We booked in advance to stay at Thyesza and were picked up in Tuk Tuk by Mama Thyesza after one of the friendly hotel owners in town called her for us. It's quite a drive (about 20 minutes) to Ambarita and there is absolutely nothing out there, so you need to expect that you will eat most of your melas at the guesthouse.
The rooms are huge and the beds are very comfortable. The bathroom was average and had some plumbing issues with the toilet, which is pretty common in Asia. You also needed to ask for toilet paper and even then they only gave you a little. The shower in the bathroom is cold, which is a problem in Toba as it's much colder than the rest of Sumatra!
The setting is lovely and the views of the lake and surrounding hills are beautiful. The swimming here is OK, but obviously the water is much clearer at Carolinas. The menu in the restuarant is fairly good and all the food we had was delicious. Often a lot of the items on the menu weren't available (understandably they are a little far from town but we were the only guests staying!). Also there is no wi-fi at the property.
We stayed here to get away from Tuk Tuk but there was really no need as we actually found it to be noiser here! I'm not sure if it was a fluke, but we had two different student groups come to stay during our time and they were incredibly noisy with music, mega phones and all. We also slept poorly because of the guest houses dogs. Whilst they were really cute, they seemed to be at the centre of some sort of all night dog fight with stray dogs, right outside our window. Not only was this noisy, it was also distressing as it sounded like they were trying to kill each other. We mentioned this to the staff and they just laughed it off.
In the end, we left because we couldn't handle the noise anymore and went into Tuk Tuk which we found to be way more peaceful.
One other thing to note is that they are happy to give you a transfer to the guesthouse but not so useful when it comes to getting back into town. They suggested that we hire a moto from them and drive with all our bags and then bring the bike back, not a very logical solution as it still leaves the problem of getting into town. Finally, we ended up paying her husband 30,000rp to get into town.
This place is OK for one night or so but 100,000rp is a bit overpiced . I'd reccommend staying in town as it's quiet, conveniant and the swimming is better.
- 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