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“Friendly, courteous staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Luta Resort Toraja
Dr Ratulangi Street No.26 | North Toraja, Rantepao 91854, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Rantepao
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Friendly, courteous staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

We arrived in Rantepao at 5AM by bus. We did not expect to arrive so early, but decided to try our luck at the hotel anyway (it was still dark outside). Amazingly, the staff received us very politely and after checking some paperworks, he gave us key to our room! I know on the website it mentions "early checkin possible" but 5AM is very early (we were prepared to be told to wait/nap in the lobby).

The room was clean, there was problem with the hot water in the bathroom but this was fixed immediately after I reported the fault. Location was right in central of Rantepao, which is useful to walk around in the evening for dinner etc. Breakfast was just average though.

Overall, excellent service and nice friendly hotel :)

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

After a long 8 - 9 hours by bus trip from Makassar. We came late night, staff was waiting for us and we were greeted with a delicious tamarillo (terong belanda) juice. Rooms are nice and clean, its very good place to stay and relax after a day trips of beautiful Toraja. We spent 9 nights in Luta Resort and its very enjoyable with little garden, nice pool with overlooking river and sometimes we can see eagles flying. The reception staff (Ms. Fitria) is really polite, helpful and friendly that matches the fine facilities with thoughtful consideration who not only gave us some fantastic information about Toraja, places to go etc, but our own personal escort out of the city to see all the Tongkonan and the spooky graves- that was fantastic.. We will certainly be recommending your hotel to our friends and hope that we can return next time to Toraja.

Many thanks for Mr. Fitria, Someone that makes me comfort and feel joy durring in Luta Resort... :)

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

We paid $62 a night for 5 nights. We wished we would have spent 3 or 4. That would have been plenty of time there for experiencing funerals and taking hikes (our interests)
What we liked about the hotel?
Modern, clean, good AC, little balcony, lovely grounds, nice pool, overlooking river(but full of trash, not the hotel's fault),
What we didn't like?
Low water pressure, very little english spoken(difficult to communicate), restaurant was mediocre.
It was quite a trek getting there, bus during the daytime both ways about 9 hours. Bintang Prima was good, but it looks like there were many other newer buses.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the 3rd floor. Better views, quieter
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We lodged in Luta Toraja last September 2012 for 3 nights in a Deluxe room and we were really pleased to stay there. Our room was very nice, clean, well decorated and spacious, with nice views over the river. The reception staff is really polite, helpful and friendly. The breakfast is an small buffet with a good choice of Indonesian food and continental breakfast. They have a nice swimming pool facing the river where you can watch the sunset with the river running below you. You have 2 hours of free wifi everyday that works well near the reception or the bar lounge, not in the rooms far from the reception. The have life music everyday in the bar until 9.00pm, and in spite of it could be a little bit loud, it finishes not too late. The hotel is located 5 min by foot from the center in a quite location in front of the Catholic chuch and with many shops around.The staff in the reception can help you to find a guide for Toraja, they work with a guide called Astro who was our guide during our 3 days there. He is the perfect guide for Toraja, extremely polite, good English, all the time attending your needs, giving you space and making you feel relaxed, giving you very good explanations about Toraja with very good knowledge of his land. He made us enjoy Toraja very much. About the restaurant in Toraja, we went to Rimiko restaurant the first night followiing the lonelyplanet recommendations but we did not like this place at all, the owner of this place was an unpolite man trying to be our guide and made us feel very unconfortable there. After that, we went everynight to "Cafe Aras" which is in the main street of Rantepao, a little bit more expensive than Rimiko (just a little) but very quiet, clean and nice place with delicious food.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

The place is located in a dark street in Rantepao, with not a lot of options around. But only 5 minute walk to the main street and were you can find some shops and restaurants.

Definitely not the cheapest option in Rantepao. (there are many options for accommodation in Rantepao which are not in trip advisor!)

Receptionist and staff were very friendly and there was loud music in the lounge area when we arrived (9pm until 10pm or so) so be prepared to hear it from your room. Music wasn't particularly nice (bad karaoke of Kati Perry and Rihanna... auch!)
There are also rooms that face the river which may be quieter.
The room was clean and spacious, the wifi was NOT free and signal was very weak and we needed to re-enter a password every 2 or 3 hours...
We actually booked into Luta Resort because we wanted to have Satellite TV during a couple of days last June to be able to watch the Eurocup football (soccer) games in the evening and our plan succeeded!

We were surprised with the food which we found tasty and fresh. We only ordered dinner once to be brought to the room and we really enjoyed it!

Breakfast was fine but nothing too special.
Swimming pool area looked nice but it was a bit cold for us to get in the water!

Rantepao is an interesting town. Don't miss the market, which is very authentic and why not try a Torajan typical dish like chicken or pork cooked in bamboo stick?

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

The Luta hotel is a good hotel. We asked for a quiet room. At first we were given a room on the ground-floor. Soon we found out, that the music from the bar was so loud, that we could hear it very well in our room. When asked we were given a room on the second floor with river view. This room was very quiet and clean. The breakfast was good. The staff was very helpfull.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

I stay in Rantepao 4 days for visit toraja,i choose this hotel because i think to be the best choice here. The hotel is good but the price is very high for the services.
The room is clean but the white wall inside is dirty and there's no maintenance of the rooms, very typical throughout Indonesia.
The rooms facing towards the river during the night are often filled with the smell of fried food coming from the kitchen, the daily cleaning of the rooms is very essential.
Try to check in Rantepao if there are better offers because even though the hotel and' good choice 'too expensive for what' offers.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Dr Ratulangi Street No.26 | North Toraja, Rantepao 91854, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Sulawesi > South Sulawesi > Rantepao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Rantepao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 36
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