This hotel stuffed with relics of fine Dutch colonial architecture - Chinese heritage and Javanese kampong tradition. It's full of history and character, especially if you are a fans of President Soekarno. If you are not, you will get charmed by his charisma through his inheritance in this building. The hotel is exceptionally clean, tasteful and well maintained.
Staff are friendly and helpful and they even know names of each of the guest staying in. I was surprised when staffs greet me with my name. Not just typical good morning or other.
We are not staying in the main building (the historic one), we aim for cheaper rate and rather modern one. We love the greenery surrounding and we also love the concept of semi open bathroom. We enjoy of art of taking bath with gayung, the water scooper.
The breakfast was good. And, they also provide free traditional tea time snacks in the afternoon time.
We request for an early check in, since our train arrived in Blitar at 7am. We check in smoothly. No early check in fee! Call directly to the hotel for reservation and if you are lucky, you can have a generous discount:o)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Tugu Blitar, unprecedentedly the best hotel and restaurant in Blitar, East Java, is housed in a colonial building that was built in the 1850s, and was previously owned by a distinguished family of Blitar. After the second World War, the hotel was called Hotel Centrum; many years after the name was changed to Hotel Sri Lestari – and later become Tugu - Sri Lestari. Being the oldest hotel in Indonesia, the hotel building appears as a beautiful East Javanese mansion from the Dutch colonial times, with giant white-washed pillars, furniture from the late 19th century and the early 20th century, nostalgic photographs and elegant chandeliers. The building was carefully renovated to its every detail in the beginning of this century, to preserve its artistic, charismatic, and historical characters but blending them with modern luxuries. To discover the real, unspoiled East Java means a visit to the town and surroundings of Blitar. Blitar is where most of the remains of Majapahit Kingdom still stand timeless, including the largest and most beautiful Hindu temple complex in East Java, Candi Penataran. This nostalgic town portrays the untouched, exotic Java, surrounded by some beautiful, unspoilt beaches, tropical landscape, beautiful rice fields and countryside sceneries. It also has a romantic flair of the early days of Indonesia; in fact Blitar is where Soekarno, Indonesia’s first president who proclaimed the independence of this country, was born and buried. ... more less
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