A nice idea, but not yet finished when I paid a visit in July 2013, four months after the place went into operation. Pool and playground as yet non-existant, and garden still rudimentary.
The concept and price are aimed at local families with modest budget. There are six villa's with two or three bedrooms, common room and Indonesian style bathroom (bak mandi). Each has a terrace for admiring the view on Merbabu and Telomoyo mountains, best from the highest villa. WiFi modem activated on request.
Reasons to retreat to the kampoeng might be the view and the cool air. But either can be had elsewhere too.
Official rate Rp 250,000 per room, breakfast included. But for the time being promo rate is Rp 175,000/room.
Address: Jalan Fatmawati km 5, Blotongan, Salatiga 50712
Directions: Fatmawati street is the extension of Diponegoro street, the main street in direction Semarang. At 5 km from town centre - facing 'Sate Kambing Wijaya'- find a billboard pointing into a narrow streat leading uphill for 400 m. The last 100 m are really steep, if you come by car make sure your clutch and tires are in good order.
This hidden boutique hotel was established since a year or two, so time for us to have a look around.
Could be a town version of Kayu Arum (less the antiques), but actually run by the same company as Merah Putih restaurant on Diponegoro street.
They have 13 twin or double rooms rated at Rp 400,000 and two family suites of Rp 900,000 (July 2013, low-season discount 25%). The price includes breakfast. Parking, WiFi and laundry service are free.
We still have to try out the restaurant.
In centre of town, yet feels like staying in the countryside.
Hotel Surya Indah is located quite close to our home. It used to look somewhat run-down, but after recent renovations it is a good and clean budget option. They have three room types, only slightly differing in facilities and price: Standard Rp 220,000, Moderate Rp 240,000, Deluxe Rp 260,000. These are peak-season prices valid Lebaran 2013. At low season they are discounted 20%.
The hotel provides laundry service and has a nicely renovated restaurant.
Another addition to Salatiga's accommodation facilities. Since August 2008 the Dutch-Indonesian couple Sjaak and Wisthi run a Bed and Breakfast at their home on Pemandangan street. Pemandangan means "view", and indeed from the house located on a hill one has a fine view of Merbabu mountain.
If you want a homely atmosphere, personal care, and advice and assistance on excursions, Casa Blanca may be just right for you.
The B&B can accommodate six, there are two rooms with two single beds, and one with a double bed.
Breakfast, Indonesian or European, is included in the price of EUR 12,50 per person per night, minimum stay 2 nights. The fee of Rp 50,000 p.p. for compulsory reporting to the police is not included.
Pickup service from Semarang, Solo or Yogyakarta can be arranged at extra cost.
For more particulars, see the website in Dutch (translate by Google).
The B&B is located on a hill in a quiet neighbourhood far from noisy traffic. Relax in the gazebo (photo) or in the jacusi.
From the roundabout at Jalan Sudirman, follow Jalan Diponegoro about 1,5 km in the direction of Semarang. Find the signboard "B&B Casa Blanca" pointing to the right into Jalan Ki Penjawi. Follow this street past Ananda hospital, a police station and a cemetery. Take the second street right counting from the cemetery, and after 300 m you arrive.
If Hotel Kalimang is too far away (2 km) from the city centre for your taste, consider Hotel Mutiara. It's located right behind Quality Hotel Wahid, near banks, the post office and the market.
The hotel is built in the yard of a former Dutch cinema building, but does not utilize the building itself. Not as attractive as Hotel Kalimang, but at least clean and relatively quiet. You may choose from:
- VIP I room (Rp 200,000 with bathtub, telephone and fridge),
- VIP II room (Rp 185,000, shower, telephone and fridge),
- Deluxe room (Rp 175,000, shower, no telephone, no fridge),
or cheaper rooms which have a squatting toilet.
Prices include tax and a simple breakfast.
In contrast to Laras Asri Resort, Hotel Wahid is a highrise city hotel located near the shopping centre and the telephone and post offices.
It is brand new, the building was originally intended to be a bank. But somehow their money ran out, the building was stripped of its all-glass facade and reshaped into a hotel, and an outdoor pool was added.
Rooms vary from Superior to Presidential, oficially priced as follows (August 2009, incl. 21% tax and service, and breakfast for two):
Superior: Rp 599,000
De Luxe: Rp 669,000
Executive: Rp 825,000
Suite: Rp 1,499,000
Presidential: Rp 2,999,000
However, locally a promo rate is posted of Rp 299,000 for the Superior rooms without breakfast and Rp 375,000 with breakfast.
Hotel Beringin, now renamed "Le Beringin" has long been the foremost hotel in Salatiga, with decent, moderately priced rooms and good service. To keep up with the competition of newcomers an additional high rise wing has been built just two years ago where the more luxurious rooms are situated. Which means that hotel Beringin offers rooms in a broad price range.
Prices are competative, and include government tax and service charge, as well as breakfast for two. All rooms, even the cheapest, have AC, hot water and TV.
In the old building:
Economy room Rp 120,000
Standard room Rp 200,000
Superior room Rp 230,000
Deluxe room (bathtub) Rp 265,000
In the new building:
Executive room Rp 360,000
Suite room Rp 575,000
Local merchant: To VT-members Le Beringin offers a 10% discount on the rooms in the new building.
