Romlan Guesthouse was one of the first places in Tuktuk ever to accommodate Western visitors on the island of Samosir in the middle of Lake Toba. Since these early times in the beginning of the 1970s, Romlan Guesthouse has experienced many changes, including a relocation to the recent spot at Lake Toba’s shore. Owned and managed by an Indonesian-German family with 3 children and 3 grandchildren the guesthouse offers 2 traditional Batakhouses and 10 modern rooms overlooking the lake and its fantastic scenery.
5 polite and capable young men and women of local origins take care of our customers’ needs and wishes, some of them already working in Romlan Guesthouse for as long as 6 years. 5 of our former employees were able to continue their education and win a university degree, and 3 started a family of their own with a European wife or husband.
Marion, being a student of Sociology in Germany, first came to Tuktuk in 1979, working on the ’Impacts of Tourism on Third World Societies’ by the method of ’Participating and Watching’. She came back 2 years later to finish her final thesis on the subject. That was, when she decided to stay and start a family with her husband Desker, a young Batak being fluently in English and working for the county’s administration. 2 sons and 1 daughter are grown-ups now, all married. After almost 30 years Marion still enjoys running Romlan Guesthouse, and her favorite activities are gardening and baking.