Best Hotels in Medan 2023: Budget to Luxury Medan Hotels

Choosing from the best hotels in Medan is a daunting task; it’s an enormous, chaotic city stretching for 265 square kilometres and packed with nearly two and a half million people (3.4 outside of the central city area).

This city in North Sumatra is often a necessary pitstop for people visiting the province. It has the largest, most modern airport in Sumatra and is the biggest city in Indonesia outside of Java.

Whether you’re just looking for a cheap place to lay your head before exploring some of North Sumatra’s top attractions, or keen to dive a little deeper into this sprawling, crazy city, we’ve sussed out the best Medan hotels for you.

While we haven’t personally stayed at all of these Medan hotels, we have thoroughly researched all of them and taken personal advice from the many travellers we’ve met passing through Medan.

From budget hotels in Medan to the fancy-shmanciest rooms in luxury hotels in Medan, read on to find the best place to stay in Medan and advice on how to choose a Medan hotel that’s right for you.

First published in 2018, this blog was updated in April 2023. During COVID, the quality and number of Medan hotels changed drastically. Some that were previously well-rated have deteriorated considerably (as we found out first-hand!)

We’ve spent countless hours checking the most recent reviews and talking to people to ensure our information is up-to-date and accurate.

Cover photo from Flickr courtesy of U.S. Department of State under Creative Commons: Medan City View-021

Disclosure: The hotels listed here are affiliate links. That means if you click on a link and book a hotel, we may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you!)
However, all our opinions are from our extensive research and our own experiences. We are not paid to promote any of these hotels and would not recommend them if we didn’t genuinely believe they are great places to stay!


In a Hurry? Here are Our Top Medan Hotel Picks

What to Look for in a Medan Hotel

Handy to attractions and amenities: We’ve said it before, but it bears saying again; Medan itself is massive. Traffic is ridiculous at any time of day, and even more so during traditional “rush hours” in the morning (7-9) and evening (4-6).

Getting from one place to the other can be frustrating and time-consuming. If you’re planning on seeing any specific sights in the city, try to choose a Medan hotel near top attractions.

Although most travellers are keen to get out of the city and head to North Sumatra’s amazing natural bounties, there are plenty of interesting things to do in Medan.

 Within easy reach of food: While some hotels have restaurants attached, you’re likely to get a better meal (and better deal) if you head out for some street food or find a restaurant in the area. We have found that not all hotels are in neighbourhoods where it’s easy to find food.

If you’re a solo traveller in Medan, we don’t advise roaming the streets at night looking for a bite to eat unless you’re in a “good” suburb, and even then, take care.

Even couples and groups need to be aware of their surroundings and make smart choices when in this big city.

Picking a hotel in Medan city with nearby food options like street food or even a supermarket is a definite plus.

A Note About OYO Hotels in Sumatra Indonesia

When searching for Hotels in Medan, Sumatra on popular booking websites, you’ll no doubt come across a ton of OYO properties.

OYO is a global chain of leased and franchised hotels and living spaces throughout a wide range of countries.

OYO hotels are generally surprisingly highly rated, so come up quite high on the search rankings, but we would recommend avoiding these properties at all costs.

During our research about the best Medan hotels, we did a deep dive into dozens of supposedly “highly-rated” OYO hotels and guesthouses.

But when you dig deeper, the reality is very different. There are many 9 or 10 ratings with no comments or insight. But buried within these are the genuine reviews, which reveal a very different story.

From what we can see, OYO hotels have somehow accrued a great deal of fake positive reviews that bury the negative ones.

While the prices seem great, often, when something seems too good to be true or a real bargain, it’s not what it seems.

We did find ONE OYO hotel in Medan that appears to have genuine positive reviews (you’ll find that listed in the best cheap hotels in Medan section below), but we recommend avoiding other OYO listings without thoroughly vetting the most recent review section.

Are RedDoorz Hotels in Medan Sumatra Worth Booking?

As with OYO above, there are quite a few RedDoorz hotels in Medan. RedDoorz is a Singapore-based hotel company that operates throughout Southeast Asia.

