We recently participated in a reunion at this well-maintained and well-kept grand hotel that was built in art nouveau style in the early 1900's. Entering this hotel formerly known as the Oranje Hotel, after the Dutch royal family, was like going back to Dutch Colonial times in the former Dutch East Indies.
The hotel's well-appointed art deco style lobby extension first opened in 1936 to commemorate its 25th anniversary that was attended by royalty from Belgium and Sweden, as well as Charlie Chaplin. It was an indication of the hotel's clientele of the times.
Today, its stunning art deco style stained glass and luminous lighting which evoke sophistication and elegance still impress visitors and guests alike.
When we first stepped into our suite, it was like stepping into my grandmother's house. The carved furniture and tea cabinet with its glass doors, were reminders of my early childhood.
This heritage hotel played an important part in Indonesian history. When a group of British soldiers parachuted into the city and set up base in the corner of the Oranje Hotel, room 33 was established as the headquarters of the East Java re-colonization effort. The raising of the Dutch tri-colour flag atop the hotel by a team of ultra-nationalist Dutch and Eurasians was the last straw.
A team of Indonesian youth stormed the hotel, reached for the flagpole and ripped the blue section of the Dutch flag off, transforming it into the Indonesian red and white flag.
Apart from its historical background, I must say I really enjoyed the 25 m lap-pool which I often had to myself when I went for a swim in the morning. The hotel's garden is beautifully maintained with its manicured lawn and abundance of colourful tropical flowers, water fountains and waving palm trees. There is a wonderful spa offering aromatherapy, candle massages and traditional massages at very reasonably prices compared to other 5 star hotels.
Breakfast was abundant and although staff of the Indigo restaurant were friendly and polite, service was lacking and inattentive. It took a while before anybody came to ask if we wanted tea or coffee when we first sat down. They did not refill our empty water glasses and instead of removing our dirty dishes, they occupied themselves by cleaning empty tables where the customers had already left.
- 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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