Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city and the capital of East Java, has been an international trading hub for centuries. Nowadays a bustling, vibrant metropolis, it melds old styles and cultures with the new to satisfy today’s demands.
Likewise, Hotel Ciputra World Surabaya, managed by award-winning hotel management company Swiss-Belhotel International, is a lively amalgam of past and present. The lush décor harks back to the opulence of yesteryear with marble floors, rich velvet upholstery, plush seating, a warm but subdued colour palette and curlicues adding interest to archways. The lighting, especially in the eighth-floor lobby, shows a modern twist with a backwall of 100 sparkling lights and a contemporary, undulating chandelier, while two tall chubby Botero-inspired dancer statues are backed by floor-to-ceiling windows revealing the cityscape beyond. In fact, mirrors, full-length windows, a classy design and eye-catching lighting cause areas all around the hotel to gleam and beckon their welcome to discerning travellers.
Modern art, especially that of the late Indonesian artist Hendra Gunawan, is found through the hotel’s public spaces, while various renditions of the Botero-inspired ballerina also show up in the luxurious guest rooms, offering a whimsical touch to a classical, lush design. Fine bed linens, padded velvet armchairs and headboards, as well as bright, airy bathrooms give guests a luxurious space complemented by full-length windows offering views of the city. Business travellers also benefit from a large desk so they can stay productive. The suites, meanwhile, are a generous 63-66.5sq.m. and have a separate living room, as well as a free-standing bathtub in the bathroom.
There are plenty of spaces to relax or meet with friends, colleagues or clients within the hotel, from the sophisticated facilities of the Executive Club Lounge on the 22nd floor, to the intimate seating of The Lounge, which serves light snacks and an extensive drinks menu, and the all-day option of The Gallery Restaurant.
More energetic guests may feel called to work out in the fully equipped fitness centre on the 22nd floor, perhaps relaxing afterwards with a massage or a swim in the adjoining infinity pool with its panoramic view. As night falls, the poolside is also an ideal place for a romantic dinner; just call ahead to arrange this order-only service.
The intimate, boutique hotel feel to this indulgent venue belies its strategic location in the heart of Surabaya city, making it ideal for business travellers, while the neighbouring Ciputra World Mall with its vast range of shops and entertainment is impressive enough to satisfy leisure and lifestyle travellers.
Providing its guests with all the modern facilities and conveniences necessary, alongside a healthy dose of style, Hotel Ciputra World Surabaya has something for everyone.