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Accommodation in Semarang is plentiful, cheap and rarely at capacity. A few budget hotels are located in the old part of town, a few extremely cheap dingy digs are located by the big mosque on Jalan Aloon-Aloon and a range of different hotels are located on Jalan Pemuda.

Quest Hotel
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Plampitan 37-39, Semarang
T: (024) 352 0808

The motto here is cool, clean, comfy, but we'd say that this motto does not do this fabulous hotel justice. When considering the nightly tariff, this an absolutely stunning hotel which is located down a quiet street in the heart of Semarang. The Quest offers a slice of luxury for people who can't usually afford it. Plush beds with crisp linen, in-room safe, toilets and showers separated by glass,... Read our full review of Quest Hotel.

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Hotel Pelangi Indah
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Merak 28, Semarang
T: (024) 358 4813

This large property with high ceilings, plenty of rooms and spacious common areas ticks a lot boxes when measuring up against a wishlist. Perhaps the one feature that prevents a more glowing review is the lack of private bathrooms except in all but the most expensive rooms. Aside from this, the rooms are very basic with a spring bed and table the only furnishings, but many of the rooms do come... Read our full review of Hotel Pelangi Indah.

Hotel Quirin
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Gajah Mada 44-52, Semarang
T: (024) 354 7063

This is a clean, modern, but no-frills midrange option in the heart of town. The rooms are all clean and look appealing and contain air-con, TV, hot water bathrooms with Western toilet and comfy beds with clean white sheets. The staff are professional and very helpful, which is expected when entering this price range but often missing at other less reputable hotels. Breakfast is included in the... Read our full review of Hotel Quirin.

Hotel Plampitan
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Plampitan 19, Semarang
T: (024) 356 4590

Refreshing air-con, hot water bathrooms with Western toilets, TVs and nice big beds greet guests of Hotel Plampitan, but although this place is good value we were left feeling as if something was not quite right. Perhaps it was the sign indicating a 100,000 rupiah discount for those only needing the room for four hours. The location of this place is quite central and within walking distance of... Read our full review of Hotel Plampitan.

Semesta Hotel
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan KH Wahid Hasyim 125-127 Kranggan, Semarang
T: (024) 357 6000

This place feels like a business hotel that wants to be better than it actually is. We found the service to be a little confused, but others might have better luck. There is evidence of water leaks in some of the corridors of the hotel, but despite this the rooms are clean, roomy, fresh and contain a range of furniture, comfy beds, clean Western bathroom, air-con, bar fridge and internet if you... Read our full review of Semesta Hotel.

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Hotel Semarang
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Aloon-Aloon Selatan 12A, Semarang
T: (024) 351 6713

As far as cheap hotels go, this is one of the cheapest going and boy does it show. For the vast majority of people, this hotel will not be up to scratch but at these prices it will appeal to the extremely budget conscious and others who will be tempted to say, “It's only for one night.” For your money, you get a choice between your dirty cold water mandi and squat toilet being shared or... Read our full review of Hotel Semarang.

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