Photo: River scenes.

Accommodation



Bukit Lawang

Accommodation in Bukit Lawang is primarily basic budget huts made out of wood and bamboo. In recent years there has been a proliferation of more modern and expensive accommodation, but some of these lack the soul of the old bungalows. Most accommodation lines the northern side of the river, but a few options lie across the river on the southern side.


North side of the river
Under 150,000 Rp
Garden Inn
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
North side of the river
T: (0813) 9600 0571

What a fantastic option for backpackers and flashpackers alike. Although far from the cheapest place in town, Garden Inn is one of the best value due to the great quality of the rooms. Tiled floors, partially bricked walls, comfortable beds and great balconies are just the start. For us, it’s the mixture of these facilities with a design that’s aesthetically pleasing that seals the deal here as... Read our full review of Garden Inn.

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Northside of the river
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jungle Inn
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Northside of the river
T: (0812) 6529 0323

Jungle Inn has long been favoured by visitors wanting to see the jungle while staying in non-jungle-like accommodation. The rooms here were once considered the best in town, but nowadays face stiff competition as other guesthouses open to cater for the flashpacker crowd. All rooms are spacious, have great balconies, catch lots of natural light and have rare hot-water bathrooms with Western... Read our full review of Jungle Inn.

North side of the river
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Kupu-kupu Garden
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
North side of the river

Further along from the orangutan viewing platform are a few small guesthouses of which only one was inhabitable at the time of writing, namely Kupu-kupu Garden. The Indonesian-Australian couple who own this place have built a wonderful guesthouse in a quiet spot right on the river. The workmanship on the building is at a different level to most places in Bukit Lawang with the woodwork being... Read our full review of Kupu-kupu Garden.

South side of river, turn left at Ecolodge
Under 150,000 Rp
Batu Mandi Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
South side of river, turn left at Ecolodge
T: (0813) 7013 3458

Batu Mandi Guesthouse is a small family-operated guesthouse far enough from the main strip that it can truly feel like you’re the only tourist in town. Located across the river from the entrance to Bukit Lawang and then 500 metres to the left downriver, Batu Mandi has concrete rooms in a single long block. Each room comes with spring bed, pedestal fan and cold-water bathroom with Western toilet.... Read our full review of Batu Mandi Guesthouse.

North side of the river
Under 150,000 Rp
Rainforest Guesthouse by Nora
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
North side of the river
T: (0813) 6207 0656

Run by well-known and much-loved Nora (who sadly passed away in mid 2014), Rainforest Guesthouse is a budget place on the edge of the north side of the river boasting a great restaurant. The family here have been in the hospitality game for ages and know how to keep guests happy. Simple wooden rooms above the restaurant share bathrooms and have simply a mattress slung on the floor. Better rooms... Read our full review of Rainforest Guesthouse by Nora.

North side of the river
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Riverside Hotel
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
North side of the river

Right next door to Garden Inn, 2014-opened Riverside boasts rooms with gleaming tiled floors, lovely verandahs, foam beds with mosquito nets and clean bathrooms with cold-water showers and Western toilet. Unfortunately, the view from the hotel is obscured by the building in front of it. But if you want a modern room, the ones here just might do the trick as they stand head and shoulders above... Read our full review of Riverside Hotel.

North side of the river
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Sam's Bungalows
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
North side of the river
T: (0813) 7009 3597

Right next to Jungle Inn across the river from the viewing platform is Sam’s Bungalow. The rooms here don’t look much from the outside but upon closer inspection are actually some of the better ones in Bukit Lawang. The cheapest versions come with or without private cold-water bathroom, have pleasant little balconies and decent spring beds with mosquito net. The family room is enormous and... Read our full review of Sam's Bungalows.

South side of the river across from Rindu Alam
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Ecolodge
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
South side of the river across from Rindu Alam
T: (0812) 607 9983

Located at the entrance to Bukit Lawang across the river from Rindu Alam Hotel, Ecolodge is one of those popular places that was once the premiere place in town, but now has its work cut out to keep up with the competition as it ages. Rooms are variable in quality. Butterfly rooms are made with loads of wood and have tiny windows, making them feel dark and pokey; Thomas Leaf Monkey rooms are made... Read our full review of Ecolodge.

South side of the river
Under 150,000 Rp
Thomas' Retreat
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
South side of the river
T: (0813) 7633 0753

This small four-room guesthouse on the south side of the river is accessible by crossing any one of the bridges and heading up river. The accommodation block is a mostly concrete structure and the rooms are tiled. Beds are concreted into the floor and topped with spring mattresses. Bathrooms are cold water and have Western toilet. An attached restaurant has a fantastic view of the river, but with... Read our full review of Thomas' Retreat.

(0813) 7610 0337;(0813) 6053 4636
Under 150,000 Rp
Bugis Inn
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
(0813) 7610 0337;(0813) 6053 4636

Just across from Rainforest Guesthouse and about half way down the path to Jungle Inn, Bugis Inn is a big yellowy-green concrete building with none of the charm of rainforest, but ever so slightly more comfortable. For 75,000 rupiah you get a concrete room with proper bed, cold-water bathroom with Western toilet and a lovely balcony on which to relax and watch the nearby monkeys. The rooms here... Read our full review of Bugis Inn.

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