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Where To Stay In Manado, Indonesia: Hotels & Vacation Rentals

Published Apr 26, 2017

As the capital of North Sulawesi, Manado is a fast-rising destination for both leisure and business travellers. Through the years, it has caught the interest of tourists with its historic places, like its temples and churches. The city is also home to nature-inclined attractions from lakes to volcanoes as well as a top snorkelling and SCUBA diving destinations. If you are wondering where to stay while in Manado, here are the top accommodations, from luxury to affordable lodgings.

1. Luxury at the City with the Four Points by Sheraton (from 53 USD)

From a hotel name synonymous with luxury, the Four Points by Sheraton Manado suits the taste of the city’s upscale guests. Situated on top of the shopping centre, this hotel has the most strategic access to the downtown area of Manado and its waterfront.

The hotel has an outdoor pool, an on-site restaurant, and a fitness room. The Four Points by Sheraton has 257 rooms and 41 suites with WI-FI access and a seating area and guests can pick rooms with either city or sea views.

Four Points by Sheraton

Address: Boulevard, Jl. Piere Tendean, Sario, Kota Manado, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia (see map)

Price: from 53 USD

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2. Affordable Rooms at Hotel Sakura (from 18 USD)

For those looking for inexpensive accommodation in Manado, Hotel Sakura offers pocket-friendly rates with a great location, making this hotel one of the top-rated Manado hotels. A no-frills place to stay, in the city of Manado, guests can enjoy basic amenities and services like free parking, cable TV, kettle, Wi-Fi, and toiletries.

As one of the newest hotels in the city, guests can expect to stay in a clean and safe hotel with Hotel Sakura. Manado’s harbour is only 3.6 kilometres (2.2 miles) away from this hotel.

Hotel Sakura

Address: Jalan Laut Aru No.71, Ranotana, Sario, Kota Manado, Sulawesi Utara 95116, Indonesia (see map)

Price: from 18 USD

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3. Manado Green Hostel for backpackers (from 18 USD)

For those looking for a clean and comfortable hostel in Manado, stay at Manado Green Hostel – one of the top rated hostels in the city! This inexpensive accommodation is close to key locations, like the Manado Harbor and the mall. Going beyond when it comes to service, guests can expect assistance from booking flights to hailing a taxi early in the morning.

Manado Green Hostel offers 4-bed and 6-bed dormitory rooms for males and females. Mattresses are tidy and the rooms are comfy. Breakfast is huge and the hostel’s kitchenette lets guests prepare food. For those venturing to the villages of Indonesia, the hotel offers free luggage storage.

Manado Green Hostel

Address: Jl. Sarapung No.38, Wenang Utara, Wenang, Kota Manado, Sulawesi Utara 95111, Indonesia (see map)

Price: from 18 USD

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4. Retreat to Grand Luley Manado (from 55 USD)

Those looking for luxury hotels in Manado should stay at the Grand Luley Manado, a 4-star resort set in a 6 hectare (14.8 acre) verdant and lush property. When it comes to location, this resort is in the perfect spot – Bunaken Island is just across from here and the resort is within the National Marine Park, right at the edge of a mangrove forest. For guests who needs to go to the city centre, it is only 35 minutes away.

Set in beautifully landscaped gardens, Grand Luley Manado has an outdoor pool, spa, fitness centre, and multilingual staff. Its luxurious villas provide the best amenities to make each guest have the perfect stay, while in Manado.

Grand Luley Manado

Address: Tongkeina, Bunaken, Manado City, North Sulawesi 95244, Indonesia (see map)

Price: from 55 USD

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5. Find a hidden gem with the Janji Laut Resort (from 92 USD)

When coming to Manado for diving, stay at the Janji Laut Resort, a nature-engulfed accommodation, some 35 kilometres (21.7 miles) away from the city. Overlooking the famous Bunaken National Marine Park, this is the best place as a home base for those who want to explore one of the world’s best diving spots.

Cottages and the rest of the resort are primarily made of wood, giving Janji Laut Resort a relaxing and elegant vibe. Pick from rooms with either sea or garden views. Rooms have private balconies, canopy beds, seating areas, and minibars. The resort also has an outdoor pool with stunning views of the sea.

