Monday, January 19, 2015

Where to Stay in Tana Toraja: Hotel Pison

"We're here!" I told Beau as I looked out of the window. After our 7.5-hour bus ride from Makassar, we finally reached Tana Toraja. We arrived so early in the morning, around 4:30 AM and it was freaking cold! We had no idea at first that this hotel is just along the highway, so we disembarked in the town center. Good thing it was just a short ride from there and just paid IDR 10,000 for a trishaw to take us.

view from our balcony

We made our booking online just before we go there. We were glad that they accommodated us even if it's still too early before the check-in time. The check-in process was fast and we got to choose a room. There weren't that many guests that time.

our colorful bed

We selected a Standard Double Room at the second floor. It is easily accessible from the Reception by the stairs and it is near the wifi router. Oh yes, we had a fast wifi in our room haha!


The room is spacious enough. There's a little seating area and some bare wardrobe for your stuff. I am satisfied with the overall cleanliness of our room too.

I said "bare" right?

It also has en suite toilet and bath complete with a bathtub, shower and a heater.


Another bonus is the balcony in each room. It is nice to sit out there for some fresh air and just to appreciate the cool mountain view. It is surrounded with lush mountains and plantations.

my fave spot - the balcony

The hotel also has a restaurant. We didn't try dining here though as we were always on the road and we just ate whenever we feel like stopping.

This is an excellent budget hotel in the area. Located in Rantepao, it is near to the big markets and some restaurants catering for travelers.

the restaurant
You can also rent a motorbike from them for a very reasonable price. We rented one for only IDR 70,000 a day. We used it for touring around Toraja by ourselves which was fantastic. They will also provide you with helmets for your safety. Some tourist attractions are just 10-minute drive from the hotel. Awesome.

The staff were also nice and helpful. We didn't have problems approaching them when we need anything. Aside from the early check-in, we were also allowed to do late check-out. They also called the bus company to request to just pick us up from the hotel when we were already going back to Makassar.

If you are a backpacker on a budget or a traveler who doesn't mind very basic rooms, then this hotel is perfect for you!


Accommodation Information:

Hotel Pison

Address: Jalan Pongtiku II, No. 8, Rantepao, Tana Toraja, Indonesia 91831
Contact Nos: +62 423 21344
Website: none but they can be booked through Agoda and Booking.com
Rates per Night: IDR 200,000-230,000 for a Standard Double Room with Balcony

Accommodation Rating: ♥♥♥♥