Reading the other reviews on Tradvisor it seems that people are confusing Danau Toba International Cottage Berastagi with a resort of a similar name in Parapat on Lake Toba. The Brastagi resort is nowhere near the lake.
We stayed here for a few nights recently during our travels around Northern Sumatra. We were brought here by our guide, and our initial reaction was that it had some good things going for it. Our room was spacious and clean, with hot water in the bathroom which made a nice change, though the bedroom had seen better days (we were Informed that they were refurbishing but we did not see much evidence of this). The selling point was the wonderful view of the two volcanoes (Sibayak and Sinabung) from our window and patio. The was a swimming pool but we did not use it.
It was about 10 or 15 minutes walk down into the town (there is a short cut). If you want fresh towels, bins emptied, or the room cleaned you have to let them know at reception as it does not happen automatically. There was free Wi Fi in the main lobby/ reception area but not in the rooms.
Unfortunately, breakfast (included in the price) was dreadful. We were given a choice of greasy fried rice, greasy fried noodles, or toast, all served with a greasy fried egg. The orange 'juice' was a cordial, not fresh. No fruit, which seemed pretty poor considering the amount of fresh produce that is grown in the area. The coffee was very weak but the tea was okay. It was a bit of a joke really.
There is a mosque just a little way down the road so expect to have your sleep disturbed at around 4:30am. It was noisy, though more tuneful than some! I do not know if it is every morning, but definitely on Friday and Saturday. A good nights sleep is very important to us so this was an annoyance.
It was an okay place but be wary of hotels selected by a guide as they may not have your best interests at heart (more often their own!), as we had already experienced via different guide in Bukit Lawang. We paid 300,000 (about 30 USD) a night which was more than we had originally intended on spending on accomodation here but, after nearly 5 hours in a minibus, we were feeling jaded and wanted to relax.
If we returned we would try a different hotel as I think you can find better value for money elsewhere. The selling point of this resort was the view, the rest is debatable.
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