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The Royal Surakarta Heritage

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6 Jalan Slamet Riyadi, Solo T: (0271) 666 111 F: (0271) 666 530

The Royal Surakarta Heritage

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Don’t be put off by the glitzy exterior of The Royal Surakarta Heritage, this comfortable five-star joint offers tasteful tradition style with a modern edge.

Your first indication of the “Royal Heritage” theme is the doorman in full Javanese Kraton uniform as you enter the lavish lobby decked out with Javanese antiques in true palatial style. The Royal Surakarta Heritage offers a range of rooms and suites, and though the decor is not as flashy as the lobby may indicate, they are plenty comfortable and capture the spirit of Java.

Spacious and comfortable rooms.

Spacious and comfortable rooms. Photo: Sally Arnold

Air-con rooms are spacious, increasing in size and amenities up the scale, however note that several rooms have internal views only and due to this feel somewhat claustrophobic—request a room with an external window when booking. Comforts and facilities are in-keeping with the star rating with TVs, safe, minibar and tea-making facilities as standard, and while we did notice a few minor maintenance and cleanliness issues which could be improved, the local charm and terrific staff make up for any of these concerns. Ensuite bathrooms in each category offer tubs, but in general could do with a deep scrub as although clean they appear old and stained.

We love the Javanese styling around the hotel itself, with collections of puppets and antiques dotting the rich-coloured hallways. A covered outdoor swimming pool, gym and spa all conveniently share the third floor, so you could feasibly jump from one to the other. The pool, though not large is long enough for a lap and enjoys views of Gunung Merapi, although it doesn’t get a great deal of sun and the water was a bit cold for our liking when stuck in a digit. However it’s a fine spot to chill on a deckchair and grab a drink from the poolside bar, but be quick as there are only a few (chairs that is, not drinks).

Cool off here.

Cool off here. Photo: Sally Arnold

The vast Srikandi Restaurant/bar is just off the lobby and continues the same over-the-top grand style with a menu serving predominately Indonesian fare.

Despite a few minor issues, The Royal Surakarta Heritage is a great choice, the location is very central, right next to Galabo market with a terrific selection of local food, rooms are decent and the charming staff go out of their way to make you feel like true Javanese royalty.

Lots of interesting details.

Lots of interesting details. Photo: Sally Arnold

If you’d prefer your five-stars with a more contemporary feel, although not in such a convenient location, you may consider Alila Solo. Alternatively for a more intimate local experience Roemahkoe Heritage Hotel and Omah Sinten are both comfortable midrange boutique style hotels featuring Javanese traditional style.

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Walk-in rates at The Royal Surakarta Heritage

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Superior double room
640,000 rupiah
1,050,000 rupiah
Deluxe double room
712,000 rupiah
1,123,000 rupiah
Deluxe Suite
849,000 rupiah
1,196,000 rupiah
Room: Superior double room, low season: 640,000 rupiah, high season 1,050,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 712,000 rupiah, high season 1,123,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Deluxe Suite, low season: 849,000 rupiah, high season 1,196,000 rupiah. Notes:

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Where is The Royal Surakarta Heritage

The Royal Surakarta Heritage
6 Jalan Slamet Riyadi, Solo
T: (0271) 666 111 F: (0271) 666 530
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º49'42.77" E, 7º34'19.38" S
Room rates: 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp

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