Photo: Temple incense.



The standard of accommodation in Surabaya crosses the entire spectrum of quality and budget and there should be no problem finding a hotel that suits you. Hotels are dotted all around town, although a cluster of budget spots are located around Jalan Makam Peneleh, some three kilometres from the main Gubeng train station.

Accommodation in Surabaya
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp

Surabaya is Indonesia’s second biggest city behind Jakarta and we’ve previously written about the many activities that can be undertaken both in the city itself and the nearby town of Trowulan, where temples from the 14th century Majapahit empire still stand tall. But visiting such a large city can often pose a problem of where to base yourself in order to most conveniently visit the most... Read our full review of Accommodation in Surabaya.

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Hotel Majapahit
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Tunjungan 65
T: (031)545 4333

This 142-room property built in 1910 was expertly renovated in 1996 and is now a stunning example of how hotels once looked and felt during the Dutch colonial period. Long verandahs leading to stunning old-world rooms with modern fittings evoke a certain nostalgia for years gone by without feeling in any way tacky such is the tasteful nature of the renovation. Needless to say, all the rooms have... Read our full review of Hotel Majapahit.

Hotel Hana
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Makam Peneleh 86
T: (031) 8123 0868

Hotel Hana is a real find for the budget conscious because of the price of the very basic rooms. The hotel is bright, airy and clean and you'll feel comfortable spending time in your room, unlike the nearby Hotel Bali. Bed, pedestal fan, squat toilet and bak mandi is all you get here, but if you're comfortable with that, you can't go wrong with this option. Highly recommended for those on a tight... Read our full review of Hotel Hana.

Orchid Guest House
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Bongkaran 49
T: (031) 3550 2112

The first thing we noticed when we visited this place was how dark it was. Many of the lights in the lobby had been turned off to save power and those that were on were not very strong. This theme is carried throughout the hotel where lighting seems to affect the general atmosphere of the place. Despite these issues, the rooms have clean white sheets on spring beds, old TVs with local channels,... Read our full review of Orchid Guest House.

Hotel Paviljoen
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Genteng Besar 94-98
T: (031) 534 3449

For those looking for something slightly above the standard of most budget places in town, Hotel Paviljoen is a good option despite the stark and slightly depressing rooms. The main building of the hotel complex is a joy to behold: a well-maintained colonial building with a feel that elevates the entire property to another level. The basic rooms feature fan and cold water only, but the more... Read our full review of Hotel Paviljoen.

Kenongo Hotel
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Embong Kenongo 12
T: (031) 534 1359

We were struck by the lime green walls when we visited Kenongo Hotel which it could be said are a testament to the functional nature of this place – maybe there was a sale on green paint. Neat and tidy rooms with clean beds, air-con, hot water bathrooms with fixed shower heads and western toilets greet guests here. Everything is comfortable enough, but not warm and inviting. Despite the lack of... Read our full review of Kenongo Hotel.

Losmen Puri
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Makam Peneleh 92

Similar in style to the nearby Hotel Hana, Losmen Puri is a basic place with basic features at a great price, mainly catering to domestic tourists from out of town. Each room has a bed, fan, squat toilet and bak mandi. That's it. But it's a bright enough place, the rooms are clean and the staff friendly. It's an incredibly popular losmen, so all rooms may already be taken when you arrive. If so,... Read our full review of Losmen Puri.

Surabaya Ibis Rajawali
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Rajawali 9-11
T: (031) 353 9994

This Accor hotel is located in a building reputedly built in the early 1900s, although one could imagine it being built in the early 2000s such is the modernity of the place. It certainly doesn't ooze the style of a five-star joint, but then again it doesn't need to at this price point. Fairly modern rooms with cable TV, air-con, king-sized beds with plush duvets and a spread of well-maintained... Read our full review of Surabaya Ibis Rajawali.

Hotel Bali
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Makam Peneleh 77
T: (031) 545 0155

One can't expect too much from a place so well-priced and Hotel Bali duly delivers on these low expectations. Clean sheets covering centuries-old mattresses, clean squat toilet and cold water bak mandi are the highlights. The lowlights include a mandatory 6:00 wakeup call from hotel staff delivering coffee, walls with something to hide painted in camouflage and old, rickety furniture. But it's... Read our full review of Hotel Bali.

Hotel Ganefo
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Kapasan 169-171
T: (031) 371 1169

Set in an amazing old colonial building with a wonderful verandah, Hotel Ganefo appears on the surface to offer something grand. Dig a little deeper and grand turns to bland and downright dodgy. There are two types of room: those with bathrooms inside the rooms and those with bathrooms down the back in a shed-like building. The rooms have old, old beds, a basin, desk and chair but are otherwise... Read our full review of Hotel Ganefo.

Hotel Gubeng
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Sumatra 18
T: (031) 503 1603

The main reason you would stay at this place is if you arrived by train late at night or needed to leave by train early the next morning. Its location is a kilometre down the road from the main Surabaya train station and is easily accessible without having to pay for transport, although a becak will set you back only 5,000 rupiah. The rooms here are clean, but feel a little closet-like with... Read our full review of Hotel Gubeng.

Surabaya Plaza Hotel
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Pemuda 31-37
T: (031) 531 6833

The rooms in this self-proclaimed four-star hotel are cosy, but a little weary. Modern hot-water bathrooms stand above other features of the rooms such as big old TVs from the 1990s and beds which are wider than they are long. The furniture within the rooms is well-maintained and you will feel comfortable if you stay here, but the rooms are just in need of a refresh. Free WiFi is included in the... Read our full review of Surabaya Plaza Hotel.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Surabaya? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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