From our research, the RedDoorz Hotels in Medan (and widely throughout Sumatra) do not live up to the supposed quality standards they claim to.

If you find one with good reviews, we recommend digging a little deeper to ensure they are what they seem.

Our Picks for the Best Hotels in Medan

Best Cheap Hotels in Medan

Price-range below 300,000 IDR (19USD/Euro $30AUD)

There are plenty of budget hotels in Medan, but finding a decent one is not as easy as you’d expect! When it comes to cheap hotels in Medan, you really do get what you pay for.

If you’re prepared to tolerate dirty sheets, smoky rooms, and smelly toilets, you can probably find plenty of guesthouses for less than 100,000 IDR.

But if you’d prefer somewhere a little more clean and comfy, there are some budget Medan hotels that fit the bill – just go in with realistic expectations of a safe place to rest for a night or two, and you’ll be fine!

Here are our top picks for the best cheap hotels in Medan Sumatra.

Cordex Hotel Medan

Cordex Hotel Medan is conveniently located right in front of the Deli Park Mall, so it’s great if you want to wander across and do a little bit of shopping.

It’s also not too far from the Shri Mariamman Temple and Tjong A Fie’s Mansion, so you can pop over to check those out without spending hours in traffic.

This is a good spot for backpackers. The rooms are basic but in good condition, and the staff are friendly and helpful.

Recent reviews say that the WiFi is fast and the place is clean. Overall, this is an excellent affordable Medan budget hotel where you get good value for money.

Thumbs Up:

Great location not far from malls and attractions. Friendly, attentive staff and nice clean rooms.

Thumbs Down:

Recent reviews mentioned slightly grubby toilets and a noisy fan.


OYO 727 Merlion Hotel

This OYO property is the only one we found among dozens that seems to have believable positive ratings.

It’s located near Ring Road, which houses a nice, big mall (complete with a range of restaurants) and a movie theatre complex.

There’s a shared lounge, air-con in the rooms, free WiFi and private bathrooms.

Thumbs Up:

  • Recent guests appreciated the clean rooms, hot shower, comfy bed, and great location.
  • They also mentioned the convenient in-house café.

Thumbs Down:

  • We couldn’t find any negative reviews about this Merlion Hotel, but do note that there are fewer reviews overall for this property, so the rating may not be as accurate as for others with 100s of reviewers.


Vosstel Guest House

This Medan guest house has mixed reviews: some rated Vosstel Guest House “superb,” with others labelling it “poor.” but overall, the good outweighed the bad.

The location is a good start. In the central city, this Medan guest house is within walking distance of a range of restaurants and cafes, including KFC. It’s also only 2.2kms from the train station.

Rooms are private, with private bathrooms, although you will share a lounge. In your room, you will have a desk and flatscreen TV. Towels and bed linen are provided.

Thumbs Up:

  • Value for money.
  • Nice hot showers, natural lighting, good location and decent WiFi.
  • Price is cheap.

Thumbs Down:

  • Recent guests complained that this budget Medan hotel was quite hard to locate.
  • Some commented on smelly bathrooms, stained walls, and dusty bed linens.
  • One review noted that the staff do not speak English.


Wisma Sederhana Red Partner / Wisma Sederhana Budget Hotel

We’ve stayed here quite a few times and found the hotel overall to be good value.

We only stayed in the cheapest rooms, which suited our needs for one or two nights. Rooms are fitted with a TV and air-con, and there are simple bathrooms inside.

At times, we’ve found the bathrooms to be a bit smelly, and cleanliness is not top-notch, but it was good enough for us for a night or two.

The downside of this place for us is the immediate location. Other than one or two food carts in the street outside, there’s not really anywhere on the doorstep to grab a bite to eat – not even an Indomaret (like a corner store) to buy supplies.

Breakfast is often included, but when we stayed, it was a choice of toast or badly cooked nasi goreng.

However, the staff are friendly, helpful, and professional in this budget hotel in Medan, and I’d feel safe staying here as a solo female traveller.

