The Mahkota Hotel is by far the best value. Sitting at the edge of town it is a little more peaceful then in the center of town, it has a large swimming pool and 2 smaller children’s pools. It also has free WiFi, but only in the lobby. Breakfast is included.
Cost: 110,000 - 352,000 IDR
Conditions: Clean rooms start at 110,000 IDR. Rooms with hot showers start at around 250,000 IDR and their recently renovated suites are around 400,000 IDR a night.
Address: Jl Depati Parbo, (0748) 21640, (0748) 323984
Not far from the sports field (lapangan) in the middle of town, Hotel Jaya Wisata is easy walking distance to the market. Breakfast is included, as is free WiFi. It’s also conveniently connected to Mr. Ridho Cafe, which has the only espresso machine in town.
Cost: 150,000 - 545,000 IDR
Conditions: Rooms are clean and the hotel is relatively well kept. They range from 150,000 to 545,000 IDR per night, with hot showers in the rooms priced 250,000 and above.
Address: Jl. RE Martadinata No. 07, (0748) 21221
It opened towards the end of 2012 and is across the street from the newly opened Plaza Arafah and CFC, an Indonesian fried chicken chain. Breakfast (not fried chicken) is included.
Cost: 110,000 - 385,000 IDR
Conditions: Rooms range from 110,000 IDR to 385,000 IDR, with rooms with hot water showers also in the 250,000 IDR range.
Address: Jl. Muradi No. 28, (0748) 324459
For those solo backpackers looking for the lowest prices around (outside of a homestay with a local family), the centrally located Hotel Kayu Manis, Hotel Gunung Kerinci, and others like them could be your answer. Maybe. With the value and cleanliness of Hotel Mahkota’s budget rooms, you may want to consider your options.
Cost: 50,000 IDR
Conditions: Rooms go for 50,000 a night for a single person. Breakfast not included.
Address: Jl. RE Martadinata No. 34, (0748) 21226, 0823 7545 7779
Pak Subandi’s 5 room homestay may be the most popular with travelers, as his English is good and he has a wealth of knowledge about the surrounding area and the plant and animal life within.
Cost: 40,000 - 50,000 IDR
Conditions: The village of Kersik Tuo in Kayu Aro, at the base of Mt. Kerinci, is a great base for exploring the northern forests and wetlands of Kerinci. There are a number of “homestays” in this village, some closer to small inns than true family homestays. All but one are on the main road that passes in front of town, within about a 15 minute walking distance from each other, so you can easily check to see which one you may feel more comfortable in.
Address: 0812 7411 4273
Homestay Family is slightly more hotel-like than the other homestays, with varying room qualities and rates. Its double rooms have hot water and include breakfast, so are pretty good value for the money. However, before committing, you may want to check and see if the hot water is currently working, as it’s often out. This is the one homestay in Kersik Tua that’s slightly off the main road (head up the hill on the edge of the town and take a left. You can’t miss it down the road on your left).
Cost: 110,000 IDR
Conditions: The village of Kersik Tuo in Kayu Aro, at the base of Mt. Kerinci, is a great base for exploring the northern forests and wetlands of Kerinci. There are a number of “homestays” here, some closer to small inns than true family homestays. All but one are on the main road that passes in front of town, within about a 15 minute walking distance from each other, so you can easily check to see which one you may feel more comfortable in.
Address: (0748) 357080, 0821 8389 7788, Lindung Jaya M-10
Staying with a local family is a great way to really delve into the culture of the area, see what real life is like for rural farmers, and to make new friends that will be hard to forget. Also, since all formal accommodations are in the towns of Sungai Penuh and Kersik Tuo, staying with a local family allows you to base yourself in more far-afield places.
Cost: 50,000 IDR
Conditions: While families are happy to freely give their hospitality, we ask that visitors give them at least 50,000 IDR as a thank you and to cover food or other expenses that the family may have incurred. Also, keep in mind that these are families living in rural Sumatran villages – expect to give up the usual amenities and be taken outside of your comfort zone!
Address: Rural villages throughout Kerinci
We have a ready supply of tents, tarps and bedding. As we create your itinerary we will make our recommendations of which gear will be required based upon the size of the group, the season in which you are traveling as well as your destination.
Conditions: Rain or shine.
Address: The rainforest.