Lhoknga Riverside Resort

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Lhoknga Riverside Resort’s relaxed atmosphere and comfortable accommodations offer a perfect starting point for surf explorers and adventure seekers looking to discover one of the last great mysterious regions of Indonesia. Nestled alongside the Lhoknga River, set on an impressive 2.5 hectares of land, we provide the most private and comprehensive accommodations in Lhoknga. Our rooms are clean, our air conditioning is cold, and our fibre based wifi is fast and flawless. Riverside’s onsite restaurant offers some of the most delicious local and international home-cooked cuisines in Banda Aceh. Very close to the resort are three world-class surf breaks, The Left, Lampuuk Right and The Peak. Riverside is a good vibes, family friendly establishment. Run by travelers, for travelers your hosts will provide insight into the local culture, restaurants, surf trips, and hidden places that are off the beaten path. Be sure not to miss our amazing complimentary breakfast made to order in the morning!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Wifi
Free breakfast
Beach
Boating
Airport transportation
Laundry service
Restaurant
Canoeing
Golf course
Snorkelling
Fishing
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room service
Separate living room
Private bathrooms
Kitchenette
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Indonesian

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Km. 14 Meulaboh Street, Lhonga 23353 Indonesia
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Mikal wrote a review Feb 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I loved my stay here. The hotel is right on the river, which is great for swimming and kayaking. The grounds are beautiful and well-kept, and the bedroom was very comfortable with great A/C. The cabin/bungalow I stayed in was quaint, quiet, and I loved relaxing on the hammock on my front porch. The food seemed to be authentic, home-cooked local food (the cooks are very kind Achenese women), and it was a highlight of the stay. All of the staff and management in general are very kind and helpful.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Response from RiversideAceh, Manager at Lhoknga Riverside Resort
Responded 3 Feb 2020
Dear Mikalcw14, Thank you for staying with us during your visit to Banda Aceh! We are so happy that you loved your stay at Riverside. It was our great pleasure to have you as our guest. We hope you will come again soon. Warmest Regards, Your friends at Riverside
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Lily wrote a review Jan 2020
Bali, Indonesia12 contributions18 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Simple and spacious accomdations with amazing food and amazing people! If visiting Banda Aceh, I highly recommend staying at Riverside. We brought our family and the kids had a blast on the beach as well as taking the boat up the river. Sam, the owner, is the nicest guy and very helpful. We will be back!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from RiversideAceh, Manager at Lhoknga Riverside Resort
Responded 20 Jan 2020
Lily, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review! It was our pleasure to host you and your family at Riverside. We are glad your children had a great trip up the river on the boat. Please come back and visit us soon!
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CoffeeMoringaGuy wrote a review Feb 2020
Indonesia40 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We just checked out this place fornthe forst time to have dinner with some friends and loved it. The rendang was amazing and lasagna great too. The atmosphere is relaxing and homey. We will definitely be back.. Ask Ibu Yanti to cook you up some rendang
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from RiversideAceh, Manager at Lhoknga Riverside Resort
Responded 12 Feb 2020
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a kind review. We are very pleased you enjoyed dinning at our restaurant. We hope that you will be back soon!
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Ken W wrote a review Jul 2016
Portreath360 contributions169 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
A reasonably good option in and around Llokgna, rooms are large and well appointed and the grounds to the river are extensive, food is good with attentive staff. Certainly superior to Yudi’s where we stayed for four nights. There is a satellite tv in reception and rooms also have a tv with limited channels.
The main problem with this place is noise, we travelled during Ramadan and there are at least three mosques close by, they are very noisy indeed throughout the day and increasingly so at night to the extent that it is impossible to sleep owing to the highly amplified prayers that are broadcast. Added to that there is an army barracks next door with early morning revaille and guns being fired all day. The owner, Sam also keeps dogs which bark a lot at night so not a lot of opportunity for peace and quiet.
The wi fi was extremely poor and during our two night stay we managed to get connected only once for around 10 minutes. Although he kindly let me his ipad for so that I could check in for an oncoming flight Sam needs to realise that we are in the 21st century and that guests need internet for a variety of reasons. We could get good internet in other parts of Llokgna easily so there is no excuse for such a poor service. He should have contacted his service provider and sorted the matter out as we understood from other guests the problem had been there for at least ten days. This also happened at another place we stayed at and the owner worked on the problem with the provider and the problem was resolved.
Please also be advised that unless you are a kitesurfer or surfer dependant on the season there is very little to do in the area, the area is not geared up in any real way for tourism which may be a good points dependent on how you look at it.
You will also need to hire a motorbike to get to the beach for surfing or kitesurfing.
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Date of stay: June 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jingling0042 wrote a review Apr 2016
