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“A colonial gem”
Review of Hotel Tugu Blitar

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Hotel Tugu Blitar
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Blitar
Reviewed February 25, 2013

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)

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

peaceful, antique style, quiet,clean with greenery surrounding & extraordinary good place to stay.A very nice & quiet place. dinner & breakfast is super diffirent from other hotel. nice food!!! We enjoyed staying there and hoping to come back again this mid year.

Room Tip: Fajar suite is good for big family gathering.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Stayed here for 1 night and wish it was longer. Beautiful colonial hotel with true style and character. Easy to walk out and visit nearby shops/restaurants but as I was there for such a short time I stayed in the hotel. Dinner and breakfast good with lovely staff.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Stayed here as part of a small group tour. Quite swish hotel on the main street, but rooms well back from the main road, so nice and quiet. Staff friendly, helpful and unobtrusive. Clean, modern room with aircon, fridge, free wi-fi. Restaurant looked OK and not too expensive – some of our group ate there and said it was good. Breakfast simple but good – fried rice, egg, toast and jam, and good coffee.

Room Tip: There are two more modern blocks - one of the upstairs rooms in these would be best, I think.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

We stayed in the "mungil rooms" (the cheapest: 14€ approx). Very, very simple, but clean.
These rooms are probably the service rooms, so no luxury at all. But all the other services (lobby, restaurant and hotel environment) are extraordinary good, a five-stars hotel. So we enjoied a luxury hotel at a very cheap price.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Everything was just perfect! It was like we thought.. Just like other old building from the 19 century. We wish could stay longer..
One little things that should be looked after by the hotel is: mosquitos and the showe. The head of shower need maintenance and the water level was too small and just 'warm'. The mosquitos was all around the hotel and very annoying.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stayed here one night and found the hotel pleasant. The staff were nice. The breakfast was good. The complex is oozing history. The only complaint was that the grounds have a lot of mosquitoes and the rooms need a bit of modernizing. The rooms have high ceilings and ours had an outdoor bathroom. Some people might actually like the historical feel of the rooms but we prefer historic grounds and modern rooms like in its sister property in Malang. Still, we enjoyed our stay but one night was enough to absorb the historic vibe.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Jln. Merdeka 173, Blitar 66111, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Java > East Java > Blitar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Blitar
Price Range: $27 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Tugu Blitar 3*
Number of rooms: 56
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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