Where To Stay In Palembang, Indonesia: 10 Best Hotels And Rentals - Updated 2023

where to stay in palembang indonesia
Anne Marie
Anne Marie 

History meets contemporary life in Palembang, Indonesia. The city is the capital of the South Sumatran province, in Indonesia, and in addition to being one of the largest cities in the country, it is also one of the oldest, with its earliest records dating back to the 7th century. This port city lies on the Musi River and its banks are lined with stilted houses.

However, the impressive business and shopping districts are reminders that Palembang has moved confidently and successfully into the 21st century. The city also plays host to a number of interesting landmarks, like the iconic Ampera Bridge. Nicknamed the “Golden Gate of Indonesia,” this bridge spans the river, with beautiful lights at night.

Whether you are exploring the landmarks, soaking up the culture, or visiting for work, here are ten of the best accommodation options, for your trip to Palembang.

1. A favorite hotel in Palembang (from USD 36)

The name of Favehotel Palembang says it all: it is one of the favorite places for visitors to stay in the city. Whether you are booking for business or pleasure, this hotel is suited to your needs. It has the perfect downtown location, with easy access to the airport, the Palembang Trade Center and Palembang’s biggest shopping center, where you will find 500 stores and an arena, where large-scale events are held.

Favehotel Palembang has 163 rooms, all of which are eco-friendly. The other features of Favehotel are the family-friendly outdoor pool, which is located on a patio terrace on the fifth floor, overlooking the city. On the fifth floor, you’ll also find a spa, with traditional massages and a gym. Continental breakfast is included at the Lime Restaurant, in the lobby, which also serves traditional Indonesian food and western dishes, as well.

favehotel Palembang

Wifi Available

Address: Jalan Basuki Rahmat No. 1681
Accommodates: 2

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

2. A colorful farm in the middle of a city! (from USD 32)

If you’re looking for an adventurous diversion from the hotel scene, Palembang has many unique Airbnb options. The Urban Farm Villa with 167 Colorful Windows is probably the most colorful rental you will ever stay in. As the name implies, the outside of the house is covered in a rainbow of shutters. It also has lots of hanging plants, spread across multiple stories, with open-air decks, giving you the illusion that you might be staying in a treehouse!

This home is perfect for those seeking an interactive experience. The hosts have been thoughtful enough to suggest and provide materials for lots of activities, like an easel for painting and binoculars for watching birds and monkeys from the top of a small water tower on the grounds. There is also a barn full of cute goats, and the host is willing to teach anyone interested in making organic fertilizer. If you are interested in farming, try your hand with a chili seedling. The host will mark your name on it and if it yields crop, you are more than welcome to return to pick it yourself!

Guests also have access to a canoe and you can use it to paddle down a private canal to the Borang River, a small, gentle waterway, surrounded by lush vegetation. While it sounds like this home is out in the country, it is only 15 minutes from Palembang and 20 minutes from the city’s attractions.

Rumah Jendela
Sematang Borang, Sumatera Selatan, Indonesia
8 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire villa 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a beautiful secluded house with lots of rooms and common spaces surrounded with vegetable gardens around it
our host wahib was also kind and communicative
he's very nice and helpful
the location of this place can be loved by some and not quite for some others
one of the best thing about this place is its caretaker mr supardi
great place to stay in palembang
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3. A cozy home near the city center (from USD 42)

For a home that is located right in the excitement of the city center, Valerie’s Guest House is for you. It is very close to the airport and all the sights along the Musi River. It is a house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms and can accommodate up to six people. It comes with all facilities needed for your stay, including air conditioning, complimentary coffee and tea, a TV, kitchen appliances and utensils, and even baby equipment, for those bringing their little ones along. Though it’s in the city center, it is clean and quiet and is located inside a small gated apartment.

Valerie's Guest House 3 Bedroom Safety Comfort
Sukarami, Sumatera Selatan, Indonesia
27 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire home 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the house is clean with complimentary tea and coffee in the living room
nice house clean and friendly host
the owner is very helpful
the host and the helper were really helpful and fast response
it was great and the owner was really helpful
owner is a great guy he always does his best to help us
very good place very kind and helpful host
it's a great place to stay the location was great and the host were friendly & very helpful
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4. A family-friendly hotel that adults will love, too (from USD 112)

The extra efforts Novotel Palembang takes to be family-friendly make it the perfect place to book if traveling with little ones. They offer special family rooms, which come with a room for two adults and two children, a special kid-friendly menu, a welcome gift, and even a later checkout time! Kids will also love the other amenities, like pay-per-view movies and the outdoor pool. Adults will love the fitness center, sauna, and excellent food offerings. There are several restaurants on-site, including the Square, serving international cuisine, and the Orient Chinese restaurant. There are also two bars: Le Bar is located in the lobby and has live music, and Splash Bar is outside, next to the pool and serves tropical drinks.

Novotel Palembang also strives to reduce its eco-footprint, by implementing a towel reuse program, installing energy saving light bulbs, serving locally sourced food in its restaurants, and recycling food waste, through composting. This ideally-located hotel has thought of everything, from its responsibility to its guests and to the environment, and is a great place to stay, during your visit to Palembang.

Novotel Palembang

Wifi Available

Address: Jl. R. Sukamto No. 8A
Accommodates: 2

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Sauna Fitness centre

5. A top-rated hotel near all of Palembang's sights (from USD 45)

The stunning lobby of the 1O1 Palembang Rajawali is reason enough to stay at this hotel. Its design combines natural wood tones, with a sleek and shiny interior, a modern concept that is reflected in the rooms themselves. The hotel has 135 rooms, as well as two penthouse suites, that overlook the city.

