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Living Like A Rock Star

Published 01 June 2012   

Surabaya is the the second largest city in Indonesia, but it has never been high on my list to make a visit. Known more as a business hub than a tourist destination, when I had to go there for business recenty I did not know what to expect.

Text by Erza S.T.

When it comes to hotels, and despite a limited selection, Surabaya offers some pretty interesting places to stay and since I was only there for two days, I decided to play it safe and put my fate in the good hands of the Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya.

For a five-star hotel that has been established for over a decade, the Shangri-La is still in prime condition. Like other Shangri-La hotels around the world, the hotel’s entrance area is connected to the magnificent high-ceiling lobby lounge with grand pillars and crystal chandeliers. Charmed by this luxurious ambience, I was more then ready to check in and was more than pleasantly surprised when the receptionist informed me that I had been upgraded to their top level Surabaya Suite. This is the kind of news that every traveler longs to hear and Surabaya was starting to seem not too shabby after all.

As my meeting wasn’t starting for another couple of hours, I explored my Surabaya Suite. Situated on the top floor, this extravagant and modern suite is definitely fit for rock stars rather than a weary businessman like me. I was not about to complain. With a total of 208 m2, this newly-renovated suite is separated into a sitting room, kitchenette, a dining area fit for 10 guests and an incredible bedroom overlooking the city.

Seeing the bathroom had a fantastic jacuzzi, separate shower cubicle, bidet and LCD television I suddenly had the urge to take a long bubble bath to pass the time. Complimentary broadband, a hypoallergenic pillow menu and full office facilities just added to my appreciation and I started to think that I should conduct all my meetings right here instead of outside.

After my meeting I decided to try out one of the treatments at The Spa on the third floor. The massage menu is simple and offers everything from Balinese massage to a warm stone massage. I went with the 90 minutes of warm stones and coming out, I felt rejuvenated and brand new.

At the end of my trip, I still didn’t know much about Surabaya as a city, but I did know that the Shangri-La is fabulous and really gives a memorable experience. It seems that business trips to Surabaya are actually quite fun and I am definitely coming back for more of the “Surabaya experience” very soon.

Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya
Jl. May. Jend. Sungkono 120
Surabaya
Tel: +623 1566 1550
www.shangri-la.com