Bumi Surabaya City Resort: A Peaceful Hotel With A Javanese Ambience

Review of Bumi Surabaya City Resort | Jl. Jend. Basuki Rakhmat, 106-128
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Tejo
Updated Sep 19, 2016

Regardless of your reasons for visiting a new place, there is one thing you must not miss — the local food! Indonesia, a country rich with cultural heritage, is a heaven for foodies. Make Surabaya your foodie stop in Indonesia with a stay at Bumi Surabaya City Resort. This resort-style, artsy hotel located in the heart of Surabaya has a large garden, artistic decorations, and most importantly, a large array of Indonesian foods in food stalls and carriages - just like the ones you find on the streets of Surabaya.

Green hotel in a central location

Bumi facade

Bumi Surabaya City Resort is located in the heart of Surabaya, where international banks, offices, and Surabaya’s popular shopping malls like Tunjungan Plaza and BG Junction are just within walking distance. Like many other big cities in Indonesia, many parts of Surabaya lack space and greenery, let alone public gardens, so you can imagine what it is like staying in the area.

However, if you stay in central Surabaya and get tired of concrete jungle, then this hotel is the right one for you. From outside, this hotel looks really soothing, because in contrast to the hotel’s surroundings, which is packed with tall buildings, this hotel looks rich with greenery with lots of trees and plants growing in front of the hotel.

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The artistic gardens

In this case, the exterior matches the interior. The hotel’s facade and exterior gardens make you feel relaxed, and inside, you will find that this hotel is truly an oasis in the middle of Surabaya City. As you enter the hotel’s grounds, you will walk past a big garden with big trees, springs and koi ponds, with many sculptures of Hindu Gods (e.g. Hanoman, the monkey king and Sita, a Hindu goddess), these unique features can only be found at the Bumi Surabaya Hotel.

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Traditional meets luxury

As you enter the fully air-conditioned lobby area, you will be welcomed by the refreshing scent of lemongrass, which popular with locals, and the background sound of Javanese gamelan (tuned gongs) making you forget the stress of fighting the heavy traffic in the hot Surabaya. The staff will also give you a wet warm towel upon your arrival.

Again, different from any hotel lobbies in Surabaya, the fully marble, sparkling lobby also has a Hindu theme, with many replicas of Hindu temples, or ‘candi’, that can be found in other parts of Java (like Borobudur and Prambanan temples).

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Rooms with many amenities

Regardless of your choice of room (rates start from 1,149,500 IDR, or 87.14 USD for a classic room), you will stay comfortably in this hotel. All rooms are not only spacious and clean, with fast Wi-Fi connection, but you will also be able to consume the food and beverages stored inside the room’s mini bar for free!

Enjoy the excellent view of Surabaya City from your room, due to the large window that spans the whole wall. Don’t worry though, the windows are thick and tightly closed, so the noise of traffic won’t disturb you.

Each bathroom is designed to enhance your bathing experience. You’ll find all the standard amenities you will need and you’ll even have a view of Surabaya from the window above the bathtub!

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Buffet with traditional market concept

The biggest highlight of this hotel is the food. If you love experiencing local cuisine, this hotel is really for you. This hotel serves a buffet 3 times per day (breakfast is included in the rate, and it’s 200,000 IDR, or 15.15 USD for a lunch or a dinner buffet). The buffets are called ‘pasar’, which mean Indonesian traditional market, where a variety of merchants sell food and many other items in the same location. There is a large variety of food, but what makes the buffet impressive is that it is set in the hotel’s garden area, where you can choose to eat listening to soft gamelan music. Wouldn’t it be nice to start your day by having breakfast in the garden, surrounded by trees and koi ponds with springs?

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A large array of Indonesian foods

The buffet serves local and international food from 3 of the hotel’s restaurants (‘Siti Inggil’ Indonesian restaurant, ‘Kizahashi’ Japanese restaurant and ‘Arumanis’ continental restaurant). If you want to eat Indonesian food in Surabaya, this is the place to go, because they serve many kinds of local foods. Indonesian food is known for its rich flavors due to traditional spices such as turmeric and galangal (ginger), and uniquely, the Indonesian food are served out of stalls, just like what you can find on many streets in Surabaya.

Among the choices are chicken satay (grilled skewered chicken), soto ayam (chicken soup with yellow herb), leker (crispy banana snack), and tahu campur (fried tofu with rice cake called ‘lontong’, beef and bean sprouts, which comes with black soup). Take advantage of enjoying the live satay cooking show, where the chef will fan the satay, allowing you to be able to enjoy the sweet satay aroma. You might not have the chance to smell this aroma in your home country!

For Japanese food, they serve many things from teppanyaki (meat, rice, and vegetables) to sushi rolls and fresh sashimi. They also have dim sum (I loved their chicken buns) and Western foods such as bread, pudding, and croissants.

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Other great amenities

Other amenities include a large swimming pool (located on third 3rd floor), a sauna and tennis courts. From the hotel, you can easily go anywhere in the city, as there are taxis (Blue Bird, one of the most trusted taxi companies in Indonesia) available 24 hours a day in front of the hotel. The staff are excellent and always try their best to make their guests have an enjoyable stay in the hotel. Let them know if you are there for a special occasion. If your spouse has a birthday for example, 2 or 3 staff members may bring a complimentary birthday cake to your room and sing a song! What more could you want from this hotel? This hotel has everything you need for your quality stay in Surabaya!

This article was originally published on Sep 19, 2016

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