The Best Hotels to Book in Semarang, Indonesia

Hotel Ciputra Semarang has all the facilities you’d expect from a five-star hotel
Hotel Ciputra Semarang has all the facilities you’d expect from a five-star hotel | Courtesy of Hotel Ciputra Semarang / Expedia
Sarah Gibbons

Semarang, the provincial capital of Central Java, may not have the allure of some of the more frequented tourist hotspots on the island, but this thriving Indonesian port city is well worth a visit. A stroll around the metropolis quickly reveals its varied history and architecture, from its colonial past under Dutch rule to Chinese and Indian influences. Hop between the Muslim Great Mosque of Central Java, the Chinese Sam Poo Kong Temple, the Protestant Blenduk Church and the Buddhist Pagoda Avalokitesvara, then wander Semarang Old Town, or Kota Lama – often referred to as Little Netherlands. If you’re visiting on the weekend, be sure to fill up on local bites at the bustling Semawis Market before bedding down at one of these top hotels in Semarang, Indonesia – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Novotel Semarang, for soothing suites

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A spacious one-bed guest room at Novotel Semarang, with a large, textured headboard and a small sitting area
Courtesy of Novotel Semarang / Expedia

Eco-minded train travellers will love the location of this stately hotel, an eight-minute walk from Semarang Poncol train station. The hushed tones and blond-wood detailing in the suites will soothe the weariest of travellers, while the bold orange bathrooms deliver a morning wake-up call. Knuckle down with some lengths in the turquoise-tiled outdoor pool before blowing some cash at nearby Paragon Mall. Return to the hotel to get down to DJ beats in the on-site club.

2. Radja Art and Boutique Hotel Semarang, for urban family fun

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A bold two-bed guest room at Radja Art and Boutique Hotel Semarang, with a lime-green wall with a motivational phrase
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Nodding to its eco-conscious leanings, this hip hotel in Semarang uses recycled materials throughout. Colourful airbrushed murals and motivational quotes emblazoned on the walls add to the playful vibe. Families will love the large suites, the light-filled play area for children and the airy bistro for sampling chicken noodle soup. If the kids behave, treat them to a trip to the Semawis Market, 2km (1mi) away.

3. Gumaya Tower Hotel, for panoramic city views

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The sky lounge at Gumaya Tower Hotel with blue carpets, yellow chairs and large windows with city views
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Towering above the heart of the Central Business District, this five-star hotel in Semarang is a 15-minute drive from Semarang Tawang train station. With swathes of sparkling marble and ornate decor, the hotel has an executive lounge, a fitness centre, a spa, an outdoor swimming pool and four dining options. The crowning glory is the stylish SkyLine rooftop lounge; with floor-to-ceiling windows, it guarantees impressive panoramic views over the city.

4. PO Hotel Semarang, for the sights on your doorstep

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A living area at PO Hotel Semarang with a beige sofa and armchairs, a TV and a large window
Courtesy of PO Hotel Semarang / Expedia

Adjacent to the popular Paragon Mall, this hotel in Semarang is ideal if you want all the best city sights and attractions on your doorstep. There’s a range of accommodation options, from twin rooms to the presidential suite, all featuring an open-plan design and elegant, contemporary decor. The hotel also has three dining options, a fitness centre, a spa and an open-air swimming pool where you can unwind while overlooking the Semarang skyline.

5. MG Setos Hotel, for work and play

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The glass exterior of MG Setos Hotel fronted by an outdoor pool surrounded by tables and red parasols
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A popular choice for business travellers, this hotel in Semarang is smack bang in the city centre and a 15-minute drive from Ahmad Yani International Airport. Banquet and convention facilities include seven function rooms and a luxurious ballroom that can accommodate 1,500 people. As well as having a restaurant, the hotel also connects with the food arcade at the neighbouring mall.

6. Artotel Gajahmada, for eye-catching art

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A spacious room at Artotel Gajahmada with a double bed, a desk, a sofa, white walls and a colourful mural
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Boutique hotel lovers will enjoy a stay at the unique Artotel Gajahmada, featuring 80 studios with artworks from emerging Javanese artists. The hotel has bags of character and was designed by top Indonesian architect Andra Matin. The dark and stylish interiors contrast perfectly with eye-catching, vibrant artworks. Local and international cuisine is available at the 24-hour Fat Elephant Restaurant, while the stunning, candlelit rooftop is the ideal spot for a sundowner paired with some Semarang delicacies.

7. Hotel Santika Premiere Semarang, for mod cons

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The outdoor pool at Hotel Santika Premiere Semarang surrounded by grey lounge chairs and greenery
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This hotel in Semarang is in the city centre, a 20-minute drive from Ahmad Yani International Airport. The bright and airy, modern rooms feature all the mod cons you’d expect from a four-star hotel. As for dining, try Cafe Delima for international cuisine and Amarta Lobby Lounge for drinks.

8. Hotel Ciputra Semarang, for five-star comfort

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A spacious room at Hotel Ciputra Semarang with a double bed, a work desk and a warm colour scheme
Courtesy of Hotel Ciputra Semarang / Expedia

This five-star hotel in Semarang is in the retail, dining and entertainment complex on Simpang Lima Square, with direct access to Ciputra Mall – just 15 minutes from Ahmad Yani International Airport. All 200 rooms feature contemporary decor with all the mod cons, and the Gallery Restaurant serves an array of Western and Asian delicacies at the daily buffet or from an à la carte menu.

Jo Fernandez contributed additional reporting to this article.

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