Banda Aceh Hotels
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- Reviews: 450
Joel's Bungalows, Lampu'uk: Great beach views
Joel's Bungalows was wiped out during the 2004 tsunami and have since been rebuilt. They are positioned right on Lampu'uk beach, with some of the bungalows perched on cliffs. There is a large restaurant/bar/hang out area that overlooks the ocean. The bungalows are popular with surfers although most surfing occurs at the south end of the beach.
Prices begin at 150,000 rupiah. If your budget does not allow that, try Dian Rana Bungalows which are almost directly opposite Joel's. There are rooms from 60,000.
Unique Quality: Great views if you have a bungalow perched on the cliff.
- Reviews: 450
Dian Rana Bungalows: Friendly, quiet, relaxing
Dian Rana Bungalows are located right beside Lampu'uk Beach, about 15 kms out of central Banda Aceh. There are a range of rooms - fan cooled single rooms with shared bathroom for 60,000 rupiah to air-conditioned rooms with own bathroom at 200 - 250,000 rupiah a night. There is also a family room, and Dian Rana is certainly a family friendly place with large gardens, play equipment for children and a beach volleyball court.
Less than 50 metres from Dian Rana is the beautiful Lampu'uk Beach - very quiet on weekdays but quite busy on weekends as it is a popular weekend site for locals from Banda Aceh. Fortunately, the hidden Momonk Beach - a 500 metre walk through the jungle to a 'private' cove - is close at hand.
Staff at Dian Rana are incredibly friendly, the owners and young staff will help out in any way they can. Delicious, fairly priced meals are available.
I spent time learning a few words of Acehnese and helping out the young staff with their English - a lot of fun trying to explain the difference between asking a guest 'what do you want?' and 'what would you like?'
If you have travelled all the way to Banda Aceh, I'd certainly recommend a couple of days at Dian Rana.
Unique Quality: Right on Lampu'uk Beach, close to Momonk beach and very friendly staff to look after any needs you have.
- Reviews: 450
Hotel Lading: Central but lacking in vitality
I booked my stay at Hotel Lading via an email message as it was one of the few hotels within my budget range that I could contact from Australia. My reason for doing this was because I wasn't sure about accommodation availability when arriving on 27th December and because my flight didn't arrive until 9pm (which ended up closer to 10pm), so I wanted to be sure I had somewhere to stay. (As it turned out, there were very few people staying in the hotel.)
I paid 300,000 for a room that included air conditioning and breakfast although there were some cheaper rooms on offer.
Upon arrival, I realised Hotel Lading is more of a business hotel than a tourist hotel. The room was rather depressing, nothing wrong but certainly could have used a coat of paint. I found it difficult trying to explain to the night receptionist that I needed a bottle of water even though my Indonesian is more than basic. There are no credit card facilities.
The breakfast was poor, very little choice - rice and vegetables, not even toast on offer - although the coffee was good.
The manager when I met him the following afternoon was very friendly and spoke good English having worked in Australia for five years.
The hotel itself is very close to the market, the mosque, becaks and a nice riverside walk, so location is good.
Overall though, I heard better reports from tourists who stayed at Hotel Prapat and Hotel Wisata which both appear to be more tourist oriented and have rooms ranging from 100 to 200,000 - bearing in my that they are both hard to contact to book a room unless you are already in Indonesia.
- Reviews: 8
Hotel Lading: Budget hotel in Banda Aceh
A bit old but clean hotel in city centre. Very simple bread and jam for breakfast.
5 min walk to Great Baiturrahman mosque and market (pasar Aceh). Where you can find clothes, shoes and food stalls. The market closed in the afternoon but street vendors open 'till late
Unique Quality: Located in city centre, 5 mins walk to great Baiturrahman mosque #1 tourist spot.
Provide airport and harbour pick up. Sultan Iskandar Muda airport to hotel cost you rp. 70.000 (usd 8) and Ulee Lhuee harbour (from Sabang) cost rp. 50.000 (usd 6)
- Reviews: 951
Joel's Bungalows: Rebuilt after the tsunami
At the northern end of Lampuuk beach, where the beach abruptly ends at a cliff, Joel has rebuilt his restaurant and bungalows. As before the tsunami, surf-boards are for hire.
This is the only accommodation on the beach, perfect for a few days of surfing. We just had a look around, as we are no surfers and had our hotel room in town. Forget to ask for a price list.
Unique Quality: The bungalows actually hang on the cliff, the view from them is great. The rooms are open and airy, yet private. Good use has been made of recesses in the cliff for making open-air bathrooms.
- Reviews: 633
Hotel Raya: One of the cheapest Hotels in Banda Aceh
Fairly good 2 bedroom with bathroom for Rp 2
120000, not so good rooms with shared bathroom Rp 70000
- Reviews: 1
Hotel Grand Nanggroe: Good option for NGO workers in Banda Aceh
The Grand Nanggoe is a very comfortable, modern hotel in Banda Aceh. It doesn't go to the extremes of the Swiss Hotel with its utterly out of place luxury look. The rooms are modern and have Internet. Also, the breakfast option is not bad, with either the Indonesian option or your own simple request (eggs, etc.). The Paviliun Seulawah (also reviewed on these pages) is also very good and has a better central location, but personally I found the Grand Nanggroe rooms far better quality for the same price. If location is more your concern, however, I would say the Seulawah is also a good option.
- Reviews: 109
Swiss Bel-Hotel: Swiss Bel-Hotel
This hotel is quite breathtaking as you walk into the reception area. Clean square lines with strong, yet understated, Acehnese and Muslim elements. Smart receptionists in red headdresses. Through the spacious lounge area you can see the swimming pool and glass-walled fitness centre. The rooms don’t disappoint either, furnished in a similar style, with light brown as the dominant colour. The service is very enthusiastic. Breakfast / room service are OK but not great. Rooms are quite quiet although some noise from other rooms and air conditioning units can be heard.
Considering what was previously available in Banda Aceh (ie the mosquito-infested and structurally unsound Hotel Sultan) this place is on a completely different level, and even rivals the best hotels in Medan (but without the bar scene, obviously). It seems to be fairly full most of the time, and the preferred conference destination for NGOs. Neither the rooms ($90+) nor the extras are cheap though. Surprisingly there seem to be more Indonesians there than foreigners.
Unique Quality: The only complaints were: no alcohol (4 establishments in town have licences, so why not the biggest hotel?); hot water was warm rather than hot; in-room internet didn’t work while I was there; the area outside the hotel looks like a rubbish tip; as it has glass walls the fitness centre is fully visible from reception, which seems strange since men and women are not allowed there at the same time to preserve the modesty of the women (by the way, women have the 6-8pm slot!).
- Reviews: 4
Swiss Bel Hotel: Hotel now open
The Swiss Bel Hotel is now open (October 2006). It offers one of the few places in Banda Aceh open for lunch during Ramadan. The rooms look very comfortable but are outside my budget!
Unique Quality: The only pool and fitness centre in Banda Aceh.
- Reviews: 4
Pavilliun Seulawah Hotel: Good hotels in Banda Aceh are hard to find
The hotel has recently been refurbished after it was flooded by the tsunami. It is clean and the staff are friendly. Most of the rooms face into a central courtyard, which means they are quiet and it is possible to get a good night's sleep. There is a restaurant which includes beer! There is a park opposite which makes it possible to get some exercise. In my opinion this is a better hotel than the Sulthan, although it is not so central. If your budget will not run to the Swiss Bel Hotel then this is probably the best bet for foreigners.
Unique Quality: The flood showers are as good as any I have come across. There is plenty of hot water.
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