Thumbs Up: 

  • Comfortable rooms, friendly staff, room service available, free WiFi.
  • Located close to street food.

 Thumbs Down: 

  • Located on a busy street – it can take a while to get through traffic right outside the hotel.
  • Not much nearby of interest nearby.
  • Some rooms have no windows, and the budget rooms are quite small.


The Top Mid-Range Hotels in Medan

Price-range 300,000-600,000 IDR
$30-$60 AUD

If you have a little more wriggle room in your budget, you can get a really nice hotel in Medan for just a litlte more money. Sometimes, if you’ve been doing it rough in the jungle, it’s nice to have somewhere slightly fancier to clean up and get organised in.

Here are our best picks for mid-range hotels in Medan.

Grand Sakura

This is actually one of our favourite affordable places to stay in Medan! To us, it feels like four-star luxury, but without the high price tag!

The vibe is kind of like a slightly dated luxury hotel, and we have always enjoyed staying here. It’s in a great location: step outside for food options, minimarts, ATMs, and a great little supermarket.

The breakfast is tasty (hey, anywhere with a cold milo machine has us hooked!)

You’ll get a comfortable, clean room, and the WiFi is good. In fact, it’s just all good. You’ve got a TV and air con in the room, a safety deposit box, free toiletries, as well as a nice bathroom and hot shower.

Plus, there are two restaurants to choose from, room service, and even karaoke if that floats your boat.

You can walk to either Medan Mall or Centre Point Mall.

The staff are lovely. We were staying here a few years back when I was super sick and ended up needing an ambulance to go to the hospital (long story for another day!) They took care of everything.

This is our favourite affordable Medan hotel.

Thumbs Up: 

  • Great breakfast, super comfy beds, very clean, room service.
  • Free shuttle to Centre Point Mall or Medan Railway station, free WiFi.

Thumbs Down: 

  • Perfectionists may notice the furniture is slightly shabby and the standard rooms don’t have any views.
  • Recent reviews comment on the poor Wifi and less than stellar views from the rooms.


Ibis Styles Medan Pattimura

While we haven’t personally stayed at the Ibis Styles Medan, it is one of the most highly-rated affordable hotels in Medan.

Just 1.3kms from Cambridge City Square and 2.1kms to Plaza Medan Fair (both excellent malls), you’d be hard-pressed to find a better location.

This Medan hotel has a restaurant, bar, and fitness centre. Guests will receive a continental breakfast, and all rooms have tea and coffee-making facilities.

Thumbs Up:

  • The building is relatively new, so the facilities are in good working order.
  • The location is excellent.

Thumbs Down:

  • Recent guests appreciated the breakfast but didn’t rate the coffee very highly!
  • One guest complained about the birdsong being too loud in the morning, although this could be a positive for some!


Radisson Medan

The Radisson Hotel in Medan is highly rated across booking platforms. It has an excellent location close to Gatot Subroto Main Road. This puts guests at just a 10-minute stroll from numerous dining options, including an all-year durian market if you’re feeling brave!

Next door, you’ll find a mall and a KFC, as well as a very good coffee shop nearby.

There’s an outdoor pool, 24-hour desk, key card access, WiFi, and even restaurant and karaoke facilities. Guests can even make use of the hot tub and fitness centre.

Every room is equipped with a fridge and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Thumbs Up:

  • Beds are large and comfy.
  • The hotel is beautiful, clean and modern.
  • Breakfast is highly rated with a good range of food.
  • Staff are super friendly and speak English well.

Thumbs Down:

  • Most reviewers were positive about their stay at the Radisson Hotel Medan, although there were one or two comments about a toilet that refused to flush and some stained sheets.


Swiss-Belinn Gajah Mada Medan

While we haven’t stayed at this hotel, we have had more than one or two of our friends compliment it, so thought it deserved a mention.

Here’s what one of our acquaintances said:

Lovely staff, good food, clean, love the location, close to the train station, Centre Point shopping mall. Good street food right out the back of the hotel. Can be noisy sometimes, but other than that, good.”

Another friend said the buffet breakfast is good, but the neighbourhood is not so nice, and also commented that it’s quite noisy.

