The hotel is fabulous. Our standard room was luxurious, but what was most interesting is that the hotel is filled with antiques and could be described as a museum. In the gift shop only about half of the items are for sale. The rest are display pieces. There are entire rooms that seem to have no purpose other than to display antiques.
The Indonesian restaurant was the most interesting one we ate at in Indonesia and we had fabulous meals for very low prices. I wonder if TomSidney ate at the same restaurant--we certainly have a different opinion of the food here. So does the Blue Guide, which highly recommends the restaurant.
We didn't plan to stay in Malang, but the transportation out of Cewang Lemoro was too difficult for us to make it to Yogyakarta and we were stuck. Because of this hotel we thoroughly enjoyed the stopover even though there really wasn't much to see in the town. We understand that there are some interesting sights outside of the town, but we didn't have time to explore.
We had an odd experience buying train tickets. We asked the train schedule at the front desk and they offered to buy tickets for us. We gave them some cash and they returned shortly afterwards with the bad news that the trains to Yogya were all booked for the next week. They offered us a car for 1.5 million. We asked them if it might be possible to scalp train tickets at the last minute and they said yes, that this is often possible, and they even offered to send someone with us to help.
So the next day at the train station their guy came with us and told us to sit in the waiting room while he tried to help us. He spoke to the desk and talked on his cell phone. He gave us periodic updates, telling us that his person on the inside was pulling strings for us. Meanwhile the train departure time was approaching. With about 1/2 hour to go he came to us and said he was sorry, but nothing worked. He couldn't get us tickets, but the hotel could offer us a private car. We went to the desk and asked if there were any tickets. They said no, everything was sold out for the next week. We said we really needed a ticket and was there a possibility of a cancellation. They told us to wait and 2 minutes later our tickets were printing out on their machine. We paid 100,000 each, versus 1.5 million for a private car.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This most unique hotel in East Java, the only 5-star luxury hotel in Malang, is not just a hotel. It is a whole destination by itself. It is a beautiful living museum filled with priceless beautiful antiques and artworks of Indonesia, and every corner of this hotel celebrates the colorful history of Indonesia, of Java, and of Malang in particular. Every single staff so naturally carries the "hospitality from the heart" that is so authentically Indonesian gracefully, and nothing is ever a problem. This is the very place to experience the true soul of Java and Indonesia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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