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“Beautiful heritage place full of atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
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Roemahkoe Heritage Hotel
Jln. Dr. Radjiman no 501,Laweyan, Solo 57148, Indonesia (Formerly Roemahkoe Bed & Breakfast)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 48 Solo B&B and Inns
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“Beautiful heritage place full of atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Some what out of the busy town centre of Solo you find (at the main street, so be aware of street noise for the rooms at the front) this beautiful old place, full of character and charm. Check in was friendly. Immediately a glass of fresh fruit juice was offered. We booked a junior suite (approx. 60 euro per night) located at the backside of the hotel and were impressed of the space and cosiness. Nice bathroom. There is also a small souvenir shop. No swimming pool or fitness. Internet worked well both in the room and on the beautiful inside court, where you are able to relax and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea. In this area is also the restaurant located. We enjoyed a good diner and breakfast, listening to the gamelan band. We were the only guests in the hotel so were even more impressive that they were playing for only two guests.

We were positively surprised about Solo (previously called Surakarta). The city offers many nice ‘things to see’. We enjoyed the Istana Mangkunegaran (one of the two Sultan palaces in town but a very liveable one), the antique and clothing market (Pasar Klewer) and on our way to Bromo we stopped at the Candi Sukuh temple. All ingredients for a nice, one night stop on the long way between Malang (7 hours from Solo) and Yogyakarta (2 hours from Solo).

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Warsaw, Poland
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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

After nine hours of travelling by bus from Malang to Solo we landed in this splendid place which sets you smoothly back to old, colonial times. Everything in this hotel has been done with really good taste and in high quality. Dark wooden floors and old colonial pieces of furniture do contrast nicely with the green colour of the garden, and the calming sound of water will relax your senses. Old photographs on the walls create a nice atmosphere, too.

Check in was smooth and friendly even if the well trained staff speak somewhat less English. Rooms are enough spacious, beautifully decorated, with A/C, which in this case is important as opening one of the stained-glass windows that are part of the room's wall towards the open corridor would reduce the feeling of privacy. This may be the hotel's minus for people that dislike A/C. Hot shower is working properly, towels are clean, etc., probably obvious things but why not mention this here. Very comfortable beds, wi-fi in the rooms.

They have a really nice restaurant area where you will enjoy your breakfast or food a la carte: this however we haven't tested.

Please be aware that you need a taxi to reach and come back from the historic centre. Ca. 20.000 Rp one way. Otherwise it is ca. 30 minutes walk.

Very much recommended place!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Very interesting hotel in an old Javanese-style mansion of a trader. The building has been beautifully preserved and we had the pleasure of meeting its owner as we checked out - an extremely elegant woman who has written a book on Javanese heritage buildings. The new manager speaks flawless French and could not have been more helpful. Our room was spotlessly clean, nicely air-conditioned and equipped with all the amenities that one would expect. We had the "Royal Suite" which was two connecting rooms (a living area and the bedroom) and suited our purposes very well. We were stopping off between Bromo/Semeru and Borobodur and this was a convenient place because we wanted to see the temples at Candi Sukuh and Candi Ceto. Probably the best choice in Solo. Recommended.

Room Tip: Royal Suite was spacious. They are apparently constructing a few (three?) new suites as well.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

There is a reason why Roemahkoe translates as "Your Home": this splendid heritage hotel feels like a home away from home. We were warmly received in this art deco style hotel and during our stay we talked several times with the charming hotel manager, who talked to us about the history of the building and the hotel and also kindly toured with us the back alley behind the hotel. The hotel is conveniently located and, although it is most certainly not a bed and breakfast, is small and intimate. The rooms are beautifully decorated in art deco style and the long, covered hallway beckons you to wander and sit down to read. The bathrooms are on the small side, but functional. The restaurant serves up truly great dishes and sitting in the restaurant is a bit like going back in time with all the photographs of past times on the walls and the green 'canal' running through the house. To us it is amazing that only because there is no pool in this hotel, people would chose the unpersonal hotels outside the city center over this gorgeous heritage hotel. Highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

We stayed here two nights and really enjoyed it. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Noer, the manager is delightful and always ready with recommendations. She took us out back to see some batik workshops which were a highlight. The hotel is really "boutique" in style. The deluxe rooms are compact but cosy. The hotel is wonderful in that it is true Javanese style- hence the "heritage" in its name. The onsite restaurant is good and the atmosphere is soothed by trickling water. Beautifully decorated, many original stained glass windows and welcoming. We liked the location in the Lawyean area for the nice batik shops just behind the hotel and the fact that it is in a less hectic and noisy part of town. Taxis are readily available and inexpensive as most sights are not that far from the hotel. Afternoon tea or coffee and snack provided with cost of room. Definitely the best in town.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Very helpful staff in an art deco boutique stay with ambiance.Noer the manager is a gem. The restaurant is worth staying in for and out through the back door is the laid back batik kampung of Laweyan. Rooms are compact yet very well cleaned and maintained. As it is a little out of the Centre staff know how to assist with taxis or becak. We enjoyed Solo and it stunning annual Batik festival held each July.

Room Tip: Down the back is quieter but be prepared for the mosque wake up call common to Java - the only draw...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Stay here if you are indonesian and don't need it quiet to sleep.

The good: neat history and architecture, good bed, hot water, good restaurant.

The bad: Very small rooms, very bad smelling room (mothballs), very noisy, not close to much, other than the batiks.

Booked this hotel based on the recomendation of someone who used to live in Java. The hotel has great architecture and history. Lots of documentation explaining the history, but it is all writen in Indonesian. The hotel restaurnat had good food, but the night we were there they were too busy to seat hotel guests. They referred us to tacky restaurant with poor food and high prices. Lots of noise from the restaurant and the road until about 10:30 pm. The room stays light from outside throughout the night. The rooms are nice and clean, but very small. The bathroom is even smaller, but again clean. This hotel is close to the where many people make and sell batik, but not much else. You are a ways away from anything else, including easy transportation. Sound carries very well through the couryard and the morning we stayed a family began talking around 6am, sounded like a party from our room. This was hard to sleep through. This is a place for indonesian families and I believe this level of noise is common.

We are not staying here the second night and would not recommend this to anyone with the ability to smell or not able to sleep through parties.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Jln. Dr. Radjiman no 501,Laweyan, Solo 57148, Indonesia (Formerly Roemahkoe Bed & Breakfast)
Location: Indonesia > Java > Central Java > Solo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Solo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
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