I am fascinated with the relation of this colonial and art-deco architecture-style hotel with Indonesia’s independence history. Built in 1910 under the name of Hotel Oranje by the Sarkies family, the grand opening of this hotel was attended by the likes of Charlie Chaplin. The hotel was taken over by the Japanese during their occupation in 1942 and renamed Yamato Hoteru. During Indonesia’s struggle of Independence, this hotel was used by a group of British soldiers as the headquarter of the East Java recolonization, in particular, room 33. Headed by Roeslan Abdulgani, a group of Indonesian independence leaders barged into the room demanding explanation of why they do not follow the Republican administration but reverted to their former colonial roles. The pinnacle was the flag raising incident when on 19th September 1945 at 6 am, the Anglo-Saxon part of the hotel raised the Dutch’s red, white and blue flag. Fuelled by this incident, the Indonesian revolutionaries took to the street and onto the hotel, climbed up and tore the blue part of the Dutch flag, leaving only the red and white part that makes up the Indonesian flag – all in a matter of half an hour. Thus, the name Merdeka which means freedom or independence was given to the hotel. … and that was the reason why I specifically stay here during a stay in Surabaya. Check it out yourself. I ended up taking pictures of the hotel during my whole stay there, and imagining how it was when all those historical events were occurring. If its walls could talk, I bet you they’d tell amazing stories :D Oh, I left an item there and after calling and confirming with them, they arranged it to be sent to my home immediately. Awesome service!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Majapahit is a historic luxury hotel in Surabaya, Indonesia. The hotel was founded in 1910 as Hotel Oranje by Lucas Martin Sarkies. During the Japanese occupation of Indonesia the hotel name was changed to Yamato Hotel. Mantrust Holdings Co. became the new owner in 1969 and it was named after the most enduring kingdom of ancient Indonesia. In 1993 it was formerly operated by the Mandarin Oriental group. PT. Sekman Wisata took over the hotel and changed the name to HOTEL MAJAPAHIT in 2006. Located on Jalan Tunjungan in Indonesia's largest city and capital to East Java, the hotel is located in the centre of Surabaya, close to businesses, government offices and the largest shopping district in Surabaya. HOTEL MAJAPAHIT is trully and oasis in the heart of Surabaya. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mandarin Oriental Surabaya
- Surabaya Mandarin Oriental
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