For some unfathomable reason, Makassar seems to have an oversupply of hotels, and more are being built all the time. As the new ones attract the travellers, occupancy rates fall off in the older ones, leading to some excellent deals. The only time you might find it hard to book a hotel room is during Lebaran (also known as Idul Fitri), the major celebration that marks the end of Ramadan. For many Indonesians this is a week-long holiday when they travel back to their home towns. Ninety percent of hotel guests in Makassar are Indonesians travelling for business or holidays, so hotels tend not to provide tourist information geared towards Westerners, though that may be changing.
We recommend using Agoda or TripAdvisor to find your hotel or homestay accommodation. For short stays, we recommend staying within walking distance of Pantai Losari (the waterfront promenade). Rooms that face directly onto the waterfront tend to be noisy. But hey, that’s life in Makassar. Hotels one or two streets back from the waterfront are generally quieter.
There are too many options to list here, but a couple rate a mention here. The Hotel Pantai Gapura is well worth a visit, whether you choose to stay there or not. With its old-world wood panelling, cottages standing out over the water and tropical garden setting, the Gapura is an oasis in an otherwise busy part of town. Non-staying guests can swim in the pool (for a fee), enjoy a drink overlooking the sea at the Balleriate Bar, or dine in the ship-shaped Pinisi Restaurant. Hopefully the towering new Swiss-Belinn Hotel next door doesn't spell the end for the Gapura. A couple of other hotels also have nice bars open to the public (see Eat & Drink).
The other special mention is to the Fave Hotel in Jalan Daeng Tompo. This local addition to the Fave group opened in 2014 and is an excellent mid-range hotel located a short walk from Pantai Losari. Booking online with the promo code "bookdirect" will get you a 20% discount. It was the home of the creators of this website for a few months in 2014, which is why most of the cafes and restaurants listed here are within walking distance of it. The famous Lae Lae restaurant and Sop Ubi are just across the road (see Eat & Drink). It consistently rates well on TripAdvisor thanks to its good pricing, friendly staff and cheerful rooms.
A room at the Fave Hotel in Jalan Daeng Tompo, one block back from Pantai Losari, and the birthplace of Survivor's Guide: Makassar!
To help you get your bearings, you can see some of the main accommodation districts on the map below. Click on the icon in the top left of the map and select the "Districts" layer. Click here to open the map in a new window.
The Fort Rotterdam/Karebosi district is home to a couple of big shopping centres (MTC and Karebosi), a sportsground, the fort itself and the city offices, and it's still not far from Pantai Losari.
Just to the north is Sentral, an older part of Makassar incorporating markets, Chinatown and the industrial port of Makassar. There are some cheaper hotel options here, for example in Jalan Jampea.
Further afield, there are accommodation options in Tanjung Bunga and Panakkukang. Tanjung Bunga is a new residential area immediately to the south of Pantai Losari and is home to the mega Trans Studio mall and theme park. Panakkukang is an older area in the business district about 5 km east of Pantai Losari. If you are staying in either of these areas you'll need transport to get to and from most of the places of interest. Pete-pete (mini-buses) serve both areas, but run less frequently to Tanjung Bunga. See the pete-pete route maps on the Travel page.