, Semarang
T: (0812) 3459 5168

Guesthouse accommodation is a little thin on the ground in Semarang city centre, but in the heart of Kota Lama, the old historical city, Achterhuis Guesthouse opened in August 2016 and offers simple affordable air-con rooms behind Tekodeko Koffiehuis. The guesthouse is set in an L-shaped building, with single-storey on one arm, and double-storey on the other, all edging a small grassy... Read our full review of Achterhuis Guesthouse.

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187 Jalan Iman Bonjol, Semarang
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Hotel Citradream Semarang
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
187 Jalan Iman Bonjol, Semarang
T: (0243) 580 999

Decent budget chain hotels are plentiful in Semarang and offer very good flashpacker deals, we like Hotel Citradream not only for the terrific central location near Lawang Sewu, but it offers the most spacious rooms at its pricepoint. The blue, green and grey multi-storey block holds 112 bright and clean modern-styled rooms—request a room with a good view, and you may be lucky to score a... Read our full review of Hotel Citradream Semarang.

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15-17 Jalan Iman Bonjol, Semarang
Under 150,000 Rp
Sleep & Sleep
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
15-17 Jalan Iman Bonjol, Semarang
T: (0813) 1010 0456

Sleep & Sleep was so brand new when we dropped in May 2017 they hadn’t hosted any guests yet (but had future bookings!) and the building above was still under construction—they offer Semarang’s first capsule-style dorm beds. The hostel scores an excellent central location, 850 metres to Poncol train station, one kilometre to Tawang train station, and just 500 metres to Kota Lama, the... Read our full review of Sleep & Sleep.

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