Room 308 Samudra Hotel

Room 308 Samudra Hotel

Home to a mystical sea goddess

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If you get the feeling that the area around Cimaja has a mysterious quality, you won’t be far wrong and Room 308 at the Samudra Hotel is a case in point.

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We’re sorry but room 308 is occupied ... forever. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
We’re sorry but room 308 is occupied ... forever. Photo: Sally Arnold

Stories connect her with the 16th century Mataram Kingdom and the Sultans of Yogyakarta and Solo to whom she is their spiritual consort. The town of Pelebuhan Ratu, east of Cimaja translates to “Queen’s harbour”, and a festival to honour her is held every 6 April by local fishermen.

Perhaps most strangely, at nearby Samudra Hotel, Room 308 is reserved for this mystifying spirit (cue spooky music). The hotel was built by Indonesia’s first president, Soekarno, in the 1960s and we’re not sure how Room 308 came to be associated with her, but a staff member mentioned that a member of staff had had a vision of her in its early days.

Karang Kursi beckons. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Karang Kursi beckons. Photo: Sally Arnold

Unlike the rest of the rooms in this sea-facing multi-storey hotel that have been renovated and present as standard modern business hotel style rooms, Room 308 has a very different vibe. From outside, the door is unnumbered and simple marked “private” sitting between rooms 307 and 309. The interior is painted dark green, her favourite colour, with heavy velvet green drapes pulled closed, dim chandeliers, a small iron four-poster bed with green covers, walls covered in artworks in gilt frames and furnished with the accoutrements of a Queen including a wardrobe full of green gowns. The air is heady with the scent of incense and coffee left at a small altar in her honour and without doubt has a somewhat unearthly ambience.

Visitors can pay 30,000 rupiah for a quick visit to view the room, but no photographs are permitted, or if you’d prefer a more private tête-à-tête with the goddess, you can pay 750,000 rupiah per hour to meditate in the room which rises to 1,000,000 rupiah ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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