Guangzhou, China1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As someone from North China, I see it as a very interesting experience to stay in Lhoknga Riverside Resort in Banda Aceh. This place is rather unique in its internationalization as well as its friendliness. I love the free spirit the people there have demonstrated, and the garden is very well tendered. Here you can enjoy the dazzling and healing tropical sunshine whithout any need to worry about the troubles caused by cultural gap. Talking to the owner Sam is another unforgettable experience. Sam's dogs will roam around in the garden at night to protect you from wild pigs and other wild life, but they are such sweet little creatures when dealing with people. This is the place for people who like real leisure and adventure.
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Date of stay: April 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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John B wrote a review Mar 2016
Haiku, Hawaii1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I am a 38 year old surfer from Hawaii, have been working in 5 star resorts for over twenty years and was blown away with the incredible style, comfort, and hospitality from the property to the rooms to the staff and owner. Honestly this was not my first choice, being a surfer, as I wanted to be closer to the waves but after spending three weeks in Lhokgna I was so thankful the other places I found online did not have rooms available. The Lhokgna Riverside Resort property is close enough that I enjoyed a nice walk to the surf and back. (I could have rented a bike but why the rush? Really not far) The other places I found online were so crammed together you have limited privacy.
Lhokgna Riverside Resort is a Huge property...guessing 4+ acres, bungalows are very spread out, sits right on a beautiful river, and the rooms are incredibly clean, beds are super comfortable, food is very delicious with both western and local cuisine and the whole entire staff made me feel welcome the whole time....it has a very family feel to it. The Owner Sam is one of the friendliest, caring, sincere Indonesians I have ever met and makes sure you are looked after. All the staff always seems to have a huge smile, and from what I've learned in the hospitality industry, this is a direct effect of how they are treated. Sam has put together an incredible place where everyone, guests and workers, are very happy to be there. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. I will be going back. I do not have anything negative to say, sorry I just don't. Oh one more thing....the WiFi is extremely fast, even with many others online I could still watch YouTube and other videos online.
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Date of stay: March 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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sunshinebr1t wrote a review Dec 2017
Northampton, Massachusetts14 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I live in Sumatra and was looking for a relaxing weekend away with a group of friends. We rented the two deluxe bungalows which were very spacious and comfortable. Despite the rain, we loved the ambiance of the property and the nearby beaches. Pak Sam was incredibly hospitable and friendly, arranging everything we wanted or needed with honesty and kindness. His wife even cooked a huge, delicious chicken curry meal on the last day for all of the guests, for free! The included morning breakfast was great and the staff was very kind and helpful. I will 100% recommend this spot to all of my friends and look forward to coming back in the future.
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Date of stay: December 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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PK wrote a review Dec 2018
Tuban, Indonesia8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I definitely recommend Riverside! Every time I go to Lhoknga I stay there. I absolutely love it. The owner Sam is the best, he’s like the uncle everyone wishes they had. He always comes around at the perfect time, full of smiles and stories, making your morning or evening that much better. The staff are amazing as well, super friendly and helpful. And always serving up the most delicious meals. The women there can cook!! Its just what you look forward to after a day of exploring, or of double surfs!! The dining and lounge area is super chill with couches, tv, pool table, and of course wifi, which actually works quite well. I think people might overlook Riverside because its on the other side of the road but it actually makes for a quiet and peaceful get-away. The grounds are really big, garden-meets-jungle ha ha, and are absolutely beautiful. You can sit on your porch in the hammock lost in the midst of never-ending green, and literally drink in the tranquility. And getting to the beach is easy. You can rent a bike and get to there in just a few minutes. When I stay there I just jog over in the morning to have a look at the waves. Its a perfect little warm up. And the crazy thing is, that even though its not right on the beach, I could still hear the waves from my room!! I haven’t stayed anywhere else so I can’t really compare. I stayed at Riverside the first time I visited and have found “home". Won’t be going anywhere else. If you’re looking for home away from home, I recommend staying there too. Really makes ALL the difference when you stay at a comfortable, enjoyable place. With good food! ;) Thank you Sam and all the staff - you guys are amazing and will always keep me coming back!! Hopefully see you soon!!!
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Date of stay: November 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from RiversideAceh, Manager at Lhoknga Riverside Resort
Responded 19 Jan 2020
PKE! Thank you so much for your amazing review of Riverside! We can't wait to host you and your friends again. The surf season is in full swing now and we hear the waves are going to be great in early March :)
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Amit wrote a review Jul 2018
3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Really enjoyed my stay here. Comfortable bungalows, nice food and friendly people.

