Last month, I went to Surakarta or Solo, Central Java Province, with my family for a vacation. Although we then got a call from a new client for Banjarnegara Regency, and arranged a quick meeting in the hotel. By the way, the hotel’s name is Dinasty Smart. I stayed there for three nights. And this is my note about that 2-star hotel.
What made me pleasant in Dinasty Smart Hotel
There is a costless car to pick you up from train station, airport, bus terminal, or wherever in Surakarta, to the hotel for checking-in. You just need to make an appointment to the receptionist a day before. Then, recall them once you are ready to be picked up. They are also willing to bring you from Dinasty Smart Hotel to your next destination (inside the city) for free, after checking-out. It saved my money for taxis, indeed.
Now, let’s step inside the Dinasty Smart Hotel. My first impression, it’s narrow! In that tiny lobby, I felt like, damn, it’s not a starred hotel. But, I hold my opinion and checked-in.
Over all, the hotel room was clean, comfortable, and made us having good sleeps. The air conditioner, shower in the bathroom, hot water, closet, sink, exhaust, all functioned well.
And what I like the most is the location. The Dinasty Smart Hotel is near everywhere. The ATM, restaurants, food stalls, mosques, etc. are in walking distance. Some nearby attractions would keep you away from boredom.
- Dinasty Smart Hotel is 0.7 kilometers from Tirtonadi Bus Terminal.
- 0.9 kilometers from Manahan Stadium.
- 1.2 kilometers from Taman Balekambang (a park of trees, reptiles, cultural spectacle, and fishing pool).
- 1.8 kilometers from Solo Grand Mall.
- 1.9 kilometers from Sriwedari Park.
- 1.9 kilometers from Radya Pustaka Museum.
- 7.4 kilometers from Adisumarmo International Airport.
Other reason I chose Dinasty Smart Hotel is the swimming pool. So, my daughter was very enthusiastic because she could “swim around” every afternoon.
In the corner across the pool is Soga Restaurant. This is a resto with Indonesian and Chinese cuisines, where you can take a breakfast for free. Ask the coupon for two guests on the lobby. Here, we can choose between a glass of coffee or tea, but not the main dish. The main dish was fixed and well, I must say, was so-so. But I don’t mind since it’s free and practical for a treveler.
Want to work out a bit? In second floor, there is a small fitness center. If I am not mistaken, there are a versatile butterfly machine, treadmill, dumbbells, and a board (to do a sit up orwhatever). It’s all in good condition.
Sadly, I also had disappointments on Dinasty Smart Hotel
Not just the lobby, our Superior Room is small as well. I though 10 meters square in Agoda’s spesification was just a typo. Well, it’s not! So, just imagine a 10 meters square room with a bathroom, a double bed, a little dresser, a wardrobe, and a long desk.
There was no tea/coffee maker. So, each time we needed boiling water to make a milk, tea or instant noodle, we called the restaurant. It took half an hour for them to bring a tiny kettle to our room. But, hey, there wasn’t instant tea and coffee in sachet, either! The complimentary here were just two Cleo mineral bottles in 550 ml, which were exhausted in only six hours by three of us.
No hot water to drink, no icy water either. Do not wish to keep foods or beverages overnight, because there is no refrigerator here. Just bring biscuits, breads, or other practical stocks.
The room was noisy, specially morning to afternoon. Dinasty Smart Hotel is near SMP (Junior High School) Al Azhar Syifa Budi and SMPN 23 Surakarta. I don’t know about the other 26 rooms in this hotel, but from our room in the second floor, we could see through our window the students running, playing, and yelling.
And my last significant disappointment is the wide mirror behind our bed. Seriously, it’s worrisome. How do we, the guests, know that there isn’t any peeping room or camera behind that mirror? When I observed from the outside, I saw few spans for such “strategic room” in the wall. Well, I hope I was wrong. But I really wish, they put down that unimportant mirror. Unless they want to take a risk to make their guests paranoid.
With all the discomforts, worries, some conveniences I mentioned, and affordable room rate, I give 7 of 10 stars for Dinasty Smart Hotel. It can be your alternative to spend days in Solo City, though the hotel has a plenty space for improvement. By the way, you can book Dinasty Smart Hotel with special price here.
[Photos by Brahm]