Hotel Tugu Malang is a must-see destination by itself. Hundreds and hundreds of antiques tastefully adorn every corner of the hotel, walking guests through the heritages of the Dutch colonial era, the gradual fusion of the Indonesian and the Chinese cultures over many centuries as well as the humble beauty of traditional Indonesian masterpieces. Each of its 49 rooms and suites is designed with individual character; some have been dedicated as tributes to Indonesian art heroes of the past.
Once upon a time in Java, there was a romantic legend of a young handsome prince who prayed for a most beautiful princess to be his wife to love. The Gods finally answered his prayers, and send the most beautiful Apsara dancer from Nirvana (Apsaras were the dancers of Gods, kings and knights). Apsara flew down and danced at the prince’s royal chamber over three consequent full moons, and by the end of the third full moon she realized she had fallen in love with the prince as well. This 200m² residence is inspired by the prince’s chamber where Apsara had flown into and danced under the moonlight. It consists of one private spa, ‘Hall of Dancers’; an antique canopy with a large outdoor tub; a separate romantic dining area; as well as a spacious sleeping suite with a beautiful antique 3.5-meter wide bed.
This suite is inspired by the life of Raden Saleh, a great artist of the royal Javanese family and forefather of modern Indonesian paintings who lived in Java during the mid-19th century. The suite, which consists of a beautiful bedroom and a separate living area, has a romantic air of Java in the 19th-century, with authentic Javanese furniture from the 1850s.
The Babah Suite portrays the life of the Peranakan or “Nonya Baba” society in Malang around the 1850s. The original Nonya Baba culture began when young men left mainland China in search for more prosperous lives in Southeast Asia, a tradition that began more than four centuries ago. These young married local girls in the islands where these men then settled. Through the years, a new culture was gradually formed by these mixed marriages: a product of a fusion between the local cultures, Chinese culture, as well as the influence from the West, with the Chinese culture commonly being the most dominant influence. In the 1950s, the Peranakan lifestyle gradually became harder to find, as more and more old houses were demolished and the contents of these houses were dispersed.
The Zamrud Suite features the traditional beauty of East Java. The five Zamrud Suites are differentiated by interior layouts, colors, decors, elegant antique beds, and curios. Albeit designed with a strong traditional East Java atmosphere, the Zamrud Suites and the Babah Suite are well equipped with modern luxuries.
Located on the third floor and facing the “Jan Pieterszoon Coen Plein”, this spacious, romantic suite is located on the 3rd floor, facing the main ‘alun-alun’ (the main square in front of the main city hall, with a large pond of lotus blooms and a historical monument “Tugu” in the middle of the square). This suite has a romantic outdoor area, a perfect place for a candlelit dinner under stars, facing the alun-alun Tugu.
The Executive Suites are located on all floors. Some of the Executive Suites are overlooking the huge water lily pond and the Tugu city monument, while some others open to lush tropical greens through their private balconies. The Executive Suites feature additional sitting area with sofa and armchairs, with oversized handcrafted tubs in the bathrooms. some of them are sub-categorized as Malang Tempoe
The Superior Deluxe rooms are located on all 3 floors, some overlook the old town’s beautiful lily pond and the Tugu monument on the main city square, while some others open to lush tropical greens through private balconies. All superior deluxe rooms feature handcrafted bathtubs; flat screen TVs, DVD players, a complete Java coffee amenities, coffee & tea making facility, welcome relaxation foot and shoulder massage.