They have a ping pong and pool table which is a really great bonus!

Sam the owner is a very nice guy. Pragmatic and helpful. He let us use his canoes on the river which was a lot of fun!

Terima kasih!
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Alexa W wrote a review Jul 2018
5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My boyfriend and I stayed at Riverside for a couple of weeks. Our experience here has been phenomenal. From staying in the centre of Banda Aceh in a hotel with no window to coming to Riverside definitely changed our perception of Banda Aceh.

-Interior of rooms are very cozy
-Affordable rate considering you can eat on the premises
-Western food, great even for vegetarian's/pescatarians (eat only fish) eg. delicious salad, veg lasagne (with tomato and eggplant), fish fettuccine, thin noodles with cocktail shrimp, fresh fruit salad, oats, pancakes, coffee and serve beer (not too expensive)
-Pool table in excellent condition and ping pong table
-Able to play music (our own music) on speakers
-I do a lot of work online and the WIFI works perfectly

ALSO NEAR BEACH (5MIN WALK) & HAVE CANOOS SO CAN ENJOY THE RIVER

SAM, YANTI, IJAH, AND ANI - THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. WE WILL BE BACK TO SHOW OUR FAMILY YOUR PLACE BEFORE HEADING TO SABANG

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Date of stay: June 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All the rooms are really nice and clean with nice decor eg. wooden floors, big enough windows to...
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Answer from PK
Tuban, Indonesia8 contributions2 helpful votes
If you are a tourist and stay in more tourist areas it’s okay not to wear hijab. Definitely okay at Riverside. When out i always wear long sleeve and long pants. Even when jogging to the beach I did. But a few people said its okay to wear longer surf shorts and short sleeve. So I did. Seemed fine. Just ask any questions you have to Sam when you’re there. He’s great. At the airport when you arrive you might feel more comfortable wearing one. Def different than the beach areas. Enjoy your stay!!
Junaidi D asked a question Jan 2017
:( would you be back again?
Answer from Ken W
Portreath360 contributions169 helpful votes
The resort was way better than Yudi's place but not close to the beach and kitesurfing. Areas of it such as down by the river were quite neglected. If I had to stay in the area then I would probably select this place but I didnt like the area, it was scruffy and dirty particularly the beaches with very little to do. At Ramadan as I've said in the review you cant get a drink and its hellishly noisy at night with all the prayers going on. The resort is probably the best of a very poor area where tourism doesnt really stand much of a chance.
Dibhamaysarah asked a question Mar 2016
Apakah bisa membuat acara ulangtahun dihotel ini?
Answer from Attila
Dublin, Ireland220 contributions65 helpful votes
Hi, Do you speak English perhaps?
Alexa W wrote a tip Jul 2018
5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are really nice and clean with nice decor eg. wooden floors, big enough windows to allow light to enter"
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Rick K wrote a tip Mar 2018
14 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are great, just chat with Sam about what you want....nothing is too hard."
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sjasmine07 wrote a tip Sept 2017
Jakarta, Indonesia1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"villa bungalow is the best for stay because fully equipped with facilities."
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Dane N wrote a tip Mar 2016
Brisbane, Australia51 contributions50 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Villa bungalow room was excellent"
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sammitenn wrote a tip Feb 2016
chamonnix19 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great and quite aircon rooms with big verandas"
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What are some of the property amenities at Lhoknga Riverside Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Lhoknga Riverside Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Lhoknga Riverside Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Lhoknga Riverside Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Joel's Bungalows and Restaurant, Saho Coffee & Roastery, and Kuala Seafood Crab&fish.
Does Lhoknga Riverside Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Lhoknga Riverside Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lhoknga Riverside Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Indonesian.