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“Quality and tradiiton”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of ELMI Hotel

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ELMI Hotel
Ranked #70 of 130 Hotels in Surabaya
jakarta
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17 reviews
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“Quality and tradiiton”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

I have been staying in this hotel for twenty years. i hasn't changed at all and that is a good thing. It is a bit like time travelling into the mid-seventies but that is part of the charm. The hotel is very well managed, scrupulously clean and very comfortable. The Elmi Coffee Shop which opens 24-7 is one of the best places to eat in Surabaya. Particularly recommended are the traditional East Java dishes: nasi rawon, nasi pecel, pecel lele and the sate. The breakfast included in the tariff is excellent. I stay in the Elmi because I know that it is utterly reliable. If you can keep that quality up for twenty years you must be doing something right.

Room Tip: The standard rooms are fine - not worth splashing on a suite . Splash in the Coffee Shop restaurant...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

We stayed there for 1 night going home from our Malang trip. Hubby was not really sure in the beginning since it looked old, worried that it would not be clean enough, but we tried it anyway. Turns out the hotel is quite ok and comfortable. Surprisingly the breakfast is good. If we go to Surabaya we will consider to go back to this hotel again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Denpasar, Indonesia
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17 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

Since I was new in Surabaya, I never thought that ELMI building is actually ELMI and it is a hotel because there are so many trees without any sign on the name of the hotel that we can see from the street.
The exterior and interior of the hotel shows that this hotel was build maybe around 70s or 80s. When we called to make a reservation on Saturday, the receptionist said that the room cost IDR500.000, but when we got there she said IDR 524.000. Kinda confusing and we argued a bit. Well, it wasn't about the money, but the consistency of the price. After that small argue, she gave us IDR500.000 rate plus IDR700.000 as the deposit. The deposit stuff is quite strange for me.
We stayed on 7th floor that time. The view was good, we could see the buildings, pool and trees. The TV and AC controller are built on the bed side table, so when we wanted to turn the AC on or set its temperature, we had to press 0, L, M, or H on the table. It must be an old stuff that still maintained until now. The phone in the bedroom had classic 70s style and when it rings, it rings so sound lol.
The pool is so so, but I should admit that they have excellent breakfast buffet. Various food and beverages are provided and they are so good.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

Not recommended. Very old. Pest issues. You can get much better hotels in Surabaya for the same price. The staff is polite n helpful. They have a nice pool. The bar has an happy hour and is cheap. I stayed for two nights and moved to another hotel.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed here more times over the years we visited. Although the hotel is quite old, about 35 years, and the rooms have never been updated, the shower has! Very good shower, the rooms are clean and big enough for 2. The pool is the best feature! Big,big, big!!! The breakfast is meanly asia orientated. Very helpfull at reception and the staff are very nice in general.

Room Tip: I always prefer to stay on a high floor. For a better view.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Garut, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

I spent 5 days at surabaya in January 2013 with my family. After two nights at a 3stars hotel, we decided to find another hotel just to feel different area of the city. Then we choose elmi for another 3stars hotel. We walk down from gubernur suryo street and turn right to panglima sudirman street. This street is very green and hide us from sun's top flight before we enter elmi. A spontaneous comment from my 10 years daughter is "it's more cozy, dad". Then we found a better tidy room that pleased my daughters. The pool (some mandatory to my daughters :D) also bigger and located better here. Another mandatory travel for my daughters is book shop, and there it is at the back of elmi. A lady at the front office escort us to find back gate of the hotel to--i think--the biggest bookstore at surabaya. Since i travel with family, what my daughters feels is my concern. They said, it was suprisingly better (including breakfast) compare with the same 3stars hotel. It was also great to let my daughters hear and watch javanese traditional music at the lobby.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

When we booked here I thought it would be another typical hotel for Indonesia, despite it being rated 3 star in reality it would be one.How wrong was I, apart from the place being a bit old it is in very good condition, the staff are very attentive and all l have spoken to know enough english to make your stay pleasant. Everything in our room worked as its supposed to, the air conditioning is the best l have found in any hotel in Indonesia and to top it of the food in the 24hr Cafe/Resturant was wonderful. At about $55 per night for 3 of us including an all you can eat breakfast its brilliant. Oh and the breakfasts ranged from cereals, fruit, snacks,asian to western style. I will never bother going elsewhere when here.

Room Tip: We were on the top floor, if you like to swim alot or have kids try to get on the 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: ELMI Hotel
Address: Jln. Panglima Sudirman 42-44, Surabaya 60271, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Java > East Java > Surabaya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#33 Spa Hotel in Surabaya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — ELMI Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ELMI is a one of legendary hotel in town. Strategically located in the heart of city center. Both for business and leisure. Offers you 140 rooms, from Superior to Elmi Suite Room providing excellent and complete facilities, Meeting Room, Banquet, Convention Hall and The Coffee Shop open for 24 hours. Right after you entering the hotel's gate you will experience the warm welcome and unique services, The Elmi Services. Indonesian ambient, indulgence with daily performance of The Traditional Javanese Gamelan Music in our Lobby Area. ... more   less 
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