Stayed at Thyesza's for about five days and has mixed review. First thing first - location. It's in a very tranquil part of toba called Ambarita (not Tuk Tuk as google earth shows). Good thing is the guest house has a very nice water front where you can sit and just watch time pass, the bad thing is it's absolutely far away from everything. There are no taxi services in Toba and the only way out is if you rent a bike for about 150,000Rs/day. Having seen how the local drive in Toba, we gave it a miss. It seems to be incredibly popular with locals who drive their vehicle onto the island.
The guest house is very basic with paper thin walls where you can hear your neighbour sneeze. We were unfortunate to be there over the New Year period and Barbara Guest House next door were having Karaoke from 1am-3am, no one can sleep a wink! During the day there will be screaming kids, during the night karaoke. We had intended to have some quiet time and it was frustrating that we couldn't get rest.
The good parts, the lake is beautiful and Theysza is a lovely family. We spent time watching the dog chase the cats and their 7 kids running around the huge compound. Being so far away, it is almost impossible to go anywhere else for food... but luckily, Thyesza is a fabulous cook so we enjoyed every meal. Her ayam mentega, bbq chicken, fried fish, gado gado are absolutely must-trys.
So would I recommend friends? I guess... it's pretty decently priced but don't expect hotel standard facilities and services. (Expect the usual asian problems with toilets) The room is absolutely basic but the garden and lake is so beautiful anyway that you don't really want to stay in the room. Bring ear plugs for sure, no amenities such as towel, soap, toothbrush or towels. And ask the owners to help arrange a tour around the island if you don't feel up to biking around toba.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thyesza guesthouse and restaurant is beautifully situated on the waterfront of Lake Toba. Enjoy tranquility and sweet idleness; try delicious Indonesian and European cuisine; take a swim, or go on an adventurous hike up the mountain and get a phenomenal view onto the lake or enjoy the hot springs. ... more less