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Djajanti House

Charming rustic guesthouse

4B Jalan Semeru Raya, Semarang T: (0857) 3842 3448

Djajanti House

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Five kilometres from the city centre, Djajanti House may be a little out of town for some, but we were so charmed by this terrific little guesthouse, we think it’s worth mentioning, and anyway, taxis and ojeks in Semarang are inexpensive and plentiful.

Tucked away in a corner of hilly suburban Semarang, the guesthouse offers two styles of rooms in a double-storey red brick block edging a large patch of lawn dotted with trees and facing a delightful spacious communal area in a traditional open joglo.

Puppets will watch over your dreams.

Puppets will watch over your dreams. Photo: Sally Arnold

Standard studio rooms are outfitted with either twins or double beds, teak furniture and traditional cement tiled floors. Walls are a mix of exposed brick and whitewash. Quirky local additions include, in some rooms, a row of backlit wayan kulit (shadow puppets), old sewing machine tables and lamps up-cycled from old enamel jugs. Mod-cons count air-con, flatscreen TVs and a kettle to make yourself a cuppa. Ensuite hot-water bathrooms are semi-outdoors with a small private garden courtyard in the downstairs rooms, and window boxes upstairs.

Larger bunk-bed rooms are an excellent option for families, and the room we viewed featured an unusual antique wrought iron double bunk with a double below and single above “from Grandma’s house”, we were informed. A mezzanine level in this room sleeps an additional person.

Indonesian retro.

Indonesian retro. Photo: Sally Arnold

Downstairs rooms provide tables and chairs on the shared verandah, and upstairs enjoys daybeds overlooking the garden built into the balcony fence. At one end of the building, a narrow staircase leads to a small furnished nook on a landing, and further up to a splendid hidden attic library.

The joglo is filled with Indonesian Deco-styled antique furniture, kitschy (or hip, depending on your point of view) needlepoint pictures, and recycled funky decor including a chandelier constructed from colanders and a wall of coloured glass bottles.

A curtain of bottles...

A curtain of bottles... Photo: Sally Arnold

Breakfast is included and you can help yourself to tea, coffee and drinking water anytime. A barbecue is also available. Staff are charming, but don’t have a lot of English, though enough to make your stay comfortable and homely. We think Djajanti House is lovely escape from the noise and pollution of the city centre, but still close enough to visit all the sights. For a more basic guesthouse closer to town, Achterhuis Guesthouse doesn’t offer the same charm, but is very central.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
300,000 rupiah
300,000 rupiah
Family room
350,000 rupiah
350,000 rupiah
Room: Standard double room, low season: 300,000 rupiah, high season 300,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 350,000 rupiah, high season 350,000 rupiah. Notes:

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Where is Djajanti House

Djajanti House
4B Jalan Semeru Raya, Semarang
T: (0857) 3842 3448
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º24'48.28" E, 7º1'13.26" S
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

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