You’ll find the usual offerings: WiFi (the description says free in public areas, so might pay to check if you need WiFi in your room). TVs, safety deposit box, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathrooms with toiletries and hot water.

You can even get an in-room massage or work out at the fitness centre. There’s a restaurant with a bar and lounge area too (or room service if you want). This is one of the most popular hotels in Medan.

Oh, and did we mention there’s a lovely swimming pool on the roof?

Thumbs Up:

  • Reviewers rave about the breakfast and the strategic location near food vendors and Indomaret.
  • Rooms are spacious and clean.
  • Staff are helpful, and the breakfast is varied and delicious.

Thumbs Down:

  • Room soundproofing is not great, and the hotel is noisy. Bring earplugs!


The Best High-End Medan Hotels

Price range 600,000 – 1,000,000 IDR
36 – 66 USD/Euro
$60 – $100 AUD

If you have a slightly more generous budget, why not stay in one of these fantastic high-end Medan hotels? While they might not be 5-star accommodations, they are right up there with some of the best luxury hotels in Medan, and won’t break the bank.

Take a load off and relax in one of these fabulous quality hotels in Medan, Indonesia.

Aryaduta Medan

Located on top of the Grand Palladium Mall, Ayarduta Medan has a great central city location. It’s only 1km from Cambridge City Square and 1.3km from Plaza Medan Fair – both very nice malls.

There’s a lovely pool, fitness centre, and you can book in-room massage treatments. 

All rooms have minibars, safes, TV, and air conditioning.

As well as boasting great reviews on booking platforms, Ayarduta is highly recommended to us by multiple friends that have stayed there recently.

Staff here are friendly and helpful, the breakfast is generous, varied, and delicious. 

Thumbs Up: 

  • Nice pool
  • Excellent location
  • Fantastic breakfast
  • Spacious rooms

Thumbs Down:

  • Some reviews noted that furnishings are a bit dated and worn out. 


Grand Mercure Medan Angkasa

The Grand Mercure is a highly-rated hotel in Medan that’s pretty fancy, but more affordable than the luxury hotels in Medan.

Here’s what you get for your money: an outdoor pool. Two on-site restaurants. Free WiFi. Rooms with a TV, minibar, and air-con. Cocktails at the Violet Lounge.

Of course, location is important too in a city as big as Medan. Well, staying at the Grand Mercure Medan puts you only half a kilometre from Centre Point mall, just over 1km from Medan Mall, and less than a kilometre from the train station.

We’ve heard great things directly from friends who spent several nights recently at Grand Mercure and loved their time there.

Thumbs Up:

  • Excellent food in the restaurant and via room service.
  • Lovely clean pool.
  • Big, clean rooms.
  • Friendly staff and an excellent gym.

Thumbs Down:

  • Recent reviews mention a lack of international food for breakfast and commented that the restaurant food was a bit overpriced.


Harper Wahid Hasyim Medan by ASTON

This pretty new Medan hotel offers modern rooms with stunning city views. Located in the city’s centre, guests rate it highly for its cleanliness and comfort.

There’s a selection of restaurants and cafes in the neighbourhood.

There’s a restaurant, 24-hour front desk, room service, and free WiFi. They can also arrange a paid airport shuttle service.

Rooms feature air conditioning, desks, kettles, safety deposit boxes and private bathrooms. Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast.

Thumbs Up:

  • Friendly staff and security.
  • Non-smoking rooms are available.
  • Clean and comfortable.

Thumbs Down:

  • Recent reviews mention poor-quality WiFi and a lot of noise from the bar next door.


Hotel Deli River and Restaurant Omlandia

This is one of the most highly-rated hotels in Medan, although it isn’t located in central Medan. Instead, the Hotel Deli River is set slightly outside of the bustling city but still only 50 minutes from Kualanamu Airport (which is probably the minimum time it would take you to reach central Medan on a good day!)

While this Medan hotel isn’t ideally located for sightseeing in Medan, it does provide a lush, green getaway from the chaos of the city. It’s a beautiful spot that we hear people rave about. This place is particularly great for families.

