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Elmi Hotel

Seventies time travel

42–44 Jalan Panglima Sudirman, Surabaya T: (0315) 322 571 F: (0315) 315 615

Elmi Hotel

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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 it was first opened and the comfortable rooms are good value. Classically styled air-con rooms are spacious and feature plush carpets comfy furnishings with desks and seating as standard as well as a full range of amenities including cable TV, minibar, and tea-making facilities.

Comfortable rooms.

Comfortable rooms. Photo: Sally Arnold

Twin or double beds have decent mattresses and clean cosy linen with built-in bedside tables, lighting, switches and power outlets nearby. The rooms enjoy plenty of natural light and lower floors have a pleasant leafy outlook to the surrounding garden while higher floors score city views. Heavy drapes cut light and traffic noise for sleeping.

Clean ensuite marble bathrooms feel luxurious with hot-showers and bathtubs as standard, and if you need to call the HQ an old-style dial telephone is at your service by the loo. Deluxe rooms offer more space and seating over Superior rooms, but otherwise facilities are the same. The hotel also harbours suites, which we didn’t view, but they add a separate living room with dinning table and lounge.

Skyline views from the pool.

Skyline views from the pool. Photo: Sally Arnold

Elmi Hotel’s outdoor swimming pool is quite large, they claim it’s the largest in Surabaya, and we wouldn’t doubt it, however it didn’t appear that well maintained and offers no shade and though only a handful sun loungers were up for grabs, there we no punters when we dropped by.

Other facilities include a gym, karaoke bar and business centre. Elmi Hotel’s 24 hour glass-house style coffee shop enjoys a tropical leafy outlook, and is popular with local Surabayaites too who come for their famous Sop Buntut Goreng (ox tail soup), as well as other Indonesian, Chinese and Western fare—the included buffet-style breakfast gets rave reviews.

Love the loo phone.

Love the loo phone. Photo: Sally Arnold

Staff are very friendly and professional and speak excellent English. We like the time-travel feel of Elmi Hotel and though it may be a tad tired, it seems more luxurious than the price point, particularly with some online deals, which with a quick check were up to 30 percent less than the lowest walk-in rates we were offered.

If time-travel is your game, but your budget swings either lower or higher check out the more economical Hotel Paviljoen or splurge at Hotel Majapahit. Or for upmarket modern international style, Bumi Surabaya Hotel may appeal.

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Walk-in rates at Elmi Hotel

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Superior double room
478,000 rupiah
750,000 rupiah
Deluxe double room
578,000 rupiah
850,000 rupiah
Deluxe Suite
1,520,000 rupiah
1,520,000 rupiah
Room: Superior double room, low season: 478,000 rupiah, high season 750,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 578,000 rupiah, high season 850,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Deluxe Suite, low season: 1,520,000 rupiah, high season 1,520,000 rupiah. Notes:

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Where is Elmi Hotel

Elmi Hotel
42–44 Jalan Panglima Sudirman, Surabaya
T: (0315) 322 571 F: (0315) 315 615
Coordinates (for GPS): 112º44'37.04" E, 7º16'10.68" S
Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp

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