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Where to stay in Surabaya


Due to the fact that Surabaya is more a city for business than leisure, expect mid to high end business style accommodation as the norm, however you don’t have to venture far to discover charming historic hotels and guesthouses with a smattering of backpackers style digs too.

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65 Jalan Tunjungan, Surabaya
1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Hotel Majapahit
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
65 Jalan Tunjungan, Surabaya
T: (031) 545 4333

Travelling Java can at times resemble an endurance test but a stay at the magnificent Hotel Majapahit makes it all worthwhile. If you’re going to break your budget just the once, this lovely and atmospheric property should be at the top of your list. If you’re one to dabble in Southeast Asia’s classic colonial properties, you’ll be well familiar with the Sarkies brothers: Aviet,... Read our full review of Hotel Majapahit.

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42–44 Jalan Panglima Sudirman, Surabaya
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Elmi Hotel
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
42–44 Jalan Panglima Sudirman, Surabaya
T: (0315) 322 571

Elmi Hotel’s fading 70s edifice towering over busy Jalan Panglima Sudirman in the heart of Surabaya has somewhat of an air of James Bond about it, but perhaps it’s just the international style architecture and marble lobby of this large 140-room seven-storey midranger, as the hotel, though well maintained is a tad dated. Nevertheless it gives the impression that it was rather grand when... Read our full review of Elmi Hotel.

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94–98 Jalan Genteng Besar, Surabaya
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Hotel Paviljoen
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
94–98 Jalan Genteng Besar, Surabaya
T: (0315) 343 449

If you can’t afford a night at historic Hotel Majapahit, check into Hotel Paviljoen, built in 1917, the second oldest in Surabaya after its fancy pants cousin which lies just around the corner. This unpretentious old-school traveller haunt preserves an air of nostalgic colonial charm, but five-star it is not. Bagging a terrific central location near Pasar Genteng Besar, rooms surround a... Read our full review of Hotel Paviljoen.

11D Jalan Kayoon, Surabaya
Under 150,000 Rp
Tab Capsule Hotel
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
11D Jalan Kayoon, Surabaya
T: (0135) 454 000

Ground control to Major Tom... You will feel like you’re sitting in a tin can at Tab Capsule Hotel with its Japanese-style self contained capsule rooms. The hotel (we’d call it a hostel) is situated about 150 metres south of Monmen Kapal Selam (the submarine museum), overlooking Surabaya’s Kalimas River. Grouped over the modern four-storey building with some floors single gender only,... Read our full review of Tab Capsule Hotel.

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Andika Plaza Blok A4, 38-40 Jalan Simpang Dukuh, Surabaya
Under 150,000 Rp
The Hostel
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Andika Plaza Blok A4, 38-40 Jalan Simpang Dukuh, Surabaya
T: (0812) 3517 4233

The Hostel is one of those joints that is greater than the sum of its parts and here the very hospitable owner is what really makes this simple place work. The Hostel enjoys an excellent central location almost directly behind Hotel Majahpahit, however it’s not that easy to find, tucked into a laneway in a somewhat depressing, run down office block. The simple walk-up opens to the... Read our full review of The Hostel.

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