There is an enormous pool, a shuttle, room service, and tea and coffee facilities. The property is beautifully landscaped and even has a lake. There are plenty of palm trees, exotic plants, and gorgeous views.

Thumbs Up:

  • The natural beauty, peace and quiet.
  • Large, comfy and clean rooms.
  • Friendly staff with outstanding service.
  • Lovely food in the restaurant.
  • Environmentally friendly.

Thumbs Down:

  • Not ideal if you want to wander the streets of Medan and explore the city. Other than that, there don’t appear to be any downsides to this lovely place.


The Best Luxury Hotels in Medan

Price range 1,000,000 IDR +
60+ USD/Euro
$100+ AUD

One of the fabulous things about visiting Sumatra is that you can live like royalty for a fraction of the price of home (for many Westerners, anyway).

Some of the best Medan hotels are only around one million rupiah per night, probably a fifth of the price that you’d be able to get an equivalent room for back home. For tourists with a more generous holiday budget, it’s a great way to treat yourself without breaking the bank.

Don’t worry about missing out on authentic Sumatra by staying somewhere nice: there’s plenty of time and opportunity to live like a local once you leave Medan City.

If you can squeeze it into the budget, why not spoil yourself with a stay at one of the top luxury hotels in Medan?

Here are our faves.

Adimulia Hotel Medan

One word summarises this luxury Medan hotel perfectly – FANCY! This place is positively palatial; it’s enormous, and you’ll feel like royalty when you stay here.

Of course, there are all the expected norms, like free WiFi, in-room fridge, coffee and tea facilities, bottled water, toiletries, robes and towels. Blackout curtains are an added bonus for jetlagged travellers.

You’ll also find a large indoor pool, a spa and sauna, massage options and a fitness facility.

The location is just as good; the Adimulia Hotel Medan puts you just over 1km from the train station and Centre Point Mall.

Thumbs Up:

  • Excellent buffet breakfast, with Indonesian and Western options.
  • A true luxury Medan hotel experience.
  • Courteous and helpful staff.
  • Spacious rooms.
  • Smoking and non-smoking floors.

Thumbs Down:

  • Honestly, we couldn’t find one! At a place this fancy, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything negative to say.


JW Marriott Hotel Medan

Want to stay at the best five-star hotel in Medan but figure you can’t afford it? Don’t be so sure! Five star hotels are much more affordable in Medan than in many parts of the world.

If you want to spoil yourself and feel like a celebrity, this is certainly the place where you can do it. 

We splashed out on a night here in April 2022 and it blew our minds.

The JW Marriott really is a luxury hotel. The hygiene standards were impeccable. Instead of in-room menus and information folders, they provided information via a QR code link, so you could view everything on your tablet, laptop, or smartphone. 

They also provided disinfectant wipes and masks. 

The staff were exceptional – extremely friendly and helpful. The room service menu had a wide range of healthy food, and the delivery was prompt and polite.

Unfortunately, we weren’t here long enough to check out the pool, restaurants or breakfasts, but we will definitely visit again to update you on all of those – no doubt they are just as excellent as the rest of this hotel.

It goes without saying to mention that all the (spacious and luxurious) rooms have TVs and air con.. so how about iPod docks, minibars, rain showers, bottled water, tea/coffee makers.

Hotel facilities include the fancy Quan Spa for all your massage and beauty needs (including plunge pools and a steam room).

And of course, there’s a gorgeous pool, bar, and fitness centre to make use of. Oh, and you’ll find an ATM and currency exchange on the property as well.

There’s a café with international buffet, and two restaurants (one Chinese and one Steak House).

The train station and Centre Point Mall are less than a kilometre away.

Thumbs Up: 

  • Pretty much everything. Super safe and secure.

Thumbs Down:

  • Backpackers may feel slightly out of place in their mud-stained, sweaty clothes – but you’ll soon be feeling fresh again after a swim, a spa, and a sleep in these luxurious beds.
  • One guest complained that the pillow was too soft – but if that’s your biggest problem while travelling, then you’ve likely had an amazing trip!


