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“You could come to Blitar just to stay at the Tugu”
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Hotel Tugu Blitar
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Blitar
Rome, Italy
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“You could come to Blitar just to stay at the Tugu”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

I have visited this hotel three times in the past ten years and never been disappointed. It has managed to preserve its 1950s ambience without getting shabby or neglected. Try to catch the gamelan concert at the weekend. Musicians very natural, no ethnic outfits, some wear baseball caps! Also take afternoon tidbits in the little hideaway opposite the gamelan alcove. Superb selection of photographs of Bung Karno (Indonesia's first president).

Public rooms are not air-conditioned, but mosquitoes are few.

Unique entrance arcade, consisting of hanging roots, I think, and they very effectively isolate the lobby from the nearby street.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Ubud, Indonesia
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159 reviews
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Reviewed May 6, 2014 via mobile

This beautiful historic hotel is a Tugu gem. Don't miss the Lost Temple Dinner. You dine (7-course meal) in an ancient temple under the stars. The service was impeccable, the wine choice superb and the experience was unforgettable. We had a lone flute player adding to the mystic and atmosphere of this most enchanting evening. The friendliness of the staff and the way the Tugu understand service really defines the hotel. If you love art and romance - this is the place for you. A "must stay" when travelling to East Java. Be sure to check out the Sukarno museum and his private residence too. Both are worth 1-2 hrs visit. See the beautifully preserved temples and take your time. I love Blitar. So glad I took the road less travelled and extended my Malang stay.

Stayed April 2014
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

I've stayed in Tugu hotel with family for vacation in Blitar, actually I read few reviews before i decide to stay in this hotel, and I thought it's very interesting to stay in a hotel which has history with Sukarno.
My family's first impression about the hotel was a bit spooky, but later on we found the hotel was very comfortable, ethnic with many art tastes (blend of china, Bali and java arts), and the staff were very kind, friendly and helpful, plus my sister and I really love their slipper, because they use bakiak (traditional sandal in java) instead of regular slipper.
And i also enjoyed the mini tour inside the President suite which in the past Sukarno often stayed in this room whenever he was visiting Blitar (based on what i remember from the tour explanation). And overall, we were impressed with the hospitality of the staff and we also thought that the foods are tasty in a modest way.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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51 reviews
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

We stayed here for three nights in early April and really loved the ambiance, the staff, and the attached restaurant. The hotel was not busy at this time and we found the staff very attentive and helpful. We loved its closeness to the train station, and to the Town Square, both very short distances. We also rented a scooter to visit the sites in the surrounding areas.
The deluxe room was spacious, the bathroom was great with lots of hot water, and the complimentary afternoon tea with sweets was awesome. Definitely the best place to stay in Blitar.
Although it is an older building, and showing its age, it's character and charm more than make up for it. We would definitely stay here again and look forward to it.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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13 reviews
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

A sister hotel to renowned boutique hotels in Malang and Canggu, Bali, the Blitar Tugu has wisely retained (or built) basic rooms to complement the sprawling and pricey colonial-era suites of the original property. As long as you are not trying to impress your travel companion, you can use a cramped but comfortable back room for sleeping and spend your time in one of the many antique-filled common areas. In all, a good introduction to the little-known but picturesque and friendly south route across East Java.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Oisterwijk, The Netherlands
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

We stayed one night in this hotel as stopover on our way to Malang.
Our 'Superior' room was quite small and needs a facelift. Personally I think that the absence of a safety deposit box is a big issue today (especially when you stay longer).
Dinner and breakfast were not my favorite !

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hotel Tugu B, Manager at Hotel Tugu Blitar, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Dear guest, first of all thank you for your comment and for having stayed with us.
We are sorry that you found your particular room small - I hope there was no misunderstanding and it had been clearly explained during the reservation process that we have 2 parts of the hotel: the Tugu part, which is the original 150 year old colonial building that contains 2 room categories (Tugu Suites and Sang Fajar Suite) which are 40m2 and 80m2 and decorated more in the Tugu style, and the Sri Lestari part, which is the newer structure surrounding the main Tugu colonial building, which contains 2 room categories: Deluxe rooms of 20m2 and Superior rooms of 21m2..
Safety box is always available in reception that all guests can use anytime and we also offer guests to leave his valuable items in reception for his convenience during stay with us.
Breakfast facilities is based on the room choice whereas; Suite includes American breakfast, while Deluxe and Superior include Indonesian breakfast but they can order American breakfast with additional charge.
We are very sorry for your unconvenience and we hope you will come again to have the better stay with us more than 1 night to arrange you the memorable experience in Blitar..

Best regards,
Suhartini
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Jakarta, Indonesia
Level 5 Contributor
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

I have stayed three days in Hotel Tugo Blitar, and had it was exceptional. Blitar is a small city, but has some interesting temples arround and the birthplace of Sukarno, furthermore the surrounding area, with rice fields, vulcano, and rivers, is very beautifull, and the people is extremelly friendly.
The staff of the hotel is very helpfull and extremly friendly and make you feel at home.
In the hotel you should stay in the historical part, an old Dutch colonial house, very well kept.
This realy worth while as a trip out of the bitten track.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hotel Tugu B, Manager at Hotel Tugu Blitar, responded to this review, January 31, 2014
Dear Mr. Sergio F.,

Thank you for sharing your great experience during your stay with us at Hotel Tugu Blitar. We do hope that you will be back in the near future to have another wonderful experience.

Warmest regards,
Suhartini
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Property: Hotel Tugu Blitar
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
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Blitar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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