"Senjoyo Pool Bar & Restaurant" on the 4th floor of the new building offers an all round view over Salatiga and to the surrounding mountains. Perfect for savouring Salatiga's cool climate.
The restaurant here offers a varied international menu, but we prefer the food of the old Nyonya King's Restaurant near the entrance of the compound although it lacks the ambiance.
The new building features a square tower, the only purpose of which seems to be to draw attention from afar. However, it houses the lift and I was told that the lift manufacturer only would supply a nine storey lift!
Free internet hot spot is available.
This is the place to relax before you return home from Java, when you have had enough of the crowd, the heat and souvenir sellers. Let yourself be pampered in a secluded, cool garden setting far from traffic noise and city dust.
The lounge and spa is the latest addition to Salatiga's facilities, conceived by mr Mulyadi who made his fortune exporting furniture. His catchwords are refinement and style, he aims at the jet set of Salatiga. On July 11, 2007, the new mayor of Salatiga was inaugurated here.
The number of guest rooms is limited, only four ranging in price from Rp 348,000 (standard double) to Rp 668,000 (suite). The lounge caters mainly for day guests who come for the pool, the restaurant, or a massage in the spa. For the pool only you pay Rp 20,000.
NOTE: If you find this resort attractive, you might also consider Hills Joglo Villa in nearby Ungaran.
This camping has been established for local youth, scouts and students. For budget travellers and backpackers an opportunity to mix with Indonesian youth.
All facilities are provided: tent with mattresses accommodating up to six, spick and span sanitation. You only need to bring your towel and personal stuff.
Group rate Rp 80,000.- per person including full board.
If you do not fancy a tent, take a room in the adjacent youth hostel (see tip).
Located on the lower slopes of Merbabu mountain, 5 km from Salatiga center, which can be reached by public transport (angkot). Fine views over Salatiga and Rawa Pening lake. Surrounded by a varied plantation of coffee, clove and fruit trees.
Brand new, soft opening in May 2007, they are still finishing the landscaping. A theatre for a camp fire is available as well as a jogging track. A swimming pool and other outdoor sports facilities under construction.
They call it a youth hostel, but it rivals the top hotels of Salatiga. Brand new, soft opening in May 2007. Luxurious spacious rooms, with two double beds. Hot spot available. They have a fitness center as well as outdoor sports facilities, and a swimming pool from which one seemingly can take off into the sky!
Located on the lower slopes of Merbabu mountain, 5 km from Salatiga center, which can be reached by public transport (angkot).
Pondok Remaja caters specifically to youth an scout groups, but tourists are also welcome. Rate Rp 300,000.- for double occupancy, and Rp 400,000.- if you stay with four in a room. Breakfast included. Very reasonably priced restaurant.
The Salib Putih estate has an interesting history of over 100 years. See our travelogue Salib Putih Foundation. Establishing the camping ground and youth hostel has been made possible by Indonesian Christian investors.
Surrounded by a varied plantation of coffee, clove and fruit trees. Fine views over Salatiga, Rawa Pening lake and surrounding mountains. Jogging track available, and good starting point for hiking. Adjacent is a camp ground, see tip.
There are numerous budget hotels in Salatiga. Hotel Kalimang is different in that it is very well maintained and clean. It is located in a side-road at 1,5 km from the town centre, at walking distance from the university. Public transport takes you to town for Rp 2000.
The hotel offers double rooms ranging from Rp 70,000 (basic) to Rp 135,000 (with TV and AC). Prices include tax and service, welcome drink and breakfast.
Clean rooms, friendly service. Adjacent are rice fields and from 2nd and 3rd floor you have an unobstructed view of Merbabu mountain.
The hotel is built with many Javanese style features. There is a rustic cafe serving drinks and snacks. On the roof is a gazebo seat where you can relax enjoying the views.
The resort is only 9 km from where we live in Salatiga. We go here to relax in the clean and quiet swimming pool, for only Rp 5000 per person. We inquire first by telephone whether it is not chartered by a group. If not, it's like having your own private pool.
The former Dutch-owned 415-ha plantation is now owned and operated by the provincial government. The colonial house of the late Dutch owner, Van Driel, has been restored and now accommodates a dining and conference room and a spa.
A score of traditional-style cottages with open-air bathroom have been built in the grounds around the house, in a well-kept garden featuring fruit and coffee trees as well as flowers. At an elevation of about 500 m above sea-level and in green surroundings the weather is cool as compared to Yogyakarta, Solo or Semarang. Quite unusual for Indonesia, the resort is strictly non-smoking.
The resort is popular among expats who want a quiet stay in the province. All room rates include a plantation tour. The guides show how rubber is tapped and coffee picked, as well as coffee and rubber processing with machines dating from 1932. Day guests can take the tour for Rp 40,000 p.p. (2-3 persons) or Rp 30,000 p.p.(4-8 persons).
Other tours can be arranged on order, for instance a village tour featuring local architecture, rice cultivation and bathing at a spring. Also day tours to Gedong Songo temples at Bandungan, to the Railway Museum at Ambarawa and to the Volcano Museum and Merapi lookout site at Ketep Pass.
From 2010 (after renovation) there is a flat rate of Rp 475,000 for all cottages. The price includes breakfast but is exclusive of 10% service charge. You have the choice of a free-standing cottage or a cottage from a pair under one roof. There are cottages with twin beds and with double bed.
If you are on a budget, you can also stay in a room in a two-storey building, rate Rp 275,000.
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