The Best Hotels in Palembang, Indonesia

The Alts Hotel has an outdoor pool with sweeping views of Palembang
The Alts Hotel has an outdoor pool with sweeping views of Palembang | Courtesy of The Alts Hotel / Expedia
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12 January 2021

For a taste of true Indonesian culture in South Sumatra, book one of these hotels in Palembang.

Once the ancient capital of the Srivijaya kingdom, Palembang was a wealthy trade hub and renowned centre of Buddhism. Business calls many visitors to the city today, but it’s also known as the Venice of the East thanks to the Musi River, which flows through it. In South Sumatra, you’ll have the chance to embrace local Indonesian culture without the crowds of tourists. Here are the best places to stay in Palembang.

The Alts Hotel

Hotel, Luxury
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Renovated in 2019, the Alts Hotel offers modern rooms with a simple monochrome colour scheme and large windows that accentuate the brilliant city views. Fresh flowers add a homely touch. You’ll find gym facilities, a relaxing spa and a pool on the 10th floor. The on-site Café Delapan Restaurant offers tasty local food with Chinese influences.

Aryaduta Palembang

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Towering 18 storeys above the streets below, the Aryaduta Palembang offers an elegant stay in the city’s shopping district. The presidential suite here is particularly special, featuring a private jacuzzi, workout area and kitchenette. The hotel is just a short stroll away from the Palembang Icon Mall – try the delicious laksa (spicy noodle soup) at Uncle K.

The Arista Hotel Palembang

Hotel, Luxury
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The Arista Hotel Palembang is one of the best five-star hotels in the city. Rooms are contemporary Indonesian in style, with marble bathrooms, wood panelling and fresh orchids. For those catching an exceptionally early flight, fear not – breakfast is served around the clock at the 24-hour coffee shop. You can also have Italian dishes at Brava Parlour, cocktails at the Onyx Lounge and Chinese delicacies at Golden Abalone Restaurant.

Hotel Santika Radial Palembang

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Santika is one of the best hotel networks in Indonesia, known for its clean, modern rooms and excellent service. Its Palembang branch does not disappoint, with floor-to-ceiling windows and chic, minimalist decor. For food, check out the nearby, aptly named Pempek Radial, where you’ll find pempek (the traditional Palembang delicacy made from fish and tapioca, served with sweet-and-sour sauce).

Beston Hotel Palembang

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Set in the business district of Palembang, Beston Hotel is close to government offices, city attractions and shopping centres. Opposite the hotel, you’ll find the largest traditional market in town. After a morning of retail therapy, unwind back in your spacious room with a view of either the pool, river or city skyline. Downstairs is a wine cellar with 3,000 bottles, ready to sample.

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  • The Zuri Palembang

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    Looking for luxury on a budget? Book a room at the Zuri Palembang, right within the city centre. When it comes to design, the hotel features patterned tiles, art deco chairs and bright splashes of colour on the walls, while the individual rooms have vibrant modern decor, from geometric wallpaper to sunny yellow armchairs. Head to the rooftop infinity pool and lounge for sunset views across the city.

    The 101 Palembang Rajawali

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    Families will appreciate the spacious suites at the 101 Palembang Rajawali. Set against a neutral white and grey colour scheme, you’ll find plush blue carpets and multicoloured tapestries above the bed. Start your day with a morning dip in the rooftop pool before breakfast at the Recipe Restaurant – the Avocado Java Joe smoothie will certainly start your day off right.

    Harper Palembang by ASTON

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    The rooms at Harper Palembang are designed to make you feel at home, complete with fresh flowers, cosy armchairs and mood lighting. The hotel has not one but three dining options, depending on whether you fancy local Indonesian specialities, Chinese cuisine or baked treats (the cheesecake at D’Harper Lounge & Garden is a crowd-pleaser). Before a swim in the pool, book a traditional Indonesian massage at the spa.

    Wyndham Opi Hotel Palembang

    Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel, Luxury
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    If you are looking for luxury, the Wyndham Opi Hotel Palembang certainly delivers, with suites decked out with chandeliers and walk-in rainfall showers. Families are especially welcome here. Adults will love the sauna and spa (whisper it quietly – there’s a bar in the lobby lounge, too), while the kids can splash in the children’s pool and play area. Everybody wins.

    The Excelton Hotel

    Hotel, Luxury
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    This five-star hotel lies in the heart of the city. Just 35 minutes from the airport, the Excelton is within easy striking distance of the Ampera Bridge, Musi River (with its fantastic floating market) and Benteng Kuto Besak. Rooms come with plush carpets and spacious all-marble bathrooms with free-standing baths. Our favourite highlight has to be the swimming pool on the top floor.

    These recommendations were updated on January 12, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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