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“Good value for money, great staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Jl. Udara No. 1, Berastagi 22152 , Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 11 Berastagi B&B and Inns
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“Good value for money, great staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

A lot has already been said that I'd agree with- very friendly and helpful staff especially if you want to climb a volcano. Good food for a good price and shared bathroom rooms 60,000- who can argue with that?! Id agree the shared bathroom isn't great but it does the job. And for 10,000 (less than £1) I'm not going to complain at the price of a hot shower! Really pleased to find this great tourist/travellers spot.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We were dropped off here by the coach driver who drove about 7 of us from Bukit Lawang. Nice little place with reasonable prices. Located right at the (only) main road where there are shops, food and buses littered everywhere. You could easily walk out and explore Brastagi/go to the mountains and come back back safely.
The rooms were pretty big and the toilet was small but clean though there was no hot water (you can pay extra for it though -- we regretted not doing that especially seeing how cold it can be). There was a nice little front porch with chairs and a table which was also nice. The only thing to take note of is the school behind the guesthouse which had a group of people singing loudly in the mornings but otherwise a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This guesthouse was recommended to me by a girl that runs a guesthouse by the same name in Danau Toba, and it was also the bus' first stop in Berastagi, so I spent 2 nights here. The only reason I made to Berastagi was to climb either one of the 2 volcanoes in the area. The guesthouse was decent, the bed was pretty comfy, and the room was reasonably clean. There was a nice garden area, and patio furniture in front of the bathroom ensuite rooms, which started at 100,000 rupiah (about $10) per night. The western style toilet, though, had no western style flush. There was a large bucket of water, and a plastic utensil for pouring in the bowl when done doing your business. The showerhead was right over the bucket of water. It was a teeny bathroom,with no hot water, but it did the job. The staff was amazing, and the food was as well. There was a plethora of information about the town and surrounding areas, and the woman that runs the guesthouse also teaches local girls English, so there were no communication problems there :) I recommend this guesthouse for budget travelers; there are also rooms with a shared bathroom, and those are cheaper!

Room Tip: There are privates as well as dorms here. Very basic lodging in a convenient location.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

The good: easy to find, pleasant enough reception staff, little terraces outside rooms
The bad: dirty rooms, rat infested, very noisy traffic/workmen/school, bed sheet had one rip and TWO cigarette burns in, only one threadbare blanket provided, rock hard pillows, all furniture very worn and filthy, no hot water, wifi turned off early.

I wasn't expecting 5 star luxury, but the room was pretty much the worst I've found in Sumatra so far and this is not the cheapest place I've stayed. Also, despite seeing hardly any other clientele, the cheaper rooms were "full" so I had to take one of the more expensive rooms. The communal areas look nice, hence "fur coat" but I really do challenge anyone to get a decent night sleep here. The rats running through the dining area towards the kitchen just made me shudder.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in wisma for 2 nights so i could hike mt. Simbayak, the staff offered alot of usefull info for hiking and i suggest you talk to the staff before you attempt a solo hike so you dont miss a turning on the trail. The food was ok and room was basic, they could do with some better bath room facilities, but it was ok for what i needed. Would recommend to a friend for staying here.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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30 hotel reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

I read some of the not-so-good reviews and am wondering if some people are expecting a bit much for $10/night (there are also cheaper options). I had a huge room with a balcony, I could access wifi, the food was really quite good (in particular the Berastagi pancake and avocado milkshake), and the woman at reception was really nice, had maps to the volcano, as well as information regarding local transport to Danau Toba and was really helpful.

It is true that there is singing at 7 AM (but if you want to hike the volcano, the earlier you head out the better as it rains everyday at around 1 PM - or it did when I was there), you need to flush the toilet yourself (with a bucket), but this is pretty standard at budget hotels in Sumatra, and yes there is one hot shower which costs about $1US (which will hardly break the bank on a luxury 'item' for Sumatrans). So if the above really bothers you, then yes, perhaps somewhere else may suit you better. But for $10, I had no complaints.

I would recommend this place.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

pros:
nice rooms
nice restaurant
good lobby
wifi everywhere but slow
really cheap
helpful staff
good location
quiet considering location

cons:
shared bathroom looks like the only clean it gets is from guests
not enough bathrooms long waits
staff sometimes very hard to find
as a result it is hard to get a hot shower as you have to pay for the key from them
rats were running on the rood keeping us awake

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jl. Udara No. 1, Berastagi 22152 , Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Sumatra > North Sumatra > Berastagi
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Berastagi
Number of rooms: 7
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Wisma Sibayak Guest House Hotel Berastagi

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