The Best Hotels in Semarang, Indonesia

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29 December 2020

Central Java’s provincial capital, Semarang, may not have the allure of some of Java’s more frequented tourist hotspots, 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. You’ll find plenty of variety in accommodation, so check out our pick of best places to stay.

Gumaya Tower Hotel

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
4.1/5 (96 Reviews)
Gumaya Tower Hotel
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Towering above the heart of Semarang’s Central Business District, the five-star Gumaya Tower Hotel is conveniently located a 15-minute drive from Semarang Tawang Train Station. With swathes of sparkling marble and ornate decor, the hotel boasts an executive lounge, fitness centre, spa, open-air swimming pool and four dining options that include the stylish Sky Line rooftop lounge. With its floor-to-ceiling glass windows, you’re guaranteed impressive panoramic views over the city.

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PO Hotel Semarang

Hotel
4.4/5 (314 Reviews)
PO Hotel Semarang
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Located in central Semarang, adjacent to the popular Paragon mall, PO Hotel is ideal for those that want all the city’s best sights and attractions on their doorstep. There’s a range of accommodation options on offer, from twin rooms to the presidential suite, all featuring an open plan design and elegant, contemporary decor. The hotel also boasts three dining options, a fitness centre, spa and open air swimming pool where you can unwind while overlooking the Semarang skyline.

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MG Setos Hotel

Business Hotel, Hotel
3.8/5 (16 Reviews)
MG Setos Hotel
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A popular choice for business travellers, MG Setos Hotel is located smack-bang in the city centre and is a 15-minute drive from Ahmad Yani International Airport. Banquet and convention facilities include seven function rooms and a luxury ballroom that can accommodate 1,500 people. As well as having a restaurant, the hotel also connects with the neighbouring mall’s food arcade.

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Oak Tree Emerald

Hotel
3.7/5 (43 Reviews)
Oak Tree Emerald
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The 172-room Oak Tree Emerald Hotel is situated in a leafy setting that will make you feel like you’re miles away from the city centre. The impressive outdoor pool is a great place to relax and the unique “beer garden” pool bar has a laid back ambiance with a snack menu and regular entertainment. For heartier fare, Cendana restaurant offers an international menu throughout the day.

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ARTOTEL Gajahmada

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.8/5 (4 Reviews)
ARTOTEL Gajahmada
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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 personality 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 can be found at the 24-hour Fat Elephant restaurant, while the stunning, candle-lit rooftop is the ideal spot for a sundowner cocktail paired with some Semarang delicacies.

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  • Hotel Santika Premiere Semarang

    Hotel
    3.8/5 (35 Reviews)
    Hotel Santika Premiere Semarang
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    Hotel Santika Premiere Semarang is located in the city centre, a 20-minute drive from Achmad Yani International Airport. The bright and airy, modern rooms feature all the mod cons you’d expect from a four-star hotel and also offers two dining options. Cafe Delima serves a spread of international dishes, while Asian food is available at the Mayang Sari Restaurant.

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    Hotel Ciputra Semarang

    Hotel
    4/5 (123 Reviews)
    Hotel Ciputra Semarang
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    A five-star international hotel, located just 15 minutes from Semarang’s Ahmad Yani Airport, the hotel is located in the retail, dining and entertainment complex on Simpang Lima Square with direct access to Ciputra Mall. All 200 rooms feature contemporary decor with all the mod cons and the Gallery Restaurant serves an array of western and Asian delicacies with a daily buffet or à la carte menu.

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    Java Go Residence

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    Java Go Residence
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    If vast hotel chains aren’t your bag, then you’ll love the homely ambiance at the colonial-style Java Go Residence. With 17 rooms, all with breakfast included, the hotel also has a small library and a restaurant serving Indonesian dishes using organic and locally-sourced ingredients. Situated in a leafy, hilly neighbourhood, the hotel is a 15-minute drive from Ahmad Yani International Airport and 30 minutes from the city centre.

    These recommendations were updated on December 29, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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