Con­struc­tion Year Why Stay?

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1923 The build­ing it­self was con­structed in 1923, but only opened its doors as a ho­tel in June 2014. The prop­erty re­cently joined Star­wood’s Trib­ute Col­lec­tion.

Orig­i­nally built as a Dutch Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fice, fol­low­ing in­de­pen­dence of the Re­pub­lic of In­done­sia in 1945, the build­ing has served sev­eral dif­fer­ent func­tions. From 1945 to 1950, it was used by the Na­tional Com­mit­tee In­done­sia Cen­tre and the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion; it was oc­cu­pied by the Direc­torate Gen­eral of the Min­istry of Cul­ture and Ed­u­ca­tion un­til 1966; and was sub­se­quently un­in­hab­ited for some time be­fore the Univer­sity of Brung Karno took it over.

In­side the Art Deco build­ing, each of the rooms and suites are fin­ished in sub­tle col­ors and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als such as mar­ble floor­ing. There are two styles of pres­i­den­tial suites – in­clud­ing the Batavia, an In­done­sian high-colo­nial style de­sign with myr­iad gem­like batik fab­rics, or­nate wood fur­ni­ture and pre­cious ve­neers; and the Dutch, a syn­the­sis of clas­sic Euro­pean dec­o­ra­tive arts span­ning three cen­turies.

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