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Omah Sinten

Charming Javanese tradition

34–54 Jalan Diponegoro, Solo T: (0271) 641 160 F: (0271) 647 339

Omah Sinten

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Walking distance to several of Solo’s sights, opposite Pura Mangkunegaran and metres from Pasar Triwindu Antique Market, Omah Sinten offers the traditional hospitality of old Java.

On the corner of two busy roads, a spacious open-style Joglo houses part of the extensive restaurant which continues into an enclosed air-con section within the main triple storey red-brick building that accommodates the ten stylish guest rooms (note that Omah Sinten doesn’t have a lift).

Dutch wives come standard.

Dutch wives come standard. Photo: Sally Arnold

Spacious and spotless comfortable air-con rooms take their cue from traditional architecture and feature terracotta floor tiles and recycled wood panelling and furnishings. The style is classic but with a contemporary edge. Large windows flood the room with light, fitted with sheer drapes for privacy and heavier curtains for a sleep-in. Comfortable twin or double beds sport thick quality mattresses and white linen. Batik runners, throw cushions and a Dutch wife nod to Javanese and Dutch colonial traditions. Look up and notice the Solo-style batik panels on the ceiling.

Other furnishings include bedside tables with lamps, an armchair, desk and wardrobe complete with mod cons counting a flatscreen satellite TV, tea-making facilities, minibar and safe. Ensuite bathrooms are small, but well appointed with modern facilities and glass-screened hot-water showers. Furnished shared balconies are a pleasant spot to take in the surroundings, and from the third floor you can enjoy an excellent view over the Palace.

Shared balconies to relax on.

Shared balconies to relax on. Photo: Sally Arnold

We think the rooms are great, but they do catch quite a bit of traffic noise, pack earplugs if you find that disturbing. Friendly staff showed us the hotel’s on-site cinema, and we were quite excited at the prospect of a private viewing on the big screen, but disappointingly she mentioned it was only available for hire at a group rate and not for regular guests to watch a DVD (although you might be able to talk them into it).

Omah Sinten’s popular restaurant serves your included breakfast, but is not just for hotel guests and offers an extensive menu of authentic Solo specialities (with long explanations in English), and many notable “favourite dishes” by Indonesian royalty and famous personalities are featured. Main dishes range from around 20,000–60,000 rupiah, but note that alcohol is not served.

We were delighted by the many references to Java’s rich culture in this charming small hotel and with its terrific central location it’s a solid midrange choice. If you’d prefer a quieter sleep, consider The Royal Surakarta Heritage or with a more contemporary style, Rumah Turi.

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Where is Omah Sinten

Omah Sinten
34–54 Jalan Diponegoro, Solo
T: (0271) 641 160 F: (0271) 647 339
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º49'21.29" E, 7º34'5.68" S
Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp

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