There is plenty of Hotels Indonesia; it is a huge archipelago. Bali hotels were the first to really be developed for holidays and cater to foreign tourists. Now the government is pushing the improvement and growth of many more beautiful and interesting spots in Indonesia.
We visited Surakarta or Solo as it is also called to join in a very special celebration at the Keraton (palace) and decided to stay at a hotel that would set the stage for our Javanese adventure.
From the many choices in Solo we wanted to stay in a typical Javanese hotel. By typical I mean an accommodation that showcases the incredible vast collection of cultural gems central Java has to offer; and we were not disappointed.
The Museum of World Records has awarded it appreciation for the record of having an interior design based on Javanese culture with a nuance of Batik motifs
It is a treat for the eye and a tour of Javanese culture. The lobby is majestic and sets the tone for the rest. Enjoy your welcome drink resting from the tropical heat in gold colored sofa chairs with batik cushions. Feast your eyes on intricate wood carvings on antique looking furniture filled with Wayang Golek or wooden puppets carved in the image of the Punokawan Brothers.
For more information on culture of puppetry see my page on Wayang Wong
The restaurant situated just of the lobby to the left and separated with floor to ceiling windows hosts a full wall of plates painted with Wayang Kulit (shadow puppet) figures. Pillars covered with beaten copper with batik motives, a multitude of traditional lamps hang from the ceiling in different length; and traditional furniture all of course inspired by local culture.
The breakfast buffet in the middle of the room is immense, dishes range from hot and typical Javanese Nasi Livet to Kimlo and a choice of Jamu health drinks to the normal fares like potato wedges, noodles and rice. Of course you also find tropical fruit, different kinds of bread, coffee and tea and egg station. We arrived at 09:15 and many dishes were almost empty and no staff to refill them although more guests came after us. This needs to be improved.
A swimming pool is on the third floor; it is not big for the numbers of rooms and when we visited it was completely empty. The beautifully decorated bar might be more attractive in the evenings and night. You also have a sauna and a fitness room right next door with view over the pool.
Our room was on the seventh floor, quite big with two beds, a long desk and mirrored wall opposite the bed with a dedicated writing desk and even a small round table next to the window for food or drinks, a fridge, coffee maker and ironing board complete the must haves in a four star hotel. The bathroom is decorated with a Wayang Kulit shadow puppet and also has a bathtub. The toilet paper is awkwardly placed, you have to twist your body to get to it or if you pull too hard the roll falls to the floor. This is the first time I discuss position of toilet paper on this site…
This is One of a kind hotels Indonesia and You must stay here when visiting Surakarta. You will explore the Javanese culture right in your hotel. There are some negatives though. It was built in 2014 it feels like a much older hotel maybe because some paint on the walls is chipped, and the lightning is somewhat poor. The bathrooms could have been better designed. And yet, next time I come to Solo I will definitely stay here again because of the fantastic interior decoration.
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