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Where to stay in Sumbawa Besar

Sumbawa Besar

For a town of its moderate size, Sumbawa Besar has plenty of hotels to choose from. For all intents and purposes though, you’ll find something fitting your budget either in a cluster of hotels on Jalan Hasanuddin in the centre of town, or from a selection of places out by the airport. We’d suggest staying downtown to be closer to the eating.


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(0371) 21 754
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Samawa Transit Hotel
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
(0371) 21 754
T: (0371) 23 779

This is arguably the smartest hotel in downtown Sumbawa Besar, with immaculate modern rooms, professional staff and a location just a short walk from the airport terminal. If you’re one with a keen eye for cleanliness, you don’t mind being a little away from downtown, and this fits within your budget, then look no further. Facilities include flatscreen TV, free WiFi, hot-water shower (the... Read our full review of Samawa Transit Hotel.

JL Hasanuddin 48, Sumbawa Besar
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Hotel Dewi
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
JL Hasanuddin 48, Sumbawa Besar
T: (0371) 21 799

Largely interchangeable with the Hotel Suci just down and across the road, the Dewi offers clean and functional rooms in a rambling setup running back from the main road. Air-con rooms are spacious and cleaned daily, and include TV (Indonesian only). They could do with a coat of paint and some better power plug placement. The deluxe rooms have hot-water showers and we’d say are worth the extra... Read our full review of Hotel Dewi.

Jl Garuda 78, Sumbawa Besar
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Garuda Hotel
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jl Garuda 78, Sumbawa Besar
T: (0371) 21 780

The Garuda Hotel is a budget option by the airport. It will be adequate for anyone looking to just transit in Sumbawa Besar overnight and who isn’t fussed about not being right in the thick of things in town. Plain rooms are functional and pretty clean, with simple bedding and okay bathrooms, and are set in a couple of yellowish buildings running back from the road. Rates are reasonable for the... Read our full review of Garuda Hotel.

JL Hasanuddin, Sumbawa Besar
Under 150,000 Rp
Losmen Saudara
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
JL Hasanuddin, Sumbawa Besar
T: (0371) 21 528

Set beside the same-named (and we assume owned) laundry, Losmen Saudara fits neatly into the budget basket, with basic rooms with private bathrooms at a very reasonable price. Saudara certainly won’t win any decor awards -- paint was wildly peeling off the walls in both the rooms we were shown -- but it is a friendly little spot. Having a private bathroom too, regardless of grunginess, at this... Read our full review of Losmen Saudara.

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Outside town

If you have no need to stay in town, then there is a decent beachside option a 15 minute ojek ride to the west of Sumbewa Besar.


Jl Raya Tano Km 11, Sumbawa Besar
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Kencana Beach Resort
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jl Raya Tano Km 11, Sumbawa Besar
T: (0371) 262 9145

Kencana Beach Resort is found 11 kilometres to the west of Sumbawa Besar proper on the road to Poto Tano, and is set on its on grey-sand beach. If you’re in Sumbawa Besar for any stretch of time and don’t need to be downtown, we’d say stay here. While the resort isn’t in the best condition, the beachside setting is lovely. On weekdays you’ll in all likelihood have the place totally to yourself.... Read our full review of Kencana Beach Resort.



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