Stumble Into Indonesia's Unseen Places
I’m all for budget traveling, but sometimes it’s nice to indulge in a bit of luxury when chances permit. On my last trip to Solo, Central Java, I was lucky to be granted a night stay at a 4-star hotel, Solo Paragon. It was a pleasant stay, especially for one who works 9-5 on weekdays among other chores and needed a good weekend break like moi.
Prior my departure to Solo, I had taken a peek at Solo Paragon’s website and boy was I excited! I kept my expectation low cos commercial photos can be deceitful sometimes, but guess what, throughout my stay at the hotel I got exactly what I saw on the web. Phew!
An extravagant dress from 2011 Solo Batik Carnival was displayed on a mannequin in the lobby passage way, welcoming Kandi and me as well as a friendly and helpful service at the reception. We stayed at the Superior room and it was n-i-c-e, nice! Bed sheets were neat, cable TV was connected, bathroom was clean with complete toiletries and *gasp*! A hairdryer!! I hate walking around town with damp hair, so a good hairdryer is totally a plus!
Located in a strategic spot in the city, that’s only a walk away from the main street Jalan Slamet Riyadi, you can reach Solo Paragon by taxi only half an hour from the airport. You can also take the Batik Solo Trans bus like I did, which was so easy and cheap! IDR 10,000 for the bus ride and another IDR 10,000 for a becak ride from the nearest bus stop. Though it’s relatively a new establishment, locals know where it’s located cos it’s attached to the biggest shopping mall in Solo called Paragon Mall. Shopping malls wouldn’t normally be something tourists look for in Solo, but who knows, you might get invited to a party and didn’t pack an appropriate dress, or the rain suddenly poured when you’re in a mood for a dine out, the mall can be a solution! Oh and the mall could really work for your benefit if you forgot to pack in your swimming suit cos they’ve got a nice swimming pool just outside the fitness center.
To really enjoy the ambience around Solo, I recommend you take the becak to get more of the feel of the city, and they line up just around the corner, in front of the hotel or the mall. The Keraton Mangkunegaran is only about 15 minutes ride by becak, as well as the Danar Hadi Batik Museum and Ngarsopuro Traditional Market. Longer distances are easily reached by taxis that usually stand by at the hotel’s lobby.
If you’re interested to experience Solo Paragon hotel, here’s where you can get more information:Solo Paragon Hotel & Residences Jl. Dr. Soetomo, Solo 57125 Telp. 62 271 7655888 Fax. 62 271 7655700 email@example.com www.soloparagonhotel.com
*The stay was a complimentary from Solo Paragon hotel & residences, but the views are all my own.
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