We were at this guesthouse for one day at the end of Aug during the Indonesia national long holiday. Most of the hotels and guesthouses in Tuk Tuk were fully booked in advance. This guesthouse charged us 5 times higher than normal. The guesthouse is far away from Tomok Jetty. We were first pleased by the owner to pick us up from the Jetty. The room has no TV and no air conditioning; and it has no hot shower as well; but, all these came under our expectations. Once we arrived, we found the guesthouse was too remote. There was nothing to do except watching other families playing in the lake. We asked the owner (the only available driver we were able to access) if he could take us to tour around the island; he did not want and indeed tried to organize a plan on the following day which we had to leave in the early morning with (what we think) a relatively high price. Such arrangement had already spoiled our trip. The upset eased a little bit with the good food provided by the cook of this guesthouse. The horrible part came at night. We found our room was between a family who had booked 2 rooms between us. The wall between rooms is very thin. In our room, we could clearly hear the children yelling and parents shouting and it is so thin that every corner of our room could hear the sound clearly until 01:00 in the morning. The worst part came when people using the toilets upstairs and next to us, certain odor came directly from our toilet and quickly spread in our room the entire night. We only had 2 options, stayed awake and outside the room or sleeping with the door opened. I had chosen the first option with a sleepless night after a long day of travelling from Barestagi.
Stayed in this guesthouse is my worst experience in recent years travelling regarding to the price I paid, the location, the room quality and the services this guesthouse provided. We found nothing to do in this guesthouse except viewing the lake for 24 hours. I would suggest people staying at Tuk Tuk where more guesthouses and hotels are available and more transportation facilities to choose. However, if you are travelling using your own car in low season, you may rate this guesthouse differently.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thyesza guesthouse and restaurant is beautifully situated on the waterfront of Lake Toba. Enjoy tranquility and sweet idleness; try delicious Indonesian and European cuisine; take a swim, or go on an adventurous hike up the mountain and get a phenomenal view onto the lake or enjoy the hot springs. ... more less