Despite its luxurious design, the rooms are very affordable. The hotel also has a fitness center, al fresco dining, and a pool on the deck of an upper floor, giving you a fantastic view of the city. The 1O1 Palembang Rajawali is located close to a coffee shop and karaoke bar, and it is also about one mile (1.6 km) from the Ampera Bridge and 1.6 miles (2.6 km) from Palembang Square.

THE 1O1 Palembang Rajawali

Wifi Available

Address: Jalan Rajawali no. 18, 9 Ilir, Ilir Timur II
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

6. An affordable option with luxury quality (from USD 25)

The MSquare Hotel Palembang prides itself on having quick access to the attractions of the city. The central business district and government buildings are within walking distance for business travelers. You can also go on foot to the tourist attractions like the Ampera Bridge, Benteng Kuto Besak Fort, and the Masjid Agung mosque, the largest religious center in the city, which dates back to 1748.

The rooms in this hotel are a steal, but don’t let the inexpensive rates make you think this is a low-quality hotel: it has a restaurant, great views of the city, and modern decor. The low prices and an excellent location make the MSquare Hotel one of the best values for your money in the whole city.

MSquare Palembang

Wifi Available

Address: Jalan Rupit No 905-906 (sebelah ex Poltabes Lama) (sebelah ex Poltabes Lama)
Accommodates: 2

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Business centre Laundry

7. A five-star accommodation for a luxurious stay (from USD 79)

For a truly luxurious experience, book your stay in Palembang at the five-star Arista Hotel. All of the rooms have hardwood floors, city views, and decor inspired by contemporary Indonesian style. With several restaurants on-site, guests have a variety of meals to suit every mood. The 1000 Rasa Coffee shop serves much more than coffee–international and local cuisine is served up 24 hours a day.

For authentic, upscale Chinese dishes, try the Golden Abalone Restaurant. If you’re in the mood for pizza, the Brava Parlour menu includes handcrafted pies and European and Italian meals. After dinner, the Onyx Lounge is the place to be for your choice of cocktail. The Arista Hotel boasts excellent service and strives to give its guests the utmost in comfort, during their stay.

The Arista Hotel Palembang

Wifi Available

Address: Jl. Kapten A. Rivai
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Sauna Fitness centre

8. An amazing hotel that is attached to Palembang's biggest mall (from USD 45)

The classic yet modern Emilia Hotel is located within the Palembang Indah Mall complex. It has 131 rooms located in the five-story building, and all of them are air-conditioned, with a separate living area. All rooms include a breakfast buffet, from 6-10 in the morning. The goal of this establishment is to provide the utmost convenience to guests, and the Emilia Hotel delivers. They can provide sightseeing tours, luggage storage, laundry service, valet parking, and many other options to suit guests’ needs.

Within a few minutes drive, you can find yourself at important landmarks, like the Ampera bridge and the Kuto Besak Fort. It’s also within walking distance of a cinema, Starbucks, multiple restaurants, and a karaoke bar. The exceptional service plus the great location make the Emilia Hotel one of Palembang’s top hotels.

Emilia Hotel by Amazing

Wifi Available

Address: Jl. Letkol Iskandar No. 18
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

9. An affordable hotel with all the amenities (from USD 25)

The Hotel Swarna Dipa is ideally located in close proximity to the airport, city center, and the city’s attractions. It also has one of the most inexpensive rooms you will find in a Palembang hotel, which is perfect for budget or solo travelers. While it’s very affordable, this room doesn’t lack any necessary amenities, like a TV, electric kettle, and en suite bathroom, and the access to everything this wonderful hotel has to offer adds to its value.

The hotel facilities include a business center, fitness center, outdoor pool, and cafe, with extensive breakfast options. There is also a delicious in-house restaurant, which serves local and international cuisine. If you’re up for some fun at night, there is also a karaoke bar on the premises. A 24-hour concierge desk gives guests the best in service, and they can even arrange car rental and airport transfers.

Hotel Swarna Dwipa

Address: Jalan Tasik no.2

Air conditioning 24-hour front desk Designated smoking area Luggage storage WiFi Available Outdoor pool On-site parking Bar

10. A charming bungalow close to everything

For a more traditional Airbnb, this small house has a cozy atmosphere, which is sure to make you feel at ease. It has a spacious living room and bedroom, with plenty of space for storing luggage. The unit is a small guest house, right across the street from the host’s home, so they are available to answer any questions.

The home is located in a quiet neighborhood, just minutes away from the city’s landmarks. The host will either call a taxi to the house, or you can reach the main road in just a few minutes’ walk.

Calming Comfort in City Center
Ilir Barat I, Sumatera Selatan, Indonesia
3 reviews  Wifi Available
Shared room in guesthouse 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
very clean and homely
the owner hospitality and kindness is priceless
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Accommodations for every kind of traveler

From urban farms to luxury hotels, there is a place to stay that suits the experience you want to have in Palembang. With so many options close to the historical, financial, and shopping landmarks of the city, it’s easy to find something within your taste and budget. Come see what this capital city has to offer and prepare to soak up Indonesian culture!

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Anne-Marie works in publishing by day and aspires to travel as much as she can. While she has not yet seen the whole world, she's eager to learn and write about it!

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