Sumatra Hotels and Accommodation
The island of Sumatra is famed for its lush jungles, smoking volcanoes and beautiful coastlines, and hotels here tend to be based around the main tourist resorts and sights. Accommodation here caters for adventure seekers, being well placed for those planning a jungle hike in search of wild orangutans, or a scuba dive into the warm waters of the surrounding Indian Ocean.
In North Sumatra, hotels are to be found within the sprawling capital city of Medan, on the northern coastline. Budget accommodation in Medan in not especially cheap, with the best selection being found along the Jalan SM Raja.
Where to Stay
There is only a small difference in terms of price between budget and mid-range accommodation in Medan, with many holiday makers choosing to spend just a little bit more to enjoy the additional facilities and services. Lodging rates for mid-range hotels always includes breakfast.
At the luxury end of Medan's accommodation market, Sumatra hotels come with pools, restaurants and pleasant scenery. Highly recommended are the trendy Garuda Plaza, and the Hotel Deli River, where guest rooms enjoy splendid views of the meandering Deli River.
If you are planning a visit to the Gunung Leuser National Park, then the hotels within Bukit Lawang are extremely close by and include a number of family run homestays (losmen). Bukit Lawang stands some 96 km / 60 miles to the north-west of Medan and features an array of accommodation lining the banks of the Sungai Bohorok river, including a popular camping site.
Further hotels in Sumatra are to be found within the busy town of Berastagi (lining the Jalan Veteran), around the picture-perfect volcanic lake of Danau Toba (on the Tuk Tuk peninsula), and at the acclaimed surfing island resort of Pulau Nias.
Accommodation is also clustered in many parts of the Banda Aceh region, as well as throughout Western Sumatra, at Bukittinggi, the Kerinci Valley, Padang and on the Mentawai Islands. Also of note is the lodging around the isolated Bengkulu area, the Riau province, the centrally located Jambi province, and in South Sumatra's Lampung province and enormous city of Palembang.