Tripadvisor lists Rumah Turi in the 'hotel' category rather than with similar unique small hotels that it lists under the 'bed and breakfast' category. The difference between the former and the latter within the context of Solo is the presence of mosquitoes on the premises. Using this as a benchmark, I assign Rumah Turi to the latter category.
Rumah Turi is a simple boutique hotel located in a 1950s Solo residential neighbourhood, one block east of the new Paragon shopping centre, three big blocks west of the Mangkunegaran (15 mins walk) and just north of Jl. Slamet Riyadi. The hotel itself is a little oasis with a big splash of green in the courtyard, rooms are simple but tasteful and clean.
Overall I had a good stay: the staff are extremely helpful and the overall ambience is relaxing. The bed was comfortable, and breakfast in the front yard provided a good start to my day,
Shortcomings relate to the room. I stayed in 'Wuni' room on the ground floor. It gets no direct outside light, and was too dark for reading even with the light on. Using the 'workspace' poses its challenges because there is at most 3" of space between the seat of the chair and the bottom of the drawers. (meaning you can't push in your chair). The waterkettle has no socket near it - to use you you need to put it on the foor and unplug either the fridge or the TV.
The spacious restaurant and its front yard are an excellent day-time alternative to the darkness of your room, but at night the restaurant is very dark and a haunt for mosquitoes. Good coffee, both of the modern and the Javanese type deserves mention, as does the buffet breakfast serving Indonesian cooked food, toast, cut fruits, juices and coffee/tea.
The website is not fully up to date in that the minibar is no longer stocked with anything other than cold water; and the afternoon tea & welcome fruit service was either absent or it overlooked me.
I remark on the shortcomings only thanks to 'notes' I took at the time, at the time they were quickly overcome by the use of mosquito repellent and my travel reading light. The memory has retained only the enjoyable atmosphere of the place, and the excitement of staying in a different corner of Solo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rumah Turi, a feel-at-home hotel in Solo, the first eco-friendly hotel in Solo, a home where guest are always welcome as good friend, the cultural and spiritual core of Central Java, Indonesia. Positioning itself as a "green" boutique hotel steeped in modern minimalist style, rumah Turi attracts and astounds all kinds of discerning travellers - from businesspeople to backpackers - with its cozy ambience, secure and traditional neighbourhood, and elegant style.The charming, homey hotel takes pride in its eco-conscious philosophy as well as its strong, professional commitment to go beyond guests' expectations throughout their stay. The eco-hotel's facilities and impeccable service are designed and executed with your needs and comfort in mind, making a stay at rumah Turi a uniquely genuine and personal experience no words can describe enough about.Travel eco-consciously - stay at rumah Turi. ... more less
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