Where to Stay in Lake Toba

Where to Stay in Lake Toba
June 28 10:45 2019 Print This Article

Most accommodations for foreigners visiting Lake Toba can be found in Tuk Tuk at Samosir Island. The location has the biggest selection of restaurants and the most relaxing lodging options. Read further to find out where to stay when you’re in Lake Toba.

Tabo Cottages

If you’re looking for a family-friendly midrange choice in Tuk-Tuk, Tabo Cottages is easily the pick of the group with oversized rooms, sprawling lawn grounds along with a good sized swimming pool with over-water views. The rooms are in a few two-level complexes scattered across the grounds, and we would imagine most would have at least a partial perspective. While not as modern as Zoe’s inside, the fit out is reliable, and a great deal of effort was made with the oversized hot water bathrooms–probably the best we saw on Toba.

The grounds comprise some nods to children, such as a swing group, but even only the yard grounds is sufficient to keep children occupied. The cottage also has a swimming pool towards the border of the lake, again, suitable for kids and for those interested in swimming in the lake.

While we did not eat there, the restaurant gets useful reports. Staff is professional and happily showed us around the property. Overall this is a reliable solution for households with a comfier traveling budget.

Gokhon Guesthouse

One of a bunch of similar properties in a row facing directly onto the water, Gokhon Guesthouse steps above the audience with bend over backward friendliness and incredibly tidy and well-kept rooms.

Rooms are well sized but secure –fan-cooled affairs with TV, IKEA design furniture, reliable WiFi, a heated bed and scalding hot water from the clean bathroom. Each area has its own terrace overlooking the lake–go to get an upstairs room for more solitude and a much better prognosis, although those with children may prefer a ground floor room since the patio opens directly onto the lawn.

While we did not swim here, other guests did and lazed around on the yard afterward. This is a family-friendly choice and can be close to a few bars and restaurants.

The reception has a small book swap accessible –don’t see a lot of those these days! The friendly staff can also assist with onward travel plans, and the sooner we hired out of here was in quite a good shape. For the standard, the rates (beginning at IDR250,000) are possibly a mite high. However, they will fall down for a more extended stay.


Extended running backpacker haunt Romlan could be quite a struggle to seek from the street as, so far as we could see, there’s no road signage. However, it might be well worth making an effort (take the driveway following Maroan Reception, and you will realize that the Romlan name painted onto the wall).

Offerings here comprise very well-priced rooms at two-floor brick and concrete blocks–definitely going to get an upstairs room at a better view and more privacy. A traditional home is on hand for those that have a more comfy budget.

Grounds are well maintained, and though the waterfront area is a large concrete platform, it is well designed and features a large shade tree to help you escape the heat and enjoy the cooling breeze (if there’s some) off the water.

The staffs were friendly and professional. Romlan has been in the guidebooks for decades and in season fills fast, so reservations in advance are a good idea in a year. Rates started at IDR175,000 with sexy water, which struck us as a reasonable price.


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