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With water palaces, temples, markets and museums, Lombok’s laid-back capital has plenty to rewards travellers who choose to linger.

Lombok’s capital, Mataram, offers royal palaces and playgrounds, temples, markets and parklands. While many visitors use it simply as a transit point, the city has enough provincial and cultural charms to reward those who linger.

Explore Lombok’s rich history and culture at the Museum Negeri. The museum houses thousands of fascinating items such as masks, fabrics and traditional weapons.

Browse the stores and stalls of Mataram Mall, four floors of clothing boutiques, electronics stores and food outlets. For a more old-school Asian feel, wander through the markets and small independent stores at Cakranegara. Here, you’ll find pearl shops, gold stores and retailers selling sporting goods, fabrics and handicrafts.

Spend an hour or two at the Mayura Water Palace, built in 1744 as the administrative centre of Balinese royal court. Relax by the large artificial lake and lotus pool. Then walk over to the floating pavilion that was once a law court and meeting place.

Just across the road is Pura Meru, the largest temple in Lombok. Soak up the lavish decor of this elaborate Hindu place of worship. The temple complex, dedicated to the gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, contains three courtyards and more than 30 shrines.

Check out the former royal playground at Narmada Park in Lembuak. This garden is about 10 kilometres (6 miles) east of Mataram and contains a Hindu temple, swimming pool, small lakes and attractive lawns. Stop by the “Fountain of Youth”, so named because its spring waters from Mount Ringani were believed to confer a long life on those who drank from it.

Situated on the western side of Lombok Island, Mataram is approximately 39 kilometres (24 miles) from Lombok International Airport. To get around the city take the regular shuttle bus, hail a taxi or hire a car or motorcycle. Other modes of transport include small minibuses called “bemos” and horse-drawn carts called “cidomos”.

Top hotels in Mataram

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Kautaman
Hotel Kautaman
3 out of 5
No.23 Jalan Sultan Hasanuddin, Mataram
The price is RM117 per night

Situated in Mataram, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pura Meru and Mayura Park. Mataram Mall and Islamic Center NTB are also within 3 miles (5 km).

4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Transit hotel


Reviewed on 26 Oct 2018

Hotel Kautaman
Sunwood Arianz Hotel managed by BENCOOLEN
Sunwood Arianz Hotel managed by BENCOOLEN
3 out of 5
Jl. Catur Warga No. 33, Mataram, Lombok
The price is RM86 per night

Located in the heart of Mataram, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Islamic Center NTB, Mataram Mall and Lombok Epicentrum Mall. Pura Meru is 1.7 mi (2.8 ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Great location across the road from a park with many activities and local food. Very friendly helpful staff. Restaurant choices and prices very good. Rooms quiet at night and with good curtains very dark. Lift to all floors. Great choices for breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2019

Sunwood Arianz Hotel managed by BENCOOLEN
Lombok Garden Hotel
Lombok Garden Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Bung Karno No.7, Mataram, Lombok
The price is RM113 per night

Located in the heart of Mataram, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mataram Mall, Lombok Epicentrum Mall and Pura Meru. Islamic Center NTB is 1.6 mi (2.5 ...

3.1/5 (22 reviews)
Been once !

"Basically not a good area for finding any restaurants, old mall close by more modern need taxi for 2 miles each way. Pavements a challenge at 12 inches high, dotted with trees and missing manhole covers/slabs so you can disappear in the abyss of drains. KFC air con resto saved us and you can order ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2019

Lombok Garden Hotel

Reviews of Mataram


Guest rating

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 25%
4 - Good
4 - Good 0%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 75%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Aug 2019

Mataram is a lovely place and we hope we can come back again and again

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

2 Jul 2019

You have to go there if you need your visa renew