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Where to stay in Lake Toba

Tuk-Tuk

Tuk-Tuk on Pulau Samosir is the main accommodation area for foreigners visiting Lake Toba. It’s the place with the best food, best activities and most relaxing accommodation options.


Tuk-Tuk
Under 150,000 Rp
Gohkon Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Tuk-Tuk
T: (0852) 6169 1642

Gokhon Guesthouse is simply great value for money. New in 2014, rooms with sparkling tiles and great light are a class above similarly priced rooms in town. Big foam beds with colourful blankets, lockable cupboards, verandahs with chairs to laze on, hot water showers, Western toilet and free WiFi all come together to form something ideal for the budget traveller. We especially love the... Read our full review of Gohkon Guesthouse.

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Tuk-Tuk
Under 150,000 Rp
Liberta Homestay
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Tuk-Tuk
T: (0625) 451 035

Liberta offers great value for money – usually rooms at this price are horrible, but at Liberta they are not. Creatively designed wooden buildings house simple rooms with attached bathrooms with either hot water or cold. WiFi is available in some rooms. Beware that this place is recommended in many guidebooks and is therefore often fully booked. Liberta is located at the far southern end of... Read our full review of Liberta Homestay.

Tuk-Tuk
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Tabo Cottages
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Tuk-Tuk
T: (0813) 7574 8172

Tabo Cottages is one of the best, most professional and homely places in Tuk-Tuk. The rooms here are regularly full and with good reason. Large, clean and often colourful hot water bathrooms, fantastic wooden construction, traditional Batak roofs, a lovely lakeside swimming pool and perhaps the most exciting restaurant on the island combine to make this the complete package. Prices here are... Read our full review of Tabo Cottages.

Tuk-Tuk
Under 150,000 Rp
Merlyn Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Tuk-Tuk
T: (0813) 6116 9130

The traditional Batak Toba houses at Merlyn Guesthouse are stunning in their simplicity. The large boat-shaped roofs and solid wood bases are built to traditional specifications to the point that you have to crawl through the front door. Inside you find a couple of beds and out the back is a hot water shower and squat toilet. For an authentic feel that is clean, neat and tidy, Merlyn Guesthouse... Read our full review of Merlyn Guesthouse.

Tuk-Tuk
Under 150,000 Rp
Romlan
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Tuk-Tuk
T: (0625) 451 386

Romlan has been around for years as a budget traveller haven and still offers rooms at great prices to a steady stream of guests. The traditional Batak house in particular is super value for money – a thing of beauty with stunning lake views and a hot-water bathroom bolted to the side of it. The standard rooms are very clean and come with attached hot-water bathrooms with Western toilets as... Read our full review of Romlan.

Tuk-Tuk
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Toba Village Inn
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Tuk-Tuk
T: (0812) 8298 0658

Toba Village Inn is one of the most luxurious hotels in Tuk-Tuk and comes with a corresponding high price tag. Rooms come with four-poster beds, TVs with international channels, beautiful hot-water bathrooms with Western toilet and fantastic natural light making them a joy to sit and relax in. Despite Danau Toba being relatively cool most of the time, these rooms can warm up and a small pedestal... Read our full review of Toba Village Inn.

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Tuk-Tuk
Under 150,000 Rp
Lekjon Cottages
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Tuk-Tuk
T: (0625) 41578

The rooms at Lekjon are looking a bit old these days, but they still get a steady stream of customers passing through ensuring rooms are cleaned regularly. The better rooms come with hot shower and Western toilet while the cheaper rooms offer freezing cold water only. WiFi is sometimes available in the rooms, depending on which way the wind is blowing, but is always working in the restaurant... Read our full review of Lekjon Cottages.

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Tuk-Tuk
Under 150,000 Rp
Bagus Bay Homestay
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Tuk-Tuk
T: (0625) 451 287

Bagus Bay Homestay was once a hit place in Tuk-Tuk, but these days it’s just a dim shadow of its former self. It’s not that the rooms here are bad value for money. They’re not. It’s just that the place needs a bit of a spruce up, a lick of paint and the removal of dust and cobwebs. That said, rooms come in a massive variety with the ones having shared hot water, squat toilet bathrooms being most... Read our full review of Bagus Bay Homestay.

Tuk-Tuk
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Mas Cottages
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Tuk-Tuk
T: (0625) 451 051

When we most recently visited Mas Cottages staff were polite and attentive, however, we found their pricing to be a little odd and made up on the spot. In fact, before deciding to stay here, make sure you have in mind the price you’d like the room for and negotiate around that. Deluxe rooms are looking a bit old these days and paint is starting to flake off the walls. But their location is right... Read our full review of Mas Cottages.

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