A Note on the Cambridge Hotel Medan

This is a warning, not a recommendation! This hotel is not what it once was. This one is not a great pick if you are looking for a luxury hotel in Medan. We recommend spending a little extra and splashing out on one of the spectacular hotels above.

This was once our favourite hotel in Medan; however, after visiting post-COVID (and post-brand-change), we no longer recommend the Cambridge Hotel Medan as luxury accommodation in Medan.

This place is a shadow of its former self. It might be a decent stay if it was priced as a mid-range hotel. But there is no way that this hotel is worth the high price tag. We recommend giving this one a miss!

Best Hotels Near Kualanamu Airport in Medan

Kualanamu Airport in Medan is a bit of a drive away from the “central city” – between one and two hours, depending on traffic.

If you’re arriving late or leaving early and don’t want to face the drive before or after a long flight, staying at one of the hotels near the airport is a great option that won’t break the bank.

Medan airport hotels are also a great option if you’re heading somewhere that doesn’t require you to drive through the city itself, like Lake Toba.

If you’re like us and not a fan of noisy, busy places, you can skip the city and head straight for the peace of the lake.

Horison Sky Kualanamu

Want to be as close to Medan airport as possible? You can’t get much closer than the Horison Sky Kualanamu – it’s literally inside the airport (just below the departure hall).

Here, guests can use the restaurant, free WiFI, and enjoy the TV and seating areas inside their comfy rooms.

Luxuriate in a lovely warm shower before heading off to catch your plane.

Thumbs Up:

  • Rooms are comfortable, clean and good value for money.
  • The buffet breakfast is tasty.
  • Best of all, you can sleep in until the last minute before you need to check in!

Thumbs Down:

  • According to recent reviews, it can be a little bit noisy due to the constant airport calls going all night.
  • Some guests complained that the rooms were too cold and that the bedding was a little stained.


Prime Plaza Hotel Kualanamu

Just 6 kilometres from Kualanamu Airport Medan, Prime Plaza is a well-rated hotel outside the city. There’s a restaurant, fitness centre and business centre, as well as an outdoor pool and children’s area. You can even get a massage if you need some extra r&r!

Rooms have fridges, air-con, and safes. Enjoy a buffet breakfast before checking out and make use of the handy free shuttle to the airport.

Thumbs Up:

  • Rooms are comfy, and guests love the pool.
  • The facilities and rooms are clean and spacious, and the staff are friendly and helpful.
  • There are some nice small street food places around the hotel.

Thumbs Down:

  • The only negatives in recent reviews were about the breakfast. Guests mentioned that there were few Western options and the quality was average.


Thong’s Inn Hotel Kualanamu

We have heard good things about this transit hotel but haven’t yet stayed here ourselves. Just a ten-minute shuttle ride from Kualanamu Airport, the rooms are said to be clean and the beds comfy.

There’s a good restaurant and a beautiful garden to enjoy.

Rooms have a TV and air-con, and some have a terrace or balcony. All have private bathrooms.

There’s a large pool, and the grounds are green and spacious.

Thumbs Up:

  • Very nice rooms
  • Lovely big pool
  • Nice green surroundings

Thumbs Down:

  • Breakfast is quite small, and guests reported a limited selection in the restaurant.
  • No sun loungers by the pool.


Wing Hotel Kualanamu Airport

Wing Hotel Medan is the second-closest hotel to Kualanamu International Airport. It’s a mere 360 metres away, and there’s a handy airport shuttle to get you there stress-free.

This Medan airport hotel offers free WiFi, airport transfers, a coffee shop, restaurant, spa and fitness centre. There’s even a gift shop!

Rooms are large, clean and comfortable, and the food in the restaurant is tasty. All in all, this is a great, affordable option close to the airport.

Thumbs Up:

  • Just 10 minutes from Kualanamu airport.
  • The beds are comfortable, and rooms are clean
  • Plenty of convenient stores nearby, including an Indomaret, café, and restaurants.

Thumbs Down:

  • Recent reviewers commented on poor Western breakfast choices.


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