Janji Laut Resort

Address: Sampelang, Ranowangko, Tombariri, Minahasa, Tanawangko, Ranowangko, Tombariri, Manado, North Sulawesi 95351, Indonesia (see map)

Price: from 92 USD

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6. Family-friendly villa on the beach (from 109 USD)

Listed on Airbnb, this 3-bedroom villa is the perfect accommodation for those who want to experience a luxurious villa, with a group but not break the bank. Made of wood, following local designs and craftsmanship, this villa overlooks Bunaken National Park. It also has its own private beach. Guests can enjoy luxury and privacy at this villa without spending a lot of money.

To name some of its amenities, this villa has Wi-Fi, onsite parking, ironing and laundry facilities. Dedicated staff can assist guests during their stay and its outdoor spaces and decks with stunning views are just some of the villa’s highlights.

Villa on the Beach

Price: from 109 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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7. Your own villa with Beach Villa Robinson (from 109 USD)

Enjoy a private villa, while in Manado with Beach Villa Robinson. Perfect for those who love to explore Bunaken National Park, this 2-bedroom villa is suited even for those with little kids. Each bedroom has a king-sized bed and fitted with ample amenities, such as Cable TV, Wi-Fi, washer, dryer, iron, parking, and kitchen.

Its outdoor infinity pool has great sea views. From the cliff, take the steps to the villa’s private beach. Staff includes a cook that can prepare sumptuous meals, from breakfast to dinner.

Beach Villa Robinson

Price: from 109 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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8. Stylish house with swimming pool (from 49 USD)

Outside the city centre, this modern house is perfect for families, travelling in Manado. It is located in a residential compound - Citraland Manado - and provides 24-hour security to all residents. To beat the heat, the house has its own swimming pool with outdoor shower, while not far from the house is a waterpark.

With 2 bedrooms, this is great for groups and families. Fitted with western facilities like hot shower, previous guests love the attentiveness of the host and the facilities, like their fully equipped kitchen.

Stylish House with Swimming Pool

Price: from 49 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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9. Shoppers will love the Ibis Manado City Centre Boulevard (from 35 USD)

For those who love staying in new hotels, book your nights at the Ibis Manado City Centre Boulevard. As one of the new additions to the list of hotels in Manado, guests can expect modern rooms and amenities. This 154-room hotel is housed in an 11-storey building, right in downtown Manado. Nearby, are shopping malls like Manado Town Square and Manado City Centre Boulevard.

Rooms offer either sea or mountain views. In-room facilities include Wi-Fi, coffee/tea maker, minibar, hair dryer, LCD TV, and safe. The hotel also offers complimentary breakfast, room service, free parking, and an on-site restaurant.

Ibis Manado City Centre Boulevard

Address: Jl Piere Tendean Boulevard No 85 Sario Utara Lingkungan 3, North Sario, Manado, Manado City, Sulawesi 95111, Indonesia (see map)

Price: from 35 USD

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10. Chill at Mapia Resort (from 69 USD)

A great home base for those diving in Manado is Mapia Resort, a laid-back resort tucked within a landscaped garden setting. Away, but not far from the city, Mapia Resort offers a strategic location for guests. Rooms are made of wood, typical of Indonesian craftsmanship and designed with lots of space and fitted with ample amenities.

The resort also offers family rooms as well as Wi-Fi, private parking, outdoor pool and a restaurant and bar. Those with special diet requests can ask for this kind of menu. Catering to international guests, the resort offers multilingual staff.

Mapia Resort

Address: Jl. Raya Tanawangko Kalasey I - Dusun II, Kec. Pineleng - Kab. Minahasa, Kalasey Satu, Manando, Kabupaten Minahasa, Sulawesi Utara 95361, Indonesia (see map)

Price: from 69 USD

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Make your choice

Exploring Manado, from its vibrant city centre to its outstanding diving sites and countryside are made even better with varied options when it comes to accommodation. Be it for luxury, private lodging to no-frills budget-friendly hostels, guests will have the best stay, in Manado.

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Valerie Caulin is a travel and lifestyle writer and runs her own blog, She loves writing about hotels, family travel, and anything related to history and culture.

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