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Jalan BrigJend. Slamet Riyadi No. 6, Solo, 57131, Indonesia

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    Couldn't Be Better for the Price


    I booked Best Western because I had in the past lodged in these, for example in Wein Markt, Lucerne, which was entirely to my satisfaction. I expected the BW Premier in Solo to be of a similar value, but it turned out to be far better than I expected. The room looked small but only because most of it was taken by a king size bed, which was extra comfortable, and had numerous pillows and cushions. The view through the window was on the street in the front. The room had all the amenities that I would want for the price I paid and many more.

    Unique Quality: Besides the tea kettle and stuff, there was a safety locker, a bath robe and slippers, LAN internet in the room, HD TV with cable and a mini bar, which I seldom use. The bathroom was furnished with a tub and had all of the toiletries that are found in the best of hotels, including a two-faced mirror and a hairdryer. The buffet breakfast was excellent. It was the first time I saw beef bacon. The rashers were thick and did not taste like bacon but it was the best that could be done for those who did not eat pork.

    Directions: At the easter end of Slamet Riyadi and close to the Mesjid Agung.

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room avalaible in istana griya

by nathaliecastel

We are loooking for 2 rooms available on the 29 of december at the Istana griya in solo and for a transport from solo airport to solo and then from solo to Yogyakarta to end in Bali around the 5 january

Re: room avalaible in istana griya

by sybille

so why not contact the hotel and make a reservation????? They should also be able to help with transport and your trip to Bali.

Re: room avalaible in istana griya

by pPamela

A much nicer hotel in Solo is the KEPRABON
Address is No.8 Jalan Ahmad Dahlan Solo
Phone No. 0271 632811
Owner Achmad 08122627460 or for sms/texting +628122627460
They do have a range of rooms from very very basic to quite OK.
A traveller to Solo ( mentioned below) had one for 75,000 rupiah with TV & Air Con.
One of the travellers who posted on Lonely Planet Thorn tree and whom I helped a few months ago with his trip through Java found this hotel in Solo and said it was much better than the Istana Griya.
However, there is a nice cafe across from Istana Griya that serves very nice food.
I stayed in Solo in July 2006 because I was going to a wedding but had private accomodation so did not stat at any of the hotels.
Sorry cannot help you with transport from the airport, but figure there would ahve to be bus for sure or at worst a taxi.
However, to get from Solo to Yogjakarta is really easy, get the train it is a one hour trip and costs about 7,500 rupiah- really cheap.
Just don't get the last train on Sunday afternoon as it is standing room only- not the best way to travel.
If you can try to sit in the carriage right next to the driver's compartment and he might invite you in, like he did when I went from Yogja to Solo one morning at 7.30.
I had a great time in the driver's compartment, felt like I was driving the train and it was interesting to see all the animals and people who want to cross in front of the train and he has to blow his horn incessantly to keep them all off the railway track.
Oh, what wonderful memories.
Enjoy your trip.

Re: room avalaible in istana griya

by pPamela

Oh, and to get from Yogjakarta to Bali I suggest you fly, so much quicker about 1 hr if that compared to about a 17 hr bus trip, not very comfortable.
Or I think you can get a train to near Gilimanuk and then a bus to Bali.
But so much hassle waiting around for buses etc - best to get the plane.

Travel Tips for Solo

Javanese Wedding Customs

by bpacker

It's interesting to note there are more than 300 cultures and languages over here in Indonesia and needless to say, this has an enormous impact on marriage ceremonies. There are different types of wedding ceremonies in Indonesia and you can learn a great deal about the details in a Javanese wedding in Kasunanan Kraton since each custom is showcased on brass relief. There's this bit where both the bride and the bridegroom are sitting on the bride's father's lap, meaning that he loves them both equally. Well, this might be a mite of a problem if the old man has arthiritis, no?

The Jamu Lady

by bpacker

Everywhere in the streets of Solo, you'll see ladies peddling Jamu, traditional herbal drinks that practically cures everything. She's recognised by her bottles of brightly colored liquids in a a huge basket. Normally the medicinal drinks are prepared at the sellers home, and are sold house to house, so this means that her customers don't know the composition of the drinks!

Where: On the streets of Solo, near Pasar Gede

Lemongrass Soda

by bpacker about Special Ikan Bakar Warung

Here's a recipe for a really refreshing soda I tried in Solo. The lemongrass soda combines homemade lemongrass syrup with Fanta Ice-cream soda and a slice of fresh lime for a light but tart drink.

Recipe for Lemongrass Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 lemongrass stalks (core only), sliced
2 lemongrass stalks

1.Combine sugar, water, and sliced lemongrass core in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar.

2. Remove from heat and cool. Fill a jar with a few lemongrass stalks. Strain syrup into jar. Cover and keep in the refrigerator.

Taking a Ride on a Becak

by bpacker

Abang beca, abang beca di tengah jalan,
Cari muatan untuk mencari makan,
Putar putar, putar putar kaki mengayuh,
Pergi jauh teringat pun lalu jatuh,
Dari pagi hingga matahari terbenam,
Barat timur selatan serta utara,
Hujan panas tiada melintangi nya,
Abang beca, abang beca, abang beca,

(Indonesian song about Becak Drivers)

Instead of taking an ojek(motorcycle taxi) and spinning in mad circles in Solo, take a leaf from the Becak drive and take life in the slow lane. This 3 wheeled human-powered cab is the most common mode of transport here and trips cost around Rp 15,000(less than 1USD).

Shopping in Pasar Gede

by bpacker

No foodie's trip is complete without a trip to the local food market. Pasar Gede is such a place. You'll see all types of local produce there from thorny green durians to banana leaf packets of fried catfish served with rice and vegetables (pecel lele). While I was here, I bought hard to get items in Singapore such as "Kluwek" or the Indonesia Black Nut, Roasted Arabica Beans, Black Pepper and Spices. My excitement got the better of me and I neglected to ask if they had any Kopi Luwak ( That my dear reader, is the coffee that has been crapped out by the Asian Civet Cat ).

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