Based on the reviews on TripAdvisor and the beautiful pictures of the hotel, we were looking forward to our two-night stay. When we arrived, the staff was friendly enough but spoke so little English we simply could not communicate. We went to our room and spent several long minutes trying to make the old-fashioned key work in the door. This was always a problem, whether we were trapped in the room or outside, trying to get in. Had there been a fire, I'm not sure we could have gotten out in time (this is not hyperbole -- I mean it seriously, and thought about it every time we were in the room).
After walking through the batik district behind the hotel, we decided to eat dinner at the restaurant and it was a terrible experience. We were the only people in the restaurant and yet we received terrible and slow service. The food was mediocre at best; we'd come from Yogyakarta and had enjoyed the food, so this was a real let-down. We made our way back to our room and spent several minutes trying to get in.
The room had very tall ceilings and a little sitting room (with delicious jelly candies in a glass bowl, loved them), but it was just so gloomy. There were very dark shutters over the window openings, and the only way we could let light into the room would have left us exposed to anyone walking around the hallways and inner courtyard. So we stayed in our dark room because it was so much bother trying to get out, went to sleep early, and checked out early the next day to return to Yogyakarta. One night was more than enough.
The morning we checked out, the owner or manager was at the desk and she spoke English very well. She went through some trouble on our behalf trying to arrange some other travel plans we wanted to change, and was gracious and friendly. She was the only good experience we had at this hotel. If we ever return to Solo, we will definitely not stay here.
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