On a recent visit to Java in order to see its famous temples we were torn between flying into the country via Surabaya or Jakarta. We opted for Surabaya as we liked the description of the Majapahit Hotel and we were not disappointed. The Majapahit was built by the famous Sarkie brothers who were also responsible for the Raffles, Singapore, the E and O, Penang and the Strand, Rangoon.
The hotel is set in the heart of Surabaya amidst traffic clogged roads and furiously blaring carhorns, but the minute you step inside the hotel miraculously you are in an oasis of calm. The hotel is built around several beautiful colonnaded courtyards each with its own softly bubbling fountain.
Our room was filled with heavy dark wooden furniture reminiscent of a bygone age and had its own peaceful balcony looking out over the largest of the courtyards. A welcome bowl of fruit and some chocolates were provided free on arrival.
The hotel staff were pleasant, smiling and helpful. We arranged a day tour of Surabaya through them , mainly to avoid having to try and cross the city's roads. They can also organize transport to the airport and Mount Bromo.
The Majapahit played its role in Indonesia's history. At one time it was known as Hotel Orange and was a Dutch owned institution. Surabaya spearheaded the Indonesia drive to end Dutch colonialism and achieve independence (this is why Indonesians call it the city of martyrs. One Indonesian youth climbed up to the top floor of the hotel and ripped a strip off the Dutch flag rendering it Indonesian.
The hotel has a pleasant swimming pool and spa. We tried the food in the hotel's famous Chinese restaurant - Sarkies - and enjoyed its elegant colonial era decor.
- 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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