The multi-story Zoe’s Paradise is as modern and flashy as accommodation can get on Lake Toba. And if you are after fine white linen and towels contorted into swans, then you are in the right place.
Rooms are nicely sized and very clean, with modern bathrooms and the bed comfy. The views can be excellent, but some are somewhat obscured from the roofs of the rooms on the ground below. Zoe’s also includes a fantastic restaurant place and a moderately sized swimming pool if the lake water is not attractive.
The grounds are streamlined, and there are a lot of stairs to get down to the pool –do watch your step on the slippery stair tiles having wet feet. Low season prices begin at IDR549,000 for a market room, IDR669,000 to get a superior and IDR799,000 for a deluxe. Peak season prices are incredibly high for the standard–shop online for a discounted rate.
A bit to the north of Gordon, Judita Cottage is a fantastic option if you want a slightly better fitted out and more extensive area, or a designed for households room.
On the other hand, there’s absolutely not any lawn area. Instead, a concrete patio runs down to the water, where there is a small diving board. Beds are comfortable with over standard (for Tom!) linen, and the toilet in the room we were shown was immaculate. Judita is closer to a couple of bars in this area so that you might get a little more noise in the evening. We preferred the local Gordon but is reasonable for this price bracket. Standard doubles opt for IDR250,000.
Better known for the ideally positioned sunset bar and restaurant (even if you are not staying here do swing for at least one sunset), Bamboo Guesthouse also includes three rooms hidden away under the restaurant from the water’s edge.
One is a large wooden bungalow, another two concrete cubes. For a budget traveler comfortable having a wooden shack and a cold water bathroom, we thought the wooden cottage was pretty appealing (although we would not bother with all the other rooms).
The bungalow includes a timber and rattan construction, lino flooring and also a very very old mosquito mesh — belief a funding 1990s Thai bungalow on the lake, and you will have the right idea.
The actual attraction here is the terrific views from the upstairs restaurant and cafe. Lots of comfy chairs, including a very tempting daybed, make this a great place to idle a day away or enjoy the sunset from.